spinning earth   CALS 002/085 Syllabus, Spring 2011
 Foundations: Information Technology
Spring Semester 2011
Dr. Jonathan Leonard
CALS  002  (3 Credits) :
208H Morrill Hall, UVM
Lecture Section A  CRN 11272, Room 122 Hills Building
Mondays 12:50-1:40pm
Lecture Section B  CRN 10951, Room L207 Lafayette
Wednesdays 12:50-1:40pm
656-2979 (w) 434-3787 (h)  
Lecture Section C  CRN 11504, Room 122 Hills
Fridays 12:50-1:40pm
Lecture Section D  CRN 13781, Room L207 Lafayette 
Tuesdays 2:30-3:20pm
CALS 085 (3 Credits):  
Lecture Section A  CRN 10970, Room L108 Lafayette
Thursdays 1:00-1:50pm
Lecture Section B  CRN 13785, Room L108 Lafayette
Tuesdays 1:00-1:50pm

Important message for all students: I will communicate with you often via email.  Be sure to check your UVM email daily.  Please purge your deleted messages regularly to avoid a full mailbox.

General Course Goals:  
To prepare students with a solid foundation of Information Technology (IT) skills and knowledge to enable them to use current and future software and hardware.

Specific Course Objectives:   Upon passing CALS 002 students will:

1. Become familiar with information technology hardware including the basic internal anatomy of a personal computer.
2. Understand the role of Operating Systems and demonstrate knowledge of command-line UNIX, and Windows XP.
3. Demonstrate file and folder management on PC, disk, flash memory stick, and zoo home directory server and backup directory server.
4. Detect and elimination of Computer Viruses & Spyware and protect your PC with Zone Alarm fire-wall software.
5. Demonstrate proficiency with electronic communication: e-mail, etiquette, attachments, and signature files.
6. Be familiar with the Blackboard
environment and post journal entries.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in presentation graphics applications by giving a PowerPoint presentation in front of a class.
8. Demonstrate proficiency in word processing applications including tabs, hanging indent, and citing references for images and ideas.
9. Demonstrate proficiency in converting between decimal and binary numbers and an understand of using binary to code for text, images, and sound.
10. Demonstrate proficiency in spreadsheet and graphing applications including choosing the correct graph type, given a data set.
11. Understand and demonstrate how to present and interpret data in graphic form including basic descriptive statistics (central tendency and variation).
12. Understand what a peer-reviewed publication is, and the difference between primary, secondary, and tertiary data.
13. Demonstrate finding reliable, credible sources of information on the web, and printed paper sources in the University library stacks.
14. Find useful data on the Internet, be critical of those data, and interpret those data.
15. Demonstrate knowledge of data classification (Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, etc.).
16. Understand, create, and interpret X Y scatter plots, box plots, histograms, population pyramids, and choropleth maps.
17. Create World Wide Web Pages using HTML code and publish on the web using the zoo web server.
18. Understand the history and legacy of computing.
19. Appreciate the utility, benefit, and limitations of computers and information technology.
20. Improve writing skills.

Required Texts and Readings

Textbook: Graphing Statistics & Data by Anders Wallgren, Britt Wallgren, Rolf Persson, Ulf Jorner, Jan-Aage Haaland.  1996.  Sage Publications, Inc.  ISBN 0-7619-0599-5 (Paperback)

Office Hours  Dr. Leonard's regular office hours are Tuesday  mornings, 8:15 - 10:15 although there are many other possible windows of time to meet during the week.  It's best to make an appointment, although if you drop in I will make time for you if I possibly can.  Save your TA's phone number and e-mail address at your first lab meeting.  Phone numbers are listed in the LABS.  Send your TAs an e-mail message or give us a call.  If you can't reach Dr. Leonard or a TA and you need to speak with one of us after hours, don't hesitate to call us at home (before 9:00 pm please).  

Attendance  You are expected to come to all lecture and lab classes and be in your seat a few minutes early, and stay the entire class time.   Unexcused lateness or absences of either lecture or lab will lead to a 1% reduction in your final grade for each absence or lateness.  Athletes are excused only for Varsity Games (and work is expected to be made up within one week).  If you are late, you will be marked absent. Absences are excused only in cases of extreme sickness, death in your immediate family, or other extreme documented circumstances.  In such circumstances, notify the CALS Deans office (Rose Laba, rlaba@uvm.edu, 656-0289 who will contact Prof. Leonard with an official excuse), Dr. Leonard, and your lab TA within 24 hours of missing class.

Religious Holidays  Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their TAs and Dr. Leonard by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty will permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work.

Class Behavior  Students are expected to have a positive attitude and to arrive to class a few minutes early and be in their seat when class time begins and stay for the entire class time.  Talking or texting on your cell phone during lecture or lab is not permitted.  Only one person should be speaking during class at any time.  You will be asked to leave the class and you will loose at least one percent of your course grade each time you: 1. continue to talk while the recognized speaker is talking, 2. fall asleep during class, 3. read the newspaper or do other assignments not related to our class,  4. leave the class early without prior permission of the instructor,  5. text or talk on your cell phone during class,  6. are late for class.  Being late to class, leaving early without notifying the instructor, hurtful or strong negative criticism of others, is not appropriate or welcome.  Whining or excessive complaining about this or any other UVM course is not appropriate in class.
    You are expected to come to class with a pen, pencil and notebook and to take notes by hand.   It is appropriate and acceptable to raise your hand and ask questions during class.  You may eat food and drink water during class. 

Laptop or Notebook Computers, cell phones, or any other electronic devices are not to be used during lecture.

Grading Policy: Students begin the semester with a zero, and earn up to 100%.  Students earn points, students do not lose points.
Lab Assignments
3 Exams
Blackboard IT discussion postings   5%
Participation, and attitude  5%
In addition, you must be present for all lectures and labs.  -1% per absence

Download grading template here.

Lab Assignments vary in point value; the Final Lab Project is worth 150 points, the other assignments vary from 10 to 50 points each.  Exceptionally creative work may earn a grade above the point value of the assignment.  Paper Lab assignments should be stapled together and handed in at the beginning of scheduled lab time.  YOUR NAME AND LAB SECTION SHOULD APPEAR ON ALL ASSIGNMENTS.  You may re-submit assignments for re-grading WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE DUE DATE (not accepted later); please include your old, already graded assignment, along with the re-done work.  The sooner you re-submit, the more generous your lab instructor will be in re-grading.  Save your graded homework assignments for one year after the course.  Assignments emailed as attachments are not accepted unless specified in the lab assignment.  It is your responsibility to find a printer that works and print the assignments BEFORE lab.  Do not rely on public printers in the library or the computer labs.  Save your lab assignments for one year after the class.

Lab Late Penalty and Resubmission:  Lab assignments are due at the beginning of lab.  If they are late, -10% the first week, -20% the second week, No Credit thereafter.  Lab assignments may be redone and resubmitted for re-grading within TWO WEEKS of the due date (not accepted later).

Lab Attendance: Students are expected to go to the labs they are enrolled in, arrive early, and stay the whole time until the lab instructors are finished.  Only in extreme cases of accident, sickness, or special circumstances approved in advance, may student go to another lab.  Students who miss lab should try to go to another lab during the week so they don't miss lab altogether that week, but stick to their regular lab time whenever possible.

Students may use the labs whenever there are no scheduled classes or workshops.  Schedules are posted on lab doors.

LAB ROOM HOURS (Unless posted otherwise):

  Morrill Lab Schedule: http://www.uvm.edu/~jleonard/labsched.html  

  Waterman Lab Schedule: http://scripts.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/lab.pl    Waterman Lab Hours

Exams: Exams will cover material from lecture, lab, video/DVDs, and reading/online assignments.  Questions will require students not only to be familiar with the material, but also to apply concepts, information, and skills they have learned to new problem situations.  Students must be on time for the exams, or they will lose points. Any requests to take the exam at other than the scheduled time must be discussed with Dr. Leonard no later than one week prior to the exam.  Only in cases of extreme emergency such as death in the family, extreme illness, or near fatal accident, are exams excused and re-taken.  In these cases students must contact their instructors within 24 hours of the exam.  Keep your old graded exams for one year after the course.

Participation, and attitude:  Five percent of your grade is determined by class participation (how you contributed to the class) and your attitude.  In order to earn full credit you must attend all the lectures and labs and contribute to the class in a positive way by helping other students and participating in class discussions.  You are expected to have a positive attitude in class and lab.  Being late to class, leaving early without notifying the instructor, hurtful or strong negative criticism of others, is not appropriate or welcome.  Whining or excessive complaining about this or any other UVM course is not appropriate in class.  You are expected to come to class with a pen and notebook and to take notes.   It is appropriate and acceptable to raise your hand and ask questions during class.  You may eat food and drink water during class. 

What to post on Blackboard Discussions:  Post links to interesting sites you find on the web about information technology and news.  Post thoughts or questions about our class or other classes or experiences you have had such as: readings, lab or lecture material, and life experiences that were interesting.  Postings about class-related material that is confusing (to get clarification), or makes you think of connections to other courses or experiences in your life, are welcome.  Contact lab mates, or reply to their postings giving your own opinion or suggestions to questions/comments they posted.  Organize study sessions or review of our class or other class material.  Constructive criticism or suggestions for future lectures or labs are welcome.  To earn full credit, you should post at least once every week during the semester (14 postings minimum).  Replies to other postings count as postings.  Emails to the TAs or Dr. Leonard do not count as a posting.

What not to post on Blackboard Discussions:  Hurtful, thoughts or strong negative criticism of others in our class, are not welcome.  Whining or excessive complaining about this or any other UVM course is not appropriate.  Do not post about drinking, drugs, or sex.  

PLAGIARISM: It is expected that you will help your fellow students with techniques of computer use, but always hand in original work.  For example, if the assignment for the week was to create a population pyramid, you are expected to help students who are not as familiar as you with the use of the spreadsheet graphing software.  This does not mean that you can copy work or take it off the Internet without crediting it to the original source.  ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAND IN THEIR OWN ORIGINAL WORK.  Students have been severely penalized in the past for not following these instructions.  You must cite any information that is not common knowledge in any homework assignment.  See examples of what is plagiarism and what is not here.

UVM Academic Integrity Standards:

1.       All ideas, arguments, and phrases, submitted without attribution to other sources, must be the creative product of the student.  Thus, all text passages taken from the works of other authors must be properly cited.  The same applies to paraphrased text, opinions, data, examples, illustrations, and all other creative work.  Violations of this standard constitute plagiarism.

2.       All experimental data, observations, interviews, statistical surveys, and other information collected and reported as part of academic work must be authentic.  Any alteration, e.g., the removal of statistical outliers, must be clearly documented.  Data must not be falsified in any way.  Violations of this standard constitute fabrication.

3.       Students may only collaborate within the limits prescribed by their instructors.  Students may not complete any portion of an assignment, report, project, experiment or exam for another student.  Students may not claim as their own work any portion of an assignment, report, project, experiment or exam that was completed by another student, even with that other student’s knowledge and consent.  Students may not provide information about an exam (or portions of an exam) to another student without the authorization of the instructor.  Students may not seek or accept information provided about an exam (or portions of an exam) from another student without the authorization of the instructor.  Violations of this standard constitute collusion.

4.       Students must adhere to the guidelines provided by their instructors for completing coursework.  For example, students must only use materials approved by their instructor when completing an assignment or exam.  Students may not present the same (or substantially the same) work for more than one course without obtaining approval from the instructor of each course.  Students must adhere to all course reserves regulations, including library course reserves, which are designed to allow students access to all course materials.  Students will not intentionally deny others free and open access to any materials reserved for a course.  Violations of this standard constitute cheating.

The principle objective of The University of Vermont policy on academic honesty is to promote an intellectual climate and support the academic integrity of The University of Vermont.   Academic dishonesty or an offense against academic honesty includes acts which may subvert or compromise the integrity of the educational process at The University of Vermont. Offenses against the Code of Academic Integrity are deemed serious and insult the integrity of the entire academic community.  Any suspected deliberate violations of this code are taken very seriously and will be forwarded to the Center for Student Ethics & Standards for further investigation. 

Students are expected to be familiar with the full text of the Code of Academic Integrity at UVM.

Spring 2011 LECTURE Readings and Assignments  
Week beginning:
Material Covered
Reading Due
Jan 17 Lectures and Labs begin January 24 None
Jan 24
Welcome!,   Lab Preview Power Point Presentation, IT Knowledge Quiz.
Jan 31 Information Technology in Perspective:  Time Line 1, Anatomy of PC, Operating systems, OS History Video, Lab Preview WinSCP folder & file management.

Google article from Newsweek , How Search Engines work from Sci Am.  Use your UVM net-ID (zoo login and password) to read online with Adobe Acrobat.
Feb 7
Types of computers. Anatomy of PC.  Units of Memory and Storage. OS History Video. Lab Preview Pine on zoo. How Internet e-mail works.  Text Sections 1-3 (pages 0-23) Digital cameras from How Things Work ,   How digital cameras work from Sci Am
Feb 14 Lab Preview Resume construction.  Difference between memory & storage.  Types of Data, Graphing Exercise 1, Exam Preparation.  Lectures Thurs-Fri Canceled  CD Players,   Sound coded as bits. Laser Printers, Scanners, Optical character readers.  Text Sections 4-6 (pages 24-45)
Feb 21
 Labs Canceled Feb 21 - 25.  Thurs-Fri lectures will meet. Study all previous readings, lecture, and lab notes
February 28 First Exam!  You must be on time for class or lose points!  Digital thermometers and scales, Analog to digital converters, Digital to analog converters  Text Section 7-8 (pages 46-53)
March 7
Spring Break, No lectures, No labs this week. Study all previous readings, lecture, and lab notes
March 14 Exam Return, Graph Exercise 1 Review, Binary Numbers: Converting Decimal to Binary numbers.  Lab Preview Excel spreadsheet construction.  Graph Practice Two (Homework?). Voyager II article, Sci. Am. Nov. 1986, Optical fibers, Competing technologies for broad band home access.  Text Sections 9-10 (pages 54-63)
March 21
 Collect Graph Practice Two.  Lab Preview spreadsheets Backup disk array.  Descriptive Statistics.  ASCII code, Class Histogram. How Hackers Break In  Sci. Am. October 1998, The Zombie Hunters (New Yorker, Oct 10, 2005)
March 28
Graph Practice 2 review. Lab Preview web pages.   Graphing Practice Three.   History of the Internet Video.   Protocol and packets.  Primary, Secondary, Tertiary data.  Keyboards, How roller mice work,  How roller and optical mice work, How touch pads work, How active-matrix screens work.  Text Sections 11-13 (pages 74-87)
April 4
Lab Preview web pages.  Graph Practice Three Review.  Binary used in Images.  History of the Internet Video.  Index vs no Index.html.  RFID Tags, RFID in Passports?,and Verichips,Text Sections 14-15 (pages 88-91)
April 11
Second Exam!   You must be on time for class or lose points
Study all previous readings, lecture, and lab notes
April 18
Exam Return.  Packet error checking algorithms: Sum check details, parity check. Modems.  Lab Preview Final Lab Project.  Physical Media. TCP/IP stack, History of the Internet Video, Exporting Harm video.  Class Evaluations & Surveys,   Study all previous readings, lecture, and lab notes
April 25
Last Quiz Study all previous readings, lecture, and lab notes

Spring  2011 LAB Schedule and Assignments:
Week Beginning: ASSIGNMENT
January 17 No Labs this week.  Labs Begin Monday January 24, the second week of classes 
January 24 [DUE: At least one journal entry in Blackboard discussion board for your lab]
Prepare an 4 - 5 minute PowerPoint slide presentation of your first year at UVM.  Include where you came from before UVM (home town, family, interests), why you came to UVM, how your first year at UVM has been, and future plans.  Create a PCBackup folder on zoo using WinSCP.  Learn how to save work to your zoo PCBackup directory.  (50 points)
January 31 [ DUE: 4 - 5 Minute Power Point presentation, 50 Points, At least one journal entry in Blackboard discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor ]
February 7 [ DUE:  At least one journal entry in Blackboard discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor ] Using the Operating System learn elementary WindowsXP commands including how to create folders and COPY files from the Hard disk to the flash memory stick.  Learn to use the text editor notepad. Learn to transfer files to and from your zoo account with WinSCP.  Understand the file structure on the PC and on zoo.  Due next Week: 1. Printout of your memory stick directory and your zoo PCBackup directory, 2. Printout of the text file you created explaining your previous computer experience and what you want to get out of CALS 002, 3. Printout of WinSCP window showing your PCBackup directory on zoo and your backed up files.  (20 Points)
February 14[ DUE: PRINT OUT OF YOUR WORKING DISKETTE DIRECTORY, ZOO PCBACKUP DIRECTORY, & TEXT FILE, 20 points, At least one journal entry in Blackboard discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor ]
Learn about zoo accounts and Webmail and how to connect to ZOO via Putty software and send email with pine. If you use another email client, forward your zoo account to your mail client.  Learn to copy a text file from your instructor’s zoo account; edit it, and insert it in an e-mail message.  Due next week: Send an e-mail message to your lab instructor including 1. The file copied from your lab instructor’s account where you have filled in the blank spaces, 2.  Your signature file, and 3. Attached .jpg image from ftp showing PCBackup directory on zoo. (30 Points)
February 21 No lectures or labs (Presidents Day Holiday Week)
February 28
 [ DUE: E-MAIL TO YOUR LAB INSTRUCTOR, 30 points, At least one journal entry in Blackboard discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor]
Learn Antivirus software. Work on formatting challenges in Word.  Create  your resume in the format given here.  Upload your resume and e-mail it to your lab instructor as an attachment in Word format.  Due next Week:  Hard copy of your resume e-mailed as an attachment (30 points).

March 7 -11 Spring Break, No lectures, no labs!
March 14 [DUE: e-resume and paper resume, 30 points, At least one journal entry in Blackboard discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor]
Learn to create an Excel spreadsheet with approximately 300 cells (30 rows X 10 Columns, or 10 rows X 30 Columns).  Due next Week:  Spreadsheet display formula, and an appropriate graph of some of the data from the spreadsheet printout.
March 21 [DUE:, Spreadsheet display, formulas, and graph printout, 30 points, At least one journal entry in Blackboard discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor ]
Learn to import the spreadsheet table and chart into Word.  Learn how to create a title page using MS-PowerPoint.  Due next Week: PowerPoint title page, a Printout from the word processor that contains: spreadsheet Table, Graph, and a discussion about the graph. Also you need to include had in a photocopy of the original data. (30 Points)

March 28  
[ DUE: PowerPoint title page, Spreadsheet table, graph, discussion, and original data, 30 points, At least one journal entry in Blackboard discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor ] 
Learn to set up your own home page.  Due next Week: A print out of the web page and the HTML Source code.  Be sure to include the URL so your lab instructor can visit your page. (30 Points)
April 4
[DUE: Web Page printout (with URL), source code. 30 points, At least one journal entry in Blackboard discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor ]
Create a new web page.  Learn to set up hyperlinks to other URLs and include pictures, tables, and email links in your new web page.  Include a cross- link to your resume. Due next week: Print your new  Web page (include URL), and source code. (30 points)

April 11  
[ DUE: New Web Page printout and source code, 30 points, At least one journal entry in Blackboard discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor
Introduction to the FINAL LAB PROJECT :  View the web page of instructions given to you by your lab instructor.  Read the instructions carefully.  You may wish to print them.  FINAL LAB PROJECT EARLY DEADLINE: 20 April Friday,  (4 pm)

April 18 Work on Final Lab Projects [Due: At least one journal entry ]
April 25 LAST LABS!  Work on Final Lab Projects [Due: At least one journal entry ]

Week Starting -----------> 31 Jan 7 Feb 14 Feb Lab Cancelled 21 Feb 28 Feb 7-11 March
Spring Break
14 March21 March 28 March 4 April 11 April 18 April  25 April
Lab 1/PowerPoint Due -10% -20%/redo  

Lab 2/dir  
Due -10%

Lab 3/email  

Due   -10% -20%/redo

Lab 4/Resume  

  Due -10% -20%/redo

Lab 5/Spreadsheet  

  Due -10% -20%/redo

Lab 6/pptCover/Word/Excel Pop Pyramid  

  Due -10% -20%/redo

Lab 7/Web 1  

Due -10% -20%/redo
Lab 8/Web 2  


Due -10%

Final Lab Project Due Dates:
Early +10% Bonus Due Date: Friday April 22, 4pm
Due: Friday April 29, 4pm.   If late, -10%.  Then starting Monday, -5% off per day (4pm deadline)
Absolute Deadline: Friday May 6, 4pm (-35%).  Projects will not be accepted after this deadline.