Course Outline and Syllabus


Introduction to Computers

Time and Place:

Lecture: 12:00-1:50 Tuesday in MOLN D137

Lab1: 2:00-4:00 p.m., Tuesday in WYLL MacLab 150

Lab2: 4:00-6:000 p.m., Tuesday in WYLL MacLab 150

Lab3: 2:00-4:00 p.m, Thursday in WYLL MacLab 150

Text & Required Materials:

Laboratory & Course Policy:

1. Lab Reports due at the end of the laboratory period; late work will be penalized
2. Please staple sheets together with Name and Assignment # clearly visible on Page 1.
3. General philosophy on laboratory exercises:

3.1 Cooperation and discussion with classmates is strongly encouraged
3.2 However, your reports must be your own and unique. Copying is illegal.

4. Appropriate academic behavior is expected

5. Exams are to be taken on the dates scheduled

5.1 No makeup exams will be given
5.2 If emergencies arise preventing you from taking the exam, please call BEFORE the exam to reschedule it.

Grading System:

Lab Work Weekly Laboratory Report Due after the laboratory 35%
Exams Tuesday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, March 27 25%
Final Exam Tuesday, May 8, 1:00-3:00 p.m. 25%
Performance Participation, helpfulness, enthusiasm, attendance 15%


Morris Firebaugh,Phone (262)886-9575

Office Hours: 2:00-4:00 p.m. Tues
Other times: By appointment
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Week Reading
Chapter Title: Topics/Lab Topics
1 Appendix
History and Industry: Babbage and Ada, Hollerith, Zuse, Turing, Atanasoff;
Introduction to the Macintosh operating system, desktop & files, and MS-Word
2 Ch.11
Word Processing and Desktop Publishing: Overview, Menus and Buttons
Formatting, Special Tools, Publishing Process; Intermediate word processing
3 Ch.1
Computer Hardware: Input and Output; Data Communications,
The Internet, Classification of Computers; Advanced word processing
4 Ch.12
Spreadsheets and Business Graphics: Cells and Addresses, "What If?"
Spreadsheet Features, Business Graphics; Spreadsheet fundamentals
5 Ch.2
Computer Software: Operating Systems and Applications; Ethics;
Software Classification, Business Software; Intermediate spreadsheets
6 Ch.3
The Central Processing Unit: CPU, ALU, Registers and Memory, Data
Representation, Speed and Power of Chips; Advanced spreadsheet graphics
7 Ch.4
2D Graphics
Input and Output: Keyboard, Mouse, Scanner, OCR, Voice input;
Screens, Printers, Computer Graphics; Elements of graphical design
8 Ch.5
2D Graphics
Storage and Multimedia: Magnetic and Optical Disks; Multimedia,
Magnetic Tape, File Structure and Processing; Bit-Mapped and OOP Graphics
9 Ch.6
2D Graphics
Networking: Data Communications, Transmission, and Protocols;
WANs, LANs, E-Mail, Teleconferencing, E-Commerce; Advanced Graphics
10 Ch.7 & 8
The Internet and E-Commerce: Background of the Internet, Redundancy,
TheWWW, Browsers and Search Engines, Portals, Entrepreneurs; WWW Resources
11 Ch.9
Writing Your Own Web Page: The HTML Language, Basic and Style Tags, Links,
Embedding Images, HTML Editor, Intro to GoLive; Internet Research
12 Ch.10
Web Design
Security and Privacy: Computers and Crime, Security and Access,
Privacy and Encryption, Ethics and Privacy, Public Policy; Web Page Design Tools
13 Ch.13
Database Management Systems: Database Concepts, Fields, Records, and
Files, Graphical Databases, Distributed Databases; Concepts of Hypermedia
14 Ch.14
Programming and Languages: The Programming Process, Levels of Language,
Major Programming Languages, OOP; Cards, Stacks, Variables, and Databases
15 Ch.17
The Cutting Edge: Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems, Emergent behavior,
Complex systems, Chaotic systems, Fractals, A-Life; Programming Concepts

Remember: Exam this Tuesday!

Updated January, 2003