Course Description: The use of Extensible Markup Language (XML) to make documents smarter, simplify Web automation, and to communicate between databases, both within and between corporations. Includes techniques for XML generation, data extraction and sharing, and transformation and managing of XML files.
SCHEDULE/HOLIDAYS: Mar. 14-20 Spring Recess. Last day for withdrawal without Instructor's signature is March 4th. Last day student withdrawal accepted is April 25th.
ASSESSMENT: Grades will be based on completion of assignments, quality of projects, quizzes and objective testing. Evaluation: The letter grade you earn in the class will be based upon your performance as follows: Quizzes 20%, Assignments 50%, Midterm Test 15 %, Final Test 15%. All assignments and assessments will be worth a specific number of points. Your total points at the completion of the course will determine your grade. The scale is as follows: 100-90% = A, 90-80% = B, 80-70% = C, 70-60% = D, 60-0% = F. You are responsible for keeping an electronic copy of all work you turn in. At the end of semester, you may be asked to turn in a copy of all your work in electronic form and, if you cannot do so, you will not receive the corresponding points. Be sure to backup all your work.
TEXTS: New Perspectives on XML- Comprehensive by Patrick Carey -- ISBN: 0-619-10188-1 © 2004. Available at the MCC bookstore or online. Make sure you have the exact ISBN number!
MATERIALS: Electronic storage media.
SOFTWARE: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or newer. Netscape Navigator 6.0 or newer. XML Spy 4.3 (Trial version with textbook).
CLASS WEBSITES: http://www.jqjacobs.net/edu/xml/
COMPUTER LABS: You need an MCC student ID card to access the campus Computer Labs.
ASSIGNMENTS: Each module builds on previous topics. Students will be expected to submit assignments on schedule. Any exceptions must be arranged with the instructor in advance of due dates. Assignment modules are separately described.
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: Instruction will be a combination of readings, online discussion, hands-on tutorials, and assessments. You should read the text topics before beginning hands-on activity. The amount of time you spend on exercises and reading should be at least six hours per week. Feel free to communicate with and help one another. However, you must do all your own work. You are encouraged to ask questions. A creative and enjoyable environment is a better learning environment. If, for some reason, you are not enjoying this class, please bring it to my attention.
ACADEMIC ETHICS: While I encourage cooperative and collective learning, you are responsible for completing your own work. Any form of academic dishonesty or its facilitation may be subject to discilinary action. Anyone plagiarizing will receive a failing grade. For the full institutional policy statement, see the Student Handbook. You are responsible for knowing the details of the policy. Student Handbooks are available on campus.
POLICIES: The policy of the Maricopa Community Colleges is to provide an educational, employment and business environment free of unwanted sexual harrassment. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action. For Institutional Policy see the Student Handbook. You are responsible for knowing the details of the policy.
COMPUTER USE: You are responsible for knowing the General Computing Guidelines and Computer Users Guidelines, the standards and rules governing computer use of the Computer Labs on the campus. Violation of the Standards may result in your account termination and disciplinary action.
DISABILITIES or SPECIAL NEEDS: If you have a disability, including a learning disability, and wish to discuss any accommodations you may need, please contact me. You can also contact the Disability Resources and Services Office.
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS: You need to establish an e-mail account at MCC and frequently read your e-mail to participate in the class. The MCC account is also required to access WebCT and WebBoard.
If any significant adjustments need be made to this syllabus, notice will be provided electronically.