Fundamentals of the Internet

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 111

       Course Name: Fundamentals of the Internet

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


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. Recommended: CIS 101.

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 and Student Conduct

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to the Internet
    1. Definition
    2. Internet Architecture
    3. Evolution of the Internet
    4. Internet Services
    5. Terminology
    6. Netiquette Guidelines
  2. Internet Sign On
    1. Hardware and Software Requirements
    2. Internet Connections and Access Options
    3. Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
    4. UNIX basics (Internet-related)
  3. Electronic Mail
    1. Composing, Sending, Viewing, and Replying
    2. File Retrieval
    3. File Management
  4. E-Mail Discussion Groups
    1. Discussion Lists
    2. Interest Groups
    3. Listserv
    4. Mailing Lists
  5. Newsgroups
    1. Setting up a Newsgroup
    2. Subscribing to Newsgroups
    3. Mailing, Saving, and Posting an Article
    4. Frequently Asked Questions Lists
  6. FTP
    1. FTP Commands
    2. File Transfers
    3. Uncompressing and Viewing Copied Files
  7. World Wide Web
    1. Web Browsers
    2. URL Address
    3. Search Engines and Search Criteria
    4. Web Pages (HTML)
    5. Hypertext, Hyperlinks, and Hypermedia
  8. Other Navigation Tools
  9. Current Internet Topics
  10. 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, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices 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

Tests and Quizzes
Class Assignments
Lab Assignments
Attendance and Participation

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.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.