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SSD2 Course Syllabus

Class: SSD2 – Introduction to Computer Systems
Section: SSD2/Tokyo
Meeting Days/Times: W/F 5 – 7PM
Course Login URL: http://www.icarnegie.com/

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to some of the most important features of present-day computer systems. You will learn how computers work and how they are used to solve problems. Students will be required to do a class team project in the course in which they plan and present a proposal for a new networking system for a large school based on certain hardware and software specifications.

In this course, a Microsoft Windows-based computers will be used as the primary system platform.  This course is organized into six units, with each unit containing information in the form of textbook readings, Web notes readings, and learning exercises designed to help you understand the material. Each unit also has several quizzes and a homework exercise, which allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of the material. There are three exams, one occurring after every two units. In the course Help pages, you can read about how to work through the quizzes, exercises, and exams. Please note that several of the pages in this course contain links to Web sites outside the iCarnegie site, and from time to time one or another of these sites become temporarily unavailable, causing the course links to them to fail.

Course Instructor Information:

Instructor: Robert Scheele
Phone: 080-1053-2128
E-mail: Scheele@tuj.ac.jp
Office hours: Times available by request, please contact the instructor of the course.

Course Materials

Required Textbook:

New Perspectives on Computer Concepts 7th Edition—Comprehensive

Authors: June J. Parsons and Dan Oja

Cambridge, MA: Course Technologies, a division of Thomson Learning, 2004

ISBN: 0-619-24361-9

 

Suggested Supplementary Textbook:

 

Acing the A+ Certification Exam

Author: Patrick Regan

Published By: Prentice Hall; Bk&CD-Rom edition (May 26, 2004)

ISBN: 0131121596

Attendance

In-class activities and discussion play an important role in facilitating effective learning; therefore, class attendance is STRONGLY encouraged. Furthermore, students who do not attend class regularly will not receive individualized assistance from the instructors after class hours.

Cheating

Cheating will not be tolerated. Within the context of this course, cheating is defined as giving or receiving assistance on a quiz or exam.  Students caught cheating will be dismissed from class immediately and receive a "0" on the exam or quiz.

Grading

Quizzes, exercises, and exams all count towards the student's final course grade. The weight of each graded component is as follows:

Multiple-choice quizzes (x 7)

21% each

Practical quizzes (x 7)    

21% each

Exercises (x 7)

21% each

Regular Exams (x 3)

16% each

Certification Exam

20% each

Total

100%

The grading scale is as follows:

A

90 - 100%

B

80 - 89%

C

70 - 79%

D

60 - 69%

F

59 % and below

Late Homework

Unless specified otherwise, all homework assigns are due the session after they are assigned. Homework assignments that are turned in late may be subject to a penalty of 5-points per day late. However, for homework assignments to be worth any credit at all, they must be turned in no later than the final deadline established for their corresponding unit. These unit-wide deadlines are noted on the schedule below.

iCarnegie Certificates

iCarnegie offers a single certification exam that can be taken at the end of a semester so that students can acquire an iCarnegie certificate in the course material. An iCarnegie certificate demonstrates that a student has achieved a professional level of competency in that subject area. That is, a certification exam is designed to test for the proficiency expected of professional programmers with respect to the skills and knowledge that are taught in the corresponding course. The exam, which consists of a multiple-choice component as well as a practical component will cover the course's entire content. There will be a multiple-choice part and a practical part. Here are some things about the exam you should be aware of well in advance of taking it:

  • You will be allowed to take up to one hour on the multiple-choice component and up to three hours on the practical component.
  • You will be prohibited from using any manner of reference materials (course note, notes, books, and so forth) will taking the multiple-choice component of the exam.
  • While you are taking the practical component of the exam, you will be prohibited from using
    • hardcopy reference materials—such as your textbook, other reference books, printed out course pages, or your personal notes (handwritten or typed)
    • online Internet resources other than the course pages on the iCarnegie site
    • any of the work you submitted for the course's assessments
  • While you are taking the practical component of the exam, you are permitted to use the following resources
    • the course's pages online on at the iCarnegie site
    • Instructor web page for the course
    • Note: you would do well to get used to working with these resources during the semester, long before you have to rely on them during the exam.
  • Finally, you will be provided with a sample exam at least a week before the exam date, if not sooner.

Class Website

A website will be updated with class schedule and reference material for students.  Please refer to it for updated class material and information throughout the course.

http://www.bscheele.com/ssd2

Course Schedule

(Note: This is a tentative, flexible plan that is subject to change as circumstances dictate.)

SSD2: Introduction to Information Systems

Course Schedule

 

Class Date

Class

Homework

Wednesday

Sept. 29th

Class 1

Unit 1 Presentation - Computer Systems

Required Readings:

  • Unit 1.1 iCarnegie online
  • Section 1A Textbook

Optional reading:

  • Lab 1-A: "Operating a Personal Computer" in Chapter 1

Assignments:

·        HW: iCarnegie Unit 1.1 Multiple Choice Quiz

Friday

Oct. 1st

Class 2

In class work time

Required Readings:

  • Unit 1.2 & Unit 1.3 iCarnegie online
  • Section 8A Textbook
  • Section 8B Textbook
  • Section 8C Textbook

Optional reading:

  • 7th edition:
  • Tech Talk: "The Future of Computing" in Chapter 8
  • Computers in Context: "Travel" in Chapter 8

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 1.2 & Unit 1.3 Multiple Choice Quizs
  • HW : Exercise 1

Wednesday

Oct 6th

Class 3

Unit 2 Presentation - Hardware Systems

Required Readings:

·        Unit 2.1 iCarnegie online

·        Section 2B

·        Tech Talk: "How a Microprocessor Executes Instructions" in Chapter 2

Optional reading:

  • Computers in Context: "Military" in Chapter 2

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 2.1 Multiple Choice Quiz

Friday

Oct. 8th

Class 4

 

In class work time

 

Required Readings:

  • Unit 2.2, Unit 2.3, Unit2.4, Unit 2.5 iCarnegie online
  • Section 2D  
  • Section 2C  
  • Sections 7A-D  
  • Tech Talk: "Data Compression" in Chapter 7

Optional reading:

  • Computers in Context: "Astronomy" in Chapter 12

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 2.2, Unit 2.3, Unit 2.4, Unit 2.5 Multiple Choice Quizs

Wednesday

Oct. 13th

Class 5

Review Unit 1 & 2 Review Materials

Class Project Work time

Required Readings:

  • Review of online and book material

Assignments:

  • Prepare for Unit 1 Multiple Choice and Practical exams
  • HW: 1 page brief outline of student positions and Project team roles and responsibilities
  • HW: Exercise 2

Friday

Oct. 15th

Class 6 (TEST)

Unit 1 Multiple Choice Test

Unit 1 Practical Exam

 

Required Readings:

  • Unit 3.1 & Unit 3.2 iCarnegie online
  • Section 3B  
  • Tech Talk: "The Boot Process" in Chapter 1
  • Tech Talk: "The Windows Registry" in Chapter 3

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 3.1 & Unit 3.2 Multiple Choice Quizs

Wednesday

Oct. 20th

Class 7

Unit 3 Presentation – Operating System Software

Required Readings:

  • Unit 3.3 iCarnegie online
  • Section 5D  
  • Section 4B  

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 3.3 Multiple Choice Quiz

Friday

Oct. 22nd

Class 8

Project Classroom work

Review of various project Deliverables

Required Readings:

  • Unit 3.4 iCarnegie online
  • TechTalk: "File Formats" in Chapter 4
  • Lab 4-B: "Working with Windows Explorer" in Chapter 4

Assignments:

  • HW : Unit 3.4 Multiple Choice Quiz
  • HW : Exercise 3
  • HW: Create 2 - 3 pages of proposed project deliverables for the class Project.

Wednesday

Oct. 27th

Class 9

Unit 4 Presentation – Application Software

Required Readings:

  • Unit 4.1 & Unit 4.2 iCarnegie online
  • Section 3A
  • Section 3C
  • Section 3D
  • Issue: "Is Piracy a Problem?" in Chapter 3

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 4.1 & Unit 4.2 Multiple Choice Quiz

Friday

Oct. 29th

Class 10

In class work time

Required Readings:

  • Unit 4.3 & Unit 4.4 iCarnegie online
  • Section 10A
  • Section 10B
  • Subsection "Searching for Information" in Section 10D

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 4.3 & Unit 4.4 Choice Quizs

Wednesday

Nov. 3rd

Class 11

Unit 3 & 4 Review

Required Readings:

  • Unit 4.5 iCarnegie online
  • Section 11A
  • Section 11B
  • TechTalk: "Programming Tools" in Chapter 11

Assignments:

  • HW : Unit 4.5 Multiple Choice Quiz
  • HW : Exercise 4
  • Prepare for Unit 2 Exam Multiple Choice & Practical

Friday

Nov. 5th

Class 12 (TEST)


Unit 2 Multiple Choice

Unit 2 Practical Exams

Required Readings:

  • Unit 5.1 iCarnegie online
  • Section 1C and Section 6A
  • Issue: "Is the Truth out There?" in Chapter 6
  • Section 1D
  • Section 6C
  • Subsection "XML Documents" in Section 10B
  • Section 6D

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 5.1 Multiple Choice Quiz

Wednesday

Nov. 10th

Class 13
Unit 5 Presentation – Network Security

Required Readings:

  • Unit 5.2 iCarnegie online
  • Subsection "Internet Resources" in Section 1B
  • Section 5B
  • Section 5D
  • Tech Talk: "OSI Layers and Protocol Stacks" in Chapter 5

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 5.2 Multiple Choice Quiz

Friday

Nov. 12th

Class 14

Class Time/Review

Project review, work time

Required Readings:

  • Unit 5.3 iCarnegie online
  • Review various project deliverable papers (posted on class website)

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 5.3 Multiple Choice Quiz
  • HW: Create 2 - 3 pages of proposed project deliverables for the class Project.

Wednesday

Nov. 17th

Class 15

Class Work time

Required Readings:

  • Unit 5.4 iCarnegie online
  • Section 5A
  • Section 5C

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 5.4 Multiple Choice Quiz

Friday

Nov. 19th

Class 16
 In class work time

Required Readings:

  • Unit 5.5 iCarnegie online

Assignments:

  • HW : 5.5 Multiple Choice Quiz
  • HW : Exercise 5

Wednesday

Nov. 24th

Class 17

Unit 6 Presentation – Computer Security

Required Readings:

  • Unit 6.1 iCarnegie online
  • Section 4C
  • Subsection "User IDs and Passwords" in Section 1B

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 6.1 Multiple Choice Quiz

Friday

Nov. 26th

Class 18

 

Required Readings:

  • Unit 6.2 iCarnegie online
  • Tech Talk: "Encryption" in Chapter 6

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 6.2  Multiple Choice Quiz

Wednesday

Dec. 1st

Class 19

 

Required Readings:

  • Unit 6.3 iCarnegie online
  • Section 4D
  • Lab 4-D "Backing Up Your Computer" in Chapter 4

Assignments:

  • HW: iCarnegie Unit 6.3 Multiple Choice Quiz

Friday

Dec. 3rd

Class 20

Unit 5 & 6 Review

Required Readings:

  • Review of online and book material

Assignments:

  • Prepare for Unit 2 Exam Multiple Choice & Practical
  • HW: Exercise 6

Wednesday

Dec. 8th

Class 21 (TEST)

Unit 3 Multiple Choice Exam

Unit 3 Practical Exam

Required Readings:

  • Review Project Team Deliverables

Assignments:

  • HW: Work on PowerPoint and Presentation Material

Friday

Dec. 10th

Class 22

Class Project Presentations

Required Readings:

  • Review of online Multiple Choice Quizes and book material

Assignments:

  • HW: Prepare for Final Multiple Choice Certification Exam

Wednesday

Dec. 15th

Class 23 (TEST)

Final Multiple Choice Certification Exam

Required Readings:

  • Review of previous online Multiple Choice Quizes and book material

Friday

Dec. 17th

Class 24

Class Review & Course Makeup Day