IST 411– Distributed-Object Computing

Section 1 (3 credits)
Spring 2015


Bill Cantor                                  


Phone: (717) 771-4143

Office: 226 ISTC

Office Hours:

  •  will be available for most of the day on Tuesday and Thursday with the exception of my scheduled classes. Feel free to drop by on these days if I am in my office. Otherwise, my scheduled hours are as follows:
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
  • by appointment

Class Meeting Time

Tuesday: 104 ISTC 10:40 - 11:55 AM


104 ISTC

10:40 - 11:55 AM

If the campus is operating under a two-hour delay, the class will meet 12:20 - 1:25.


Advanced Java programming with an introduction to enterprise computing including web based and distributed-object techniques. Database integration with Java will also be covered.


  • IST 311


  • To understand and to be able to program using threads, sockets and JDBC.
  • To be able to utilize threads, sockets and a database in a single project.
  • To understand and to be able to create interactive web pages using Java web technologies.
  • To be able to utilize Java web technologies in conjunction with a database in a single project.

Required Materials

  Java How to Program 9th Edition Java Servlets and JSP
  Java How to Program, 9/e
Paul Deitel, Harvey Deitel
ISBN-13:  978-0132575669
Murach's Java Servlets and JSP (3rd Edition) by Joel Murach and Michael Urban
 ISBN 978-1-890774-78-3

Other Requirements

  • *PSU computer system User ID & Password
  • Familiarity with Angel

*These items can be obtained in room 106 ISTC.

Tentative Schedule





Introduction/NetBeans/Threads Deitel Chapter 26


Threads Deitel Chapter 26


Sockets and Networking Deitel Chapter 27


Sockets and Networking Deitel Chapter 27


JDBC Deitel Chapter 28


JDBC Deitel Chapter 28


Java Web Introduction Murach Chapters 1-3


Servlets Murach Chapters 4-5


JSP Murach Chapters 6-7


Advanced Markup Murach Chapters 8-10


Database Murach Chapters 11-13


Advanced Java Web topics Murach Chapters 14-21


Advanced topics/Project  


Advanced topics/Project  


Advanced topics/Project  

Note: The reading is to be completed prior to the start of class. Class lectures will not be used to cover everything in the readings. Students are expected to know the material given in reading assignments whether or not it is covered in class.

Test Schedule

Exam 1   February 12th

Exam 2  April 9th

Lecture Policy

During lectures (unless specifically directed otherwise) do not use your computer.

Attendance and Grading Policy

ON-TIME ATTENDANCE is REQUIRED of all students.  Attendance will be taken at all lectures. Students who arrive late must see the instructor at the end of class to ensure that their attendance is counted.

You will be permitted to miss 2 classes without penalty. Any more than 2 missed classes will require giving a formal excuse to the instructor immediately upon your return to class. Excuses will only be granted for legitimate reasons such as illness, family emergency, etc.  Adequate documentation must be provided.

Students are also responsible for all work required by the course unless specifically exempted by the instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to make up any missed work during an absence. If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to get class notes from another student.

Without proof of emergency or illness, students will receive a zero for missed tests, quizzes or assignments. In order to schedule a make-up exam, the instructor must be notified within 24 hours of the missed class.



5% (includes participation in IST Spring Event)





Exams 40%


Letter grades will be assigned according to the following scale:

94 – 100


90 - 93


87 - 89


84 - 86


80 - 83


77 - 79


70 - 76


60 - 69


below 60


Assignment Policy

Assignments are due on or prior to the due date.  Additional time may be granted if you reach out for help in advance of the deadline.  Please double check your submission to the dropbox.

Academic Integrity

All students are expected to act with civility, personal integrity; respect other students' dignity, rights and property; and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their own efforts. An environment of academic integrity is requisite to respect for self and others and a civil community.

Academic integrity includes a commitment to not engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty include cheating or copying, plagiarizing, submitting another persons' work as one's own, using Internet sources without citation, fabricating field data or citations, "ghosting" (taking or having another student take an exam), stealing examinations, tampering with the academic work of another student, facilitating other students' acts of academic dishonesty, etc.

Academic dishonesty violates the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromises the worth of work completed by others. A student should avoid academic dishonesty when preparing work for any class. If charged with academic dishonesty, students will receive written or oral notice of the charge by the instructor. Students who contest the charge should first seek resolution through discussion with the faculty member or the campus Director of Academic Affairs. If the matter is not resolved, the student may request a hearing with the Commonwealth College Committee on Academic Integrity at the campus.

Sanctions for breaches of academic integrity may range (depending on the severity of the offense) from F for the assignment to F for the course. In severe cases of academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to, stealing exams or "ghosting" an exam, students may receive a grade of XF, a formal University disciplinary sanction that indicates on the student's transcript that failure in the course was due to a serious act of academic dishonesty. The University's statement on Academic Integrity from which the above statement was drawn is available at:

Where To Find Assistance

  1. Ask questions in class
  2. Ask other students
  3. The Nittany Success Center, Rooms 107 and 108 of the Main Classroom Building
  4. E-mail questions to me:
  5. Office hours (226 ISTC)
  6. Schedule appointment (, 771-4143)

Computer Use and Network Security

Students are expected to abide by the Penn State Policy AD20 Computer and Network Security. Violations of this policy can result in termination of privileges, academic probation, expulsion from Penn State or criminal prosecution.

Students With Disabilities

Penn State is committed to providing access to a quality education for all students, including those with documented disabilities. If a student has a disability and wishes an accommodation for a course, it is the student's responsibility to obtain a University letter confirming the disability and suggesting appropriate accommodation. This letter can be requested from the York campus Disability Contact Liaison, Dr. Cora Dzubak, Nittany Success Center.  

Students are encouraged to request accommodation early in the semester so that, once identified, reasonable accommodation can be implemented in a timely manner.


This syllabus is subject to revision by the instructor.

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