INFM 603 - Information Technology and Organizational Context

Fall 2016 - Readings



Sept 1


Topic:  Introduction:   Information Technology and Context


For Sept. 8


Topic:  Introduction to Web Pages/HTML


Elisabeth Robson and Eric Freeman, Head First HTML and CSS (2nd Edition), O'Reilly Media, 2012, available through ProQuest Safari at UMCP.   Chapters 1-5.


Alternative:   Andy Harris, HTML, XHTML and CSS All-In-One for Dummies.   Wiley, 2010, ISBN 9780470537558.   Chapters 1-7. 


For Sept. 15


Topic:  HTML/CSS


Robson and Freeman, Chapters 7-8, skim 9-11, 13-14.


Alternative:   Harris, all of Book II, skim Book III.


See also and the “Try it Yourself” tool, and the Bootstrap tutorial and examples at

You may also want to look at the w3schools info on Responsive Web Design and Media Queries


For Sept. 22


Topic:  Introduction to Programming and Data Structures


Eric T. Freeman and Elisabeth Robson, Head First JavaScript Programming, O'Reilly Media, 2014, Chapters 1-2, skim 3-7.


Alternative:   Harris, Book IV.


From the w3schools site, it’s worth visiting the

introduction and again working with the “Try it Yourself” tool.


For Sept. 29


Topic:  Relational Databases and Data Models


Lynn Beighley, Head First SQL, O'Reilly Media, 2007, Chapters 1, 4, 7.


Alternative:   Harris, Book VI, Chs. 1, 3.


For Oct. 6


Topic:   Database Implementation


Beighley, Chs. 2, 8 .

Lynn Beighley and Michael Morrison, Head First PHP and MySQL, O'Reilly Media, 2008, Chs. 1-2; skim 3-4.


Alternative:   Harris, Book VI, Chs. 2, 4.


At this point you should also be familiar with the on-line documentation for PHPMyadmin and the MySQL documentation available at

Especially Tutorial, Data Types, Functions and Operators, and SQL Statement Syntax


For Oct. 13


Topic: PHP and Server-Side Scripting


Beighley and Morrison, Chs. 1-4


Alternative:   Harris, Book V, Chs. 1, 2, 3, 7.


For Oct. 27


Topic:  Advanced Programming Topics


Freeman and Robson, Chs. 4-6

   and the next few sections up to “Live Search”


Alternative:   Harris, Book IV, Chs. 4-5 and Book VII, Chs. 1-2


For Nov. 3


Topic:  Content Management Systems


Brian Messenlehner and Jason Coleman.   Building Web Apps with WordPress,

Chs. 1-4.


See also


For Nov. 10


Topic:  The IT Business


A Survey of Agile Development Methodologies