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Unformatted text preview: Computer Science E-1: Understanding Computers and the Internet Harvard Extension School Spring 2010 Syllabus version 1.0 Instructors Dan Armendariz [email protected] +1-617-686-5089 David J. Malan [email protected] +1-617-523-0925 Description This course is all about understanding: understanding what's going on inside your computer when you flip on the switch, why tech support has you constantly rebooting your computer, how everything you do on the Internet can be watched by others, and how your computer can become infected with a worm just by being turned on. Designed for students who use computers and the Internet every day but don't fully understand how it all works, this course fills in the gaps. Through lectures on hardware, software, the Internet, multimedia, security, privacy, website development, programming, and more, this course "takes the hood off" of computers and the Internet so that students understand how it all works and why. Through discussions of current events, students are exposed also to the latest technologies. 1 of 6 Computer Science E-1: Understanding Computers and the Internet Harvard Extension School Spring 2010 http://hacks.mit.edu/Hacks/by_year/1991/fire_hydrant/ 2 of 6 Computer Science E-1: Understanding Computers and the Internet Harvard Extension School Spring 2010 Expectations You are expected to attend or watch all lectures, complete weekly homework, take two exams, and produce a final project. Grades Your final grade will be determined as follows. Homework 40% Exam 1 20% Exam 2 20% Final Project 20% Website The address of this course's website is: http://www.computerscience1.net/ Visit this site to read course-wide announcements, watch videos of lectures, download handouts and software, and follow links to other resources. Staff To contact the staff, email: [email protected] 3 of 6 Computer Science E-1: Understanding Computers and the Internet Harvard Extension School Spring 2010 Books No books are required for this course, but the below are recommended. Each is available for purchase at the Harvard Coop and at sites like Amazon.com. Computers Are Your Future, Complete, 10th Edition* Diane Coyle Prentice Hall, Inc., 2008 ISBN 0-13-504511-8 How Computers Work, 9th Edition Ron White Que Publishing, 2007 ISBN 0-7897-3613-6 How the Internet Works, Eighth Edition Preston Gralla Que Publishing, 2006 ISBN 0-7897-3626-8 HTML, XHTML, and CSS: Your visual blueprint for designing effective Web pages Rob Huddleston Sams Publishing, 2008 ISBN 0-470-27436-0 Grossman Library Each of this course's recommended books has been placed on reserve in Grossman Library, located in Sever Hall 311; the books may not be checked out. A schedule of hours appears at the address below. http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2009-10/resources/libraries.jsp * If you decide to procure this book, it's fine to get the 10th or the 11th edition (ISBN 0-135-09276-0); the 11th was released on Jan 17. Odds are you can buy a used copy of the 10th edition less expensively, since it's been out longer. 4 of 6 Computer Science E-1: Understanding Computers and the Internet Harvard Extension School Spring 2010 Lectures Lectures will take place on Mondays from 5:30pm ET until 7:30pm ET in Harvard Hall 104. Lectures will be filmed; videos will be posted to the course's website within 72 hours. Whether you are taking this course on campus or via the Internet, you are welcome to watch these videos. A schedule of lectures, subject to change, appears below. Lecture 1: Hardware Mon 1/25 Lecture 2: Hardware, Continued Mon 2/1 Movie Night: Pirates of Silicon Valley Mon 2/8 Lecture 3: The Internet Mon 2/22 Lecture 4: The Internet, Continued Mon 3/1 Lecture 5: Multimedia Mon 3/22 Lecture 6: Security Mon 3/29 Lecture 7: Security, Continued Mon 4/5 Lecture 8: Website Development Mon 4/12 Lecture 9: Programming Mon 4/19 Movie Night: Startup.com Mon 5/3 Lecture 10: Exciting Conclusion Mon 5/10 5 of 6 Computer Science E-1: Understanding Computers and the Internet Harvard Extension School Spring 2010 Homework Homework will be assigned weekly and will require Internet access. Extensions of deadlines will not be granted, except in cases of emergency. Technical difficulties will not be considered emergencies. Exams A schedule of exams, subject to change, appears below; these exams will take place in lieu of lectures on these dates. Exam 1 Mon 3/8 Exam 2 Mon 4/26 These exams will be "closed-book." Students who live in New England are expected to take these exams on campus. Students who live outside of New England are expected to arrange for proctors remotely (no later than one week before each exam), per the instructions at: http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2009-10/DistanceEd/how-it-works/policy.jsp Final Project The climax of this course will be its final project, an opportunity to develop your very own website with your very own domain name. Final projects will be due by noon ET on Mon 5/10. Extensions will not be granted, except in cases of emergency; late submissions may be penalized. Technical difficulties will not be considered emergencies. Guidelines for the final project will be distributed after Lecture 8. Academic Honesty All work that you do toward fulfillment of this course's expectations must be your own unless collaboration is explicitly allowed by the staff. Viewing or copying another individual's work) or lifting material from a book, magazine, website, or other source--even in part--and presenting it as your own constitutes academic dishonesty, as does showing or giving your work, even in part, to another student. Similarly is dual submission academic dishonesty: you may not submit the same or similar work to this course that you have submitted or will submit to another If in doubt as to the appropriateness of some act, contact the staff. All forms of academic dishonesty will be dealt with harshly. 6 of 6 ...
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