spinning earth   AGRI 002 Syllabus, Spring 2005
 Foundations: Information Technology
AGRI  002  (3 Credits) 
Dr. Jonathan Leonard
Spring Semester 2005
208H Morrill Hall, UVM
Section A (10457) Tuesday, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., 101 Stafford Hall
Section B (10467) Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m., 207 Lafayette
x62979 (w) 434-3787 (h)  

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 002 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. Demonstrate file and folder management on PC and Unix (AIX) Server.
4. Understand, detect and eliminate Computer Viruses & Spyware.
5. Demonstrate proficiency with electronic communication: e-mail, signature files, listservs, and WebCT courseware.
6. Demonstrate proficiency in presentation graphics applications by giving a presentation in front of a class.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in word processing applications.
8. Demonstrate proficiency in spreadsheet and graphics applications.
9. Understand and demonstrate how to present and interpret data in graphic form.
10. Find useful data on the Internet, be critical of those data, and interpret those data.
11. Demonstrate knowledge of data classification (Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, etc.).
12. Understand and interpret XY scatterplots, box plots, histograms, population pyramids, and choropleth maps.
13. Create World Wide Web Pages using HTML code.
14. Understand the history and legacy of computing.
15. Appreciate the utility, benefit and limitations of computers and information technology.
16. 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.  ISBN 0-7619-0599-5 (Paperback)

Office Hours  Dr. Leonard's regular office hours are Tuesday mornings, 8:15 - 10:15.  It's best to make an appointment, 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 lecture and lab classes and be in your seat on time.   Unexcused absences of either lecture or lab will lead to a 1% reduction in your final grade for each absence.  Absences are excused only in cases of sickness (Physician's note), death in your immediate family, or other extreme documented circumstances.  In such circumstances, notify Dr. Leonard, and your lab TA within 24 hours of missing class.  

Grading Policy
Lab Assignments
3 Exams (2 in lecture, 1 final)
Journal   5%
Participation, and attitude

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 re-grading 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 2005 LECTURE Readings and Assignments  
Week beginnings:
Material Covered
Reading Due
Welcome!,  IT Knowledge Quiz, Lab Preview Power Point Presentation,  OS History Video.
Jan 24
Information Technology in Perspective:  Time Line 1, Anatomy of PC, Operating systems, OS History Video, Lab Preview FTP folder & file management.
Google article from Newsweek , How Search Engines work from Sci Am.  Use your zoo login and password to read online with Adobe Acrobat.
Types of computers. Anatomy of PC.  Units of Memory and Storage, Difference between memory & storage. How Internet e-mail works.  Text Sections 1-2 (pages 0-16)
Lab Preview Pine on zoo attach .jpg.  Types of Data, Graphing Exercise 1,  IT as communication,  Timeline 2, OS History Video. Digital cameras from How Things Work ,   How digital cameras work from Sci Am .  Text Section 3 (pages 17-23)
Graph Exercise 2, Anti-Virus strategies, First Exam Review. Lab Preview Resume construction. Review
Feb 21 First Exam!  You must be on time for class or lose points!
Note Tuesday lecture will meet even though it is Town Meeting Day!  Exam Return, Lab Preview spreadsheets Binary number system, Class Histogram.  CD Players,   Sound coded as bits. Laser Printers, Scanners, Optical character readers.  Text Sections 4-6 (pages 24-45)
Binary used in Images.  Graphing Exercise 3.   History of the Internet Video. Digital thermometers and scales, Analog to digital converters, Digital to analog converters  Text Section 7-8 (pages 46-53)
ASCII code, Protocol and packets.  Lab Preview web pages.
History of the Internet Video.
Voyager II article, Sci. Am. Nov. 1986 Use your zoo login name and password to view online
March 21
Spring Break, No lectures, No labs this week.
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.  Lab Preview Final Lab Project.  History of the Internet Video 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, Buying a computer system: Monitors. Exporting Harm video. RFID Tags, RFID in Passports?,and VerichipsText Sections 14-15 (pages 88-91)
Last Lecture: Mice & Keyboards, Current pricing and components. History of Internet video finish.   Study all readings above for Final Exam!
Tuesday Section Final Exam: 8AM Monday May 9, Stafford 101 Prepare yourself!
Thursday  Section Final Exam: 4PM Monday May 9, Lafayette 207 Prepare yourself!

Spring  2005 LAB Schedule and Assignments:
January 17 Note: Labs Begin January 24, the second week of classes
January 24 [DUE: At least one journal entry in WebCT discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor ]
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.  (50 points)
January 31 [ DUE: 4-5 Minute Power Point presentation, 50 Points, At least one journal entry in WebCT discussion board for your lab, or e-mail to your lab instructor ]
February 7 [ 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 14  [ 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 21
Monday Lab students go to another lab just for this week because of Presidents Day.  [ 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 28 Note Tuesday Labs Meet! [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.
March 7  [ 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 14  
[ 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 21-25 Spring Break, No lectures, no labs!
March 28  
[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)

April 4  
[ 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
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: 22 April Friday,  (4 pm)

April 11   Work on Final Lab Projects
April 18 Work on Final Lab Project
April 25 LAST LABS! Work on Final Lab Project

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

Lab 2/dir  
Due -10% -20%/redo

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  

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, -5% per day including Saturday and Sunday.
Absolute Deadline: Friday May 6, 4pm (-35%).  Projects will not be accepted after this deadline