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Web Development with Ajax

Web Development with JavaScript and HTML5  

Web Development with JavaScript and HTML5 Program

Program previously known as Web Development with Ajax Technologies Program
An 8-week program designed to provide an in-depth introduction to the development of interactive, inter-operable, and user-centered websites using JavaScript, HTML5, and related leading-edge technologies such as CSS3. These technologies support media-rich, interactive websites that have the look and feel of traditional desktop applications. HMTL5 is designed to subsume previous versions of this mark-up language and to work transparently with JavaScript and JavaScript frameworks such as jQuery; and HTML5 is a leading candidate to support cross-platform mobile applications. CSS3 is the preferred language for specifying the visual design of HTML5 documents. Modern JavaScript libraries and frameworks, in particular jQuery, are well suited to work with HTML5 in the construction of media-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups, and folksonomies.

Topics in the curriculum include: HTML5 and CSS3 integration; JavaScript programming; browser-agnostic JavaScript; DOM-based manipulation of HTML documents; programming in jQuery; the browser-event model; client-side debugging techniques; asynchronous client/server interactiopn (Ajax); animation and visual effects; form management and validation; JSON and XML data representation; and advanced HTML5 features such as the canvas, audio, and video elements.

To download a printable (PDF) program brochure, click here.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must have a solid programming background (at least two years of professional software development experience is preferred), including experience with Web development and HTML.

Dates & Location: Winter Quarter 2015
Application deadline: December 17, 2014
Tuition deadline: January 2, 2015
Classes begin: January 13, 2015
Classes end: March 7, 2015​​

Classes meet at DePaul's Loop Campus at 243 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, on Tuesday evenings (5:45pm-9:00pm) and Saturday mornings (9am-12:15pm).

Online Section: Students may elect to register in an online section of the course. Learn more about online learning options.

DePaul University reserves the right to cancel any program prior to that program's first class meeting.

Course Credit
The Web Development with JavaScript and HTML5 Program is an accredited course of DePaul University, which follows the quarter system (as opposed to the semester system).

Course #: IPD 356
Credit hours: 4 undergraduate

The credit hours are awarded to those who successfully complete the program's academic requirements, which include individual programming assignments. No midterm or final exams are conducted. 

The ability to apply these credit hours to a degree program is always determined by the college granting the degree. Learn more about transfer credit for DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) at the course transfer guideline page

Reading materials for certificate programs consist of textbooks and supplementary handouts. Textbook readings are considered preparatory in nature and are typically assigned prior to lectures; supplementary handouts are frequently distributed in class to provide additional information.

Textbooks for Winter Quarter 2015:

Required Textbook:
Title: Learning JavaScript (2nd Edition)
Author: Shelley Powers 
ISBN#: 978-0-596-52187-5
Publisher: O'Reilly

Optional Textbook:
Title: JavaScript Cookbook 
Author: Shelley Powers
ISBN#: 978-0-596-80613-2
Publisher: O'Reilly
Title: JQuery in Action 
Author: Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz
ISBN#: 9781935182320
Publisher: Manning

Fees: Winter Quarter 2015
Tuition fee: $1,850.00 
Application fee: $40.00 (non-refundable)

Full payment of tuition must be received by the Institute for Professional Development office before the start of the program. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition (minus a separate $25 registration fee) if the student drops the Web development with JavaScript and HTML5 Program by January 27, 2015.

Textbooks are a separate purchase to be made by students.

Payment Options
Fees are payable by check made out to DePaul University, or by credit card. For credit card payment, print out and complete the Payment by Credit Card Form.

Applicants who are eligible for a tuition reimbursement program offered by their employer and are interested in deferring their tuition payment using the university's Employer Tuition Deferral Plan, formerly known as the DePEPER Plan, must return the Employer Tuition Deferral Plan application to the Institute for Professional Development Office. Submitting this application to any other DePaul office may delay the student's registration process. Information about this plan, along with an application form, is found here​.

Applicants who wish to use the university's In-Term Payment Plan or a third-party billing arrangement should contact the Institute for Professional Development office at (312) 362-6282 for details.

Application & Registration Procedure 
The first step is to apply for admission using the Institute for Professional Development's online application; or, to apply via fax, mail, or in person, print out and complete the Application Form. Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with registration information and instructions.​​​​​​​​