Spring 2014 Syllabus

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Computer Science 104: The Internet Course

Spring 2014

Meeting Times: TR, 6:00 PM – 7:15pm

Room: duPont 215

Professors: Jim Groom and Paul Bond

Office hours: duPont 310 from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM or by appointment

E-mail: jimgroom@gmail.com and phb256@gmail.com

Twitter: @jimgroom and @phb256

Course Description

A survey of the technology and issues underlying the use of the Internet for communication, resource discovery, research, and dissemination of information in multimedia formats. Topics include an introduction to Internet protocols, Internet history and development, electronic mail, use and functions of a Web browser, accessing Internet services and resources, using the Internet for research, Website design and implementation, and social, legal, and ethical issues related to using the Internet.

This course will take an approach of exploration rather than instruction. As a group, with instructor guidance, the class will decide on various aspects of the internet to investigate, and then collect, digest and synthesize relevant readings. In the process, we will visualize the readings with concept maps, with the end goal of producing a map which unifies the entire course content.

The class will use Cmap Tools (download: http://cmap.ihmc.us/download/index.php, documentation: http://cmap.ihmc.us/Documentation/, help: http://cmap.ihmc.us/Support/Help/) to build concept maps. Cmap Tools is free open source software produced by the Florida University System’s Institute for Human & Machine Cognition. They have a tutorial on using the program (http://learn.cmappers.net/resource) with videos for people who like that kind of stuff.

In the first half of the semester, the class will cover several broad topics related to the internet. Student groups will selected specialized topics to cover in the second half.

Course Policies


Attendance is mandatory. You will be allowed no more than 3 absences.  Your grade will be lowered one full letter after each additional absence, unless you have a documented medical excuse. Since your participation is essential, if you are absent more than 3 times, even with a medical excuse, you will need to withdraw from the course.  Be sure to come to class on time. Late arrivals are disruptive and distracting.


We expect everyone to have completed ALL of the assigned reading by the start of each class session, and to be prepared to discuss it in class. The weekly readings will be compiled by you (as a class) and available in the course calendar below shortly.


Plagiarism is defined as using the ideas or writings of others and passing them off as your own.  Such practice will result in an F for the course and possible disciplinary action from the University. Familiarize yourself with methods of avoiding unintentional plagiarism when quoting or paraphrasing another’s work. We will discuss these in class.

Requirements and Grades

  • 15 points 6 readings, summarized and tagged: summary should make clear what reading is about and what is its significance. tags should relate article to applicable themes
  • 15 points 2 concept maps: maps should break down each reading logically and tie all three together coherently. Summaries & maps must be done on time, but can be improved following feedback
  • 10 points Panel discussions: each panel member comes up with at least one good discussion question, and actively contributes to class discussion. Each person will be a member of two panels, so there will be 5 potential points for each discussion.
  • 10 points Unified maps: each panel collaborates on concept map that connects all the readings on the panel’s theme. Each person will be a member of two panels, so there will be 5 potential points for each unified map.
  • 10 points Midterm
  • 20 Points: Group Presentation: lead a class discussion on some aspect of the internet. Discussion stays on track, involves the class, reaches a satisfactory conclusion
  • 10 Points Blogging: blog regularly, reflect on contributions, comment on each other’s blogs
  • 10 Points: Participation: attend class, contribute to discussions

Course Calendar

Week 1: Introduction/Research

  • Tues 1/14: Introductions, syllabus
  • Thurs 1/16: Assign topics. building reading list/brainstorm subtopics

List & summaries due 1/23

Week 2: CMAP

  • Tues 1/21: Snow Day
  • Thurs 1/23:CMAP Tools

Week 3: Readings & Summaries

  • Tues 1/28: Review readings/summaries. Instructors may assign additional readings at this point
  • Thurs 1/30: Class Cancelled

Week 4: Where it Comes From panel

  • Tues 2/4: Where it comes from
  • Thurs 2/6 Where it comes from

Week 5: How it Works panel

  • Tues 2/11: How it works
  • THurs 2/13: how it works (Snowday---videos and commenting stand-in)

Week 6: Creation/Consumption panel

  • Tues 2/18: Creation/Consumption - how does the internet impact how we consume contentIntellectual
  • Thurs 2/20: Creation/Consumption - how does the internet impact how we consume content

Week 7: Intellectual Property/Fair Use panel

  • Tues 2/25: Intellectual Property/Fair Use
  • Thurs 2/27: Intellectual Property/Fair Use

Week 8: Spring Break

No classes: spring break 3/4 3/6

Week 9: Privacy/Openness panel

  • Tues 3/11: Privacy/Openness
  • Thurs 3/13: Privacy/Openness

Week 10: Digital Identity panel

  • Tues 3/18: Digital Identity
  • Thurs 3/20: Digital Identity

Week 11: Social/Economic/Cultural Impacts panel

  • Tues 3/25: Social/Economic/Cultural Impacts
  • Thurs 3/27: Social/Economic/Cultural Impacts

Week 12: Group Meetings/Mobil group

  • Tues 4/1: Group Meetings
  • Thurs 4/3: Adams, Lexus S., Fulcher, Demi N., Kadyszewski, John S.

Week 13: Cyber Bullying group & Social Media Politics group

  • Tues 4/8: Castillo, Elizabeth A., Hildebrand, Kimberly D., Sneed, Melissa S.
  • Thurs 4/10: Ashton, Sierra S., May, Amber E., Faraone, Alexa

Week 14: Online Dating group & The Cloud group

  • Tues 4/15: Brumfield, Lauren A., Hayes, Isaac, Kim, Eun J.
  • Thurs 4/17: Arnold, Matthew C., Lord, Madeline B., Fierro, Meredith R.

Week 15: ARPANET group and Surveillance group

  • Tues 4/22: Hylan, Jack B., Roepe, James, Strand, William P., Eaton, Jack
  • Thurs 4/24: Albellaihi, Faisal A., Goodwyn, Zachary C., Litvin, Alison

Week 16

  • Final Exam Week

The "Where it's going" panel will be presenting their panel in an experimential fashion to be determined.