Active Server Pages

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS188

       Course Name: Active Server Pages

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces Active Server Pages (ASP+). Content includes hands-on activities and lectures to increase familiarity with developing advanced Web applications using Active Server Pages (ASP+); advanced Internet architecture, using advanced Web development tools; the Active Server Page model, processing forms, integrating Web applications with data; and other server based applications, configuring Web applications, and using Web services to integrate Web applications. Recommended: CIS171 with a minimum grade of C OR consent of the instructor or program coordinator.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the architecture of the Internet
  • Design and develop Web applications using advanced techniques
  • Apply web development tools to create a Web application
  • Identify the Internet resources
  • Explain the ASP model
  • Create and process data obtained in forms
  • Describe the ADO.NET model
  • Display and update data stored in various data sources
  • Create a Web service to integrate Web 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. Advanced Internet Architecture
    1. Internet standards (HTTP, HTML5, XML)
    2. Internet protocols (TCP/IP, SOAP)
    3. Overview of the .Net Platform
    4. Locating Internet resources
  2. Creating a Web application
    1. Designing a Web based application
    2. Using Advanced Web Development Tools
  3. Troubleshooting a Web application
    1. Interpreting error messages
    2. Creating custom error pages
  4. Overview of ASP+
    1. Components of the ASP+ Model
    2. Creating a basic ASP+ page
    3. Using server variables
    4. Server-side redirection
    5. Controlling content sent to the browser
  5. Processing a Form with ASP+
    1. Creating a form
    2. Retrieving values from a form
    3. Retrieving values from a query string
    4. Using server controls
    5. Validating data using server controls
    6. Populating form fields with data
    7. Using pagelets
  6. Integrating Web Applications with Data
    1. Overview of Data Models (ADO+, XML)
    2. Connecting to a data source
    3. Building basic SQL queries
    4. Using data controls
    5. Data binding
    6. Using XML data
    7. Displaying and modifying data
    8. Locating Internet resources
  7. Configuring a Web Application
    1. Global Application Files
    2. Application Configuration
    3. Session Configuration
    4. Maintaining State with Cookies
    5. Protecting Privacy on the Internet
    6. Securing data on the Internet
      1. Page-level authentication
      2. Authenticating users within the application
  8. Integrating Web applications with other applications
    1. Creating rotating banner ads
    2. Detecting browser and client software
    3. Sending e-mail from the Web application
    4. Uploading files to the Web server
    5. Storing and retrieving data from a file
    6. Locate other third party Web services
  9. Creating and Using Web Services
    1. Introduction to XML
    2. Overview of SOAP
    3. Using Web Services Description Language (WSDL)
    4. Creating a Web service
    5. Calling a Web service
    6. Creating portable Web based applications
  10. Building Web Server Applications
    1. Business applications
    2. Commerce applications
      1. Business to Business
      2. Business to Consumer
  11. Current Trends and Topics

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

  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 

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

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.