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Fundamentals of the Internet

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 111

       Course Name: Fundamentals of the Internet

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CIS 101

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course focuses on understanding the structure of the Internet, how it works, and issues surrounding its use. Content includes hands-on activities, examination and application of theoretical concepts, as well as use of Internet basics, Web browsers, URLs, Web pages, search engines, navigation tools, transferring files, electronic mail, discussion lists and newsgroup usage, “netiquette,” and ethical, legal, security, and societal issues.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
•    Describe the Internet, its structure, how it is used, and how it came to be
•    Describe Internet hardware and software requirements, connection and access options, and available Internet services
•    Use email while managing email files and practicing netiquette
•    Transfer files (software or data) between computers
•    Use a web browser and explain URLs
•    Use search engines and design search criteria
•    Describe and create a simple web page using hyperlinks
•    Discuss other current Internet topics
•    Discuss the ethical, legal, security, and societal issues related to the Internet

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Introduction to the Internet
        1.    Definition
        2.    Internet Architecture
        3.    Evolution of the Internet
        4.    Internet Services
        5.    Terminology
        6.    Netiquette Guidelines

B.    Internet Sign On
        1.    Hardware and Software Requirements
        2.    Internet Connections and Access Options
        3.    Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
        4.    UNIX basics (Internet-related)

C.    Electronic Mail
        1.    Composing, Sending, Viewing, and Replying
        2.    File Retrieval
        3.    File Management

D.    E-Mail Discussion Groups
        1.    Discussion Lists
        2.    Interest Groups
        3.    Listserv
        4.    Mailing Lists

E.    Newsgroups
        1.    Setting up a Newsgroup
        2.    Subscribing to Newsgroups
        3.    Mailing, Saving, and Posting an Article
        4.    Frequently Asked Questions Lists

F.    FTP
        1.    FTP Commands
        2.    File Transfers
        3.    Uncompressing and Viewing Copied Files

G.    World Wide Web
        1.    Web Browsers
        2.    URL Address
        3.    Search Engines and Search Criteria
        4.    Web Pages (HTML)
        5.    Hypertext, Hyperlinks, and Hypermedia

H.    Other Navigation Tools
        1.    Telnet
               a.    Commands
               b.    Finding Internet Addresses
        2.    Gopher
               a.    Gopher Commands
               b.    Moving to other Servers
               c.    White-Pages Services
        3.    Others

I.    Current Internet Topics

J.    Ethical (copyright, censorship), Legal, Security, and Societal Issues

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Program demonstrations, hands-on usage, textbook reading, applicable web sites, lecture, class discussions, group work, and guest speakers may be used.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A.    Attend class based on the schedule
B.    Read course materials - textbook and current resources
C.    Complete required assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests
D.    Attend and participate in lab as required

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A. Quizzes to be determined by instructor
B. Exams (essay, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank) to be determined by instructor
C. Evaluation of lab exercises 
D. Evaluation of other homework assignments (e.g. student presentations, research papers)

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.