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LIS 386.13,
Summer 2001
SYLLABUS

There will be no scheduled class meetings for this online course. Please see the entries below for dates by which you should start on lessons and exercises, and for dates on which assignments are due.

Date
Topics, Readings and Assignments
Technology Modules/Tutorials
 
UNIT 1
INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES (IT) AND IT AS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION
     
  Weekly Question and Answer
For questions posted on Wednesdays, please post your answers by the following Friday; on Fridays, by the following Monday; and on Mondays, by the following Wednesday.
     

Jun 6

 

Introduction to the Course
Information Theory and Digital Representation (PowerPoint)
Information Lifecycle
Introduction to Computing (PowerPoint)

GSLIS account FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Activating your account
(signup form)
Account activation (RealMedia tutorial)
Account activation status page (has your account been activated yet?)
Changing passwords (RealMedia tutorial)
Downloading plug-ins
Anti-virus software
Web searching

     
Assignments due:
Jun 7
Establish GSLIS Account and Provide Email Addresses
Team names for Information Technology Problem Area Description
   
Jun 8

Introduction to Science and Technology Studies (PowerPoint)
Science and Technology Studies
IT as a Social Construct

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on IT

Basic UNIX commands
E-mail attachments with Eudora
E-mail attachments with Pine
     
Assignment due: Discussion Board Logon and Profile Update
   
UNIT 2
IT: THE PERSPECTIVE OF LIS
   
Jun 11
Overview of Information Storage
and Retrieval, Part 1
(PowerPoint)
Overview of ISR, Part 2 (PowerPoint)
Overview of ISR, Part 3 (PowerPoint)
Basic HTML for text and graphics
DreamWeaver
   
Assignment due: Defining Bit Rate, Bandwidth, and Baud Using Web-Based Search Techniques
     
Assignment due:
Jun 13
Information Technology Problem Area Description
     
Jun 13

Introduction to Technical Standards
MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloging) Records and Variable-Length Record Structures
Overview of Online-Public Access Catalogs (OPACs) (PowerPoint)
Online Public-Access Catalogs (OPACs)
Z39.50 and Other Standards for Information Exchange

WSFTP and file transfer
File-transfer considerations for Macintosh users (you need not read this if you are using a PC)

 

   
Jun 15
Digital Libraries
Outline of the Information Retrieval Problem
Wordprocessed files to HTML
 
READ: Hobart & Schiffman (1998), Introduction, Chapters 1, 2, and 3 (pp. 1-84)
   
Assignment due:

Comparison of Web-Based Online Public Access Catalogs

   
Jun 18
Aspects of Access to Information
Information Architecture
Overview of Metadata
 
 
READ: Hobart & Schiffman (1998), Chapters 4, 5, and 6 (pp. 87-172)
   
Assignment due:

Science and Technology Studies Article Evaluation, with image, on the Web
Choice of topic for group Web-based Presentation

   
Jun 20
Bibliographic Instruction: The Digital Divide and Resistance of Users to Technologies
 
   
READ: Hobart & Schiffman (1998), Chapters 7, 8, 9, and the Conclusion (pp. 175-268); Bibliographical Essay (pp. 279-294)
     
Jun 22

Introduction to Information Policy (PowerPoint)
IT and information policy
Copyright
Privacy

PowerPoint Tips
Email collaboration with PowerPoint
PowerPoint to HTML
Uploading PowerPoint HTML to the Web
     
UNIT 3
IT: BEING AN INFORMED USER, EVALUATOR, AND TRAINER
   
Jun 25
Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
Some Pragmatic Aspects of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (PowerPoint)
Compressing and decompressing files
MrSid image compression
     
READ: Nardi & O'Day (1999), Preface and Chapters 1 - 6 (pp. 1-75)
   
Jun 27
Introduction to Operating Systems
Overview of the Open-Source Movement
Unix-Linux: What you can do with your GSLIS Linux account
     
READ: Nardi & O'Day (1999), Chapter 7 (pp. 79-104)
     
Assignments due:

Draft of Web-based Presentation
Draft of Capstone Essay - Professional Development Plan

   
Jun 29
Introduction to TCP/IP
Notes on the 5-Layer and 7-Layer Models of Interconnection
Considering the History of the Internet (PowerPoint)
Outline History of the Internet (PowerPoint)
Future of the Internet/Internet 2 at UT-Austin
READ: Nardi & O'Day (1999), Chapters 8-13 (pp. 105-216) "A Plumbers View of the Future of the Internet"
   
Jul 2

Privacy and the Internet (PowerPoint)
Cryptography and Pretty Good Privacy
Privacy on the Internet and the P3P Project

Introduction to Computer Security and to Cryptography Policy

PGP and Public Key Cryptography
     
Assignment due: Web-based Presentation
     
Jul 4 Holiday  
   
Jul 5
Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Extensible Markup Language (XML), and Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL)
HTML Tutorials
 
Assignment due: Critical Peer evaluation of Web-Based Presentations
   
Jul 9
Introduction to Databases (PowerPoint) Database design
     
Assignment due:

Book Review

     
Jul 11
Web-Based Databases (PowerPoint)
Course evaluation
Web-Enabled Databases
   
Assignment due:

Capstone Essay - Professional Development Plan

 

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Last updated 2001 May 6 by R. E. Wyllys