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Friday, August 05, 2011

Introduction to Computers and Information Technology


Introduction to Computers
and Information Technology

COURSE DESCRIPTION

An introduction to the basics of personal computing and information technologies intended primarily for students majoring in humanities, social and behavioral sciences, or business management. Topics include principles of personal (single-user) computer systems, office automation, and information in a modern, networked (multi-user) computing environment. May not be taken for credit in addition to EST 100 or after any CSE or ISE course.

COURSE TOPICS

  • Introduction to IT
  • Computing Basics
  • Creating Documents
  • Numeric Processing
  • Managing Information
  • Digital Images
  • Digital Audio
  • Data Communications & Networks
  • The Internet
  • Data Compression
  • Computer Security
  • Emerging Digital Technologies

COURSE GOALS

At the end of the course you should have the following knowledge and skills:
  • Provide a conceptual understanding of how computer hardware and software work.
  • Introduce students to important classes of software applications such as text editors, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Explain the basic architecture and technologies of the Internet.

TEXTBOOK

 Exploring the Digital Domain - An Introduction to Computers and Information Fluency Exploring the Digital Domain - An Introduction to Computers and Information Fluency, 2nd Edition
by Kenneth Abernethy & J. Thomas Allen
ISBN: 0534407072 





MONDAY
FRIDAY
9/3

LABOR DAY
9/7
Lecture 1
Introduction
MONDAY
FRIDAY
9/14

ROSH HASHANAH
MONDAY
FRIDAY
9/21
Lecture 4
Essential Computing Concepts
(continued)

Lab 1
Lab Web Page Setup
MONDAY
FRIDAY
9/24
Lecture 5
The Internet
9/28
Lecture 6
The Internet
(continued)

Lab 2
WYSIWYG Web Page
MONDAY
FRIDAY
10/1
Lecture 7
XHTML
10/5
Lecture 8
XHTML
(continued)

Lab 3
XHTML Web Page
MONDAY
FRIDAY
10/8
Lecture 9
Software
10/12
Lecture 10
Software
(continued)

Lab 4
Word Processors
MONDAY
FRIDAY
10/15
Lecture 11
Managing Data
10/19
Lecture 12
Managing Data
(continued)

Lab 5
Spreadsheets
MONDAY
FRIDAY
10/22
Lecture 13
Databases
(watch 1-9, from599CD)
10/26
Lecture 14
Databases
(continued)

Lab 6
Databases
(Steps 1-16)
MONDAY
FRIDAY
10/29
Lecture 15
Exam Review
11/2
MIDTERM EXAM

NO LAB
MONDAY
FRIDAY
11/5
Lecture 17
Programming
11/9
Lecture 18
Programming
(continued)

Lab 7
CASE Tools (e.g. using TGE for making terrain)
MONDAY
FRIDAY
11/12
Lecture 19
More Programming
11/16
Lecture 20
More Programming
(continued)

Lab 8
Programming
MONDAY
FRIDAY
11/19
Lecture 21
More Programming
(continued)
11/23

SLEEPING DAY
MONDAY
FRIDAY
11/26
NO LECTURE
11/30
Lecture 23
Web 2.0

Lab 9
Wikis & Google Bombing
MONDAY
FRIDAY
12/3
Lecture 24
Internet Technologies
12/7
NO LECTURE OR LAB

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