CIS133DA -- The Internet/World Wide Web -- Class Syllabus
Section 3400 -- 3 Credits -- Spring 2002
Class Web site: http://www.jqjacobs.net/edu/cis133/
James Q. Jacobs, Instructor.  E-mail.
Home phone/message:  (8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.)
Course Description:  Overview of the Internet/WWW and its resources. Hands-on experience with various Internet/WWW communication, resource discovery, and information retrieval tools. Web page development also included. Prerequisites: None.

Classes are held on Mon. and Wed., Jan. 14 to May 1, from 11:00 to 12:50 p.m. in Room BA1W on the Dobson campus.

Revised Course Schedule:
Course content and schedule may vary to meet the needs of the class.
Class assignments
are separately described.
Topics. Linked Readings and References.
Jan. 14 Tutorial 1

The World Wide Web history and description. Getting connected. Client/server concepts. Hypertext and hypermedia concepts. Readings:  PBS overview of the history of the Internet. Internet uses, philosophy. Terminology.

Jan. 21 Tutorial 3

Using browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Communicator.

Jan. 28 Tutorial 2 & 7 E-mail. Netscape Messenger. Outlook Express.
Feb. 4 Tutorial 4 & 5 Searching the Web. Information Resources. Online education.
Feb. 11 Tutorial 6

QUIZ 1. File Transfer Protocol. Downloading Software.

Feb. 18 Tutorial 8 Chat. Newsgroups. Listservers.
Feb. 25 Tutorial 9 Multimedia, plug-ins, players, extensions, helpers.
Mar. 4 Tutorial 10 E-Commerce. HTML. Using Netscape Composer.
Mar. 11  
Mar. 18  
QUIZ 2. Analyzing Web sites. Page Design. HTML editors.
Mar. 25 HTML 1 Creating a Web page. Formatting Text.
April 8 HTML 2 HTML and Web page code. Links.
April 15 HTML 3 Working with Color and Graphics. Photoshop.
April 22 HTML 4 QUIZ 3. Tables and Frames.
April 29 HTML 5 Publishing. Web Page Presentations. Quiz 3 due.
May 6   Final Test at 11:00 a.m.
More readings will be linked from the topics of this page as the course progresses.
You are responsible for checking this page online for weekly changes.

Course Competencies:

1. Define the Internet/WWW.
2. Identify common uses of the Internet/WWW.
3. Explain the concepts of culture, ethics, and privacy as they relate to the Internet/WWW.
4. Describe procedures and requirements for connecting to the Internet/WWW.
5. Identify and use proper asynchronous and synchronous communication services available on the Internet/WWW.
6. Analyze and evaluate various resource discovery systems available on the Internet/WWW.
7. Use popular resource discovery systems available on the Internet/WWW.
8. Perform information search and retrieval operations using Internet/WWW services.
9. Analyze and evaluate effective and non-effective Web pages.
10. Create a basic home page sheet.
11. Enhance a basic home page sheet.
12. Control input with Web pages.

Course Outline:

I. Internet/WWW Philosophy, Culture, and Norms
  • Definition of the Internet/WWW
  • Uses of the Internet/WWW
  • Ethics and codes of conduct
  • Privacy issues

II. Connecting to the Internet/WWW

III. Internet/WWW Communication Services

  • Electronic mail programs
  • Electronic mail addressing conventions
  • Mailing List
  • On-line person-to-person chat systems
  • On-line multiparty chat systems
IV. Internet/WWW Resource Discovery Systems
  • Menu systems
  • Hypertext systems
  • Library systems

V. Access to Internet/WWW Data Archives

VI. Web Page Analysis

  • Effective sites
  • Non-effective sites
  • Strategies for Web page development

VII. Home pages

  • Basic HTML codes
  • Enhancement codes
    • Formatting
    • Linking
    • Graphics

VIII. Input Control

  • Forms
  • Tables

ASSESSMENT: Grades will be based on completion of assignments, quality of projects, quizzes and an objective test. Evaluation: The letter grade you earn in the class will be based upon your scores as follows: Quizzes 30%, Assignments 30%, Lab Projects 20%, Final Test 20%. All assignments will be worth a specific number of points. Points may be deducted for missed due dates. Your total points at the completion of the course will determine your grade. The scale is as follows: 100 - 86% = A, 86 - 72% = B, 72 - 60% = C, 60 - 50% = D, 50 - 0% = F

MATERIALS: Electronic storage media (diskettes will suffice).
TEXT: The Internet, 2nd Edition, ISBN 0-619-01938-7 required. Creating Web Pages with HTML 2nd Edition, by Patrick Carey, ISBN 0-619-01967-0 required.

LAB: You will need an MCC student ID card to access the Multiuse Lab.

ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Each class builds on previous topics and activities. Three unexcused absences may reduce your grade 10% and four may result in being dropped from the course. Any modification in attendance must be arranged with the instructor in advance, or it will be unexcused.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: Class will be a combination of lab, lecture and hands-on tutorials.  You should read the text before doing the exercises in class. Feel free to help one another except in testing situations. You are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the learning process. A creative and enjoyable environment is a better learning environment. If, for some reason, you are not enjoying this class bring it to my attention.
The policy of the Maricopa Community Colleges is to provide an educational, employment and business environment free of unwanted sexual harassment. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion. Details of the policy are found in the Student Handbook and your are responsible for knowing them.

DISABILITIES or SPECIAL NEEDS: If you have a disability, including a learning disability, please see me after class, during my scheduled lab time, or e-mail me to discuss any accommodations you may need.

ACADEMIC ETHICS: I encourage cooperative and collective learning. However, you are responsible for completing your own work. Any form of academic dishonesty or its facilitation will be subject to disciplinary action. Institutional policy specifics are published in the Student Handbook and your are responsible for knowing them.

COMPUTER USE: You are responsible for knowing the standards and rules governing computer use on the campus. Violation of the Standards may result in your account termination and disciplinary action.

You are responsible for checking this page online for possible weekly changes in the class schedule and linked readings. If any other adjustments must be made to this syllabus, the changes will be provided in writing.

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