These materials have been prepared for a one-credit class. If you are not enrolled in the class, you are welcome to look at and read these lessons for free. However, I won't grade your assignment or answer questions if you are not officially enrolled.
This course, as all college courses, requires students to assume
full responsibility for meeting course requirements.
If you are unwilling or unable to take responsibility for your actions in this course, please drop it.
If you continue in this course, you are bound by and take the consequences of all the course requirements and rules: Syllabus, Ethics, Due Diligence, Turning in Assignments, Grading, and On-Time Policy.
Overview of this Course
The purpose of this course is to give you skill and knowledge as a beginning user of the Internet and World Wide Web. You will leave from this course with the ability to access the Internet and Web, find information, and communicate online. You will also know how to access Internet/Web reference information and help material online so that you can gain more knowledge when you require it.
With these skills, you should be able to accomplish tasks that you might have to do for other courses, your job, or your personal enjoyment.
A major theme of this course is precision. The goal of the course is to increase and refine your knowledge of Internet and Web terminology, infrastructure, content, and diversity of access and tools. You may already have used the Internet and Web for years, but this course will challenge you to deepen your understanding, dispel misconceptions, and make more accurate your vocabulary. This will better prepare you to find, evaluate, and use Internet-based information sources in your work and personal life.
You'll learn how there are many different options for Internet access, searching, and communication. You'll gain insight into many areas of Internet knowledge that have grown into professional specialties--including Internet Service Providers, demographic research and marketing, searching, training, and Web development.
I hope you leave from this course with a better, broader, and more detailed understanding of what the Internet is and how to use it. With an appreciation for the nature of the Web as a medium for human communication, you'll be more prepared for Web content development.
In this course, you will
- Perform Internet and Web-related tasks, including email, searching, and communicating accurately using real-world tools under real-world constraints and pressure (including deadlines) employing problem-solving, communication, and project-management skills.
- Learn the definition of the Internet and World Wide Web
- Understand how to access the Internet and Web
- Use a Web browser
- Send and receive electronic mail (browser based)
- Search for and access online information
- Locate and access online communication forums
Please note that this course is limited in its coverage and scope due to its nature as a one-credit, introductory, undergraduate course open to persons in all majors with no pre-requisites.
What this course is not
- A detailed introduction to the technical makeup or operation of the Internet or Web
- Coverage of applications such as Word processing or spreadsheets
- Coverage of Unix (see Introduction to Unix)
- Instruction on creating Web documents (see Creating Web Documents)
What I am assuming about you
- You know how to use a personal computer, mouse, and keyboard
- You can have access to an Internet account and Web browser
- You can quickly learn how to use a Web browser