CISC 305 Introduction
to the Internet
This course introduces how the Internet works and how to effectively use basic Internet services. Topics include browser basics, search engines and search techniques, e-mail, the World Wide Web, Internet security, Internet resources, the Cloud, social networking, and building basic web pages using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).
Many of you are quite familiar with the Internet. Hopefully you will learn a few tips in this course to increase your skills and introduce you to some valuable resources.
The best part about this course is that all the material is FREE! Everything is online.
Best advice I can give to my online students...
Stay on schedule and do the assignments early. The only way to get a bad grade in this course is to not do the assignments at all OR do the assignments late (only worth 50%).
Don't forget you are in an online class ~ set an alarm on your phone, post a post it note on your computer, whatever you have to do to remind yourself to do the assignments in this class early in the week will be the best plan of action. You can set the Notifications under your Account (up in the top left in Canvas) to notify you by text, email, etc.
Have fun with the projects. Some of the assignments that you think are super easy to you, are actually super hard for those that have never had experience with the application on the Internet. By the end of class, I hope to give you all a few skills that you are happy to have in your toolkit.
Learning Outcomes and Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
describe the structure of the Internet, the World Wide Web, the Internet browser, and a web page.
evaluate and critique various types of information sources on the Internet.
apply and effectively use the World Wide Web and a web browser to search for and locate specific information on the Internet.
research how technology can help with life skills, including local and world news, finding health services, educational resources, travel, and banking online.
create professional email accounts, including using address and mailing lists, attaching files, learning email etiquette, and identifying security risks.
analyze Internet security risks and explain how to protect a PC from viruses, trojans, spam, spyware, rootkits, and keyloggers.
define different types of cloud computing and explain the benefits and security risks.
utilize social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, photoshare, and other popular sites. Explain the marketing value and the risks with each.
construct a basic web page using plain HTML code.