Topic modules we covered, spring 2011

Week 1

Read the syllabus and other general information
About our class
About the electronic text
Using the topic modules

Week 2

List servers
Zen and the art of Internet reading (and writing)
Computer components
Michael Wesch on the classroom, discussion and learning

Week 3

Writing for the Internet
Writing short documents
Background survey
Application programs
Creating a Twitter account

Week 4

Using Twitter
Tweeting an image
Internet privacy
Using the Google Docs word processor

Week 5

Internet application development -- cheap and easy
Conversational writing
What is a Web log (blog)?

Week 6

Blog development and user interfaces
Application program interface
Network applications -- pros and cons
What is a wiki?
Creating a wiki using Wikispaces

Week 7

Text editor versus word processor
Retrieving a Web page
Retrieving a complex Web page -- its all bits
IP packets and addresses
Evolution of a wiki pageCollaborative writing
URL -- uniform resource locator

Week 8

Collaborative writing
What is image processing?
Image characteristics
An image processing session
An image processing demonstration

Week 9: midterm exam

Week 10: spring break

Image processing examples
Information in an image
You own your own words

Week 11

Image compression
Image compression demonstration
Data quantity -- how much data?
Data + code → information
Counting (number systems)
Audio editing
Editing speech with Audacity
Configure Audacity to export .mp3 files

Week 12

Your account on
The Filezilla FTP client
RSS -- real simple syndication
Using Google's RSS reader

Week 13

Introducing HTML
Attributes of HTML tags
Short HTML reference
HTML links

Week 14

Web history and Internet culture
HTTP, the hypertext transfer protocol
Connectivity overview
Including images in Web pages

Week 15

Bit Torrent (and copyright)
TCP/IP communication software
The Internet layer (IP protocol)
Ping and traceroute

Week 16

Encoding images
RGB color
Communication link characteristics
Technology progress
Exponential growth
Recording and encoding audio data
Audio compression
Course overview
Selected slides from the semester