CDAE 195 Internet Applications for Agriculture
And Life Sciences, SYLLABUS
Summer 2001(3 credits, CODE 60319)
Monday - Thursday 1:30 - 4:00, May 21 - June 14, 005 Morrill Computer Lab
UVM Continuing Education, University of Vermont
Course Overview Instructor Course Goal and Objectives  First Exam/Quiz Summer 1998
Grades and Student Evaluation Project Ideas & Resources Suggested Syllabus Outline  First Exam/Quiz Summer 1999
 Second Exam/Quiz Summer 1998  Second Exam/Quiz Summer 1999


This course is designed for students with little background in information technology, computers, and telecommunication. The course will cover basic, intermediate, and some advanced telecommunications and internet applications including protocols, file sharing, Usenet News, installing browser plug-ins, web site design including pages with tables, frames, plug-ins, image maps, counters, and guestbooks. Agriculture, natural resource, and socially responsible business examples will be used during class. The class will be useful to students, instructors, and entrepreneurs who want to learn more details about the internet and advertise their own work or products. A student will be able to persue personal interests through a hands-on project, and presentation of the project to the class. There will be two quizzes during the class.  Go to Top


Enjoy ourselves while learning about the Internet, and maximize the amount of learning in the class by helping each other.


To prepare students with a foundation of Internet skills and knowledge to fully utilize the Internet and future technological developments.

SPECIFIC COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon satisfactory completion of CDAE 195, students will:

  1. Be familiar with computer and telecommunications hardware of the Internet.
  2. Demonstrate use of Usenet News and advanced searches with search engines to find information.
  3. Be familiar and compare Netscape and Internet Explorer Web Browsers, and install the latest versions.
  4. Create HTML Web files on diskette, hard drive, and Web Server using text editors and HTML Editors (Composer, GoLive, Dreamweaver).
  5. Create Web pages with backgrounds, links, pictures, and e-mail address links.
  6. Understand and use counters, tables, frames, forms, image maps, animation, Java Applets, and JavaScript in Web pages.
  7. Use web site design principles (such as splash page, entrance tunnel, full navigation, and exit tunnel) in creating a web site.
  8. Experience working with the dynamic HTML Web site design tool Dreamweaver from Macromedia.
  9. Gain experience with and install freeware and shareware available on the web including communications services such as AOL Messenger and ICQ
  10. Understand and appreciate the history, utility, and limitations of the Internet.
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Lab Projects:

You are to choose a topic to research. Create a web site to communicate what you have learned about this topic.
Bookmarks Page: Resources for Project Topics

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Recommended Texts will be shown in class. There will be no required texts for this class

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The following categories contribute to your course grade as weighted below:
Assignments 10%
Two Quizzes 30%
Lab Project 35%
Attendance, Participation & Attitude 25%

Quizzes will cover material from any reading assignments as well as discussion in lecture, and lab.  The format of the quizzes will be multiple choice. See Lecture Syllabus for schedule.

Quiz Reschedule or Make Up Policy:

Any requests to a quiz at other than the scheduled time must be discussed with Jonathan Leonard at least three days prior to the quiz. Only in the case of medical emergency, death in the family, or other extreme circumstance are missed quizzes excused and re-taken.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance and participation is 25% of your grade. Unexcused absences will result in 1.7% dropped from the final grade per day absent. Only in cases of sickness, medical emergency, death in the family, or other extreme circumstances is absence excused.

Save your quizzes until September 2001.

Cooperative Learning is expected: Students entering our class will have a range of previous experience from almost no experience with the Internet, to people who have created web sites before. We expect everyone in the class to help each other learn as much as possible.

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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 day was to write a 3-page paper, you are expected to help students who are not as familiar as you with the use of the editor, i.e. how to re-format the page, re-arrange HTML tags, delete words, check the spelling, etc.  This does not mean that you can copy work. ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAND IN THEIR OWN ORIGINAL WORK.


Students may use the labs whenever there are no scheduled classes or workshops.  Schedules are posted on lab doors. Morrill Hall Lab schedule is distributed in lecture every month.

LAB ROOM HOURS (Unless posted otherwise):

Click here for the Morrill Hall Computer Lab Schedule,

 Click here for the Waterman 113 Lab Schedule.


  • You don't have to be a "rocket scientist" or "computer wiz" to do well in this class. This is a course where you will do well if you go to class, follow instructions, and spend time reading and working on the computer.
  • It is your responsibility to take notes during class and make sure you understand what is covered.  Part of the learning experience in this class is using the software manuals and fellow students as references. 
  • CDAE 195 Daily Topics (Tentative), Summer 2001

    Day/ TOPIC
    1. Monday May 21: Intro to the course, meet other students, Knowledge Quiz,  Begin basic HTML Web Page construction (Text, Links, Pictures, Tables, Backgrounds), take out a book or two to review.
    2. Tuesday May 22: Subscribe to CDAE195 listserv. Java Script.  Create your own bookmarks page. Telecom hardware review in prep for tomorrow.
    3. Wednesday May 23: Telecommunication hardware overview and tour of cables connecting our PCs with zoo (with Randy Spooner, UVM Telecommunications Directory) and tour of UVM Academic Computing facility including zoo (with Mike Austin, Zoo's System Administrator).
    4. Thursday May 24:  Student Presentations of Review Book(s), Send JL the URL to your Bookmarks Page.
    5. Monday May 28: UVM CLOSED, Memorial Day Holiday.
    6. Tuesday May 29: FIRST QUIZ, Web site design,  frames, and counters.
    7. Wednesday May 30:  Scanning (Waterman 113). Intro to Dreamweaver, Flash, & Adobe GoLive.
    8. Thursday May 31: Image Maps, CGI Guestbooks, UseNet News.
    9. Monday June 4: Work on Presentation
    10. Tuesday June 5: Work on Presentations
    11. Wednesday June 6: Work on Presentations
    12. Thursday June 7: Work on Presentations
    13. Monday June 11: QUIZ 2, Work on Presentations.
    14. Tuesday June 12: Work on Presentations
    15. Wednesday June 13: Student Presentations
    16. Thursday June 14: Student Presentations & Farewell Party!
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    This page was last updated on 23 March 2001 by Jonathan Leonard