Web Database Management

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 248

       Course Name: Web Database Management

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces Web database technologies. Content includes hands-on activities and lectures to increase familiarity with methods used to create dynamic Web applications that interact with a data source, such as a relational database. Elective for majors of World Wide Web program. Recommended: CIS 171 and CAB 140 with a minimum grade of C in each course.

IV.   Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the strategies used to enable Web applications to interact with various data sources
  • Locate and evaluate sources Internet resources that provide technical information on how to create and maintain data-driven Web applications
  • Describe methods used to create a connection to a data source
  • Identify the objects, properties, and events within the Data Model  
  • Use basic SQL commands within a Web application
  • Create Web sites that display, insert, modify, and delete data from a database
  • Describe various client and server programming techniques required to manipulate data from the data source
  • Describe various tools available that can be used to create database-driven Web applications
  • Discuss business applications that utilize data-driven Web applications
  • Describe methods used to secure the data within the Web database

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. Overview of Web database processing
    1. Client side processing
    2. Server side processing
    3. Internet protocols and standards
      1. XML, SOAP, HTTP, HTML
    4. Tools to create database-driven Web applications
  2. Internet Resources that relate to Web database processing
    1. Web sites
    2. Discussion lists
  3. Create Web page forms to collect data
    1. Data validation techniques
    2. Processing a form using server scripts
  4. Creating a connection do a data source
    1. Data Source Names (DSN)
    2. Connection Strings
    3. Connecting to an Access database
    4. Connecting to data sources (such as a SQL Server database)
  5. Introduction to Structured Query Language (SQL)
    1. Select Queries
    2. Insert, Delete, Update Queries
    3. Calculations and Group Functions
  6. Active X Data Object Model (ADO)
    1. Data objects, properties, and events
    2. Using objects to retrieve data
  7. Create Web sites that interact with the database
    1. display, insert, modify, and delete data from a table
  8. Using ASP pages to display and manipulate data
    1. Data binding
    2. Trouble shooting
  9. Identify business applications that utilize data-driven Web applications
    1. Membership Web sites
    2. Online catalogues
    3. Shopping carts
    4. Other business related Web database applications
  10. Database Security
    1. Encryption Standards
    2. Security Protocols
  11. Current 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 

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 www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

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.