Web Based Scripting

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
CSIS 3280
Web Based Scripting
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 2 Hours per week Seminar/Lab: 2 Hours per week Total: 4 Hours per week
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities
  • Lecture
  • Seminar
  • Demonstration
  • Hands-on exercises in the lab
Course Description
This course will introduce students to server-side scripting using popular scripting tools such as Perl or PHP. Emphasis will be placed on training students in applying scripting techniques to build and administer database driven dynamic web content and e-commerce solutions in an Apache web hosting environment.

Note: CSIS 2380 and CSIS 3280 will be treated as equivalent.
Course Content
  1. Introduction to web application architectures and server technologies
  2. Introduction to basic PERL or PHP scripting language (data type, variables, syntax & development environments)
  3. Basics of CGI programming
  4. Working with forms, patterns, files and associative array
  5. Text processing and regular expression
  6. Manipulating files and directories
  7. Persistent state mechanism and shopping cart
  8. Extending server side functionality with additional email, ftp and other server technologies
  9. Object-orientation in scripting language
  10. Manipulating MySQL / MSSQL database server
  11. Implementing user authentication with MySQL or MSSQL server
  12. Implementing secure transaction with MySQL or MSSQL server
Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  1. explain the design trade off and portability issues on different web based server-side architecture and technologies;
  2. administer and configure Apache web servers using PERL or PHP scripting language;
  3. write Common Gateway Interface (CGI) program using PERL or PHP scripting language;
  4. extend web server functionality using PERL or PHP scripting language;
  5. build database driven dynamic web content using server based DBMS technology;
  6. implement e-commerce features using PERL or PHP scripting language.
Means of Assessment
Assignments (Minimum: 4)     20% - 35%
Participation  0% - 10%
Quizzes 15% - 20%
Midterm Examination 25% - 30%
Final Examination 25% - 30%
Total         100%
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students


Elizabeth Chang. Practical Perl with CGI Applications. Latest edition. Addison Wesley.


Luke Welling. PHP and MySQL Web Development. Latest edition. SAMS.