Course Syllabus

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Meet the Course Designer

Nauman Chaudhry

Meet the Course Instructor

Pam Van Londen

Course Introduction

In this course, we will learn the concepts and technologies needed to build modern web applications. We will learn how to build interactive, dynamic websites which can persist data from one visit to the next. We will learn about HTML and CSS, and will use JavaScript as the programming language for implementing our programs.  Other technologies we will use include Node.js, Express, React and MongoDB.

Course Syllabus

A syllabus document is available as a pdf file .

Course Schedule

A weekly course schedule is available as a pdf file .

Syllabus Quiz

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Instructional Staff

(Remember to contact us via Canvas Inbox.)

Instructor (Section 404, 405, 406) Nauman Chaudhry

Instructor (Section 400, 401, 402, 403) Pam Van Londen

TAs shared in all sections (subject to change):

  • GTA: Pavan Nallagoni
  • ULA: Hao Rong 
  • ULA: Tobi Fanibi
  • ULA: Gabriel Crew
  • ULA: Yuhe Chen
  • ULA: Hao Jai

Communication Policy

Grading or Regrading

We will attempt to grade the assignments within 7 days of the due date.  TA's are assigned to grade assignments based on student last names. The list changes for each assignment, based on enrollment changes so you may not always have the same TA/Grader.  

You can request a regrade on an assignment by replying in the Grades > Assignment > Comment box within 48 hours of receiving your grade. Include notes about which points were taken off, and why you feel your assignment/project does in fact meet the requirements. 

When requesting a regrade, the grade will NEVER be lower than when you made the request, unless we discover a case of academic dishonesty. We will not lower a grade for finding something else wrong. That said, please note that while reviewing your request we discover we made a mistake in taking points but also made a mistake in not deducting points, it is possible your grade will remain the same.

Assignment Extensions, Escalated Grading Questions & General Course Information

For Assignment extensions, escalated grading questions, and other general course information, please contact Instructor, Pam Van Londen, via Canvas Inbox. For general course questions, email both the instructors using Canvas inbox.

Assignments & Course Content

Ask questions about assignments and course content, on the Ed discussion board, as opposed to direct messages to the instructors or the TAs, in order to help make these questions and answers available to everyone. You will also get an answer to your question far faster by posting in the Ed discussion board than by emailing or sending a private message, as there are more than a hundred people looking at those discussion boards.

Personal Questions

For personal questions, you can email the instructor of your section using Canvas inbox.

Office Hours & Real-Time Communication

We will conduct office hours using Microsoft Teams using the Team created for this course. The times for office hours are listed on the course homepage.

You can find more information about installing Teams and about joining the Team for CS 290 on the Using Teams and Ed Discussion page. You can find the link for the CS 290 Team for the current quarter in the navigation tab on the left.

You can also ask questions of other students on Teams. However, if the instructors or the TAs are not on Teams when the question is asked, don't count on us reading the scroll back to find a question you asked earlier: your primary method for getting help is still Ed.


Use Canvas Inbox to email instructors.

Response Time

We will strive to respond to email and Ed posts within two business days. We will aim to have the assignments graded within 7 days of the due date. Please note that we may not be accessible over the weekend and on holidays.

Tools to install

You will implement the assignments on your personal machine. You will need to install Node.js and MongoDB on your machine. For more information, see the page Software Configuration.

Here is a complete list of apps and libraries to install:

  • Visual Studio Code (optional, for coding and testing assignments).
  • Replit (for viewing/testing code in modules).
  • Microsoft Teams (for asking questions during scheduled office hours).
  • Ed Discussion (for asking coding and questions 24/7).
  • OSU Zoom (optional, if you want to have face-to-face office hours).
  • Node v14 only (starting week 1; versions 15, 16, 17 will not correlate with instructions).
  • Express, React, Rest, Mongoose libraries/dependencies (install only as needed for each assignment, using the terminal and npm).
  • MongoDB (starting week 7/8; install locally or via the Atlas Cluster server).

Course Summary:

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