spinning earth   AGRI 196 Syllabus, Spring 2004
 Foundations: Information Technology


AGRI  196  (3 Credits) 
Dr. Jonathan Leonard
Spring Semester 2004
208H Morrill Hall, UVM
Section A (91006) Monday, 1:25 - 2:15 p.m., 108 Lafayette
jleonard@zoo.uvm.edu
Section B (91022) Wednesday, 10:10-11:00 a.m., 108 Lafayette
x62979 (w) 434-3787 (h)  
Section C (91090) Wednesday 1:25-4:30 010 Morrill Hall
Labs



General Course Goals:  To prepare students with a solid foundation of information technology skills and knowledge to enable them to use current and future software and hardware.

Specific Course Objectives:   Upon passing AGRI 196 students will:

1.  Become familiar with information technology hardware including types of computers and telecommunication hardware.
2. Understand the role of Operating Systems and demonstrate knowledge of UNIX, and Windows XP.
3. Understand, detect and eliminate Computer Viruses.
4. Demonstrate proficiency with electronic communication: e-mail, signature files, listservs, and WebCT courseware.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in presentation graphics applications by giving a presentation in front of a class.
6. Demonstrate proficiency in word processing applications.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in spreadsheet and graphics applications.
8. Understand and demonstrate how to present and interpret data in graphic form.
9. Find useful data on the Internet, be critical of those data, and interpret those data.
10. Demonstrate knowledge of data classification.
11. Demonstrate proficiency creating and interpreting XY scatterplots, box plots, histograms, population pyramids, and choropleth maps.
12. Create World Wide Web Pages.
13. Understand the history and legacy of computing.
14. Appreciate the utility, benefit and limitations of computers and information technology.
15. Improve writing skills.
Course Requirements

1.  Keep an electronic journal through the WebCT Discussion Board and Email functions--reflecting on your readings, class assignments and discussions, and your personal and academic progress at UVM in CALS.    Click here for journal guidelines Minimum expectations are one quality and thoughtful discussion/journal entries per week.  Private entries may be addressed to your lab instructors through email.

2. Complete all the information technology lab assignments (see below).

3.  Complete the reading assignments in the textbook and online .

4.  Attend all classes and labs and actively participate both.
 
Required Texts and Readings

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

Office Hours  Dr. Leonard's regular office hours are Tuesday mornings, 8:25 - 9:25 and Wednesday mornings 8:30-10:00.  It's best to make an appointment to see me, although if you drop in, I will make time for you if I possibly can.  Get your TA's phone number and e-mail address at your first lab meeting.  Our numbers are listed on the first page of this syllabus (See LABS ).  Send either of us an e-mail message or give us a call.  If you can't reach us in the office and you need to speak with one of us after hours, don't hesitate to call us at home (but not after 9:00 pm).  

Attendance  You are expected to come to all classes and be in your seat on time.   Unexcused absences are grounds for a reduction in one letter grade for each absence.  Absences are excused only in cases of sickness (Physician's note), death in your immediate family, or other extreme circumstances.  In such circumstances, notify Dr. Leonard, and your lab TA within 24 hours of missing class.  

Grading Policy

 
Lab Assignments
60%
3 Exams (2 in lecture, 1 final)
30%
Journal
  5%
Attendance, punctuality, and attitude
  5%

Download grading template here.

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 regrading within TWO WEEKS of the due date (not accepted later).

Exams: Exams will cover material from lecture, lab, and readings.  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 at least 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.

Spring 2004 LECTURE Readings and Assignments  
 
Week beginnings:
Material Covered
Reading Due
Welcome!,    IT Knowledge Quiz
None
Jan 26
 Welcome! IT Knowledge Quiz , Information Technology in Perspective: Time Line 1 , OS History Video , Lab review
Google article from Newsweek , How Search Engines work from Sci Am.  Use your zoo login and password to read online with Adobe Acrobat.
Anatomy of PC, Operating systems, Difference between memory & storage. OS History Video , IT as communication, Timeline 2 Lab review
How Internet e-mail works .  Text Sections 1-2 (pages 0-16)
Units of Memory and Storage , Anti-Virus strategies, OS History Video, Graphing Exercise 1, Lab Review
Digital cameras from How Things Work ,   How digital cameras work from Sci Am .  Text Section 3 (pages 17-23)
 First Exam Review. Lab review
Review
Feb 23 First Exam!  You must be on time for class or lose points!

Exam Return: Graphing Skill Builder.   Data Types , Graphing Exercise 2 , OS History video.   CD Players ,   Sound coded as bits . Laser Printers , Scanners , Optical character readers .  Text Sections 4-6 (pages 24-45) Graphing Skill Builder Handout
Binary number system: ASCII code, protocol and packets.
OS History Video finish.  Graphing Exercise 3.
Digital thermometers and scales , Analog to digital converters , Digital to analog converters
Text Section 7-8 (pages 46-53)

March 15
Spring Break, No lectures, No labs this week.
None
PowerPoint Example.   ASCII code.  Protocol and packets.
OS History Video.

Voyager II article, Sci. Am. Nov. 1986 Use your zoo login name and password to view online
March 29
Second Exam!   You must be on time for class or lose points
How Hackers Break In  Sci. Am. October 1998. Use your zoo login name and password to view online
Exam Return.  Packet error checking algorithms.  OS History Video Finish.
Optical fibers , Competing technologies for broad band home access .  Text Sections 9-10 (pages 54-63)
Physical Media. TCP/IP stack, Modems (how they work), History of the Internet Video.
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)
Class Evaluations & Surveys
Text Sections 14-15 (pages 88-91)
Attendance questionnaire summaries.  Buying a computer system: Monitors.  Current pricing and components.
Study all readings above for Final Exam!
May 3
Lectures meet, History of Internet video finish.  No labs this week.

Monday Section
Final Exam: Thursday May 13, 4pm, 108 Lafayette

Wednesday 10:10 Section
Final Exam: Tuesday May 11, 8am Lafayette 108

Wednesday 1:25
Section

Final Exam: Thursday May 13, 4pm, 108 Lafayette


Spring  2004 LAB Schedule and Assignments


WEEK BEGINNING

ASSIGNMENT
January 19
Note: Labs Begin January 26, the second week of classes
January 26 [ DUE: At least one journal entry in WebCT discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor ]
Using the Operating System learn elementary WindowsXP commands including how to FORMAT diskettes, Create Folders and COPY files from the Hard disk to the diskette, and BACKUP your diskette.  Learn to use the text editor notepad/wordpad. Learn to transfer files to and from your zoo account with FTP.  Understand the file structure on the PC and on zoo.  Create a PCBackup folder on zoo.  Due next Week: 1. Printout of your diskette 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 AGRI 196, 3. Printout of SSH FTP window showing your PCBackup directory on zoo and your backed up files.  (20 Points)
February 2  [ DUE: PRINT OUT OF YOUR WORKING DISKETTE DIRECTORY, ZOO PCBACKUP DIRECTORY, & TEXT FILE, (20 points) ,
At least one journal entry in WebCT 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  SSH telnet 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, 3. Attached .jpg image from ftp showing PCBackup directory on zoo, and 4. join the AGRI 196 listserv. (30 Points)
February 9
[ DUE: E-MAIL TO YOUR LAB INSTRUCTOR, (30 points) , At least one journal entry in WebCT 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).

February 16  Monday Lab students go to another lab just for this week because of Presidents Day.  [DUE: e-resume and paper resume (30 points), At least one journal entry in WebCT 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.
February 23  [ DUE:, Spreadsheet display, formulas, and graph printout, 30 points ), At least one journal entry in WebCT 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 1  
[ DUE: PowerPoint title page, Spreadsheet table, graph, discussion, and original data (30 points), At least one journal entry in WebCT 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)
March 8  
[DUE: Web Page printout (with URL), source code. (30 points), At least one journal entry in WebCT 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)

March 22  
[ DUE: New Web Page printout and source code (30 points) , At least one journal entry in WebCT discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor
Prepare an 6-8 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.  (50 points)

March 29  
[ DUE: PowerPoint presentation, (50 points) , At least one journal entry in WebCT 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: 23 April Friday,  (4 pm)

April 5  
[ DUE: PowerPoint presentation, (30 points), At least one journal entry in WebCT discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor ]
Work on Final Lab Projects.
April 12
[ DUE: PowerPoint Presentation 30 points), At least one journal entry in WebCT discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor ]
Work on Final Lab Project
April 19
[ DUE: PowerPoint Presentation 30 points).   At least one journal entry in WebCT discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor ]  
Work on Final Lab Project
April 26
LAST LABS! Work on Final Lab Project  

LAB DUE DATES:
Week Starting -------------> 2 Feb.
 9 Feb  16 Feb .  23 Feb.  1 March 8 March
22 March
29 March
5 April
 12 April
Lab 1/dir Due -10% -20%/redo






Lab 2/email
Due -10% -20%/redo





Lab 3/Resume

Due -10% -20%/redo




Lab 4/Spreadsheet


Due -10% -20%/redo



Lab 5/PPoint/Word/Excel



Due -10% -20%/redo


Lab 6/Web 1




Due -10% -20%/redo

Lab 7/Web 2





Due -10% -20%/redo
Lab 8/Power Point Presentation






Due Due
Due

Final Lab Project Due Dates:
Early +10% Bonus Due Date: Friday April 23, 4pm
Due: Friday April 30, 4pm.   If late, -5% per day including Saturday and Sunday.
Absolute Deadline: Friday May 7, 4pm (-35%).  Projects will not be accepted after this deadline.