IT 432 Web Architecture

Craig Miller

Office: CDM 745
Winter 2022-2023
Class number: 30616
Section number: 840
W 5:45PM - 9:00PM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus


Students study the organization of dynamic web applications by designing and creating working systems. Emphasis is given to front-end development using a modern framework such as React. Overview of major architecture concepts include routing, database access, authentication and deployment.

Course Goals

By the end of the quarter, students will be able to:

  • Develop the front-end of a web application using a modern framework such as React
  • Develop reusable web components
  • Explain how state is managed among interactive web components
  • Describe the organization of a web app in terms of web architecture components


React in Action by Mark Tielens Thomas, ISBN 10: 1617293857


Assignment Weight
Six preparatory assignments (20 points each) 50% (100 points, best 5 of 6)
Culminating assignment 25% (50 points)
Summary Report 25% (50 points)

Students receiving more than 90% of possible points are guaranteed at least an A-, more than 80% at least a B-, more than 70% at least a C-, and more than 60% at least a D.

The preparatory assignments occur on a weekly basis for the first 7 weeks of class.

The culminating assignment is a more open-ended assignment that captures the major concepts of the course. It is due the final (10th) week of class.

The summary report is a submission due during final week. It includes original explanations, reflections or experiences on the major concepts for the course. It takes the place of a final exam.

All assignments and reports must consist of original, individual work.


Students are expected to attend every class (in person or by zoom) or watch the asynchronous recordings on a weekly basis.

The goal of assignments is to practice the concepts taught in class. You are expected to do your own assignments. However, some collaboration with other students is allowed and even encouraged. The following types of collaboration are allowed:

  • Discussing strategies for solving a problem
  • Explaining why a Web page does not work
  • Reviewing and testing someone else's Web pages
  • Using HTML and JavaScript code provided by the instructor and texts

The following types of collaboration are not allowed:

  • Copying someone else's JavaScript code
  • Literally telling someone what code to write

Engaging in these last two types of collaboration will be considered a violation of the university's policy on academic integrity. Violators will receive a 0 for the corresponding assignment and will be reported as required by the policy.

Late assignments will be accepted up to three days late with a one point penalty. Assignments submitted more than 3 days after the due date will not be accepted without an excused absence cleared by the dean of students office.

Additional assignments for extra credit will not be offered.

All grade challenges must be submitted in writing and include an explanation why the given score or grade should be reconsidered.


Prior web coursework with JavaScript, such as IT 238 or IT 411

Tentative Schedule

Week Topic Reading Assignment
Jan 4 Course Overview; JS and DOM review Course notes  
Jan 11 React overview; Installing Node Ch. 1, React Tutorial Assignment 1
Jan 18 Using simple React components Ch. 2 Assignment 2
Jan 25 React components with data Ch. 3 Assignment 3
Feb 1 React with state Ch. 3 Assignment 4
Feb 8 React lifecycle Ch. 4 Assignment 5
Feb 15 Using components Ch. 5, 6  
Feb 22 Routing with React Ch. 7, 8 Assignment 6
Mar 1 Web architecture components TBD  
Mar 8 Deploying web apps TBD Culminating Project
Mar 15     Summary Report

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296