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CMSY 129 Principles of the Internet

The Internet is an ever-growing repository of information, providing access to research databases, business forums, educational information, government and news sources, software programs, and worldwide communication capability. This course will introduce the student to all aspect of the Internet begin with the understanding of the technologies, followed by an understanding of Internet connection and use of popular Internet tools and applications. Additionally, we will discuss the legal, moral, ethical, and security issues associated with use of the Internet.

It is strongly recommended that you have regular access to a computer; familiarity with its operating system (Windows 98, Windows XP, etc.); electronic file management skills (use of folders, file compression or zipping, sending and receiving files) before enrolling in this course.

Credits:                             3
Prerequisites:                   None
Instructor:                        Rose Volynskiy
Office:                                DH-327
Phone:                               (443) 518-4114

Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Materials | Exams

Overall Course Objectives

Once you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the technical set-up requirements and choices for connecting to the Internet.
  • Use a variety of tools, including e-mail, web browsers, plug-ins, and search engines.
  • Discuss proper use and behavior associated with using the Internet.
  • Use basic XHTML coding for creating web pages and test, view and print the Web page.
  • Explain why the Internet is becoming more important for business.
  • Explain copyright and trademark law, and other legal issues in doing business.

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Major Course Topics

List the major topics:

  • Introduction to the Internet and the WWW
  • Browser Basics
  • Electronic Mail
  • Searching and Evaluating Information
  • FTP and Downloading Data
  • Collaboration and Communication Web 2.0 Tools and Applications
  • Internet Security
  • Introduction to XHTML
  • Controlling XHTML Text, adding graphics and Multimedia
Course Format

This course:

  • Is not self-paced.  The course material is sequential. There is a specific timeline for the completion of each assignment in this class. Quizzes will be available for one week, and may not be completed after the deadline. You are expected to check into the course every few days so you will know what is going on, what is due, and see if I have sent you an email (in case there is any modification or clarification to an assignment).
  • Does not require on-campus meetings, except for exams that are taken at the end of the semester, during the week assigned, in the HCC Test Center. (For more information on taking exam, see the "Exam" section below).
  • Does require participation in the virtual classroom will be used for live web conferencing with voice, video, chat, and desktop sharing for virtual lectures, instructions, questions, discussion, and code debugging. Students should have a broadband connection to the Internet, such as Cable, DSL, or FiOS. Students should also have headphones and a microphone plugged into their computer. Webcam are optional.

Some of the types of learning activities or assingments required are:

  • Read chapters in the textbook.
  • Read reference (Power Point Presentations) material which has been provided within the class.
  • Listen to podcasts and view videos.
  • Discuss a topic each week with the class.
  • Research various topics on the Internet.
  • Real-time mandatory chats.  (The time in the virtual classroom will be reserved.)
  • Creating basic web pages using XHML.

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Please check the list of scheduled orientations to see if this course has a face-to-face orientation. If a face-to-face orientation is scheduled, the list will provide specifics about date, time, and location.

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Course Requirements
  1. Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the Distance Learning Homepage.
  2. Submit and participate in various assignments.
  3. Quizzes: each consisting of fifteen true/false and multiple choice questions.
  4. Tests with true/false, multiple choice, term definition and Case Problem covering all material.
  5. At least two consecutive night’s attendance in a formal online group debate and participation in the virtual classroom.

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Required: Books bundle available in the HCC bookstore

Recommended: At least one USB drive.  Use it to backup your class files or to keep copies  of homework assignments. (Maps)
Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

The following software and plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Plain text editor such as Microsoft Notepad or NVU (free download from
  • Internet Exployer, Mozilla Firefox
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Word Viewer, if you don't have the full version of Microsoft Word
  •  QuickTime Real Player or Windows Media Player

For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has a final exam at the HCC Testing Center for students in the local region or at a regional institution for remote students. The exam will have a flexible window of time during which it needs to be taken rather than a single date and time.

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to Rose Volynskiy,

Last updated on 24-May-10.

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