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COM125B Introduction to the Internet
R.H. Lesniak, Instructor
, 645-6158, 201 Computing Center
Office Hours: See COM125B on UBlearns for instructions
Communication 125 provides a comprehensive, not too technical, hands-on overview of computer mediated communication on the information superhighway, focusing on the Internet. It teaches the origins, growth, and evolution of the Internet, and it provides a thorough introduction to the constituent services of the Internet. Course format is primarily lecture, with class participation encouraged, and projects assigned using web based instructional tools.
Communication 125 is
a course that instructs how to "use" computers or the Internet. Please consult with your Academic Advisor if you are seeking a "how to" course.
Course Web Site
This course uses a web site located at UBlearns. All course documents are posted at this site, as are project descriptions, and slides/diagrams used in class. In addition, the course web site contains a group discussion board in the COMMUNICATION/GROUP PAGES section. Some modules will have a discussion question where students can comment, or start your own threads. Each student is required to contribute to every group discussion question.
Internet Technologies at Work
, First Edition, Fred T. Hofstetter, McGraw Hill Technology Education, 2005,
The text is available at the University Bookstore, Amazon.com and other outlets.
This class requires regular use of the Internet. Each module will have web sites as assigned reading. Content from these web sites will be covered in class and will be included in the examinations. These web sites are listed in the links section of the course web site.
You need personal access to a computer connected to the Internet for this course. I assume you have access in your living space, or use the University's public computing environment. Not having access will not be accepted as a reason for missed assignments and discussion, even if your system is having temporary problems. Consideration will be given when UB's infrastructure systems have non-planned outages.
Examination questions are constructed from lecture material, discussions, web site assignments, projects and guest lectures. Exams are multiple choice, matching and short answer questions, administered open-book style using the UBLearns assessment component. In general exams are non-cumulative, but may include questions built upon material tested in earlier exams. Class time is not allocated for exams. Exams are administered during a four day window; failure to complete the exam during the window will result in a zero points for the exam.
Make-up exams will not be given without a doctor's excuse or other appropriate documentation.
Late projects and assignments are docked one point for each day late, including weekends.
Your final grade is determined by the cumulative number of points earned from assignments, exams and class participation. Final grades will be assigned as:
Points Final Grade
>=94 points A
90-93 points A-
87-89 points B+
84-86 points B
80-83 points B-
77-79 points C+
74-76 points C
70-73 points C-
67-69 points D+
64-66 points D
<64 points F
Points are earned as follows:
2 points for the Syllabus Quiz
8 points from discussion summary
30 points from 3 mandatory projects
60 points from four Online Tests
Total......100 possible points
All assignment and test grades are viewable using the Check Grade student tool on the course website.
Late projects, discussion summaries and other assignments will be penalized one point per day.
Failure to participate in a discussion question will result in a one point penalty.
Group discussion of Internet related problems and issues is a component of COM125. Students are divided into small discussion groups at random. Throughout the semester, discussion questions are posted by the instructor using the Group Discussion component of UBlearns. Each student is required to contribute to each discussion question by addition his/her comments to the discussion thread.
In addition, each student is required to submit a
summary of an assigned discussion question, using the form available in the Course Documents section of UBlearns. Students are assigned discussion question summary as follows:
Each discussion group is composed of at least six individuals, listed out in the COMMUNICATION/GROUP PAGES/GROUP LIST section of the course.
The first person on the list is responsible for the first discussion question summary. The second person is responsible for the second discussion summary, and so on.
Discussion summaries must be submitted in
MS Word format
to the instructor via the
Digital Drop Box Tool
in UBlearns according to the schedule located in Course Information, and are worth 8 points. Since the summary is a written assignment, spelling and grammar are important, as well as meaningful summarization of the group's discussion.
Discussion summaries are graded as follows (total of 8 points):
1 point for having the correct form,
1 point for having the correct point of view (group not individual),
2 point for grammar and spelling, and
4 points for the quality of the answer.
COM125B Spring 2006 Schedule of Classes
Course Overview, projects, points, etc
Understanding the Internet
1/19, 1/24, 1/26
Defining the Internet
Popular Internet Services
Infrastructure of the Internet
Change via the Internet
Chapter 1, pgs 3-44
Surfing and Searching the Internet
1/31, 2/2, 2/7
Browsing the web
Multimedia objects, etc.
Chapter 2, pgs 51-112
Online Test 1 Available
2/7 – 2/10
Communicating Over the Internet
2/9, 2/14, 2/16
Legacy Internet applications
Chapter 3, pgs 119-174
Commercializing the Internet
E-Commerce models and practices
Copyrights, Licenses, etc
Chapter 4, pgs 175 - 220
Online Test 2 Available
2/23 – 2/27
2/28, 3/2, 3/7, 3/9
Elements of Web Page design
Creating Web pages
Chapters 5 & 6, pgs 221 – 292 (for reference)
Introduction to Networking
3/21, 3/23, 3/28, 3/30
LANS, MANS and WANS
Chapter 10, pgs 437 - 468
Online Test 3 Available
3/30 – 4/3
Architecting the Internet
4/4, 4/6, 4/11, 4/12
Serving Internet Resources
Chapter 11, pgs 475-520
Securing the Internet
4/18, 4/20, 4/25, 4/27
Internet Security Issues
Internet Security Safeguards
Transmitting Network Data securely
Chapter 13, pgs 549 - 575
Online Test 4 Available
4/27 – 5/2
Date Postings due by Group Members
Date Discussion Summary Due
1: Understanding the Internet
3: Communicating over the Internet
4: Commercializing the Internet
5: The Web
6: Introduction to Networking
7: Architecting the Internet
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