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HUACHIEW CHALERMPRAKIET UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH FACULTY OF LIBERAL ARTS COURSE SYLLABUS ______________________________________________________________ Course Title: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Credit: 3(3/3-0-0)

Code: IGE 112 Semester: 1

Academic year: 2013

Category: General Education Course (International program) Level: Undergraduate Section 01:

T 08:30-10.30 Lab C (Lab) T 10.30-12.30 2-418 (Lecture)

Instructor: Adam Gardiner

Section 02:

T 08:30-10.30 Lab C (Lab) H 08.30-10.30 2-418 (Lecture)

Instructor: Adam Gardiner

Prerequisite: None ________________________________________________________________________ Course Description: Meaning and type of information technology; data communication and computer network; information resources; internet components, intranet; tools and techniques for searching, and retrieving information; trend and impact of information technology. Course Objectives: Upon the completion of this course, the students should have: 1. An understanding of the key concepts of information technology. 2. An ability to apply these concepts to practical tasks 3. A repertoire of basic troubleshooting techniques 4. An understanding of the principles of a database management system 5. A proficiency in techniques for searching information on the Intranet and Internet 6. An ability to create and manage multimedia content. 7. An ability to add multimedia content to web pages. 8. An ability to work effectively in a team. 9. An awareness of positive and negative impacts of Information Technology


Course Requirements: The students are required to: 1. Maintain 80% class attendance 2. Do all activities in class and homework regularly 3. Do a group project with presentation, documentation, demonstration and software

4. Take all quizzes, the midterm and final examinations Methods of Teaching: 1. Lectures: Presentation of key concepts of Information Technology. 2. Assignments: These assignments will require the application of various software packages installed on computers and other similar devices. 3. Quizzes: Occasional unannounced quizzes may be given to help ensure students keep up with assigned material. 4. Practice: Demonstration of Information Technology applications using computers and other devices that use the same technology (PDA, etc.). 5. Participation: Student participation will be graded by the level of class participation and attendance. 6. Group projects: Presentation and demonstration of a practical project related to Information Technology. How to Succeed: 1. Be prompt…arrive in class on time. 2. Attend all classes and participate in all class activities. 3. Complete all assignments and hand in by the date due. 4. Study daily. Do not concentrate study time only just before tests. You will do much better if you space your learning over the entire course. 5. Have a positive attitude and be fully prepared for each class. 6. Ask your instructor for assistance as often as needed. 7. Be careful and work hard on quizzes, tests and exams. 8. Students who fail to take a scheduled examination must submit a letter through the English Department Head to the Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts to request a retest. The Dean's decision on the request is final.


EVALUATION: Requirements: 1. 80% Attendance 2. Class participation 3. Lab assignments 4. Individual & group assignments 5. Group Projects 6. Midterm Exam 7. Final Exam Mark Allocation: 1. Class Participation and Attendance 2. Assignments (individual & group) 3. Group Project and Documentation 4. Midterm Exam 5. Final Exam Total Grading Criteria:

Committee: • • • • • • •

Letter HCU Grade

Ministry of University Affairs

A B+ B C+ C D+ D F

91-100 86-90 81-85 76-80 71-75 66-70 60-65 0-59

81-100 75-79 70-74 65-69 60-64 55-59 50-54 0-49

A. Sureerat Marapo A. Korawan Promnath A. Uraipan Nawinprasert A. Peter Snashall A. Anuluck Pingyod A. Gary Geiser A. Adam Gardiner

10% 10% 10% 30% 40% 100%


Course Schedule: Week Topics/ Contents D/M/Y Week 1 Introduction to course content and T: 4/6/13 regulations H: 6/6/13 Introduction to Computer & Information Technology (IT) • Define the boundaries of information technology. • Present a definition of computer and IT. • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using computers and IT. # Assign groups for weekly presentations. Week 2 Computer Operations and T: 11/6/13 Hardware H: 13/6/13 • Explain the basic operations of a computer and identify the hardware components that perform them. • Differentiate between various styles of system units. • Identify the hardware components inside a system unit. • Define a bit and describe how a series of bits represents data. • Understand how to clean the system unit. • Describe different types and functions of input devices. Week 3 Computer software 1 T: 18/6/13 (Platform level) H: 20/6/13 • Identify the different levels of software. • Identify the types of system software. • Describe the functions of an Operating System. • Explain the purpose of system utilities included with most OS. #Assign topics and groups for Group Project multimedia demonstration and presentation.

Hours

Instructor

3

A. Adam

3

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Week 4 T: 25/6/13 H: 27/6/13

Week 5 T: 2/7/13 H: 4/7/13

Week 6 T: 9/7/13 H: 11/7/13

Week 7 T: 16/7/13 H: 18/7/13 Week 8 22/8/1328/8/13 Week 9 T: 30/7/13 H: 1/8/13

Computer software 2 (Application level) • Distinguish between application and system software. • Identify the categories, key features and different types of application software. • Understand the reasons for the rise of “cloud computing.” • Discuss the advantages of using “cloud-based” applications and services. Data Communication and Network (1) • Understand basic network concepts • Identify essential hardware components of a network, including the receiving and transmitting devices. • Be aware of common network problems. Data Communication and Network (2) • Describe the network communications standards. • Describe the types of lines for communications over the telephone network. • Describe the types of wireless communication

3

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3

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3

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REVIEW 3

Midterm Examination Network to Internet • Differentiate between LAN, WAN, Intranet & Internet. • Explain the purpose of Web browser and IP address. • Understand how network tools can be used to solve internet connection problems.

3

A. Adam


Week 10 T: 6/8/13 H: 8/8/13

Week 11 T: 13/8/13 H: 15/8/13

Week 12 T: 20/8/13 H: 22/8/13

Week 13 T: 27/8/13 H: 29/8/13

Week 14 T: 3/9/13 H: 5/9/13

Social Media • Describe the different types of social media: communication, collaboration, multimedia, etc. • Discuss the advantages and risks of social media • Discuss the impacts of virtual communities Computer Security & Health Risks • Describe the types of computer security risks. • Identify ways to safeguard against computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, botnets, and denial of service attacks, back doors, and spoofing. • Identify risks and safeguards associated with wireless communications. • Discuss ways to prevent injuries due to computer use. Multimedia information (1) • Identify multimedia file-types used on the internet. • Identify plugins needed to play online multimedia content. • Understand how to capture files from a mobile device to a desktop computer. Multimedia information (2) • Understand the effects of data compression on file size and quality. • Describe how to perform basic editing tasks on multimedia files. • Understand the problems that can arise when multimedia files are uploaded to the internet.

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Trend & Impact of IT • Identify statistical trends in information technology. • Recognize the importance of

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Week 15 T: 10/9/13 H: 12/9/13

Week 16 T: 17/9/13 H: 19/9/13

distributed computing in solving problems (climate prediction, etc.) • Describe the applications of “intelligent agents.” • Consider the possible future impact of IT in one field (sport, music, education, etc.) Presentation of Group Projects • Documentation & Software of group project due • Demonstration and Presentation of group project.

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A. Adam

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REVIEW

Week 17 23/9/134/10/13

Final Examination

Text: [1] Adam Gardiner. Introduction to Information Technology. 2013. REFERENCES: [1] Fred Halsall. Data Communications, Computer Networks and Open Systems. Addison-Wesley, Revised Edition, 1995. [2] Brian K. Williams, Stacey C. Sawyer. Using Information Technology 9e. USA: Career Education, 2010. [3] John R. Vacca (Editor). Computer and Information Security Handbook. The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Security. 2009. Digital and electronic Media: [1] HCU e-learning LCMS http://online.hcu.ac.th [2] Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

Class Activities: 1. Assignments (individual and group): A. Individual assignments (5%) i) Practical lab assignments: These must be completed in the computer lab, on the same day that they are given. They will be checked and graded in the lab. Assignments submitted late will receive only 50%. ii) Review quizzes: from Week 2, there will be a weekly quiz at 8.45 a.m. The quiz will test understanding of the previous week’s topic. Quizzes cannot be rescheduled except in case of authorized absence.


B. Group assignments (5%). Each group must present their work to the class, and answer questions. Any group member who is absent will not receive a grade for that assignment. Week No.

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Assignment description - Register on the E-Learning system. - Introduce yourself and complete an IT survey. -Start a Wordpress blog (this assignment continues from week 1 to 15). -Record and capture a video on a mobile device and upload to YouTube - Give definitions for units used to measure speed and storage. - Use control panel to find the specification of the lab computer. - Order parts for a new computer and use Excel to show spec. and price. - Present a computer specification for a type of computing device. - Write a report about a system incident or problem. - Use Windows system tools to maintain the hard disk (check disk, defragmenter, etc.) - Use a memory manager to measure system performance. - Download (from tucows.com), install and uninstall different kinds of application software (freeware). -Download and install an app on a mobile device (smartphone / tablet) - Capture the desktop screen and use an image editing program to show the GUI elements. - Write GUI instructions for a user on Windows XP, and on Ubuntu. - Customize the Windows and Ubuntu desktops. - Use control panel to find information about the lab network. - Write a short dialog to explain a LAN term. - Use a network tool to solve connection problems. - Use a network tool (traceroute) to find the route to a website. - Use Google Earth to show the (approximate) location of the web server hosting that website. - Contribute to a Wiki, such as the Wikipedia. - Compare two different social networks. - Research a virtual community. - Search for a news report about a security risk. - Configure and use the Windows security tools (anti-virus, firewall, etc.) - Recognize weak and strong passwords. − Download and play an audio book - Compare different compression formats for image, video and audio. - Use multimedia editing software to edit still image, animations and video clips. - Upload and share multimedia content on a web page. -Compare two “intelligent personal assistants” (such as Siri and Skyvi). -Make predictions about the future impact of IT in one field (sports, music, education, etc.)


15 - Group Project demonstration and presentation (see 2. below). 2. Group Project: multimedia project. This includes the following deliverables: • Presentation • Demonstration (of software) • Documentation • Software Each group has 10 minutes for their presentation. Instructor: 1. Name: Education:

Adam Gardiner B.A. honors, University of Bristol. M.Sc (Software Engineering), University of Northumbria. Office: Multi-purpose Building (2nd Floor) Office hours: Monday 12:30-15:30


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