ComputerScience105: Networking and the Internet

Spring, 1999, Professor Kenneth E. Larson

Contact Information and Textbooks - Class Schedule- Catalog Description and Goals - Homework and Course Project - Computer Labs and Help, Expectations and Grades - Course Members' Homework and Projects

Contact Information:

Office: Macmillan 109 (across the hall from our classroom)
Office phone: 364.3305
Home phone: 364.8484

Office Hours: Mondays: 1:30-4:30 and by appointment (You will be able to find me in my office most afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday mornings except when I am teaching other classes. I am sometimes in other rooms or buildings, so please call ahead to be sure to reach me.)

Class Web site:
Class email discussion list:
Class newsgroup: cs105 on


Neil J. Salkind, Hands-On Internet for Windows (1996)
Patrick Carey, New Perspectives on Creating Web Pages with HTML: Introductory(1998)

Provisional Class Schedule:

March 15
Introduction; kinds of networks; "field trip" to servers and networking hardware
March 17
Salkind: Preface and Chapters 1 & 2: Introduction to the Internet;

in class: how networks work; protocols; layers; addresses
March 19
Origins of the Internet and of the Web
March 29
Salkind: Chapter 6: Newsgroups;

in class: news and email; how email works
March 31
Salkind: Chapter 3: WWW;

in class: clients & servers; how the Web works
April 2
Salkind: Chapter 7: Telnet;

in class: basic Unix; getting started with accounts
April 5
Salkind: Chapter 5: FTP; in class: more work with accounts
April 7
Carey: Tutorial 1, Sessions 1.1 and 1.2
April 9
Carey: Tutorial 2, Session 2.1
April 12
Carey: Tutorial 2, Session 2.1; due: plan for project
April 14
Carey: Tutorial 2, Session 2.2
April 16
Carey: Tutorial 2, Session 2.3
April 19
Converting existing documents to HTML; tools for Web creation
April 21
Using a scanner and Adobe Photoshop
April 23
Carey: Tutorial 3, Session 3.1

[Note: the April 23 class will need to be held in the afternoon
or perhaps on Thursday; I will be at a board meeting in Binghamton in the morning.]
April 26
Carey: Tutorial 3, Session 3.1; due: first draft of project

Checkpoint: review of homework assignments and tips on problems
April 28
Carey: Tutorial 3, Session 3.2;
April 30
Carey: Tutorial 3, Session 3.3
May 3
May 5
May 7
Projects and Wrap-up
Catalog Description:

A hands-on introduction to basic networking concepts and applications. Practical experience using Internet applications (WWW, telnet, FTP, mail, news) leading to building and maintaining Web pages on a server.


The hands-on aspect of the course provides experience using Internet applications; this experience also contributes to a better understandingof fundamental principles of the Internet and networking in general, which we will cover in class discussion.


Most classes will have homework assignments associated with our textbooks. Inaddition, at each step in the course you will be able to apply what you learn to your own mini-Web site, which you will maintain on a real Web server using the fundamental Internet applications FTP and telnet.As the course progresses I will ask you to make specific additions and changes to your site (e.g. adding links, graphics, a scanned photo, etc.).

Course Project:

As a course project, every student will build a very limited but real Web site for a Wells faculty member.You will need to ask a faculty member early in the course if you can work with her or him; in the next weeks you should gather materials from the faculty member: a syllabus from each course they are teaching, perhaps some other information they would like to share with their students; a list of favorite Web sites for their discipline; and a photograph of them which you can scan. If possible, get information such as the syllabi in electronic form, on a floppy disk. If the faculty member does not know of Web sites related to their field, you will want to work with them to locate and suggest several appropriate sites. Your site for the faculty member should consist of at least four Web pages, and should contain links from one page to the others as well as to other sites. If possible, you should show your faculty member how you created the pages and links, and see if you can interest them in keeping up their pages themselves after the course.

Computer Labs and Help:

The software needed for the course is available on all the computers in the computer labs Macmillan 101 and Macmillan 110 (26 new Windows 98 computers). Equivalent Macintosh software is available on the computers in Macmillan119. There will be lab assistants on duty most afternoons and evenings (see schedules); all of them will be able to help with general computer problems,and some will be able to help with questions immediately related to the course.

Expectations and Grades:

The course is graded S/U (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory). Successful completion of the course will be based on satisfactory performance in each of the following areas:

If, in an exceptional case, the first two criteria cannot be met completely, the quality of the homework and of the project will need to be especially high in order to achieve successful completion of the course. Please consult with me in advance.

Course Members:

Kristy Bly
Sally Brew
Tsering Choden
Georgiana Green
James Haenlin
Matthieu Haenlin
Kelly-Rene Halverson
Linda Hoecker
Julie Kabelac
Angela Manciocchi
Kristina Marone
Gina Volpe
Yan-Xia Xiao
Jennifer Zalewski
Jinzhuo Zhao

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