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CMSY 129 Principles of the Internet (Online)

The Internet provides worldwide communication capability and access to a vast amount of information.  It is also a source of misinformation and attacks on computers.  In this course, students learn about popular internet tools and applications.  Students will develop information literacy skills for searching for and evaluating information in the internet, and learn to protect their computers and themselves from security threats, hoaxes and scams.  The course introduces business, legal and intellectual property issues as they pertain to the internet.  Students will learn how to create web pages using HTML.  Familiarity with a computer, file management skills, and touch typing are strongly recommended for success in this class.  Credit will only be granted for one of the following: CMSY-126 or CMSY-129. (3 credit hours).

It is strongly recommended that you have regular access to a computer; familiarity with its operating system (Windows XP, Windows 7, Mac OS etc,); electronic file management skills (use of folders, file compression or zipping, sending and receiving files) before enrolling in the course.  A webcam and microphone would also be very helpful.

Credits3
PrerequisitesNone
InstructorAnjula Batra
OfficeDH-332
Phone(443) 518-4893
Emailabatra@howardcc.edu

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


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.

Major Course Topics

List the major topics:

  • Introduction to the Internet and the WWW
  • Browser Basics
  • Electronic Mail
  • Searching for Information
  • FTP and Downloading Data
  • Mailing Lists, Chat, Discussion Groups, and Newsgroups, Blogs
  • Internet Security
  • E-commerce
  • Introduction to XHTML
  • Controlling XHTML Text, adding graphics and Multimedia

Course Format

This course:

  • Is not self-paced. You will not be able to access units and activities until the assigned week. The course material is sequential. There is a specific timeline for the completion of each assignment in this class. Quizzes will be available for 1 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).
  • You will not be able to access units and activities until the assigned week. The course material is sequential. There is a specific timeline for the completion of each assignment in this class. Quizzes will be available for 1 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 based on the software called "Elluminate Live!" "Elluminate Live!" -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 optional.

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

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

Orientation

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.

Course Requirements

  1. Review the "What you should know before you register" section of the Distance Learning Homepage.
  2. Quizzes: each consisting of fifteen true/false and multiple choice questions.
  3. Various assignments.
  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.

Materials

Required:

Books bundle available in the HCC bookstore

Recommended:

At least two 3.5 disks or/and one usb drive. Use them to backup your class files or to keep copies of homework assignments. Buy your textbooks from our online Bookstore, or visit our Bookstore. (Maps)

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following software and plug-ins are required for this course:

Plain text editor such as Microsoft Notepad or NVU (free download from nvu.com) Flash Internet Explorer Netscape PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint QuickTime Real Player Windows Media Player Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

Exam

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 Anjula Batra, Abatra@howardcc.edu

Last updated on Nov. 11, 2010



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