Introduction to the Internet


CS 199

FALL 2004

Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 209

Office Hours:

Monday – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10:50 AM – 11:50 PM

Friday – 2 PM – 3 PM

You are welcome to drop by at other times or make an appointment !

Office Phone: 859-1335

Home Phone: 582-7632


Snow Phone/Cancellation Line: 859-1140


Class Schedule:

Tuesdays and Thursdays - From 9:25 AM to 10:40 PM in Room 126


Web 101 – Making the ‘Net Work for You by Wendy Lehnert (Addison -  Wesley) 

Materials Needed:

At least two formatted and labeled 3 ½” High-Density diskettes or a writable CD.  These can be purchased at the TC Bookstore.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Prerequisite: None

This course provides students with the ability to identify, understand, evaluate, and utilize the wide range of tools available on the Internet. The course addresses such topics as Internet research, web page construction, HTML, email management, buying online and personal safety.


By the end of the course, students should:

  • Understand many of the benefits and limitations of the Internet
  • Be aware of security and safety concerns when shopping online
  • Be able to utilize e-mail, discussion groups, newsgroups, chat rooms, and instant messaging
  • Be able to utilize the Internet and its resources (such as directories, virtual libraries, search engines, and specialized databases) for research
  • Be able to evaluate, import, and document online sources
  • Be able to create a Web page using MS Word
  • Be able to create a Web page using HTML


Each week students will have readings from the text as well as in-class or out-of-class projects.  Readings and assignments are posted in the schedule below.


A (94 - 100) A- (90 - 93) B+ (87 - 89) B (83 - 86) B- (80 - 82)

C+ (77 - 79) C (73 - 76) C- (70 - 72) D+ (67 - 69) D (63 - 66)

D- (60 - 62) F (below 60)



Attendance and Participation.........................................…...25%

Lab Projects and other Assignments....................................75%



Students are expected to attend all class sessions and to be prepared to discuss the assigned readings and written homework. If a student must miss a class session, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange other ways of obtaining the information covered in class. Please notify the instructor in advance if you have to miss a class. Students with excessive absences may not receive a passing grade.



Students who plagiarize papers and projects or cheat on exams will receive zeros for the work in question and may fail the course.


·        Changes in the syllabus and assignments may be modified as deemed appropriate by the instructor.   All changes will be announced in class.

·        Students with a disability who are requesting academic accommodations should contact Ellen McQuiston at the Center for Academic Support (CAS) and the instructor as soon as possible.




Important Links


Web 101 Student Web Site


 TC Information Technology Help


Technical Support Request


Thomas College Homepage


NOTE: Changes may be made to the schedule – so please check it on a regular basis!




Week of 8/30

READ Chapter 1 in Web 101 (First Things First)

Introduction to the Course and Online Resources

Basic Computer Concepts  (read sections 1.1-1.7)

Introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web  (read sections 1.8-1.10)

ASSIGNMENT DUE: Student Questionnaire  (available as a handout in class and online here)


LABOR DAY WEEKEND – No classes Monday, September 6th


Week of 9/6

READ Chapter 6 in Web 101 (Find What You Want – Fast!) including Above and Beyond

Internet Research Part I

Directories and Virtual Libraries

Using Search Engines (read sections 6.1-6.3)

Working With Queries (read section 6.4)

Content Delivery and Quality Control (read sections 6.5-6.9)

Metacrawler      Dogpile      Alta Vista       Yahoo      Google       Vivisimo



Week of 9/13

READ Chapter 7 in Web 101 (Joining A Virtual Community) (Above and Beyond Section Optional)

Internet Research Part II

Searching Library Catalogs    

UMS libraries   

INFO Trac etc. at Thomas College  

Finding Email Addresses, Phone Numbers, and Maps

Discussion Groups and Usenet (read sections 7.1-7.5)

Chat Rooms (read sections 7.6-7.8)

Citing Web and Internet Resources


Week of 9/20

READ Chapter 8 in Web 101 (Software On The Internet) (Above and Beyond Section Optional)

Downloading Files (read sections 8.1-8.3)

Finding and Installing Software  (read sections 8.4-8.7)

FTP Archives and Software Management  (read sections 8.8-8.10)


Week of 9/27

READ Chapter 11 in Web 101 (Encryption and the Internet) (Above and Beyond Section Optional)

Encryption Basics  (read sections 11.1-11.3)

Digital Signatures and Counterfeit Keys  (read sections 11.4-11.6)

Digital Certificates and Key Authentication  (read sections 11.7-11.9)


Week of 10/4

READ Chapter 9 in Web 101 (Power Tools for the Internet) (Above and Beyond Section Optional)

Power Tools I (read sections 9.1-9.3)

Power Tools II  (read sections 9.4-9.5)

Power Tools III  (read sections 9.6-9.7)


Columbus Day Weekend –NO CLASSES Monday and Tuesday October 11 and 12


Week of 10/11

READ Chapter 10 in Web 101 (E-Commerce) (Above and Beyond Section Optional)

Online Shopping Basics  (read sections 10.1-10.3)

E-commerce Safeguards and Risks  (read sections 10.4-10.6)


Week  of 10/18

Marketing on the Internet

Customer Service


Week of 10/25

Selling Services

Value-Added Marketing


Week of 11/1


Evaluating Websites


Week of 11/8

Creating Web Pages Part I

Creating Web Pages Using Word


Week of 11/15

READ Chapter 4, 5, and Appendix C in Web 101 including Above and Beyond

Creating Web Pages Part II (read sections 4.1-4.3) (advanced students read sections 5.1-5.2)

Creating Web pages using HTML:

Adding Graphics  (read section 4.4 )   (advanced students read sections 5.3)

Three Types of Hyperlinks  (read section 4.5)  (advanced students read sections 5.4)

Tables and Frames  (read sections 4.6-4.7)  (advanced students read sections 5.5)

Uploading Files to a Web Server  (read sections 4.8-4.9)  (advanced students read sections 5.6-5.7)

Copyright Laws and the Web  (read section 4.10)



Week of 11/22

Developing Your Own Web Page I


Thanksgiving Break – November 24-26 – NO CLASSES


Week of 11/29

Developing Your Own Web Page II


Week of 12/6

 Developing Your Own Web Page III


Week of 12/13



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This syllabus may be changed at the discretion of the instructor.

Last Revised: September 13, 2004