CMSC389P Introduction to PHP, MySQL and Apache

Course Schedule Resources


Dr. Anwar Mamat (Niwaer Ai)
Office Location: AVW 3259
Phone: 301-405-2696
Office hours: Monday through Friday (immediately after class) or by appointment

Teaching Assistant

Benjamin Gmurczyk
Email: bengmur AT terpmail DOT umd DOT edu
Office hourse: 10:15am-11:11am, at TA room

Class hours and Location

section 0101: MTuWThF 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: CSI 2117

Course Overview

This class provides an introduction to the development of Web-based applications using PHP, MySQL, and Apache. The course will focus on the PHP programming language. Topics covered by the course include:


There are no required textbooks. "Web Programming Step by Step by Marty Stepp, Jessica Miller, and Victoria Kirst" is recommended.


Projects in this class must be completed individually and collaboration is not permitted.

Class Announcements

Announcements will be posted at the announcement section of the class homepage. You are responsible for reading these announcements (at least once a day). Important information about the course (e.g., deadlines, project updates, etc.) will be posted in this section.


All assignments are due at 6pm on the specified day in the assignment description. If for some reason you have not been able to finish your assignment by this deadline, then you have until 9am of the next day to submit your project with a 10% penalty. No assignments will be accepted after 9am. Assignments are to be submitted electronically according to instructions given with the assignments. Exceptional circumstances will be considered only if discussed with the instructor before the assignment is due.

Once we have graded any class material we will post a note in the class web page indicating the material has been graded, and the deadline by which you must submit any regrade request (if necessary). It is your responsibility to submit regrade requests by the specified deadline; no regrade requests will be processed afterwards.

Final grades will be computed according the following weights. (These weights are tentative and subject to future adjustment.)

15% Project #1
20% Project #2
25% Project #3
40% Project #4

Academic Integrity

Note that academic dishonesty includes not only cheating, fabrication, and plagiarism, but also includes helping other students commit acts of academic dishonesty by allowing them to obtain copies of your work. In short, all submitted work must be your own. Cases of academic dishonesty will be pursued to the fullest extent possible as stipulated by the Office of Student Conduct.

It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit

Excused Absence and Academic Accommodations

Any student who needs to be excused for an absence from a single lecture, recitation, or lab due to a medically necessitated absence shall:

  1. Make a reasonable attempt to inform the instructor of his/her illness prior to the class.
  2. Upon returning to the class, present their instructor with a self-signed note attesting to the date of their illness. Each note must contain an acknowledgment by the student that the information provided is true and correct. Providing false information to University officials is prohibited under Part 9(h) of the Code of Student Conduct (V-1.00(B) University of Maryland Code of Student Conduct) and may result in disciplinary action.
  3. This self-documentation may not be used for the Major Scheduled Grading Events as defined below and it may only be used for only 1 class meeting during the semester.

Any student who needs to be excused for a prolonged absence (2 or more consecutive class meetings) or for a Major Scheduled Grading Event, must provide written documentation of the illness from the Health Center or from an outside health care provider. This documentation must verify dates of treatment and indicate the time frame that the student was unable to meet academic responsibilities. No diagnostic information shall be given. The Major Scheduled Grading Events for this course is the last class project.

It is also the student's responsibility to inform the instructor of any intended absences from exams for religious observances in advance. Notice should be provided as soon as possible.

Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability is requested to provide a letter of accommodation from the Office of Disability Support Services at the beginning of the semester.


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