Topic modules covered spring 2012

Week 1

Read the syllabus and other general information
Class coverage
About the electronic text
Using the topic modules
Presentation format

Week 2

Computer components
Embedded computers
List servers
Writing short documents
Class scope
About our class
Presentation on our electronic text

Week 3

Network versus stand-alone applications
What is a program?
Information flow inside a computer
program execution (CIS only)
Talk by Michael Wesch
Yahoo Groups
Using the Google Docs word processor
What is a Web log (blog)?

Week 4

Using Twitter
Writing tweets
Internet privacy
Survey design
Internet reading (CIS only)
Internet reading (and writing) Zen

Week 5

What "they" know about you and how they use it
Internet surveillance
URL -- uniform resource locator
Retrieving a Web page
Create a blog

Week 6

Conversational writing
Network services, pros and cons
Citizen journalism
What is a wiki?
Using a wiki
Evolution of a wiki page
Retrieving complex pages -- its all bits
IP packets and addresses

Week 7

Finding IP address, domain names and their owners
Popular Web client and server software
Application characteristics
Data quantity -- how much data?
The democratization of application development

Week 8


Week 9

Collaborative writing
A short history of tools for collaboration
Text editor versus word processor
Google Plus
What is image processing?
Image characteristics
Image processing demonstration

Week 10

Easter break -- help with homework
An image processing session
An image processing demonstration

Week 11

Moving packets across the Internet
Data type evolution
Audio recording
Editing speech with Audacity
Configure Audacity to export .mp3 files
Image compression
Image compression demonstration
Audio processing demonstration
Image compression demonstration

Week 12

Data + code → information
Connectivity overview
Your account on

Week 13

The Filezilla FTP client
Introducing HTML
Attributes of HTML tags
Short HTML reference
Text editor versus word processor
Communication link characteristics

Week 14

Encoding images
Including images in Web pages
HTML links

Week 15

RGB color
How much information in an image?
Recording and encoding audio data
TCP/IP from 10,000 feet
Compressing audio

Week 16

Technology progress
Exponential growth
Deploying applications in the cloud
RSS -- real simple syndication
Using Google’s RSS reader

Week 17

Final exam