Introduction to the fundamentals, basic concepts, and terminology of networks. Topics include the access and use of the Internet and networking hardware and software, including current developments in networking.
|Required Materials: This course requires the use of:
1. Adequate hardware including a 1 GHz or faster CPU, 1GB or more of RAM, graphics card with 128 MB of memory, 4 GB of disk storage space and handle multimedia items (sound and maybe a microphone [suggested but not required this semester]).
2. Window Vista or Windows 7, 8, or 10 operating system.
3. Internet Explorer version 11 or higher (or highest version of your web browser software).
4. High speed Internet access (DSL or cable – dial up will NOT work).
5. REAL PLAYER software (which is free) (if needed).
Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty (aka., cheating) is taken seriously. All work must be done independently. You may always ask your instructor for help. You can even ask friends and family for help in order to gain a better understanding of certain concepts. However, you must start and finish the work independently. If you are sharing a computer or book with another student, you must keep your work in separate folders, and start and complete the work independently. It is very easy to determine if files have been copied and modified, etc… Copying a file from another student, and then making minor changes to that file is cheating.
Acceptance Guidelines: Not all people are well suited for independent study. Are you / Do you?
1. Be self-motivated or self-starter: This usually means having completed at least 6 credit hours of college and having a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. Exceptions must be approved by the instructor.
2. Meet the course prerequisites: This means being ready for ENGLISH and MATHS (i.e. no remediation needed) and high school computer literacy or equivalent.
3. Already be familiar with microcomputers by having used:
a. Windows 2000 Pro, Vista, 7, 8, & Windows 10
b. A word processing software product
c. A spreadsheet software product
d. An Internet browser
e. Files and folders. This means that you should be able to create, rename, delete, locate, move and copy files and folders. You should also be familiar switching between the icon view and the details view in My Computer/Windows Explorer. A basic understanding of the above file management skills is required.
4. Have access to computer resources:
a. either, have adequate hardware with software installed on a computer at home or work including adequate Internet access with DSL or cable speed
b. or, be able and willing to use open lab times provided by the college to complete the course.
I expect to have regular contact with you during the semester. Most of this contact will be electronically within the Blackboard Vista environment. Most interaction will be via the Announcements, Discussions and Mail tools and the grading of lab assignments.
Professor Participation: I will normally enter the course via Blackboard Vista every business day (Monday thru Friday unless it’s a Holiday), however for a variety of reasons (sick, out of town, computer broken, internet connection not working, etc.) I may not enter the course on a given day. Often I will enter the course more than once on a business day. I will usually enter the course on Saturday morning, but not always. Sometimes, I will enter the course on Sunday. Thus, it might appear that you have 24/7 instructor response and you could wrongfully expect immediate response to all your needs. I will try to respond quickly and you should normally have a response within 3 business days, so don’t panic if you don’t get a response in 30 minutes. In recent semesters, I have tried to grade all papers within 2 to 3 days after they are submitted by students. I will read all Blackboard Vista “Mail” every time I enter the course and normally will respond that same day. Once in a while a student’s question requires a couple of days for me to research his question to allow me to formulate a good (correct) response.
Final Grade: Your final grade will be posted by the Registrar and are available shortly after the end of the semester. There is no other official method of posting a student’s final grade. Final grades will not be given over the telephone by either the professor or any HCCS employee. If you need an official transcript, see the registrar and request a transcript be sent after posting of the grades for the semester.
Mailing Address, Telephone and Email Address: Make sure that your address is correct on your student ID card and that BA has your correct telephone and email information.
Detailed Course Evaluation: There will be a 100 point system used to determine the grade for this course per the following:
Class Schedule: The below due dates are established so as to prevent “Procrastination” on your part. It is “strongly suggested” that students set a regular study schedule. This will allow them to complete materials on or before the “Due Date”. Students that work ahead will be able to handle unexpected situations that will occur in their life. Not working ahead might cause them to miss the due date for a Learning Module. Assignments not received and quizzes not taken by the “Cut Off Date” for a Learning Module will not be received and will be given the grade of zero.
If you are having problems completing course materials on time (by the “Due Date”), chat with the instructor. If you have over scheduled your life (working 40 hours a week and taking 15 credit hours of college instruction), have computer problems (my computer is broke and I don’t know when it will get fixed) or don’t have a textbook (too poor to buy one until payday).
However, under unusually circumstances (death or illness in the family and other items that greatly disrupt your life), the instructor might be willing to accept late materials. But the time to chat with the instructor is when something is “Due”. Don’t wait until the “Cut Off Date” to announce that you have a problem and would like some consideration; again – you might not get much sympathy.