LBSC 690


You are invited to imagine a world where technology helps solve our toughest problems...

Throughout the semester we will be proposing solutions, new approaches, innovative design directions to problems that have been identified by the United Nation's Millennium Goals . For the two Web Portfolio Projects the following UN Goals will be addressed:

  1. Universal Education
  2. Ending Poverty and Hunger


Web Portfolio
    36 points x 2 goals
72 points
Class Participation
    3 points x 16 weeks
48 points
Final Project 80 points
Total 200 points
For the Final Project you will be able to pick from any of the remaining 6 UN Goals to address:
  1. Gender/Equity
  2. Child Health
  3. Maternal Health
  4. Combat HIV/AIDS
  5. Environmental Sustainability
  6. Global Partnership

Class Participation

Each class is critical to your learning experience. Your energy in contributing to class discussions, small-group exercises, and on-going technical work will be important. Therefore, coming to class prepared (e.g., reading all course readings, working on projects, etc.) will be necessary to receiving full credit for class participation.

Web Portfolio Goals

To complete each web portfolio goal you will utilize both the concept readings and the technology skills presented. These projects will be worked on both at home and in class. On the day it is due you will submit your project and present it for 5 minutes in class. All Web Portfolio Goals must be submitted to the class WIKI by 11am the day they are due. If it is not submitted on time that day, your grade will be reduced by 5 points. For each subsequent day it is late your grade will be reduced by 5 points. (your best possible grade being a 'B'). Each day it is late thereafter you will lose 5 additional points (e.g., submitting one day late would reduce your grade by 5 additionl points). All projects will be graded on content, tool use, and information presentation in the following form.You will have 2 Web Portfolio Goals to complete, due weeks: 6 and 11. If you have never used a WIKI, see me and we will go over a few basics. All Web Goals will be graded for content, writing structure, and presentation in the following form.

The 1st Web Portfolio Goal:
Propose an interface and stucture for a Digital Library that will support Universal Education Demonstrate your knowledge of basic HTML including lists, tables, images, sounds, and video. Also include two or more JavaScript components.

The 2nd Web Portfolio Goal:
Propose an interface and stucture for a Social Networking site that will support ending poverty and hunger. Demonstrate your knowledge of basic HTML, JavaScript, Style Sheets (CSS), forms, and databases.

Final Project & Presentation

You can choose among the remaining six UN Goals (see above) to address. Use all of the technical skills you have learned over the semester to propose a prototype that addresses your chosen goal. This proposed prototype can be in the following technology areas (only 1 need be chosen): moble technologies, digital archives, an online tutorial, ecommerce, or another emerging technology that may have social implications in fighting or supporting these UN-identified challenges.

NOTE: All pieces of the final project website must be submitted by the last day of classes at 11:00am. If it is not submitted on time that day, your grade will be reduced by 9 points. For each subsequent day it is late your grade will be reduced by 5 points (the best your grade can be will be a 'B'). All final projects will be graded in the following form .

Academic Integrity

The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. Please visit the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, for more information.