CS 232 Ruby on Rails Development

Syllabus CS 232, Fall 2017 — D. Putnam @ CCSF

1 Course information

Table 1: Course information
Course CS 232 Ruby on Rails Development
CRNS Fall: 76728; Spring: 36588
Instructor Douglas Putnam
Sections 831
Time Available 24/7 online
Place CCSF’s online Learning Management System (Canvas)
Contact dputnam@ccsf.edu]
Web http://fog.ccsf.edu/~dputnam
Important Dates CCSF Academic Calendar

2 Catalog Description

CS232 Ruby on Rails (4 units)

Lec-3, Lab-3

Credit, Degree Applicable

P/NP Available

Prerequisites: CS 132A or demonstration of CS 132A exit skills

Advise: CNIT 132

Description: Learn to develop data driven web applications using Ruby on Rails. The course covers all of the core aspects of the framework including Activerecord, ERB, Rails Controller classes, Action Mailer, and application testing. CSU

3 Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)


  • Describe Rails’approach to web application architecture
  • Create a MySQL schema using Rails Migrations
  • Create ActiveRecord objects that encapsulate interaction between Rails and MySQL
  • Write Rails controllers and actions that produce data-driven content in response to browser requests
  • Use a Ruby templating language to generate HTML to be rendered in web browsers
  • Send and receive email programmatically in a Rails application
  • Write unit tests and functional tests to verify code quality
  • Describe methods of deploying Rails applications
CS 232 Course Proposal of Record

4 Prerequisites and Advisories

You will get the most benefit from the course if you have at least a basic knowledge of programming concepts: loops, conditions, variables, array, etc, and if you have some familiarity with HTML. During the course we will include tutorial material that covers the Ruby features that are useful for Rails programming.

  • Prerequisite: CS 132A Ruby Programming or equivalent skills. Equivalent skills include introductory programming courses from Treetop, Codeschool, edX, Mit Opencourseware, Udemy, and Try Ruby. If you have questions about Ruby equivalency, please contact me at dputnam@ccsf.edu.
  • Advisory: CNIT 132 (HTML)

5 Textbooks

There is no required textbook for this course. Our workbook will be Michael Hartl’s excellent and up-to-date online book Ruby on Rails Tutorial with additional material created for this course.

5.1 Recommended Books

Rails is constantly evolving and growing and many of the excellent books written about Rails. Some older books are valuable for the basic information they contain. Rails 2, 3, and 4 share many common principles, and the Agile development process is the same with all versions of Rails. The books I list below provide a solid foundation for working with all versions of Rails.

6 Disabled Student Programs & Services

Any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services. Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided. For additional information, you may contact the Student Disability Services office by voice at 415-452-5481, by TDD at 415-452-5481.

For more information about CCSF’s DSPS services, please visit the DSPS Web Site.

7 Your RAM ID

Before you can log in to the CCSF learning management system and some other CCSF online services, you will have to claim your RAM ID. If you have problems with the claiming process, contact the CCSF Helpdesk at 415-239-3711 or call toll-free at 844-693-4357.


The CCSF learning management system (LMS) is where you will find the course weekly readings, assignments, discussions, exams and grades. This system is often referred to as “Canvas”. The CCSF Online Learning Team will send you an orientation email with login instructions before the first day of the semester. To log in to the LMS you need a valid CCSF RAM ID.

9 Methodology

The course is offered 100% online. There are no face-to-face meetings in this course. Most of your time will be spent reading, doing practice exercises, and writing programs to solve problems as part of assignments. The online readings (organized by weeks) provide a structured learning path. Sometimes you will get stuck. At that point you can receive help from me and your classmates by posting your questions to the class discussion forums.

10 Weekly effort

This course requires the same commitment as a face-to-face class. In some ways an online course is more challenging because you will be working on your own. You will doing the reading, exercises, exams, and the coding assignments just as you would for a classroom course. Expect to spend about three hours of study time for each unit. Keeping up with lectures and assignments and turning in your work on time is crucial to your success.

11 Accounts

As a registered student, you will have two CCSF accounts: one on https://ccsf.instructure.com, CCSF’s Learning Management System (LMS), and one on hills.ccsf.edu (Hills), CCSF’s Linux server.

Your CCSF LMS and Hills accounts will be automatically created and activated when you are officially registered for the class. The account creation process may take a day or two from the time you register. These two accounts are not related — you will have different user names and passwords for these accounts. Over time all CCSF accounts will be managed with a single set of credentials.

11.1 Hills

Your Hills account (hills.ccsf.edu) is a standard Linux shell account with access to the web server.

11.2 Your initial Hills password

Your RAM ID name and password do not work with your Hills Linux account. Calculate your initial’s Hills password by following this step-by-step process:


  • The first three letters of your birth month, followed by
  • Two numbers for the day of your birth, followed by
  • Two numbers for the year of your birth, then followed by
  • A period (.) and your first and last name initials.

EXAMPLE: If you were born on 8/2/99 and your name is Sheryl Razkofsky, your initial password would be: aug0299.sr.

12 Attendance policy

There’s no roll call taken in this course. However, CCSF requires that students be academically engaged. If you become inactive at any point in the semester, you will be considered “academically inactive”, which simply means not doing the coursework, not taking quizzes, and not turning in assignments in a timely manner. If you become inactive in the course for an extended period at any time during the semester, I will contact you to discuss that actions you must take to prevent being dropped from the course.

If you must become temporarily inactive, contact me by email before your absence so that I do not drop you.

CCSF Attendance Policy

13 Class participation

Class participation in this course is implemented with discussion forums. Throughout the semester there will be graded participation assignments that require you to contribute to the class discussion. Class participation is worth 5% or your final grade.

14 Grading

Table 2: Final Grade weighting
Letter %
A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 65-69
F < 65
Table 3: How grades are apportioned
Coursework %
Graded assignments 60
Final Exam 15
Ungraded Exercises 10
Quizzes 10
Class participation 5

15 Exams & quizzes

All exams and quizzes will take place on the CCSF LMS, including the midterm and final exams.

16 Assignments

This is a skill-building course with weekly ungraded coding exercises and/or graded assignments. Turning in work on time is a gradable component of the exercises and assignments. Definitive due dates for the coursework are always available on the class calendar.

  • You can develop your programs on any computer.
  • If you are in a Ruby, Python, Perl, or PHP course, your code must run correctly on Hills.
  • If you are in a Rails or WordPress/Drupal course, your code will run on your own computer or on a cloud hosting services specified in the assignment.

16.1 Make-up assignments, do-overs, and extra credit

There are no make-up exams or assignments in this course. To earn extra credit, complete all of the assigned exercises, assignments, and quizzes, and only then propose an interesting project that you want to pursue for limited additional credit.

16.2 Assignment schedule

  • Assignments will be released Monday night by midnight. and will be due midnight Monday of the following week.
  • Solutions to exercises and assignments will be given Wednesdays.
  • If you have questions about the assignments, ask them before the due date.

16.3 Timeliness

  • To receive full credit, turn in your work on time.
  • Assignments turned in late will receive partial credit, with scores reduced by 5 points for each day late.
  • Assignments turned in after the solutions are made public will receive a maximum score of 50%.
  • If you have a verifiable documented reason for turning in an assignment late, contact me by email before the assignment is due.

17 Tutoring for Computer Science courses

CCSF provides tutoring for students enrolled in Computer Science courses. Follow the instructions on the Learning Assistance Center’s Online Tutoring page to create your account. CCSF students get up to 20 hours assistance free per semester.

18 Collaboration policy

Unless instructed otherwise, collaboration is encouraged on specific components of the coursework. When you collaborate on a graded assignment, you must explicitly credit work done by others.

Not all academic coursework can be collaborative: there are activities that you alone are responsible for. The lists below clarify what coursework can be done in collaboration and what cannot.

Work you can do with others

  • Exercises, homework, and labs.
  • Discussions with others about general concepts and materials in each course.
  • Presenting ideas and written work to classmates or others for comment or criticism.
  • All participants in a collaboration must be listed when you turn in your work.
  • The class forums cannot be used for collaboration.

Work you have to do on your own

  • Exams. Exams must be your own work. You cannot submit the work of any other person.
  • You cannot allow anyone else use your user name and/or password to access course material.
  • You cannot engage in any activity that would dishonestly improve your results, or improve or hurt the results of others.
  • You cannot post answers to discussion forums for problems that are being used to assess student performance. You can post your lab solutions on the class forums after the due date has passed.
  • You cannot discuss any currently open exams. If you have questions or comments about the exams, send me an email at dputnam@ccsf.edu.
  • You can discuss exams on the forums once their due date has passed.
  • Do not post solutions for open assignments.
  • Do not use the forums to ask for help with exercises or graded assignments

19 Class discussion forums

Since there are no face-to-face meetings in this course, all class discussion is through the LMS discussion forums. When you have questions about the reading or about a coding assignment, post your questions to the class discussion forums where your classmates can join in the discussion. I will monitor the forum discussions during the weeks and respond when necessary.

If you have a personal question regarding your grade or other matters, please send it to dputnam (at) ccsf (dot) edu.

19.1 Forum Etiquette

Before you ask a question on the forums,

  1. Do the assigned reading before posting a question. The answers to many of your questions are in the reading assignments.
  2. Read through forums to see if your question has already been asked.
  3. Search Google and Stack Overflow for answers to your questions before posting them to the class forums.
  4. Take the time to re-read your questions/answers for errors before actually posting them.
  5. If you post a question, then figure out the answer yourself, don’t leave your question hanging — post your answer to your own question.
  6. Be patient. Posting a question to the forum doesn’t mean that you will get an instantaneous answer. Don’t re-post your question if it’s not answered immediately.
  7. When answering questions, refrain from giving your solutions to the assignments. Rather, be a mentor. Give guidance, such as page numbers in the reading or links to relevant resources. You can even show clarifying examples.
  8. No code sharing of open assignments is allowed on the forums. Don’t post your lab code on the forums until after the assignment has been closed for two days. The forums are not intended for collaboration — you can collaborate outside of the forums.
  9. Breaches of CCSF Computer Policy are never acceptable.

20 Dropping the course

If you decide to withdraw from the course, it is your responsibility to submit the drop order yourself. I will not drop you from the course unless you become academically inactive. You can log into your CCSF Web4 account to submit the drop order.

21 The Important Dates Calendar

During the semester there are important dates that you should be aware of, including the deadlines for dropping with a full or partial refund, changing grading from letter to P/NP, and the last day to drop with or without receiving a grade. Consult the CCSF Academic Calendar for an authoritative calendar of these important academic dates and deadlines.

Table 4: Summer semester important dates Fall semester important dates
Last day to drop full term classes for 100% refund Sep 1, 2017
Last day to add Sep 8, 2017
Last day to drop w/o “W” and to drop for 50% refund for international and non-residents Sep 13, 2017
Last day to choose Pass/No Pass grading option Sep 21, 2017
Last day to drop with “W” Nov 9, 2017

22 CCSF student code of conduct

Student conduct must conform to College rules and regulations as outlined in CCSF Student Code of Conduct.

23 Technical problems

If there are technical problems with the CCSF LMS or Hills that prevent you from taking an exam or submitting your assignment, I will extend the deadlines for effected quizzes and assignments. Deadlines will not be extended for technical problems with your personal hardware or network. Problems such as a your hard drive failing, a flaky wi-fi connection at the coffee shop, your computer catching a virus, etc. do not qualify for extensions.

24 Questions?

Got Questions? If you have any questions about this syllabus, please send them in an email to dputnam@ccsf.edu.

Author: Douglas Putnam Douglas Putnam Douglas Putnam (doug@iMac)

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