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					CSI 101 – Understanding Computer Technology Fall 2004 The New England Institute of Art

Instructor: Leila Lee Mitchell e-mail: llm411@fac.aii.edu or Leila@llmdesign.com phone: 617-797-8169 class website: www.llmdesign.com/teaching

Course Description
Technologies, such as the Internet, digital audio and video, multimedia, administrative software and graphic design --- are just a few of the ways that computers are being used. Providing you with basic knowledge and the skills to adapt computer skills to a rapidly changing workplace is critical --- if not essential. During your course study, you will learn Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems, computer hardware, the Internet, and productivity software including word processing, spreadsheets and presentation applications. By the end of the course, you’ll be prepared to use computers on a daily basis and will be able to enter other technically based courses where computers are used as creative tools.

Instruction

Computers are multi-purpose business tools. To master any tool, practical hands-on experience is required. We spend most of the time on the computers practicing the various computing techniques discussed in the text or class. Special attention is given to the Mac OS, since most of you will be using the MAC system in your future studies. This course is designed to provide you with the basic computer skills needed to succeed both in future classes and in your career. You use some of the skills that you learn in this course on a daily basis, so those frequently used skills become automatic to you. There are other skills that you may not use as frequently; therefore, you will tend to forget them. Because these skills are essential

to your success in future classes (and jobs), it is necessary that you take notes so that you can refer to them in the future.

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to: 1. Have a basic understanding of computer hardware and peripheral equipment 2. Have an appreciation of the history and future of computer hardware and software development 3. Successfully use and navigate the two main operating systems (Windows 2000 and Mac OS X), including (but not limited to) the following:  Understanding how operating systems work  Understanding file hierarchy  Understanding and using directories  Using the Find function  Formatting various media  Saving – hard drive, floppy disk, zip disk  Understanding the various file formats and extensions  Using the Help function  Managing memory  General desktop ―housekeeping‖
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Use the NEIA web system for email, grades, etc. – stu.aii.edu Use and understand the Internet, including the following: IP addresses Domain name system URLs Browsers – Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera Understanding Plug-ins Searching and Saving – Internet pages, text, images Creating a small personal web page Downloading and Uploading Use word-processing applications – Microsoft Word Use spreadsheets – Microsoft Excel Use presentation applications – Microsoft PowerPoint

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Requirements
Texts:
1. 2. How Computers Work by Ron White, QUE Publishing, Seventh Edition, 2004. Mac OS X – Jaguar Edition by Robin Williams, Peach pit Press, 2004.

Other materials:  Various handouts may be posted on the website: www.llmdesign.com/teaching  A flash memory disk (which can be purchased in the school bookstore) is highly suggested (Please bring memory media to every class otherwise you won’t be able to save material)

Technology – E-mail
All students are provided an NEIA email account. You are expected to know how to use the email system and to check email regularly. NEIA Instructors use email as the primary method of communicating with you outside of class, so please check your e-mail daily.  If you don’t have email access, you must obtain your username and password for your email account from the MIS department by the second meeting of this class because we will be using the email system in class.  You are expected to use email responsibly and respectfully, so please refer to Student Code of Conduct’s ―Policy on Computing Ethics‖ and ―Acceptable Use Policy for Networks.‖ This is critical information because you need to use this system to review your grades, register for classes and communicate with your instructors.   

Academic Integrity – Class Policies – Guidelines
Please make sure you read the facts below as they have been, and will be strictly enforced in this class.
College guidelines for academic integrity are strictly enforced. Copying materials or otherwise using the words, thoughts, audio, video, graphics files of others is plagiarism, which can lead to severe academic actions, such as expulsion from school. This also includes submitting other class work for assignments in this class.

Attendance
The college does not distinguish between excused or unexcused absences, and if you must miss a class for a pro-longed period of time you should officially withdraw.  More than 3 absences (2 in the Summer!), your grade automatically drops one whole grade point, e.g. B > C
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More than 4 absences (3 in the Summer!) lowers your grade automatically to a ―D‖ You are responsible for obtaining any information that you have missed from one of your classmates, so make a point of exchanging phone numbers or email addresses with someone as soon as possible. You must inform me about absences via email or phone. When you have missed class twice you must setup an appointment with me to discuss your status.

Tardiness
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Both the school and I frown on late arrivals or early departures; both will be noted in your record. Late arrival or early departure is noted in the class roster 4 late arrivals = 1 missed absence More than 30 minute late arrival or early departure will be marked as a ―1/2 absence‖ 2 ―1/2‖ absences = 1 missed absence

Other Class Policies and Services

This section outlines other important class policies, such as care of equipment, care of lab areas and class behavior. Please see the Student Code of Conduct Handbook for further explanation of any of the following policies.  Computers cannot be used for any pornographic, indecent or unacceptable displays – if you are caught doing this it may result in failure of the class or other more severe disciplinary rulings Cell phones, beepers and personal head sets will not be used within the classroom Respect for self, instructor and classmates are required at all times. This means that you will give your full attention to anyone who is addressing the class. This also includes: o Absolutely no downloading of any application not authorized by the MIS department, this includes any mail service such as Hotmail, AOL, MSN, etc… to the hard drive of any computer in this lab either during class time or outside of it. o Any instant messaging or emailing during class, or performing other class work will not be tolerated. IM programs effect the working capabilities of the computers in this lab, when found they should be reported and they will be removed from the hard drive.

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Academic Support Center and Services
Students with known and documented disabilities should advise the Student Services Office to ensure that the disability is fully documented, and please remember that Academic Support, or tutoring is available to all students. Special Note: Please inform any instructor or MIS employee of computer problems as soon as possible. If no one is around please fill out a Technology Request Form by going to the web space http://stu.aii.edu/~mis411 and report the information online.

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Assignments – Projects – Testing

LATE ASSIGNMENTS All assignments/projects MUST be submitted during or before the class in which it’s due. Late assignments/projects are graded down one letter grade for each day that it’s late; therefore, at a certain point, it makes no sense to submit a late assignment. PLEASE NOTE: You must backup all assignments. In the event that you say you handed in an assignment and I say I didn’t get it, I will want to check the date the file was created.

Projects #1 and #2 (Word and Excel) MUST be submitted via e-mail as an attachment. As

proof of sending the e-mail, send a copy to yourself at the same time that you send it to me. If I do not receive the email with the correct attachment by the deadline, showing me the email you received in your account (when you sent it to yourself and me) is the only proof that you have that you turned in the project on time. Project #1 - Word - Cover Letter Find a job posting on-line at one of the following sites - monster.com, jobfind.com, hotjobs.com, and create a response cover letter as if you were applying for that job. Your cover letter must be properly formatted according to the class handout. Spelling,and punctuation count. Please see the online description for more information. Project #2 - Excel – Car Payment Calculator and Personal Budget Create a personal realistic Personal Budget for the calendar year 2004/2005 with a meaningful chart after creating a graded in-class assignment (Personal Car Payment Calculator). A 12-month budget must be included. Each month must have income and expenses. There must be monthly and annual totals of incomes and expenses. All totals must be computed by using the appropriate formulas as shown in class. Please see the online description for more information. Project #3 - PowerPoint - Presentation For this assignment you create a PowerPoint Presentation on a subject related to your major. Your presentation should be 5 minutes in length and be presented to the entire class. You must use various multimedia features (image, audio, video) as taught in class. Please see the online description for more information.

Quizzes
Quizzes will be administered at the beginning of the class with approximately 30 minutes allotted for each quiz. If you arrive late to class during a quiz, you will not be given additional time to complete the quiz. Quizzes cover all reading material, information discussed in class, information from projects, and information from assigned videos, websites, etc. PLEASE NOTE: There are no makeup quizzes.

Exams

The Midterm Exam covers all topics presented in the first half of the course. PLEASE NOTE: There is only one sitting for the midterm --- there will be no makeup. The Final Exam covers all topics presented in the second half (since the Midterm) of the course. PLEASE NOTE: There is only one sitting for the final exam --- there will be no makeup.

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Homework

Throughout the semester as instructed in the syllabus, in class and online --- you must complete homework assignments on time. In some cases these submissions are used to create quizzes, so for full credit --- they cannot be late. Also, if I decide that I am going to drop your lowest grade, and your homework becomes your lowest grade because you have not done it --- then you are wasting a great opportunity.

Class Participation

Completing your homework on time, participation in class discussions and activities is important, and attendance does count as participation, and is very much a part of your final grade. Your final grade will also be based on your involvement in class discussions and in-class homework assignments.

Grading and Standards
The students’ final grade will be determined by the following components: Activity Project #1 Project #2 Project #3 Quiz #1 Quiz #2 Quiz #3 Quiz #4 Midterm Exam Final Exam Homework/Participation Title / Description Word Cover Letter Excel Personal Budget PowerPoint Presentation Covering weeks 1, 2, and 3 Covering week 4 Covering weeks 7 & 8 Covering weeks 9 & 10 Covering weeks 1 – 5 Covering weeks 7-11 Not Applicable Weight 5% 10% 15% or (20%)+ 5% 10% 10% 10% 10% or (15%)+ 0% or (15%) * 5% or (10%)+

* If the class average is 78% or higher for all quizzes and the midterm, then there may not be a need for a final examination; therefore, greater weight (+) will be applied to other quizzes, assignments and participation.

A (93 –100) A- (90 – 92) B+ (87 – 89) B (83 – 86) B- (80 – 82) C+ (77 – 79) C (73 – 76) C- (70 – 72) D (60 – 69) F (<60)

Grading Breakdown Excellent to Very Good: comprehensive knowledge and understanding of subject matter; marked perception and/or originality. Good: moderately broad knowledge and understanding of subject matter; noticeable perception and/or originality. Satisfactory: reasonable knowledge and understanding of subject matter; some perception and/or originality. Marginal: minimal of knowledge and understanding of subject matter; limited perception and/or originality. Failing: unacceptable low level of knowledge and understanding of subject matter; severely limited perception and/or originality; absences in excess of allowable limit.

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Schedule
The first 7 weeks, class is in a MAC lab, and then the final weeks will be in a PC lab. The schedule below is based upon the dates that your class is scheduled. Note: Consult the website for subsequent weeks' assignments and other updates

WEEK 1 – Sept. 8
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Welcome Assessment Activity: Using Microsoft Word* Review syllabus and topics covered in the course Use of available computers (Library, Student Services, etc.) for course assignments Do Not use the Instructor’s Station (impact upon Instructor and students) Discussion: Trouble Reports/Technical Issues Discussion: Viruses – email attachments Testing out of CSI 101

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Assignments for next WEEK:
1. Reading: How Computers Work Textbook  Part 1: pages 2-9 / Boot-up Process  CHAPTER 1: pages 10-13 / Getting to know hardware  CHAPTER 2 : pages 21-23 / How a disk-boot wakes up your PC  CHAPTER 3 : page 31 / How an OS controls hardware  Part 2: pages 36-41 / Microchips  CHAPTER 5 : page 47 / How RAM works  CHAPTER 6: pages 53-55 / How a microprocessor works  Part 4: pages 122-129 / Data Storage  CHAPTER10: pages 130-131 / How a computer’s long-term memory works 2. Please read handout: Dave’s Guide to buying a home computer (Print from website) 3. Written Assignment: Please type all written assignments: Make-up three multiple-choice questions with four possible answers from your reading; please make sure that you somehow highlight (underline or bold or italicize) the correct answer. (Homework #1)

Week 2 – Sept. 15
DUE: Homework #1           History of computers Parts of a computer system How a computer works How a computer processes data Computer specifications Managing memory Input and Output devices External Storage Understanding the various file formats and extensions The Graphic User Interface (GUI)
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Introduction to the history of computers – Triumph of the Nerds Episode I

Assignments for next WEEK:
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Reading: How Computers Work Textbook  Part 3: 64-77 / How software works  CHAPTER 8: page 89 / How Windows works  CHAPTER 11: page 143 / How disk drives save information  CHAPTER 42: page 166-169 / How Flash Memory works  CHAPTER 13: page 157 / How optical storage works Written Assignment: Following the directions above create three multiple-choice questions from your reading. (Homework #2)

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Week 3 – Sept. 22
DUE: Homework #2   Use the NEIA web system for email, grades, etc. – stu.aii.edu --- you must have a working email account by this class. Lecture: Computer Performance  Memory & Speed  OS Systems  Peripheral Devices – Input, Output, Storage  Programming Languages In Class work: Looking at MAC OSX Interface  Understanding file hierarchy  Understanding and using directories  Creating and managing folders  Using the Find function  Using the Help function  Saving – hard drive, floppy disk, zip disk  General desktop ―housekeeping‖ – quitting versus closing; throwing away or archiving old files; emptying trash Overview of Study Guide for Quiz 1 More on the history of computers – Triumph of the Nerds Episode II

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Assignments for next WEEK:

1. Reading : In The Robin William Mac OS X Book  Mini-glossary (pages xvii-xx)  Chapter 1, "Finding Your Way Around"  Chapter 3, "The Mouse"  Chapter 4, "Keys and the Keyboard"  Chapter 5, "Menus and Shortcuts"  Chapter 6, "How To use The Windows"  Chapter 7, "All About Icons"  Chapter 8, "All About the Dock"  Chapter 37, "Ports and Peripherals" 2. Written Assignment: Following the directions above create three multiple-choice questions from your reading. (Homework #3) 3.Study for Quiz #1 – covers weeks 1, 2, and 3 – Review Study Guide

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Week 4 – Sept. 29
Due: Homework 3 Quiz #1 Weeks 1,2,3  MAC OSX interface continued  Using the keyboard and the mouse, shortcut keys  Menus and Shortcuts  Using the Windows  Icons  The Dock Looking at Microsoft Word - Handout Introduction of ―Cover Letter Project‖ Web site link  Tips from website  Where to find jobs – Searching the Internet handout Last part of history of computers – Triumph of the Nerds Episode III

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Assignments for next WEEK:
1. Reading: How Computers Work Textbook  Part 7: pages 278 - 285 / How The Internet Works  CHAPTER 26: page 287 only / How Local Area Networks Work  CHAPTER 27 : pages 296 - 301 / How the Internet Moves Data  CHAPTER 28 : pages 301 - 311 / How Modems Connect Your PC to the Internet  CHAPTER 30 : pages 320 - 329 / How Email, Chat, and Messaging Work  CHAPTER 32 : pages 320 - 329 / How The World Wide Web Works  2. Work on Cover Letter Assignment Handout: Searching the Internet Searching for information on the internet --- make sure you look at these websites before this class Suggested Search Engines: http://www.google.com http://www.altavista.digital.com http://www.excite.com (Google) (Alta Vista) (Excite) http://www.hotbot.com (HotBot) http://www.infoseek.com http://www.lycos.com (Infoseek) (Lycos) http://yahoo.com (Yahoo) http://www.metacrawler.com (Metacrawler) http://www.askjeeves.com (Ask Jeeves)

3. Study for Quiz #2 – covers week 4 and Microsoft Word Handout 4. Please read handouts:  Microsoft Word Handout  Searching the Internet

Week 5 – Oct. 6
DUE: Homework #4 Quiz #2 Weeks 4 & Microsoft Word Handout
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MAC OSX  Using the Trash  Ejecting Disks  Restart, Shut Down, or Logout  Force Quit  Customizing Your Mac with System Preferences  Finding Files on Your Computer  Burning CDs (data and music)  Review -- getting on the Mac Drop Box In Class Work – Cover Letter Project  How to send attachments  Demonstrate how to write a cover letter—formatting issues  Begin Writing Cover Letter based on ―job‖ you found on the internet  One-on-one help with Microsoft Word Review for Mid-Term

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Assignments for next WEEK:
1. Reading : In The Robin William Mac OS X Book  Chapter 9, "The Desktop, Finder, and Home"  Chapter 10, "How to Use Folders"  Chapter 11, "Selecting, Moving, and Copying Files"  Chapter 12, "Opening Applications and Documents"  Chapter 13, "Word Processing"  Chapter 14, "Saving Your Documents"  Chapter 16, "Closing and Quitting" 2. Written Assignment: Following the directions above create three multiple-choice questions from your reading. (Homework #4) 3. Read MAC Checklist Handout

Week 6 – Oct. 13
 Lecture: Networks and Protocols  Basic components of a network  Types of networks  IP addresses  Domain name system  URLs – understanding what they mean  Understanding Plug-ins  Saving – pages, text, images  Downloading files from the internet  Uploading files – FTP In Class Work - Create a small web site and upload to internet  Saving – pages, text, images  Downloading files from the internet  Uploading files – FTP  You will make a very simple web page to upload today Lecture: The Internet  Browsers – Internet Explorer, Netscape, Safari, Omniweb (www.omnigroup.com)  Sherlock
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Searching for information on the internet Review of Suggested Search Engines:  http://www.google.com (Google)  http://www.altavista.digital.com (Alta Vista)  http://www.ebig.com (Britannica Internet Guide)  http://www.excite.com (Excite)  http://www.hotbot.com (HotBot)  http://www.infoseek.com (Infoseek)  http://www.looksmart.com (LookSmart)  http://www.lycos.com (Lycos)  http://yahoo.com (Yahoo)Searching for jobs on the Internet

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Review for Mid Term WORD Lab for Cover Letter

Assignments for next WEEK:
Study for Mid-Term

Week 7 – Oct. 20 Mid-Term Exam
Weeks 1-6 Early Drop-off for cover letter project and then you can leave. Otherwise, stay after mid-term to work on cover letter project.

Assignments for next WEEK:
Finish and e-mail Project 1 Read Budget Handout

Switch over to the Windows system

Week 8 – Oct. 27

Due: Project 1 – Cover Letter Email to me as an attachment General Windows platform tour Excel Handout Excel Understand what a spreadsheet is Understanding/Inserting Rows and Columns Working with formulas and functions Understanding cell references Creating a Chart in Excel Editing a Chart in Excel In-class project—doing a budget in Excel

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1. Reading: In How Computers Work : CHAPTER 9: ONLY pages 114-117 How Bitmapped Graphics Save Art Part 5 Overview (pages 176-183) Input /Output Devices Part 6 pages 248-253 Multimedia
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CHAPTER 23 - page 255; How Multimedia Sound Works CHAPTER 24 - page 265; How Multimedia Video Works CHAPTER 25 - page 269; How Virtual Reality Works

2. Writing Assignment Create one multiple-choice question (with four possible answers) from each chapter of your reading (six questions total) Underline or clearly mark the correct answer. (Homework #5) 3. Work on Project#2 -- Excel Budget Project

Week 9 – Nov. 4
Due: Homework #5 Multi-media Discussion Work on Excel Budget Project Give out Powerpoint project description (Project #3) Start discussing PPT project • Usage of Multimedia in computer technology • Understanding a PowerPoint presentation • Understanding slides in PPT

Assignments for next WEEK:

1. Finish Excel Budget Project 2. Read Microsoft Powerpoint Handout 3. Write a one-page description of your PowerPoint presentation. Research concept or subject matter if necessary. Turn in a paper copy of this description in the next class. 4. Study for Quiz #3

Week 10 – Nov. 11

Due: Project 2 – Excel Budget spreadsheet, Email to me as an attachment Quiz #3 – Weeks 7, 8, 9     Understanding a PowerPoint presentation Understanding slides in PPT Viewing presentations in PPT Creating a slide show in PPT

Assignments for next WEEK:
1. Work on PP presentation

Week 11 – Nov. 18
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Assignments for next WEEK:
1. Work on PP presentation
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3. Finish PowerPoint Presentation to present to your classmates during class

Week 12 – Dec. 1
Quiz #4 – Weeks 10, 11

Assignments for next WEEK:
1. PowerPoint Presentations 2. Study for Final

Week 13 – Dec. 8
PowerPoint Presentations

Week 14 – Dec. 15 Final Exam

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Name:_____________________________________________________________ Telephone: _______________________________________________________ School Email Address: ____________________________________________________ Alternate Email Address: __________________________________________________ Write down my web site URL: ____________________________________________ ( in case school system is not functional) Your Grading Activity Quiz1 Quiz2 Quiz3 Quiz4 Cover Letter Project Budget Project PowerPoint Presentation MIDTERM FINAL EXAM Homework & Participation Subject Area Weeks 1,2,3 Week 4 Weeks 7, 8 & 9 Weeks 10 & 11 Word Processing Spreadsheet Presentation Weeks 1-6 Weeks 7-12 Ongoing Class Due Week 4 Week 5 Week 10 Week 12 Week 7 Week 11 Week 13 Week 7 Week14 Ongoing TOTAL % w Final 5% 10% 10% 10% 5% 10% 15% 15% 15% 5% 100% % w/out Final 5% 10% 10% 15% 5% 10% 20% 15% 0 10% 100% Your Grade

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