Surviving the Information Age

LTEC 2100.020

Course Syllabus, Fall 2010


Instructor: Dr. Ennis-Cole


Location: Discovery/Research Park, Rm. G183

Phone: (940) 565-3536

Office Hours: 10:00am - 1:00pm Tuesdays & Wednesdays, and other times by Appointment Only



Surviving the Information Age was designed to help you learn to efficiently locate, manipulate, and use information found on the Internet and the World Wide Web. This course focuses on the following topics: understanding the UNT collegiate computing environment, knowing the difference between the Internet and the WWW, using e-mail, troubleshooting your PC's most common problems, using on-line electronic databases for research, learning basic HTML code, evaluating information found on the Web and Internet, and citing on-line sources. CECS 1100 is a prerequisite for this course. After completing this course, you should be able to successfully complete the following tasks:


1.                  Discuss computer terminology, hardware, software, and the practical applications of the Internet in today's society.

2.                  Conduct research using on-line databases and Web sources.

3.                  Use electronic mail and add attachments that communicate with others.

4.                  Learn styles for writing citations for different types of Web and Internet resources.

5.                  Demonstrate the procedures for capturing images, e-mailing Web Pages, downloading data, and participating in a discussion group.

6.                  Explain Usenet Newsgroups and their archives.

7.                  Describe some FTP resources and the method for downloading and installing software from these sources.

8.                  Discuss the use of Hypertext Markup Language in the design, creation, and evaluation of web pages.

9.                  Explain the difference between a directory and a search engine.

10.              Participate in discussions about information acquisition, distribution, and validation.


Text Required:

Ackermann, E., & Hartman, K. (2005). Learning to Use the Internet and World Wide Web [with revitalized urls] , Franklin, Beedle & Associates. ISBN 1-59028035-0. You can go to to purchase a downloadable e-book of the text. The cost is $15.00. You'll need to request the text, supply your email, and pay. Within two days, you'll receive a password and user name. Use both to download the text as an e-book.


Course Grading:

There will be two required on-line exams and five required activities (assignments). No grades will be dropped in this course. Your grades will be weighted as follows:


Midterm & Final Exams............................ 50%

Required Activities................................... 50%

The grading scale is as follows:

A - 90% and above

B - 80-89%

C - 70-79%

D - 60-69%

F - 0-59%


There will be two exams. The exams will cover the required readings in the text and assigned activities. Both the midterm and final will be offered online for three consecutive days. The Midterm will be available from Wednesday, Oct. 13th, 2010 until Friday, Oct. 15th, 2010. The final will be offered online from Monday, Dec. 13th, 2010 until Wednesday, Dec. 15th, 2010. Both exams will be comprehensive.


Make-Up Exams: Since the exams will be available for three consecutive days, make-ups will not be provided.


Course Information LTEC 2100.020:

It is to your advantage to read the assigned material and complete the required activities each week. This will help you better learn the material and keep you from falling behind. You should plan to spend time each week on this class. Please plan your schedule accordingly. All activities are due on the dates specified, unless there is a mail message from me altering the schedule. You should plan to check your mail frequently, and promptly reply to all queries.

If you are unfamiliar with Blackboard Vista, please review the Blackboard Vista Student Help Guide at the bottom of your home page. You can final a lot of helpful information there that will give you a good orientation to the product including: logging on, using files, managing e-mail, and participating in chats.


A course calendar is available in Blackboard Vista that lists all readings and assignment due dates. This serves as the schedule for this course; at the bottom of your home page, you will find Course Content and Related Material. This contains information on all the requirements for the course. Feel free to compile the Calendar to get a listing of this semester's readings and course activities. You should print the compiled calendar listing and use it as a handy reference. You may also view my notes (PowerPoint Presentations) from the chapters either before or after you read the chapters. They may be a good overview or summary for you. They are found under Course Content and Related Material, Course Material.


Class Assignments and Activities:

Five assignments are required. Each is worth a total of ten points, and the requirements for each activity can be found under your Assignments Tool. I expect you to complete the assignments yourself and submit them on or before the posted due date. I mush have your completed work by 11:00pm on the due date specified. A 2-point penalty per day will be applied to late work. This can be significant reduction the longer you wait, so plan to get your work in on time to receive maximum credit.


Three Class Chats have been scheduled. These sessions will permit you to ask questions and synchronously participate in discussions with your classmates. The sessions are not mandatory, but they are a good learning experience. We will follow a Q&A Protocol to allow us to express ourselves and keep our discussion flowing. Each chat will be edited and posted so that you can read the discussion if you were unable to participate in the chat. The dates for the chats are Sept. 10th, Oct. 8th, and Dec. 10th from 7:30-8:30pm.


A 10 point bonus can be yours if you make postings in the discussion thread for Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. You'll need to answer the question posted, and respond to at least two of your classmates. Completing this communication activity for the last five chapters will add 10 points to your final score. See the bonus listed on your home page for more details. You must make your postings during the week we're reading the chapter in question. These may not be submitted at the end of the course.


Class Supplies:

You will be expected to have Internet Access. Your EUID and password will enable you to access class material. You should use to get to the course, click Login to Blackboard Vista, and login with your EUID and password and click on your course number (LTEC 2100.020 – Fall 2010). Please make sure you backup your work so you have copies of everything you send me. After submitting your work, check your WebCT Vista Mail for a message from me indicating that I have your work. Feel free to contact me via e-mail through Blackboard Vista to ask questions.



Cheating and disciplinary action for cheating is defined by the UNT Policy Manual Code of Student Conduct and Discipline. Cheating is an act of academic dishonesty and is defined as:

"Plagiarism and cheating refer to the use of unauthorized books, notes, or otherwise securing help in a test; copying tests, assignments, reports, or term papers; representing the work of another as one's own; collaborating, without authority, with another student during an examination or in preparing academic work; or otherwise practice scholastic dishonesty."


"Academic dishonesty matters may first be considered by the faculty member who may assign penalties such as failing, reduction or changing of a grade in a test, course, assignment, or other academic work, denial of a degree and/or performing additional academic work not required of other students in the course. If the student does not accept the decision of the faculty member, he/she may have his/her case heard by the academic department chairperson or head for review of his/her case. If the student does not accept the decision of the academic department chairperson, he/she may then follow the normal appeal procedures listed in Disciplinary Procedures."


EEO/ADA Statement:

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Expectations of Students:


1.      Class Preparation and Participation. You should plan to read and work on activities each week. See the electronic course calendar to see required weekly readings and activities.


2.      Appropriate Materials. You should plan to back-up your work, and adhere to deadlines listed in the electronic course calendar.


3.      Class Attention. You should plan to check your WebCT Account weekly to keep abreast of any changes, special announcements, and course-related information.


4.      Assignments and Exams. You should plan to complete all assignments and examinations and submit them for grading on their due dates. For your convenience, the exams will be offered electronically. You may take the exams only once.