Topic modules covered, fall 2012

Week 1

Syllabus -- what does our class cover?
Syllabus -- Class procedures and material
Read the syllabus and other general information
About the electronic text
Using the topic modules
More on what we cover

Week 2

Computer components
List servers
Michael Wesch on the classroom, discussion and learning
Internet writing is important
Reading and writing on the Internet
Writing short documents

Week 3

Application characteristics
Network versus stand-alone applications
Using the Google Docs word processor
What is a Web log (blog)?
Embedded computers
Information flow inside a computer

Week 4

Google Plus
What is a program?
program execution (CIS majors)

Week 5

What "they" know about you and how they use it
Internet surveillance
URL -- uniform resource locator
Create a blog
Internet reading (and writing) Zen
Conversational writing
Internet reading (CIS only)

Week 6

Retrieving a Web page
HTTP, the hypertext transfer protocol
Conversational writing
Network services, pros and cons
Citizen journalism
Data quantity -- how much data?
IP packets and addresses

Week 7

What is a wiki?
Using a wiki
Evolution of a wiki page
Rating and reputation on the Internet
Popular Web client and server software
Retrieving complex pages -- its all bits
The democratization of application development

Week 8

Using Twitter
Counting -- number system (CIS majors)
Text editor versus word processor
Fair use of copyrighted material

Week 9


Week 10

What is image processing?
Image characteristics
Image used in demonstration
Long image used in demonstration
An image processing session
An image processing demonstration

Week 11

A short history of tools for collaboration
Collaborative writing
Image layers
Data + code → information

Week 12

Audio processing overview
Audio processing demonstration
Audio recording
Editing speech with Audacity
Configure Audacity to export .mp3 files
Image compression
Image compression demonstration

Week 13

Data type evolution
Moving packets across the Internet
Encoding images
Compressing audio

Week 14

Introducing HTML
Attributes of HTML tags
How geeks see the (object oriented) world
Short HTML reference
Your account on
The Filezilla FTP client
Including images in Web pages
HTML links

Week 15

Connectivity overview
RGB color
Technology progress
Exponential growth
Recording and encoding audio data
Web history and Internet culture
Application deployment evolution
Deploying cloud applications with Bitnami (CIS majors)

Week 16

Final exam