Mt. San Jacinto College Computer Information Systems
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CSIS 103 - Introduction To The Internet

New Perspectives on the Internet - ninth edition

Text: New Perspectives on the Internet - 9th Edition, Comprehensive (Must Be 9th Edition Comprehensive)
ISBN #: 1111529116 © 2013 Author: Gary Schneider, Jessica Evans
Publisher: Course Technology
Book Site:


Course Description

This course provides an overview of the many services available on the Internet. Students will learn about Internet browsers and their extensions, WWW, e-mail, search engines, using the Internet for research, chat and instant messaging, uploading and downloading files using FTP servers, storage services, Internet security concepts, e-commerce and the various career opportunities associated with the Internet.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to do the following:

  1. Examine the history and structure of the Internet
  2. Compare and Contrast Internet browsers and their extensions
  3. Compare and Contrast email clients and Internet-based email services
  4. Compare and Contrast Internet search engines and directories
  5. Evaluate Internet security techniques
  6. Examine usage and implementations of e-commerce on the Internet

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Construct an effective search string for an online information resource to find relevant information (as it pertains to a problem/case scenario).
  2. Evaluate and assess online information resources (as they pertain to a problem/case scenario) for accuracy.
  3. Evaluate and assess online information resources (as they pertain to a problem/case scenario) for authority.
  4. Evaluate and assess online information resources (as they pertain to a problem/case scenario) for objectivity.
  5. Use and administer anti-virus software to refresh and update security definitions.
  6. Create a web page that includes a graphic element.
  7. Create a web page that includes a web page title.
  8. Create a web page that includes a narrative text.
  9. Create a web page that includes working hyperlinks.

Weekly Assignment Schedule

The Assignments column lists the Due Dates your weekly Reading, Discussion Board posts, Assignments, Tutorial Quizzes, and Learning Unit Exams must be completed by.

Learning Unit Week

Read this Tutorial
in your textbook
The Internet

to complete in
Discussion Board

Online Quiz
to complete in Assessments

Assignment & Assessment MUST be completed by 11:59 P.M. on Due Date

Prep Unit:
Getting Your Feet Wet
DB 0:
Who Are You?
Pop Quiz  
Jan. 23
Unit 1:
Internet Basics

Tutorial 1:
Browser Basics

DB 1:
Surfing the Web

Tutorial 1 Quiz

Jan. 30

Tutorial 2: Basic Communication on the Internet: E-Mail

DB 2:
Exploring Email

Tutorial 2 Quiz

Feb. 6
Appendix A: The Internet and the World Wide Web
The Internet Infrastrucure
 Appendix A Quiz
Feb 13
5 Learning Unit 1 Exam (LU1) Feb. 20
Unit 2:
Working the Web
Tutorial 3:
Searching the Web
DB 3:
Search Engines
Tutorial 3 Quiz
Feb. 27

Tutorial 4: Information Resources on the Web

DB 4:
Data Repositories
Tutorial 4 Quiz
Mar. 6

Tutorial 5: User Generated Content on the Internet

 DB 5:
Who Do You Trust?
Tutorial 5 Quiz
Mar. 13
9 Learning Unit 2 Exam (LU2) Mar. 20
Unit 3: Increasing your Reach
Tutorial 6:
Security on the Internet and the Web
DB 6:
Internet Security
Tutorial 6 Quiz
Apr. 3
Tutorial 7: Wireless Networking and Security
DB 7:
Wireless Technologies
Tutorial 7 Quiz
Apr. 10
12 Learning Unit 3 Exam (LU3)
 Apr. 17
Unit 4: Technologies of the Internet
13 Tutorial 8: Creating Effective Web Pages DB 8:
Creating a Web Page
Tutorial 8 Quiz Apr. 24
14 Tutorial 9:
Electronic Commerce
DB 9:
Tutorial 9 Quiz May 1
Information Literacy
Lifelong Learning
Final Assigment:
Journaling Your Experience
May 8
16 Learning Unit 4 Exam (LU4) May. 15
All Assignments (Discussion Board posts, Assignment submissions, Quizzes, and Learning Unit exams) must be completed and submitted appropriately by 11:59 P.M. of their due date. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! Under normal circumstances, scores for assignments submitted on-time, will be posted within one week after the due date & time.

Course Grading

9 Discussion Board Posts X 100 points each = 900 total possible points: There are nine tutorials you will be completing in this class where you are required to apply the knowledge that you've learned from reading the online materials and your textbook (Tutorial 8 is excluded because you will be submitting a Web page you create for that tutorial). The Discussion Board posts and your comments on other student posts earn you points towards your final grade in this class. These Discussion Board forums are designed for maximum student retention of the material covered in the Tutorial.

10 Tutorial quizzes X 100 points each = 1,000 total possible points. Each tutorial has a corresponding quiz for you to complete. These quizzes are to be used are assessments to see how well you're retaining what you read in the online materials and textbook. You can also repeat them as many times as you'd like to achieve a perfect and to help you practice for each of corresponding Learning Unit Exams which will have randomly generated questions chosen from the same question pools that the quizzes are made up from.

1 Building a Web page assignment = 100 possible points. Since this class is an entry level course for the Internet Authoring A.S. degree program and the subject of the class is after all the Internet, of which the World Wide Web is a part, it makes sense to have you learn the basics of HTML in order to prepare you to move on to the Web Development Level 1 class where you will become HTML/CSS wizards.

1 Journal Post = 100 possible points. As your last assignment in this class you will be Journaling your experience in this class by writing a summary of all the reading and discussions you have completed in the class. This is another way to help reiterate what you have learned so that you will better retain this knowledge for future application in your professional and personal lives.

4 Learning Unit Exams = 1,000 total possible points: The Learning Unit exams will also be in the multiple choice question format. You will access them online through the Blackboard system at by clicking on the Assessments link for this course. There are 10 questions for each chapter being covered and you get 2 minutes per question to complete each test. In other words the exams LU1 & LU2 have 30 questions, are worth a total of 300 points each, and you have 60 minutes to complete each one; LU3 & LU4 cover only two chapters each, so they have only 20 questions worth a total of 200 points each, and you have only 40 minutes to complete each one.

Grading Scale: A > 89%, B > 79%, C > 69%, D > 59%, F < 60%.

Total possible points for this course = 3,100.

Extra Credit Points

80 Possible Points

  • Up to 40 possible points for the Who Are You discussion forum post.
    • As part of the Prep Unit you will be asked to create a document telling us a little bit about yourself.
  • Up to 20 possible Points for completing the Perkins Survey.
    • As part of the Prep Unit complete the Perkins survey and upload a screen shot of the completion screen.
  • Up to 20 possible points for the Pop Quiz.
    • In the Prep Unit folder you will find a short quiz covering key details of this course which can be found in the following documents: Start Here, Syllabus, and the CIS Department Email Policy.

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Instructor's Note to Students:

Except for the Pop Quiz, all of the Quizzes can be repeated as many times as you'd like. The system will record your highest score, so feel free to repeat each Quiz as many times as you need in order to see the entire pool of questions. Links to the Quizzes are available in their corresponding Learning Unit but you can also access them by clicking on the Assessments link. The Learning Unit Exams can be found under the Assessments link as well. All Learning Units (Case Studies and Quizzes), and the LU Exams, MUST be completed by 11:59 P.M. on the due date assigned to that item in the Due Dates column of the Weekly Assignment Schedule section of the Syllabus.

Students who have not completed three or more chapter Quizzes or Discussion Board assignments at any time during the completion of this class may be dropped from the class by the instructor.

Getting Help

I am here to support you to the best of my ability in order to help ensure your success in this class. The best way for us to communicate is via email using the following address: -- be sure that “CSIS 103” is the Subject of your email so that it won't get lost amongst my spam mail. Also, please include the section number of your class so that I can locate your student information quicker. The Email Subject line format is explained in the CIS Email Policy.

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Student Drop Policy

Any student who fails to complete three or more assignments, exams or quizzes may be dropped from the course by the instructor.

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Instructor's Regular Effective Contact Policy

For quickest response to questions or problems regarding this course, students should always send me an email using the format specified in the CIS EMAIL POLICY to the email address listed in the instructor box at the top of the Syllabus.

When emailing me during my stated online office hours, which can be found by clicking on the “Hours” link within the Instructor's box of this course, I will usually respond within the same day - depending on my student case load for that particular day. Students are always responded to on a first come first served basis.

When emailing me outside of my posted office hours, when posting to a discussion thread, or when submitting an assignment, students can expect that they will receive an appropriate response, when required, within 48 hours of the post or submission (Monday thru Thursday at 5:00 P.M.). Emails received after Thursday at 5:00 P.M. will be responded to on the following Monday.

To schedule a face-to-face meeting during the posted face-to-face office hours or to request synchronous contact via: virtual office, by telephone, or IM (Instant Messaging); please email your request so that we can schedule a mutually convenient meeting time.

From time to time, as it is deemed necessary, contact will be initiated with you, individually or jointly, via: email, Canvas Announcements, or Discussion Board posts to help keep you informed and up-to-date regarding your progress or status in this course. Be sure that you read all Announcements I post on Canvas and check your MSJC email on a daily basis. Please click "Reply" when responding to an email I send you so that my email message is included in your email response. That way I can easily keep track of what our discussion thread pertains to.

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Plagiarism, Cheating, and Stealing Policies (Academic Integrity)

  • Any student who plagiarizes the work of any other person will be given a zero on any and all assignments where plagiarism has been utilized.
  • Any student caught cheating on a quiz or final exam will receive a zero for quiz or final exam.
  • Any student caught removing items from the classroom including but not limited to: lab materials and tools, without authorization, will be dropped from the course and given an automatic "F".

For more details on plagiarism and cheating, please review the MSJC Student Conduct Web Resources page.

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Learning Environment

All students are entitled to an environment that encourages learning. If a student behaves in a manner that negatively affects other class members, he or she is guilty of disruptive behavior. Such behavior will be addressed in a manner consistent with school policy. Cell phones and other personal electronic devices MUST be turned off in class. Also, no food or drinks are allowed in the classroom. Tape recording in class is prohibited unless specific permission is granted by instructor.

As a courtesy, please do not talk while the instructor is talking to the class or when a student is asking a question which pertains to the class. Please do not use classroom computers for personal use or other classwork—computers are to be used to follow in-class lectures, take tests, or as otherwise directed by your instructor. Refrain from “surfing” the Web, reading e-mail, or playing computer games during class. You are encouraged to work with other students to solve problems outside of class; however, you must complete your own work.

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Need Tutoring?

Check out the MSJC Learning Resource Centers! Academic Support is available for all students through the services provided in the Learning Resource Centers on each campus. Inquire at each center regarding hours of operations and specific subjects for which tutors are available. In addition, some subject area specialist tutors are available for courses through specific departments. Ask your instructor if specialized tutors are available for your individual course.

Tutoring for some Business & CIS classes including Microsoft Office applications tutoring will be available in the Business/CIS computer lab in Room 956. Lab/tutor schedules can be found at Tutors change each semester, please check with the Business/CIS computer lab to learn what subjects have available tutors for the current semester.

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Disability Statement

Mt. San Jacinto College abides by the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits federal and state agencies or programs from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities. Students in this course who have a documented disability, that limits a major life activity which may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations should meet with a  Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) counselor as soon as possible.

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