CS105 Lab 1
TA: Mystery TA
• CITES Accounts
• MP/Mallard Quiz Information
• Course Tools
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The name of your TA is ????? and his/her email
address is ???@cs.uiuc.edu.
Wohlers Hall lab hours are posted outside the
door. Please check them before you leave.
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Read the syllabus for more details about the distribution
of points, grade information, and other course policy
Professor and TA office hours are up on the course
You may go to any TA’s office hours
My office hours are ???day, ??? to ??? at ???.
Check the course website several times a week for
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For CS105 you will use 5 CITES accounts:
NetID - the most important, this account lets you administer
all your other accounts.
CITES Express Email – your campus email.
CITES ICS (Instructional Computer Sites) – access to this
and other CITES labs.
Active Directory (AD) – access to some other labs and
linked with NetFiles.
CITES NetFiles – access to your web space!
Changing your password for one does not affect the
You can make all passwords the same except your
NetID password (just don’t tell CITES I told you).
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Logging in to the Computers
This uses your CITES ICS password.
If you do not know your password, try your NetID password or
your email password and make sure “Workstation Only” is not
If you cannot log in, please raise your hand and your TA will
log you in. Once logged in:
Open an internet browser and go to this web address:
Click “CITES Passwords”, then log in with your NetID password.
You need to set the password for “CITES Instructional Computing
Sites” (third checkbox down)
Do not attempt to re-login as yourself. Your new password may
take 30 minutes to register. Try again at the end of lecture and
ask for assistance if it still does not work.
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CITES NetFiles is a service that allows you to
access your files from anywhere in the world.
NetFiles can also be used to publish your own web
pages. You will be creating and publishing web
pages for the first MP.
To sign up for NetFiles visit the following link:
You will be prompted to log-in with your NetID
password. After entering your password, you should
see a confirmation that you have signed up.
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Setting Active Directory Password
NetFiles uses Active Directory for your password, so
we need to set that.
Open an internet browser and go to this web address:
Click “Cites Passwords” then log in with your NetID password.
You need to set the password for “Campus Active Directory (AD)
Password (Exchange, NetFiles, EWS ...)” which is the first
Enter your new password and then click “Set Passwords”
You should get a confirmation message if you were
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No Applications in Start menu?
If you do not have any applications in the
applications folder on the desktop or in your
Start Menu restart your computer and switch
to a new one.
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There will be six MPs this semester.
Completed MPs will be submitted online.
Make sure your MP is correct! You can
resubmit it before the due date/time.
Keep a backup copy of your MP on NetFiles.
You may work in groups of up to three
students (except MP1). Groups should
submit ONE MP.
If you need help finding partners email Ann
at email@example.com and she will help you.
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We will keep an updated list of answers to
frequently asked questions on the course
Always check this before e-mailing your TA.
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We will use Office XP in this course for four
of the MPs.
If you use another version of Office, test
your MP in Office XP before handing it in.
Use a Mac at your own risk. It may not work
for some of the later MP’s.
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There will be 5 graded online quizzes using
Mallard worth 10 points each and 1 extra credit
quiz at the end of the semester.
You can take each quiz as many times as you like
within the due date and your highest score will be
You have 60 minutes for each quiz.
Once you are done with your online quiz, click the
“Submit for Grading” button.
You need your NetID password to take a Mallard
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Compass lets you check your grade for this class
Check your grade after every MP, Mallard quiz and
Notify your TA right away if there is a problem. You
have 2 weeks from the day grades are posted or the
Do not wait until the end of the semester!
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Hands-on Email Demo
Email is the best way of reaching your TA and the professors.
Save copies of important messages!
You can go to the office hour of any TA but you can send email to
only your TA.
A helpful email MUST include:
Descriptive subject line
Signature with full name, NetID, and lab section
If you are working in a group, include the names,
NetID’s, and sections numbers of all members
Clear description of your question or problem
Send a brief hello message to your TA.
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Sample Email Message
Subject: CS105 – Gradebook problems
From: jdoe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mystery CS105 TA,
My grade for MP4 was entered into Gradebook
incorrectly. Can you help me? I will bring the
graded MP to our next lab section.
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Creating a homepage
Create your own web page.
Use MS FrontPage to edit your web page.
Use the next slide as an example.
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Sample Web Page
My Web Page
I am a student at UIUC.
I take CS105.
Send me an email. Links
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Creating a link
To create a link, highlight the text you want to
make as your link.
Right-click on the text and select “Hyperlink.”
A dialogue box will appear. Type the web
address to which you want to associate with
The highlighted text should now appear blue
and underlined. If you CTRL-Click on it, a
web-browser should open and take you to
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Understanding the HTML
Now look at the HTML FrontPage made for
you by clicking the “Split” tab.
Here is a description of the HTML tags.
<html> and </html> tags bound the page
<head> <title> and </title></head> tags bound the
<body> and </body> tags bound the body text
<p> and </p> tags bound paragraphs
<font> and </font> tags can change the font
<a> and </a> tags bound hyperlinks
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Understanding the HTML (2)
Can you spot the link?
Text before the link.
Text with a Link.
<p>I am a student at
Do the next link manually (i.e. type the HTML
yourself). If you get stuck use what
FrontPage makes for you automatically as a
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Make a link to your email
Select the text “email”.
Right-click on it and choose “Hyperlink”.
Click on the button with an envelope icon.
Type in your own email address.
Check the Code or Split view and look at your
How is it different from a regular hyperlink?
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Saving Your Webpage
In the File menu Select Save.
Give your file the name mypage.htm and
save it to the Desktop.
Upload mypage.htm to the www folder of
your NetFiles account.
You may also use mypage.html as the file name.
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Logging into NetFiles
To log into NetFiles go to:
You may not be able to log in immediately because your
Active Directory password may take a few minutes to
register. If you cannot log in try again in a few minutes.
If by the end of lab you cannot log in seek assistance.
You will need to use NetFiles for the first MP, so make
sure you are able to log in well in advance of the due
If you have trouble outside of lab hours contact CITES.
Their office is on the first floor of the DCL.
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Your NetFiles Home Directory
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Uploading Files to NetFiles
Start by browsing to the folder you want to upload to. In this
case select “www”.
Upload files to your NetFiles account by clicking on the
You will need to choose the file you want to upload by
clicking the “Browse…” button. Once you have located your
“mypage” webpage click the Ok button.
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View Your Webpage
Log-out of NetFiles.
Open a web browser and view your work at:
where “yournetid” is YOUR NETID.
When you test your MP make sure you are logged-
out of NetFiles.
Sometimes permissions problems can be masked if you
don’t. See the MP for more details.
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