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College Resource Center : Internet/E-mail : Internet: Navigation and Exploration : Syllabus

Internet Course Syllabus: Text and Web Course

Course Introduction

This course is an introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web. It is appropriate for those who have had little or no experience online and for those students who have had some experience and wish to become proficient in all aspects of the Internet. Topics covered include the World Wide Web, how to send electronic mail, how to use directories and search engines, how to use LISTSERVs, how to use usenet newsgroups, how to find, evaluate, and cite Internet information, how to manage and use information from the Internet and Web, how to use e-commerce, how to develop a personal Web page, and how to use World Wide Web software such as the Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer browsers.

Required Materials

  • Internet: Navigation and Exploration by Marold and Larsen, EMCParadigm, 2001.
  • Introduction to the Internet–Internet: Navigation and Exploration– Online Web Course by Marold and Larsen, EMCParadigm, 2001.
  • One or more 3 1/2 inch high-density (HD) diskette. Format capacity is about 1.44 MB. One small plastic carrying case to carry and protect your diskette(s). (Students to purchase.)
  • A Pentium PC or comparable Macintosh computer with a 28.8 K, or faster, modem and access to the Internet through an ISP (Internet Service Provider). A current Web browser such as Netscape 4.0 or Internet Explorer is recommended.
  • An e-mail account - you may use the email account provided by your ISP, or you may use your school’s email account.

Study Time

Outside of class time is estimated at 2 - 4 hours per week. This time should be spent reading assigned material in the texts, answering the discussion questions, completing the "Try It Out" exercises, doing the assigned projects, working on your Web page, and studying for your quizzes/exams.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Use a current operating system like Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, or XP on a personal computer to manage programs and print material from the Internet.
  • Use an Internet service provider (ISP) to connect to the Internet and send and receive email.
  • Understand and use the appropriate e-mail Netiquette.
  • Use Netscape or Internet Explorer to access the World Wide Web and other Internet components
  • Use search engines and effective search techniques to locate information about specific topics.
  • Understand the security elements of an E-commerce site and safely order from E-commerce sites.
  • Communicate with individuals at worldwide locations on the Internet.
  • Develop a personal Web page using a text editor like Notepad and a word processor like Microsoft Word.

How To Get The Most From This Course

  • Read and reread all assignments as many times as necessary for understanding.
  • Review the end-of-chapter summaries and key terms.
  • Review hard to understand terms using the text or online glossary.
  • Ask questions if anything is not clear.
  • Complete assigned hands-on tutorials/exercises.
  • Complete an online quiz when instructed by your instructor.
  • Experiment with other email functions, additional search engines, and Web sties of interest to you in addition to those assigned.

Course Sessions and Assignments:

Session 1

Session start date: __________ Session end date: __________

Complete the four Quick-Start tutorials (pps T.2 — T.17) to familiarize yourself with the basic steps for using the various aspects of the Internet/World Wide Web.

Note: the Web changes daily, and if a specific URL, search engine, or item in the tutorial is no longer available, select a similar one. The purpose of the tutorials is to get you started using the Web–not to access specific sites mentioned. If necessary, review Appendix A to be sure you are knowledgeable about the various components of a computer system.

Session 2

Session start date: __________ Session end date: __________

Read Chapter 1, including the side bars and the "Tips and Tools". Choose four of the "Try it Out" exercises and turn in either answers to the questions or a copy of your material. Note: You can access the Try It Out exercises from the book or from within the online course. To copy Web site information, select the material by highlighting it, click on Copy, open Word, and select Paste.) Review the end-of-chapter summary and key terms.

Web Course:

  • Complete session 1 of the online Web course: Introduction to the Internet. Be sure you can answer the review questions for each topic within the session. The review questions will be discussed in class.
  • Explore a minimum of four reading links found at the end of the topic segments and write a summary of your findings; print out the home pages of the sites you visited.
  • Select three topics presented in the session and use the key search terms provided or your own searches to explore the topics in greater depth. Print out your search results and compare your results in group discussions with your classmates.
  • Read and review the online session summary; identify any concepts that are not clear and reread those sections.
  • Complete all of the projects found in the Working the Web section and submit your work.
  • Complete all the exercises found in the Are We Connecting session. Hand in your answers for questions 1 and 2.
  • Take the chapter self test to check your understanding of this session.

Session 3

Session start date: __________ Session end date: __________

Read Chapter 2, including the side bars and the "Tips and Tools". Choose four of the "Try it Out" exercises and turn in answers to the questions or a screen capture of your work. Review the end-of-chapter summary and key terms.

Web Course:

  • Complete session 2 of the online Web course: Introduction to the Internet. Be sure you can answer the review questions for each topic within the session. The review questions will be discussed in class.
  • Explore a minimum of four reading links found at the end of the topic segments and write a summary of your findings; print out the home pages of the sites you visited.
  • Select three topics presented in the session and use the key search terms provided or your own searches to explore the topics in greater depth. Print out your search results and compare your results in group discussions with your classmates.
  • Read and review the online session summary; identify any concepts that are not clear and reread those sections.
  • Complete 3 of the 4 projects in Working the Web and submit your work.
  • Complete all the exercises found in the Are We Connecting Section. Hand in your answers for questions 1 and 3.
  • Take the chapter self test to check your understanding of this session.

Session 4

Session start date: __________ Session end date: __________

Read Chapter 3, including the side bars and the "Tips and Tools". Choose four of the "Try it Out" exercises and turn in answers to the questions or a screen capture of your work. Review the end-of-chapter summary and key terms.

Web Course:

  • Complete session 3 of the online Web course: Introduction to the Internet. Be sure you can answer the review questions for each topic within the session. The review questions will be discussed in class.
  • Explore a minimum of four reading links found at the end of the topic segments and write a summary of your findings; print out the home pages of the sites you visited.
  • Select three topics presented in the session and use the key search terms provided or your own searches to explore the topics in greater depth. Print out your search results and compare your results in group discussions with your classmates.
  • Read and review the online session summary; identify any concepts that are not clear and reread those sections.
  • Complete all of the projects found in the Working the Web and submit your work.
  • Complete all the exercises found in the Are We Connecting section. Hand in your answers for questions 1, 2, and 3.
  • Take the chapter self test to check your understanding of this session.

Session 5

Session start date: __________ Session end date: __________

Read Chapter 4, including the side bars and the "Tips and Tools". Choose four of the "Try it Out" exercises and turn in answers to the questions or a screen capture of your work. Review the end-of-chapter summary and key terms.

Web Course:

  • Complete session 4 of the online Web course: Introduction to the Internet. Be sure you can answer the review questions for each topic within the session. The review questions will be discussed in class.
  • Explore a minimum of four reading links found at the end of the topic segments and write a summary of your findings; print out the home pages of the sites you visited.
  • Select three topics presented in the session and use the key search terms provided or your own searches to explore the topics in greater depth. Print out your search results and compare your results in group discussions with your classmates.
  • Read and review the online session summary; identify any concepts that are not clear and reread those sections.
  • Complete 3 of 5 projects found in Working the Web and submit your work.
  • Complete all of the exercises found in the Are We Connecting section. Hand in your answers for questions 1, 2, and 3.
  • Take the chapter self test to check your understanding of this session.

Session 6

Session start date: __________ Session end date: __________

Read Chapter 5, including the side bars and the "Tips and Tools". Choose four of the "Try it Out" exercises and turn in answers to the questions or a screen capture of your work. Send an email to two of your friends and make a copy to turn in. Review the end-of-chapter summary and key terms.

Web Course:

  • Complete session 5 of the online Web course: Introduction to the Internet. Be sure you can answer the review questions for each topic within the session. The review questions will be discussed in class.
  • Explore a minimum of four reading links found at the end of the topic segments and write a summary of your findings; print out the home pages of the sites you visited.
  • Select three topics presented in the session and use the key search terms provided or your own searches to explore the topics in greater depth. Print out your search results and compare your results in group discussions with your classmates.
  • Read and review the online session summary; identify any concepts that are not clear and reread those sections.
  • Complete all of the projects found in the Working the Web section and submit your work.
  • Complete all of the exercises found in the Are We Connecting section. Hand in your answers for questions 1, 3, and 4.
  • Take the chapter self test to check your understanding of this session.

Sessions 7

Session start date: __________ Session end date: __________

Read Chapter 6, including the side bars and the "Tips and Tools". This is a key and important chapter. Complete all of the "Try it Out" exercises. You will actually create a Web page. Insert your own information in the Web page and enhance it if you wish. The finished product will be worth 25 points. Review the end-of-chapter summary and key terms.

Web Course:

  • Complete session 6 of the online Web course: Introduction to the Internet. Be sure you can answer the review questions for each topic within the session. The review questions will be discussed in class.
  • Explore a minimum of four reading links found at the end of the topic segments and write a summary of your findings; print out the home pages of the sites you visited.
  • Select three topics presented in the session and use the key search terms provided or your own searches to explore the topics in greater depth. Print out your search results and compare your results in group discussions with your classmates.
  • Read and review the online session summary; identify any concepts that are not clear and reread those sections.
  • Complete all of the projects found in the Working the Web section and submit your work.
  • Complete all the exercises found in the Are We Connecting section. Hand in your answers for questions 1 and 3.
  • Take the chapter self test to check your understanding of this session.

Session 8

Session start date: __________ Session end date: __________

Final Class Session:

  • Take or retake all chapter online quizzes as directed by your instructor.
  • Revise your Web Page based on feedback from your instructor and classmates.
  • Write a critique of two Web sites and include your evaluation of the site interface, navigation efficiency, and value of site content.

Course Evaluation

Total Points Possible

Try it Out (5 chapters x 4 per chapter x 5 points) = 100 points

Web Page for Chapter 6 = 25 points

2 projects for each chapter (5 points each) = 60 points

6 chapter quizzes (one per chapter) = 63 points

Total points = 248

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