The idea is that students will use your application to see how their schedule will look as they pick their classes for the semester: do the classes overlap? do I have enough time to get from one class to the next? do I have time to grab lunch? etc. The top part of the screen shows the user the classes that USC is offering with a checkbox next to each one. When the user clicks on the checkbox for a class then that class automatically appears on the weekly schedules shown on the bottom of the screen.
I am not sure how the top half of the screen should look. We offer a lot of classes so it is impossible to fit them all in one screen. The mockup shows one possible way to handle this by using a tab for each department. But, I don't think this will work because there are too many departments. So, I leave it up to you to figure out a pleasing design. At worst (or, least?) you can just list all classes in a long list and provide a scroll bar, such minimal effort is enough for a C, but no more.
The schedule at the bottom should list each class along with its building number. It should be clear when two classes overlap.
When the student is done he can press the print button which will give him a page with only the classes he has chosen, including section numbers, and his weekly schedule.
a mockup of the page in XHTML/CSS. I suggest you use
divs with absolute positioning to achieve the
placement of the classes. I think that using a table for the
schedule will be much more complicated (think about it).
Glenn Ford from the registrar's office has kindly supplied me with a spreadsheet of this Spring's classes. You will use this data for your project. Note, however, that you will probably want to get the data in a more usable format, say XML or JSON, to make it easy to use in your program. Luckily, Jason Dew wrote a perl script csv2json.pl which turns that spreadsheet (well, its csv version) into JSON springClasses.js.
There are many obvious improvements to this system. Some of the ones I can think of are:
As will all the problem sets, you will hand them in using our department's dropbox.