ISQS 4383 - Special Topics Joomla

Syllabus - Fall 2019

Instructor: John R Durrett

Office Hours: By appointment or anytime by phone or email

Office: BA E303

Phones: mobile 806-438-2049, home 806-687-9028, office 834-0629

Email: john.durrett@ttu.edu Class web page: http://jdurrett.ba.ttu.edu
  1. Prerequisites:
    A willingness to think and "play" with IT

  2. Supplies: 

  3. Methodology
    The methodology will be on-line discussion, outside research, and project deployment.

  4. Course Description
    This course provides students with the opportunity to set up a Joomla or Wordpress community web site in the "real world" on a domain and hosting of their choosing. There is are example sites listed on the home page.

  5. Course Learning Objectives
    In this course students will gain first hand, real web experience in creating a community web site. Through direct experience they will buy a domain name, choose a hosting site, install Joomla or Wordpress along with PHP, MySql (along with any other necessary components) and add extensions (or plugins for Wordpress).  Te objective is to create a "community" web site where members of the community have more access than outsiders.

  6. A note about the instructor: 
    My basic orientation is toward technology for its own sake, i.e., I am a geek :-)   I will try very hard to give the strategic orientation of the class the focus that it deserves.   If I by slip and fall too far down the road toward technology please tell me.

  7. Academic Conduct:
    The Texas Tech policy for academic affairs applies to all students, at all times. Any student who violates the academic conduct policy will be subjected to the appropriate disciplinary sanctions (Student Affairs Handbook). In absence of evidence to the contrary, students will be treated as trustworthy, honest, and just.
  8. Disabled Students:
    If, for any reason, you have a physical, visual, hearing or cognitive impairment that hinders your ability to write, see, hear or take exams, please advise the instructor of your condition, and provide a letter of verification from your doctor. He will make every effort to accommodate your situation as best as he can. 
  9. Grading policy:

    To get a C you must get a domain name, get it hosted, setup Joomla or Wordpress and create a few pages that are public and a few that require login. Please note that this means get your own domain name and hosting site. Please do not use one of the Wordpress or Joomla community hosting sites.

    To get a B you must do everything required for a C plus: create an interesting, usable web site with: a main page menu linked to new articles in new sections you create including a blog (or other community functionality), add users that can view only and others that change SOME pages and install at least one extension.

    To get an A you most do everything required for a C and a B plus: install and implement at least 8 additional interesting extensions/plugins.

    For web site ideas look here: 4361 Projects
  1. Required Guidelines

  2. Academic Conduct:
    The Texas Tech policy for academic affairs applies to all students, at all times. Any student who violates the academic conduct policy will be subjected to the appropriate disciplinary sanctions (Student Affairs Handbook). In absence of evidence to the contrary, students will be treated as trustworthy, honest, and just.

  3. ADA STATEMENT:
    Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructors office hours. Please note: instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided. For additional information, please contact Student Disability Services in West Hall or call 806-742-2405.

  4. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STATEMENT:
    Academic integrity is taking responsibility for ones own class and/or course work, being individually accountable, and demonstrating intellectual honesty and ethical behavior. Academic integrity is a personal choice to abide by the standards of intellectual honesty and responsibility. Because education is a shared effort to achieve learning through the exchange of ideas, students, faculty, and staff have the collective responsibility to build mutual trust and respect. Ethical behavior and independent thought are essential for the highest level of academic achievement, which then must be measured. Academic achievement includes scholarship, teaching, and learning, all of which are shared endeavors. Grades are a device used to quantify the successful accumulation of knowledge through learning. Adhering to the standards of academic integrity ensures grades are earned honestly. Academic integrity is the foundation upon which students, faculty, and staff build their educational and professional careers. [Texas Tech University (University) Quality Enhancement Plan, Academic Integrity Task Force, 2010]

  5. RELIGIOUS HOLY DAY STATEMENT:
    "Religious holy day" means a holy day observed by a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation under Texas Tax Code 11.20. A student who intends to observe a religious holy day should make that intention known in writing to the instructor prior to the absence. A student who is absent from classes for the observance of a religious holy day shall be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day within a reasonable time after the absence. A student who is excused under section 2 may not be penalized for the absence; however, the instructor may respond appropriately if the student fails to complete the assignment satisfactorily.