Summer 2014 Syllabus

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Computer Science 104: The Internet Course

2014 Summer Session

  • Meeting Dates and Times: MTWR, May 19 - June 19, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Room: duPont 215
  • Professors: Jim Groom and Paul Bond
  • Office hours: duPont 310 from 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM or by appointment
  • E-mail: and
  • 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 the Internet’s history and development, an introduction to Internet protocols,, 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 the form of a collaborative investigation. 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. From this knowledge base, we will develop weekly projects examining how the internet works, where it comes from, where it’s going, and its social, economic and cultural impacts.

Course Policies


Attendance is mandatory. You will be allowed no more than 1 absence.  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 1 time, 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.


In-class participation - 10 points

All students are expected to attend class regularly and come prepared to be actively involved in class discussions and projects.

Blogging & commenting - 10 points

Each student will set up a blog for the course. Students are expected to blog regularly throughout the course, reflecting on class readings, discussions and activities, with a minimum of two blog posts per week. Students are expected to read and comment on each other’s blogs, with a minimum of two comments per week. Blog posts should be tagged appropriately for the course topics.

Articles & summaries - 30 points

Each student will find, read and summarize 3 readings on each of the course’s 4 main topics. Students will not duplicate each other’s readings. Enter your article information in the readings form for your classmates’ benefit and consult the readings list to make sure your article has not been taken already. Summarize each article in a blog post (one article per post) and tag each post for the relevant category: history, future, how it works, and impacts. A good summary will give the reader a clear idea of what the article is about, what arguments are being made and what conclusions are reached. Everyone should read all the summaries. At least half of your summaries must be done by class time on Thursday of week 1 with the remainder due by Saturday midnight so everyone can read them before class time on Monday of the second week. These readings will form the basis of the class discussions for the following weeks, so this step is vital to the success of the course.

Weekly projects - 40 points (10 points each week)

Each week will center around one of the main topics of The Internet Course: where it comes from, how it works, where it’s going, and its social, economic and cultural impacts. Each week will culminate in a collaborative class project investigating that week’s topic. The form of the project and focus of the investigation will be determined with the class’ input.

Directing projects - 10 points

Each student will have an opportunity to serve as the project director for a week. Auditing students, if interested, may be deputized to assist the director. The project director(s) will have the final say on creative and editorial decisions, and will work to make sure that the project is on schedule.


Week One: The Internet Course

Monday 5/19: Introduction/Setup/Brainstorm

  • Introduction/Review Syllabus
  • Set up domain/web hosting
  • Create Subdomain/Install WordPress
  • Brainstorm session – determine approaches to course topics

Tuesday 5/20: Library Visit/CRAAP

  • Review CRAAP test
  • Research - in library – collect readings
  • Go over Google form for articles
    • Homework: Collecting and summariizng readings

Wednesday 5/21: Article Summaries

  • Discuss Readings list – green, yellow, red
  • Article summaries - at least half done by class time on Thurs,
    • the rest by Sat. night so everyone can read them before class on Mon.

Thursday 5/22: Course Planning

Week Two: Where it comes from

  • Monday 5/26: Memorial Day
  • Tuesday 5/27:
  • Wednesday 5/28:
  • Thursday 5/29:
  • Friday 5/30: Make-up Class for Memorial Day

Week Three: How it works

  • Monday 6/2:
  • Tuesday 6/3:
  • Wednesday 6/4:
  • Thursday 6/5:

Week Four: Social/economic/cultural impacts

  • Monday 6/9:
  • Tuesday 6/10:
  • Wednesday 6/11:
  • Thursday 6/12:

Week Five: Where it's going

  • Monday 6/16:
  • Tuesday 6/17: