Thomas P. Kelliher
Office phone: 337-6189
Home phone: 931-2946
Send mail to kelliher AT DOMAIN bluebird.goucher.edu
Office hours: MWF 10:30--11:30am. Th 1:00-3:00pm. Other times by
The key theme is Communicating through Computing. We will explore
the world of computing: its capabilities and limitations. The Internet and
the World Wide Web are a large part of that world, unlocking personal
communication on a scale never before seen. Where else can one communicate
with so many, so inexpensively. How do we locate the information we need
among this ever-growing body of ``knowledge?'' How do we evaluate that
which we find? How can we communicate most effectively with others?
We will also be introduced to some of the technical aspects of computing,
as well as the many areas of social and ethical concern raised by the rapid
evolution of computer technology. Topics include the Internet and
worldwide information exchange, the power and limitations of the computer
as a problem solver, and the issues of privacy, security, and computer
crime. The course will be very much ``hands-on.'' Large parts of the
course are devoted to an exploration of specific computer applications and
K. Milburn and J. Burdman, Designing Web Pages with FrontPage 97,
New Riders, 1996.
Peachpit Press, 1997.
- Other Resources:
There are many, many resources available on the Internet and especially the
World Wide Web. Two of our course goals are discovering and evaluating
A = [92--100],
A- = [90--92),
B+ = [88--90),
B = [82--88),
B- = [80--82),
Course Point Distribution
There are 800 total points for the course:
- Assignments --- There will be four outside-of-class assignments.
Each assignment will be worth 50 points. Late assignments will be
accepted only by prior arrangement.
- Quizzes --- There will be seven quizzes. Each will be
worth 60 points; your two lowest quiz scores will be dropped. Missed
quizzes cannnot be made up. The quizzes will be: Jan. 30.; Feb. 13 and
27; Mar. 13; Apr. 3 and 17; May 1.
- Group Web site semester project --- After reading project
proposals and gauging interests and abilities, project groups (3--4 team
members) will be formed. The projects will be due the week of April 27.
The project is worth 200 points.
- Final --- The hands-on group final, incorporating all that you've
learned during the semester, will be worth 100 points. The set of
groups will not be the same as for the semester project.
- Course Handouts:
Most course handouts will be made available once in class. After that, they
may be obtained from the class home page on the World Wide Web (see the
class URL above). Some course handouts will only be distributed through
the class home page.
Attendance of classes, while not required, is quite important. Attendance
and participation are necessary learning components. Please inform me
beforehand if you will be absent. Remember that you are responsible for
making up missed work.
I expect that you will complete reading assignments before class and come
to class prepared to discuss the day's material. If you need to print a
copy of an outline before class, please arrive early so that you don't
cause a disruption at the beginning of class.
Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Refer to the Student Handbook.
- Tentative Outline:
- Basic tools of the Internet.
- Using search engines.
- Basic Web page design.
- Images and scanning.
- Page design issues.
- Advanced Web design.
- Issues in computing.
- Personal computer hardware.
- Personal computer software.
- Other topics.