Comp 101 - Exploring the Internet
Class Meets in 25 E. Pearson RM
Cudahy Library Rm 151
8-2778; from off campus
Before or after class by
Text: Teach Yourself Netscape Navigator 4 Visually
(referred to in syllabus as "Workbook')
Class Description: This one-credit course offers non-computer
science majors an introduction to the use of the vast resources available
on the Internet and World Wide Web. The course will be taught in a
laboratory environment with practical hands-on instruction. In addition to
learning about the history of the Internet and the World Wide Web,
students will learn search, browse and content assessment skills that will
aid in their ability to find and access information found on the
Note: Students will need to obtain an Orion
account. To obtain this account you will need to fill out a form at
the IT office on the 7th floor of 25 E. Pearson. Students will also have
to purchase at least one pre-formatted floppy disk for in-class
|Internet Scavenger Hunt
Academic dishonesty may result in a
grade of F for the course and a letter to the Dean of the College. All
work is due on the date assigned. Any late work will receive a failing
grade unless arrangements are made with me prior to the date the
assignment was originally due.
In Class: Class Orientation;
Windows NT Workstation Orientation.
Homework Readings: Workbook: pp. 2-7; 14-15; 21-33.
Online: Look at IT's Introduction
to NT (http://www.luc.edu/infotech/document/intro-nt.html)
We May Think" by Vannevar Bush (http://www.theatlantic.com/unbound/flashbks/computer/bushf.htm)
Bush is viewed by many to be the true father of the hypertext. In
this Atlantic Monthly article published in 1945, he describes a
device that sounds remarkably like the present day world wide
Magazine Profile on Tim Berners-Lee
Magazine profile on the man who developed hypertext in the early
Quickly browse this timeline.
In Class: Protocols, IP addressing, Host
Machine & Domain Names, Client/Server Model. (Handout)
class exercise from Workbook: 46-53.
Workbook: pp.36-37; 50-71
Search Engines were People (http://websearch.about.com/library/weekly/aa052199.htm?pid=2825&cob=home)
Assignment: Go to Alta Vista
(http://www.altavista.com/), HotBot (http://hotbot.lycos.com/), and Lycos (http://www.lycos.com/) and search for the rather ambiguous
term "casablanca." How did each search engine handle this query? Which
predominantly gave information about the movie, which about the city? Did
any of the search engine try to help by categorizing their results,or by
listing links to related searches? Type up a short paragraph comparing
Alta Vista, HotBot and Lycos in light of your observations and what you
learned from Sherman's articles "If search engines were people."
In Class: Boolean
Searching (http://www.luc.edu/faculty/dfelici/boolean.html), Search
Engines Vs. Guides, Tips & Tricks.
Online: How Search
(http://searchenginewatch.com/webmasters/work.html), How Search
Engines Rank Pages (http://searchenginewatch.com/webmasters/rank.html), Internet Search
Assignment: Do the Internet Scavenger Hunt Part 1 that I will hand-out
in class. Use a Search
Engine (http://www.luc.edu/libraries/web.html) or
Search Guide (http://www.luc.edu/libraries/guide.html) listed on one of
these pages. Make sure you record the search tool you used, the URL where
you found the info, as well as the answer to the question.
(If you miss this class, please contact me so I can e-mail you this
assignment.) Two good resources you should look at:Choosing
the Best Search Engine (http://NuevaSchool.org/~debbie/library/research/adviceengine.html),
and How to
Choose a Search Engine or Directory (http://www.albany.edu/library/internet/choose.html).
In Class: We'll go over Scavenger Hunt. Specialty
Search Engines/Guides (http://searchenginewatch.com/links/Specialty_Search_Engines/), Meta
Search Engines (http://www.luc.edu/libraries/meta.html),
Usenet Groups (http://www.luc.edu/libraries/newsgroups.html). Information
Homework Readings: Workbook: pp188-191.
Online: What are Newsgroups?
(http://www.liszt.com/news/news-faq.html#define) About DejaNews (http://www.deja.com/corp/
Homework Assignment: Do Scavenger Hunt Part 2. In addition to the Search Engines
and Guides you used on the first 25 questions, use, Specialty Search Engines,
Meta Search Engines and the Information Please Guide listed above. Make
sure you record the search tool you used, the URL where you found the
info, as well as the answer to the question. (If you miss
this class, please contact me so I can e-mail you this assignment.)
In Class: Basic
HTML; HTML Tag Handout.
NOTE: YOU NEED YOUR
ORION ACCOUNT TO BE WORKING BY CLASS 6
Homework Readings: Read HTML Essentials
Preface through Chapter 4. (http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~jonlee/tutorial/).
A good guide to look at for reference is also the NCSA
Beginner's Guide to HTML (http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/General/Internet/WWW/HTMLPrimerP1.html).
Assignment: Create a very basic webpage in Notepad. Save this page to
a floppy disk and call it homepage.html. This page should include HTML
Contained tags, headings/title tags, and body tag. The content of the page
should include your name, academic major and a list of you favorite
In Class: More HTML
Homework Readings. Read
Essentials Chapters 5-7.
Homework Assignment: Working on the webpage called homepage.html
that you created last week, make these changes. (1)Make your list of activities
an ordered list.
Spring Break March 6-10
More HTML; adding images and hotlinking
Homework Readings. Read HTML
Essentials Chapter 8
(1)Add an image (2)add links to at least three pages that has something
to do with your favorite activities (1 per activitiy). You will have to
use your web searching abilities to find these web pages.
In Class: Working with Netscape Composer; Saving Images;
Image file types
Homework Readings. Workbook 242-265.
Choose one of the activities you listed on the web page you have been
working on called homepage.html. Using Composer, create a webpage about
that activitiy. The page should include at least 5 links to outside resources
and 1 image. Call this page compose.html.
In Class: Setting up a web directory in ORION. Basics of FTP.
Homework Readings: Online Loyola Documenation:
Directory and File Details (http://www.luc.edu/websupport/dir-spec.html) Setting File Permissions
shorter MSWord edition Setting File Permissions;
Homework Assignment: Using the ftp program in the Internet Tools
folder of Loyola Core, transfer either compose.html or homepage.html to
you .web directory in ORION. Your FTP set-up should
look like this. For step-by-step instructions, look at the ftp section
of the Step-by-Step
File permissions; viewing your webpage; URL info.
In Class: Setting the proper file permissions for your webpages
In Class Assignment: Set the proper file and image permissions
so you will be able to view on the web the page you FTPed to Orion. Remember
that URL will read as follows: http://orion.it.luc.edu/~username/webpagename.html.
For help, look at the Telneting to Orion & Changing File Permissions
section of the Step-by-Step Directions
In Class: Final Project Workshop
In Class: Final Project Workshop
In Class: Final Exam Review/ Webpage
May 9; 2:30-4:30