Introduction to Database Driven Web Sites

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 148

       Course Name: Introduction to Database Driven Web Sites

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides a general introduction to the basic framework of a database-driven web site. Content includes sample databases and a popular, industry standard software tool for creating site definitions; and to plan, develop, and implement a web database application.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the basic framework of a data-driven web site and how databases are used to support web sites
  2. Create the individual components that lead to a web database application
  3. Use a web editor and a web database server to plan, develop, and implement a web-based application
  4. Implement a performance overview including beta and usability testing on web database applications

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Dynamic Web Site Fundamentals
    1. Basic components
    2. Development requirements
      1. Developing with a local server
      2. Developing with a remote server
    3. Site definition using web application development software
  2. Passing Data Between Web Pages
    1. The HTTP protocol
    2. Differences between “GET” and “POST”
    3. Encoding and retrieving query strings or URL variables
    4. Encoding and retrieving cookies
    5. Using web forms to collect data
  3. Databases and Connectivity
    1. Web database overview
    2. How databases support web sites
    3. Web and database connectivity basics
  4. Dynamically Populating Web Forms with Database Data
    1. Filtering and displaying data
    2. Creating a web page database lookup application
    3. Filtering a query using dynamic data
  5. Building Web Applications
    1. Web Application Types & Uses
      1. Building User Level Authentication & Registration Tools
        1. User login
        2. Setting user profiles
          1. Creating user levels
          2. Restricting access to web pages
        3. New user registration pages
      2. Building Administrative Level Pages
        1. Building a Master Detail Page Set
        2. Building the content Insert, Update, and Delete Tools
  6. Beta Testing
  7. Usability Testing

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Program demonstrations, hands-on usage, textbook reading, applicable web sites, lecture, class discussions, group work, and guest speakers may be used.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

  1. Attend seminars as scheduled
  2. Read course materials - textbook and current resources
  3. Complete required assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests
  4. Attend and participate in lab as required

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Tests and Quizzes
Class Assignments
Lab Assignments
Attendance and Participation

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.