Topic modules we covered, fall 2011

Week 1 and 2

Read the syllabus and other general information
About the electronic text
Using the topic modules
Presentation format
Class scope
About our class
List servers
Presentation on our electronic text

Week 3

Yahoo Groups
Reading and writing on the Internet
Computer components
Michael Wesch on the classroom, discussion and learning

Week 4

Writing short documents
Internet reading
Rating and reputation on the Internet
Creating a Twitter account

Week 5

Using Twitter
Application programs
Retrieving a Web page
Internet privacy
Using the Google Docs word processor
Survey design

Week 6

Application Program Interface (API)
Conversational writing
Network applications
Network applications -- pros and cons
Popular Web client and server software
Application characteristics

Week 7

Information flow inside a computer
Retrieving complex pages -- its all bits
IP packets and addresses
The Web – vision, prototype and product
Internet application development -- cheap and easy
What is a web log (blog)?
Steve Jobs

Week 8

Create a blog
History of IT platforms and IT literacy
The democratization of application development
Data quantity -- how much data?

Week 8

Midterm exam

Week 10

Collaborative writing
What is image processing?
Image characteristics
An image processing session
An image processing demonstration
Data + code → information

Week 11

Data type evolution
Representing numbers with bits
What is a wiki?
Creating a wiki using Wikispaces
Evolution of a wiki page
Image compression demonstration
Image compression
How much information in an image?
Counting (number systems) (CIS majors)

Week 12

Audio editing
Editing speech with Audacity
Configure Audacity to export .mp3 files
Your account on
The Filezilla FTP client
Introducing HTML

Week 13

Attributes of HTML tags
Short HTML reference
Text editor versus word processor
Encoding images
RGB color

Week 14

Including images in Web pages
HTML links
Technology progress
Exponential growth
Recording and encoding audio data
Compressing audio

Week 15

Beyond the textbook
A modular IT literacy course for the Internet era
Google Plus
TCP/IP from 10,000 feet