PSAM 3210 - Web Advanced: JavaScript (Syllabus) - Spring 2015

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Dear Student,

In this class you will learn to communicate ideas effectively in the form of software. You will be producing a hermetic website of your own design, writing JavaScript source code effectively, and improving your knowledge of HTML + CSS by using its advanced features. As a class, we will discuss the artistic history of randomness, punctuation marks as traffic signals, and whether computers are a good thing, in general.

Jeffrey Scudder

Catalog Description

This course will focus on extending students' knowledge of code to web and cloud. Students will be learning JavaScript, the programming language of the Web. Students will be introduced to a variety of application [sic] from server-side network programming, game development, and the creation of desktop and mobile applications.

Website Project

The bulk of this course consists of producing a hermetic (not relying on external data) website that will be accessible to the public by the end of the course. Every student will create a website of their own design with a dedicated domain name. The form that your website takes will ultimately be up to you and we will be discussing and viewing existing projects in class. You may wish produce a game, a trick, a reader, an innovative image gallery, or puzzle, but the ideal would be to make something that doesn't belong to an existing category; an invention of your own deserves a name all its own. See: Mobile (sculpture).

Related: traveller.xn--q9jyb4c

Readings & Lectures You will be given credentials in class to access certain readings

10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 - Nick Montfort - Randomness
Theodore Adorno - Punctuation Marks
No More Secondhand God: And Other Writings - Buckminster Fuller - Machine Tools
The Language of New Media - Lev Manovich - Myth of the Digital / Interactivity


The Unix Programming Environment
GNU Emacs Manual (June '85)


Neil Postman – The Surrender of Culture to Technology


Our class will usually take place in a computer lab, but you should own and bring a laptop with which you have permission to install software.

Resources & Presentations

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:


Our class is located in room 607, located on 6 East 16th St. and it occurs from 7:00–9:40 on Thursday nights.

January 29

1: Web Advanced Introduction N&A (Notes & Assignments)
February 5

2: What is JavaScript? Let's break the ice. N&A
February 12

3: HTML + CSS Review. Intro to jQuery and JavaScript data types. N&A
February 19

4: Working with Arrays and Objects in JavaScript. N&A
February 26

5: Presentation and Q&A by Parallelograms. Mockup review. N&A
March 5

6: HTML Best Practices - Individual Meetings - Working N&A
March 12

7: Working - Finish Individual Meetings N&A
March 19

8: Working Independently - More Individual Meetings N&A
March 26

Spring Break!
April 2

9: Function composition in JavaScript; Domain Registration N&A
April 9

10: Creating our final repository; Working N&A
April 16

11: Working N&A
April 23

12: Deployment N&A
April 30

13: Initial Site Launch N&A
May 7

14: Post-launch Updates & Review. Analytics. N&A
May 14

15: Final Critique N&A


Your performance will be evaluated based on class involvement, technical progress, and the novelty of your ideas.

  • A: Exceptional
  • B: Good
  • C: Average
  • D: Below average
  • F: Poor
  • 70% Class assignments see above
  • 30% Class participation & dialogue

Grade of W

The grade of W may be issued by the Office of the Registrar to a student who officially withdraws from a course within the applicable deadline. There is no academic penalty, but the grade will appear on the student transcript. A grade of W may also be issued by an instructor to a graduate student (except at Parsons and Mannes) who has not completed course requirements nor arranged for an Incomplete.

Grade of WF

The grade of WF is issued by an instructor to a student (all undergraduates and all graduate students) who has not attended or not completed all required work in a course but did not officially withdraw before the withdrawal deadline. It differs from an "F," which would indicate that the student technically completed requirements but that the level of work did not qualify for a passing grade. The WF is equivalent to an F in calculating the grade point average (zero grade points), and no credit is awarded.

Grades of Incomplete

The grade of I, or temporary incomplete, may be granted to a student under unusual and extenuating circumstances, such as when the student’s academic life is interrupted by a medical or personal emergency. This mark is not given automatically but only upon the student’s request and at the discretion of the instructor. A Request for Incomplete form must be completed and signed by student and instructor. The time allowed for completion of the work and removal of the "I" mark will be set by the instructor with the following limitations:

Undergraduate students: Work must be completed no later than the seventh week of the following fall semester for spring or summer term incompletes and no later than the seventh week of the following spring semester for fall term incompletes. Grades of "I" not revised in the prescribed time will be recorded as a final grade of "WF" by the Office of the Registrar.

Divisional, Program and Class Policies VERBATIM


Students are responsible for all assignments, even if they are absent. Late assignments, failure to complete the assignments for class discussion and/or critique, and lack of preparedness for in-class discussions, presentations and/or critiques will jeopardize your successful completion of this course.


Students are responsible for all assignments, even if they are absent. Late or incomplete projects and lack of preparedness for in­class discussions and presentations will jeopardize your successful completion of this course.


Faculty members may fail any student who is absent for a significant portion of class time. A significant portion of class time is defined as three absences for classes that meet once per week and four absences for classes that meet two or more times per week. During intensive summer sessions a significant portion of class time is defined as two absences. Lateness or early departure from class may also translate into one full absence.

Blackboard or Canvas

Use of Blackboard may be an important resource for this class. Students should check it for announcements before coming to class each week.


In rare instances, I may be delayed arriving to class. If I have not arrived by the time class is scheduled to start, you must wait a minimum of thirty minutes for my arrival. In the event that I will miss class entirely, a sign will be posted at the classroom indicating your assignment for the next class meeting.

Electronic Devices

Use of electronic devices (phones, tablets, laptops) is permitted when the device is being used in relation to the course's work. All other uses are prohibited in the classroom and devices should be turned off before class starts.

Academic Honesty and Integrity

The New School views "academic honesty and integrity" as the duty of every member of an academic community to claim authorship for his or her own work and only for that work, and to recognize the contributions of others accurately and completely. This obligation is fundamental to the integrity of intellectual debate, and creative and academic pursuits. Academic honesty and integrity includes accurate use of quotations, as well as appropriate and explicit citation of sources in instances of paraphrasing and describing ideas, or reporting on research findings or any aspect of the work of others (including that of faculty members and other students). Academic dishonesty results from infractions of this "accurate use". The standards of academic honesty and integrity, and citation of sources, apply to all forms of academic work, including submissions of drafts of final papers or projects. All members of the University community are expected to conduct themselves in accord with the standards of academic honesty and integrity. Please see the complete policy in the Parsons Catalog. It is the responsibility of students to learn the procedures specific to their discipline for correctly and appropriately differentiating their own work from that of others. Compromising your academic integrity may lead to serious consequences, including (but not limited to) one or more of the following: failure of the assignment, failure of the course, academic warning, disciplinary probation, suspension from the university, or dismissal from the university.

Student Disability Services

In keeping with the University’s policy of providing equal access for students with disabilities, any student with a disability who needs academic accommodations is welcome to meet with me privately. All conversations will be kept confidential. Students requesting any accommodations will also need to meet with Jason Luchs in the Office of Student Disability Services, who will conduct an intake, and if appropriate, provide an academic accommodation notification letter to you to bring to me. SDS assists students with disabilities in need of academic and programmatic accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.