IT 411 Scripting for Interactive Systems

Craig Miller

Office: CDM 745
Fall 2023-2024
Class number: 12804
Section number: 701
W 5:45PM - 9:00PM
LEWIS 01513 Loop Campus


Students learn fundamental programming concepts with JavaScript to create interactive prototypes and web pages.

IT 411 is intended for students with no prior programming experience. Students with intermediate or advanced programming experience (i.e. successful completion of more than one programming course) may not need to take this course. They are encouraged to talk with the instructor or their adviser to see if IT 411 can be waived (based on transcripts) or if taking the Graduate Assessment Exam (GAE) would be a good option.

Course Goals

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

  • develop interactive prototypes and web pages using JavaScript
  • use an API to learn and apply new methods
  • dynamically generate layouts for an indeterminate number of display elements
  • access data from a server


A recommend text is JavaScript from Beginner to Professional, 2021 edition. Available online.


Assignment Weight
Eight assignments (10 points each) 35% (70 points, best 7 of 8)
Two online quizzes (10 points each) 10% (20 points)
Weekly Participation 15% (30 points)
Midterm Report 10% (20 points)
Summary Report 30% (60 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 weekly assignments will be based on examples from class.

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

All assignments and reports must consist of individual work that is based on concepts and programming constructs presented in class.

Participation is based on weekly attendance or weekly contributions to the discussion board.


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
  • Copying code from an online source
  • 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.



Tentative Schedule

Week Topic Reading Assignment
Sep 6 Course Overview; JavaScript Basics, DOM basics Intro, Ch. 1, 2, 9, 10  
Sep 13 Objects, Functions, Debugging Ch. 2, 4 and 10 Assignment 1
Sep 20 Using a class (Dice) Class notes and ch. 11 Assignment 2
Sep 27 Arrays, Objects, Classes, Callback functions Ch. 3, ch. 11 Assignment 3; Quiz 1
Oct 4 Form controls Basic Controls Reference Assignment 4
Oct 11 A/V components Class notes Assignment 5
Oct 18 effects, form controls Class notes and TBD Midterm Report
Oct 25 Events and forms Class notes and TBD Assignment 6
Nov 1 Advanced interactions, jQuery Ch. 15 and class notes Assignment 7; Quiz 2
Nov 8 Advanced topics, React Ch. 15 and Class notes Assignment 8
Nov 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