Thu Dec 9 07:39:43 EST 1999
|Sep 20, 22|| Introduction, administration. What's in a computer
Reading: Brookshear Chapter 0, 2.1-2.3; article on How microprocessors work
Problem set 1, due Sep 28
|Sep 27, 29|| CPU, memory, disks, etc. Bits, bytes, and representation.
Reading: Brookshear 1.1-1.6, 2.4-2.6; Intel web pages on how chips are made and Moore's Law.
Lab 1: Windows NT, Netscape, Telnet, mail, FTP
Problem set 2, due Oct 5
|Oct 4, 6|| Bits & bytes. Software and algorithms
Reading: Brookshear 4.1-4.4, 5.1-5.3
Lab 2: Information retrieval and the web
Problem set 3, due Oct 12
|Oct 11, 13|| Languages, programming; Visual Basic
Reading: a tutorial on the VB environment; you might also look at a much longer tutorial.
Lab 3: HTML and web page design
Problem set 4, due Oct 19
|Oct 18, 20|| Visual Basic. Operating systems & applications
Reading: Brookshear 3.1-3.4, 8.1-8.2 (files), 6.1-6.7 (skim only)
Lab 4: Introduction to Visual Basic / Programming fundamentals
|Oct 25, 27|| Operating systems, applications, real-world programming.
Networks & communications
Reading: Dave Farber's testimony; Ed Felten's testimony
Take-home midterm, due Oct 29 5PM. (Will be handed out in class Oct 25.) . Midterm answers
no lab, no problem set
|Nov 8, 10|| Internet
Reading: Brookshear 3.5-3.6; skim some of the Internet history papers
Lab 5: More Visual Basic / user interfaces
Problem set 5, due Nov 16
|Nov 15, 17|| World Wide Web
Reading - browse around in the following: Web history; what do they know about you? FAQ on cryptography
Lab 6: Computer graphics
Problem set 6, due Nov 23
|Nov 22, 24|| Security and privacy; Thanksgiving special
Reading: Newsweek article on online privacy (11/22/99 issue: talk about topical!)
No problem set or lab this week
|Nov 29, |
| Guest lecturer on Nov 29:
Susan Saltrick '78, The TLT Group
Reading: Susan Saltrick's Through a Dark Wood and Slowness
Dec 1: Cryptography.
Lab 7: Advanced HTML
Problem set 7, due Dec 7
|Dec 6, 8
|| Search engines.
Guest lecturer on Dec 8: Ira Fuchs, Vice President for Computing and Information Technology, talks about Y2K.
Reading: Brookshear 1-8, 1-9.
Lab 8: Sound and multimedia
Problem set 8, due Dec 14
|Dec 13, 15
|| Case studies: Compression & error detection; cellular telephony. Wrapup
No more labs or problem sets!
|| Final exam, Monday, Jan 17, 7:30PM, Peyton 145
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