Mt. San Jacinto College Computer Information Systems
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CSIS 103 - Intro to the Internet

New Perspectives on the Internet - ninth edition

Text: New Perspectives on the Internet - 2005 Edition, Comprehensive (Must Be 2005 Edition Comprehensive)
ISBN #: 1111529116 © 2005 Author: Gary Schneider, Jessica Evans
Publisher: Course Technology
Book Site:


Course Description

This course provides an overview of computer hardware, software, and career opportunities associated with the Internet and the World Wide Web, as well as the basic skills necessary to use software applications.

Course Objectives

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

  1. Describe major components of a computer system.
  2. Describe an operating system.
  3. List methods of communicating from a computer.
  4. Describe twenty features of the computer.
  5. Describe methods of accessing files from the computer.
  6. When given a picture and a list of its elements match Netscape elements.
  7. Define Web browsers.
  8. Start Netscape Navigator.
  9. Describe the features of the Netscape Navigator window.
  10. Define menus, the toolbar, and directory buttons.
  11. Move around a Web page.
  12. Get help in Netscape.
  13. Print a Web page.
  14. Exit Netscape Navigator.
  15. Define hypertext links and URL's.
  16. Find, start, and stop links.
  17. Move backward and forward.
  18. View history.
  19. Find text.
  20. Set and retrieve bookmarks.
  21. Work with frames.
  22. Enter a valid URL.
  23. Define search methods.
  24. Search by subject.
  25. Search by guide.
  26. Search by location.
  27. Search by content.
  28. Describe categories of information on the Web.
  29. Describe business information on the Web.
  30. Describe education information on the Web.
  31. Describe electronic publishing information on the Web.
  32. Describe entertainment information on the Web.
  33. Describe a home page.
  34. Produce a plan to create a Web page.
  35. Structure a Web page.
  36. Save a file.
  37. Write and format text.
  38. Insert links to Web pages.
  39. Insert graphics.
  40. View the page.
  41. Test Web page links.
  42. Describe what Internet.
  43. Describe four primary Internet services.
  44. Define the history of the Internet.
  45. Define the term "packet switching," and explain how it works.
  46. Describe the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
  47. List the three primary ways to access the Internet.
  48. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of each of the primary Internet accesses.
  49. Explain the roll of a service provider.
  50. Define electronic mail (e-mail), and give examples of how e-mail might be used.
  51. Explain how e-mail addresses are formed.
  52. Manage an e-mail mailbox.
  53. Read and delete e-mail messages.
  54. List e-mail netiquetts.
  55. Connect to a remote host.
  56. Describe the resources of a remote host.
  57. Describe basic Telnet commands.
  58. Logout of a remote server.
  59. Connect to an ftp host computer.
  60. Navigate ftp host computer directories.
  61. List the differences between ASCII files and binary files.
  62. Transfer files from an ftp host computer to a local computer.
  63. Disconnect from an ftp host computer.
  64. Describe various methods for searching for files on the Internet.
  65. Use Gopher to Telnet to remote hosts.
  66. Use Veronica to search Gopher servers.
  67. Use Archie to search ftp archives.
  68. Subscribe and unsubscribe to Usenet groups.
  69. Describe how to read Usenet articles.
  70. Describe how to sort and skip Usenet articles.
  71. Locate newsgroups.
  72. Respond to a posting.
  73. Post a Usenet article.
  74. Define Usenet netiquett.
  75. Subscribe to a Listserv or Mailing List.
  76. Unsubscribe to a Listserv or Mailing List.
  77. Post to a Listserv or Mailing List.
  78. Find a List on Topics of Interest.
  79. Explain how the Wide Area Information Server (WAIS) works.
  80. Search through indexed material, and find articles using WAIS.
  81. Use the WAIS directory of servers to make decisions about which servers to use in a search.
  82. Use Gopher to access and search a WAIS database.
  83. Explain and demonstrate how hypertext within a document acts as a link to other information.
  84. Search a hypertext document for a search string.
  85. Explain and demonstrate how the Uniform Resource Locator is used to
  86. locate sources directly in the WWW.
  87. Define WAIS and WWW netiquett.
  88. Describe how to join and leave an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel.
  89. Define the correct commands while participating in IRC.
  90. Describe how to use private channels, and send private messages.

Course Grading

In-Class Discussions = 2000 total possible points: In this course you are expected to participate in the in-class discussions.

10 Online Quizzes X 200 points per quiz = 2000 total possible points: Quizzes will be in the Multiple Choice Question format. You will access the quizzes online through the Blackboard system at by clicking on the "Quizzes" button..

Total possible points for this course = 4000. Grading Scale = A) > 3500 pts. B) > 3000 pts. C) > 2500 pts. D) > 2000 pts. F) < 2001 pts.

Online Quizzes, Reading , and Online Discussions to complete

Chapter to read in “The Internet ”


Chapter 1: Introduction to The Internet & The World Wide Web

Chapter 1 Quiz

Chapter 2: Browser Basics

Chapter 2 Quiz

Chapter 3: Basic Communication on the Internet: E-Mail

Chapter 3 Quiz

Chapter 4: Searching the Web

Chapter 4 Quiz

Chapter 5: Information Resources on the Web

Chapter 5 Quiz

Chapter 6: Downloading and Storing Data

Chapter 6 Quiz

Chapter 7: Mass Communication on the Internet

Chapter 7 Quiz

Chapter 8: Real-Time Communication on the Internet

Chapter 8 Quiz

Chapter 9: Securing and Enhancing Your Use of the Internet

Chapter 9 Quiz

Chapter 10: Electronic Commerce Chapter 10 Quiz

Instructor's Note to Students

All Quizzes are active and ready to be completed at . The Quizzes are timed and you only have ONE opportunity to take and complete any quiz. So be sure you're ready before clicking to start a quiz. Quizzes are found by clicking on the“Quizzes” button.

You can view the PowerPoint slides for this course by clicking on "Lectures" Some of the more computer knowledgeable students may be able to successfully pass the chapter quizzes by simply viewing the PowerPoint slides. I do not recommend that students who are new to computer technologies use only the PowerPoint slides exclusively as they are not as comprehensive as is the textbook that you purchased for this course.

As always if you have any questions please email me: and be sure to add subject: CSIS 103.