CMSC 102 - Introduction to Information Technology - Spring 2003
Instructors: John Arras (0101, 0201) Office: 1109 AVW (301)405-8411
Evan Golub (0301) Office: 1115 AVW (301)405-0180
Teaching Assistants: TBA Office: 1151 AVW
Office Hours: TBA and posted on office doors
Grades will be posted periodically during the semester. You needed
to have chosen an alias in project 1 to get your grades posted.
Course Description: An introduction to computer terminology and
concepts of computing. Hands on experience with tools available on
the Internet to find information, as well as microcomputer
applications such as a word processor and a spreadsheet package.
Student Goal: To be able to use the tools and information available
on the Internet to gather ideas and facts, and to then organize and
format gathered information (both on and off the net) in a
professional manner using the software packages for the personal
- Nothin' But Net by Evan Golub & Jandelyn Plane (3rd Edition)
Available at the University Book Store and Maryland Book Exchange
- Blank Diskettes: Four 3.5 inch high density
- Brown Envelopes (letter sized): Four
- A WAM print account [you should already have a WAM login account]
- Where Wizards Stay Up Late by Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon
Unless you have already done a paper on this book, in which case
you need to contact the instructor for further information.
Semester Exams - 2
Exam 1 (15%)
Exam 2 (15%)
Projects - 7
Editor and UNIX ( 3%)
Word processor and FTP ( 4%)
Victor, News Searching ( 3%)
World Wide Web Searching ( 5%)
Web page creation ( 6%)
Spreadsheet ( 6%)
Internet research ( 3%)
Paper ( 8%)
Online Skills Exam ( 4%)
Final Exam (28%)
Assignments will be due at the beginning of class time of the section
for which you are registered on the date specified in the project
descriptions. Assignments will not be accepted at a later time without
a VALID MEDICAL EXCUSE. NOTE: Since you are given an extended period
of time in which to work on a given assignment, the medical excuse will
need to cover an extended period of time as well. A letter from your
physician with his/her phone number and the dates for which you were
incapacitated WILL be required at a minimum. Even with a valid excuse,
you will still be expected to hand in your assignment, but will be given
appropriate time. Any assignment handed in late, after class, in a class
section other than the one for which you are registered, in my office, at
the undergraduate office, in my mailbox, or place other than at the start
of class will receive a grade of zero. Assignments are to be done INDIVIDUALLY.
Working in ANY way with other students will be considered cheating. Cheating
is (of course) PROHIBITED. A student found to be cheating on a project,
paper or exam will receive a zero for that project and will be reported to
the honor council for an academic review.
The semester exams will be given during the normal class period. The exam
will be given at the beginning of the period. The second half of the period
may be a class session. University IDs must be available for inspection
on exam day. You should bring a blue or black pen with you to your seat
on an exam day as well as at least one number 2 pencil with an eraser.
There will be no make-up exams given. A students with acceptable
documentation of medical excuse will have their grade for the course based
on the two exams that were taken. If more than one exam is missed with
acceptable documentation, the instructor reserves the right to give a
special exam to substitute the two missed exams. This documentation must
be provided at the class session following the exam, or in the case of
extended absence due to medical reasons, the class session immediately
following the end of the excused period. A medical excuse will need to be
documented by your physician or from the University Health Center's Social
Services Department in the health center. If a student expects to miss an
exam for a university function they are REQUIRED to attend, an explanation
from a faculty member will be required IN ADVANCE. As with projects,
cheating on exams is PROHIBITED. This includes looking at another student's
exam, showing another student your exam, using any notes during the exam.
Students caught cheating in any way will receive a zero on the exam and
will be reported to the honor council for an academic review.
Hardware/Software/Operating Systems/Networks: Introduction and Terminology
Introduction to the Internet
The UNIX Operating System
Brief introduction to the PC, Windows and MS Word
Using on-line Resources via Telnet
Exploration of On-line Library Resources
Introduction to Database Theory and Some On-line Databases
The World Wide Web: Accessing, Searching, Creating
Writing HTML, Installing Java Applets and Writing Java Scripts
Introduction to Spreadsheets and Quattro Pro
Some Basic Concepts in Statistics
Issues in Credibility and Reliability of Sources on the Internet
Social and Legal Issues Relating to the Internet
Projects & Papers
There will be six projects during the semester. Several of the
projects will have multiple parts each of which may have a separate
due date. On average, you can expect to have a project due every
other week. Some projects (or parts) will be submitted in paper form,
and others will be submitted completely electronically.
There will be a paper assigned during the semester. It will be based on
one of the books listed above and will be assigned near mid-semester. It
is recommended that you do not begin reading the book until the paper is
assigned. The paper will be due approximately three weeks after it is assigned.
The (probable) semester exam dates are March 11th and April 24th.
The final exam will be on Friday, May 16 at 4:00pm.
There will also be an on-line skills exam at the end of the term. The details
of this will be given in class.