Information Technology Fluency I - CIT11

Weekly Schedule

Week Information
Assignments are due in one week unless otherwise stated. I may add some things during the week, so double check the schedule each week!
Note that the I will load the most recent week at the top so assignment #1 will appear at the bottom of the page.
I will be available for help most Tuesdays (I will post if I am not) from 2-4 in K116. I am also available Thursday at 11 in K101. If you need an evening or late afternoon appointment, please let me know. My work study Marissa will be there as well and covering for me if I have to step out. Please try to come if you are having problems. If no one is comes I will be in my office K112.
Notes and assignments #15 You have a week to do the final - tell me when you want to receive it - it must be returned by May 16th. If you are not ready for the final, let me know and we will discuss a plan for completing the course.
Notes and assignments #14 If you have gone back into writely/google documents and made changes I need you to email me and tell me the name of the assignment as it appears and that I should relook at it - once I have marked it corrected I do not go back and look - you can also send your changes to me at my email account.
The ethical use of the Internet is something we all need to consider. Please read the following articles:
Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics
Code of Ethics
Bloggers code of ethics
Assignments to turn in:
Please comment on the articles and the ethical use of the Internet.
Notes and assignments #13 This assignment focuses on the chapter on operating system which I have already asked you to read - remember, I want you to read up through chapter #12 in the old book and chapter #13 in the new book, so schedule your reading to finish up next week.
Please read some information on how operating systems work. I would suggest sources like: How Operating Systems Work
Operating system (Wikipedia)
I also want you to read about how to make a PowerPoint presentation. You can find information for that at: PowerPoint
Assignments to turn in:
Putting this all together, I want you to create a PowerPoint presentation for a class explaining the basics of how operating systems work.
Notes and assignments #12 You should have read chapter #9, please move on to chapter #10. By the end of the semester you should have read up through chapter #13 in the new book or through chapter #12.
More help with Excel 2003 is available in Microsoft's quick courses: Excel courses
Assignments to turn in:
Excel spreadsheet
Notes and assignments #11 Please read chapter #13 in the text if you have the new edition. If you do not, you can find information at the website or web tutorials on Excel. For example: Spreadsheet Help
Information is available at the publishers web site: Basic Spreadsheet Lab
I have added some more information about binary and hex in week #8
Microsoft on Excel
Under this there is a session on office security - please listen to it.
Please read chapter #9 in the text.
Assignments to turn in:
Please post a site that gives you information about HTML or XHTML at your blog. You should have posted two sites - one this week and one last week.
Security session from Microsoft
Based on the session on office security above, write a set of guidelines for your office staff.
Notes and assignments #10 I This week I would like you to read these articles:
Information sources
I found this article about relative and absolute paths - I put it in down on week #6 but thought I would add it here so I would be sure everyone saw it. Please read it through if you are not comfortable with the concepts related to paths: information on relative and absolute paths
You should keep working with Excel, we will return to that soon. I am giving you a little time to get comfortable because some of you know Excel well and some do not.
Assignments to turn in:
This week I want you to create an student account at, upload multiple web pages and images. The pages should link to each other. You can upload the assignment you have already done. Send me the address when it is working. If you have access to another host for free, you can use that - the important thing is to get a site up and running. Send me the address when it is working. Let me know if you are having problems with the upload and I can send you additional information.
Extra credit if you get things to validate:
Code with first 4 lines of XHTML
Notes and assignments #9 We are now going to start working with Excel. If you are not comfortable with Excel you should start looking for some tutorials - I can lend you a book if you let me know you need one. There is information on Excel on the web and at the publishers web site. Also be sure to look at my presentation on Excel especially if you are not comfortable with the package.
Assignments to turn in:
Assignment #1: After looking at the presentation on introduction to Excel, I want you to create the spreadsheet that I created.
Assignment #2: Spreadsheet assignment
Notes and assignments #8 You should also read the handout about numbering systems and codes under Notes and handouts. (Please note that this handout deals with 7 bit ASCII and you are going to deal with 8 bit ASCII as described in your text). You can also find other sites to reference under your site links. Be sure to look up information on 8 bit ASCII.
Binary conversion
Hexadecimal information
Assignments to turn in:
Numbering systems and codes Due in two weeks
Quiz on material in chapter #6 (open note and open book but an individual project)
Notes and assignments #7 Note I have added a help lab in K-101 on Thursdays at 11:00.
Acutally this week on Thursday (Match 8th), I am going to have all my classes from 9:00 until 2:00 open labs. You can come to K-101 during your class time or any time during that period for help.
Be sure you read: types of sources
Keep reading from the fluency site at
Please also read chapter #7 in your text book.
Assignments to pass in:
Using goggle docs & spreadsheets, I want you to do the following assignment: Assignment on evaluating resources
I want you to add a couple of pages to your HTML website. Do some research on the web and let me know a tutorial you found helpful..
Notes and assignments #6 I want everyone to have read through the first section of the book (through chapter #6). These are the chapters that deal with introductory material, HTML and searching.
Please go to for some resources for doing effective searches on the web.
information on relative and absolute paths
Assignments to pass in:
Web and search assignment
I want students to go to and set up an online bookmark page. Once you have set up the site, I want you to research sites that tell you how to evaluate the results of a search. I want three locations per student. You need to send me the address of the page you set up.
Notes and assignments #5 Read chapters #5 and #6 in Fluency with Information Technology.
I am going to give different assignments for those who are comfortable with HTML and those who do not know it. You decide what is appropriate for you.
There are a couple of sites on my list of links that provide lots of information in a wide variety of areas. Read to supplement what you read in the book and follow your interests.
Be sure to check out some of the HTML Tutorials under links. Students experienced with HTML should read at least one article on the conversion from HTML to XHTML.
If you are new to HTML or want a review, please look at the HTML presentations (Getting started with Web Pages and Getting started with HTML) and the HTML examples that can be found at:
Notes, examples and presentations
Assignments to pass in:
Students need to post the address of a tutorial they like (HTML or XHTML depending on your experience level) at the class blog. Invitations to the blog have been sent to your BCC address.
Assignment for students who are not familiar with HTML
XHTML assignment with validation requirements for students experienced in HTML
Notes and assignments #4 Read chapter #4 in Fluency with Information Technology.
Assignments to pass in:
Do some research on the web and find a site that gives a clear and understandable explanation of the following:
1. Synchronous and asynchronous communication
2. How IP addresses work including how a domain name gets converted to an IP address
3. TCP/IP protocol
4. Networking computers on a Local Area Network
5. The difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web
6. File structure
Explain why you decided on the sites you selected. Please give me a basic definition based on the site. Post your answers at Docs & Spreadsheets and make me a collaborator.
Wiki: I have sent the invitation to the wiki to your Bristol Community College account. If you do not receive the invitation let me know. The assignment is posted there under Buy Computer. The address is Wiki address
The assignment is to figure out a good computer to buy for a variety of prices. Read about how a wiki works - you can make changes to what others have written and change what you think should be ordered. I want to see the results of your choices, but I also want to see your use of the wiki. Because there are not many people taking CIT11 with me this semester, I left up last semesters work so you can see it. This assignment should be worked on for the next three weeks.
Notes and assignments #3 Please read chapter #3 in the text.
Please also read: Internet infrastructure
If you are looking for an interesting, but basic, explanation of how the Internet works, I suggest going through the short lessons at Intel. The address is: Intel lessons on Internet
Assignments to pass in:
Please do the short answer questions on page 95 of the text: Fluency second edition. If you have the wrong edition of the text, you can do the set on page 87 of the text.
I want you to set up a blog at Blogger
At the blog, I want you to write a little about careers you considering - you should include web references to at least three sites that give you information about those careers.
You need to send me the address.
Notes and assignments #2 Please let me know if you would like to get together.
Read chapter #2 in Fluency with Information Technology.
This week we are going to dig deeper into using word processing and use the online application that supports document collaboration and publishing, Google. You need to again sign into google and under my account (your version of my account) go to docs and spreadsheets
Assignments to pass in:
Directions on changes to make to the document
Word document to upload and manipulate
Please check back as always!
Notes and assignments #1 If you are in the Healthcare Information degree, then I am going to ask you to focus on that as you do the assignments throughout the course. In other words, when I ask you to do searches, please make anything that is open apply to your field of study. This will help to make this course even more relevant to what you are studying.
The Fluency with Information Technology text is required. There is an optional Office XP bundle that should be purchased if you are not comfortable with Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
Please read the pages under About This Course which include Read Me First, Introduction to CIT11 and the Syllabus.
Please read chapter #1 in Fluency with Information Technology. I will assign chapter 2 in the next set of Notes and Assignments but you may find it helpful to read it before doing this assignment.
If you do not have the book yet, you can still do the other assignments at the site. Read several articles about the history of computers - you can find links for these articles under Links & Tutorials.
This week we will focus on working with a word processor. I an guessing you have experience in this area (if not, please contact me). Information about open source word processors, Word and WordPerfect are available at the web site under links. Because I think most of you are comfortable with Word at the introductory level, I am going to use this chance to introduce you to an online word processor at Google. It has a tour in its help section that you can use to familiarize yourself with its capability.
Assignments to pass in:
Software, history and word processing assignment
The topic for this paper is: Why do we need software and how has software evolved over time with the advances of hardware. I would like students in Healthcare Information to look at this from the perspective of the health care industry. As an example, you might include a discussion of hand-held computers in healthcare.
The paper you write for this assignment should be at an introductory level - I want you to start your exploration of the topic!
Always check back to see if anything has been added!


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