Information Technology Fluency II - CIT122/12

Weekly Schedule

Week Information
Assignments due in one week unless otherwise stated. I may add some things during the week, so double check the schedule each week! Please keep copies of all work you submit until you receive your final grade at the end of the semester.
Unit #15 This is the final unit - the final is due by Aug 22nd and you may have it for a week.
Final Exam
REQUIRED status sheet
If I made a mistake on the status sheet, please be sure to let me know what it should have said.
Unit #14 Information about uploading your portfolio: Here is information about using cisweb at BCC
Talks more specifically about portfolio
Once your website is up, you will use If you do not have folders you can just go from the username to the file name. Note that you can use either or which is what I use in the handouts above.
Please do some research on events in JavaScript. This is an address that I suggest: JavaScript events
Look at my JavaScript examples.
If you have problems let me know, we will need to check and make sure you have the correct login.
Find a good JavaScript tutorial and send me the address.
JavaScript events assignment
Unit #13 We are continuing with JavaScript and looking at developing or adding to a portfolio.
Portfolio Information:
Note that unit #15 will be the final.
Portfolio information
Templates for portfolio (can make your own or modify these - extra credit if you make your own):
Students who have prior experience with HTML (other than CIT121, should definitely make their own portfolio pages).
Assignments to turn in:
First (this is due by the end of the semester): Develop a portfolio that would be helpful to you in looking for a job. It should contain information about you (you can eliminate identifying information if you want to). You should upload some samples of your work and have the table of contents above point to these examples. You can use Brinkster for your portfolio or you can use a cisweb site if you have an address. Please let me know if you would like room on the cisweb server at BCC and I will get you a username and password.
Second: I want you to write a short paper (about a page) on whether you enjoyed using Alice, whether you think it gets the idea of programming across, and what you learned about programming from experimenting with Alice.
Third: JavaScript assignment
Unit #12 We are continuing to look at JavaScript. I suggest finding a good tutorial. One of my students recommends this one. JavaScript tutorial recommended by a student.
Remember (from last units tutorials), W3schools also has some excellent resouces to help with JavaScript.
Assignments to turn in:
Go back and look at the algorithm assignment you did in week #1, I would like you to do this assignment using JavaScript. You need to get all 4 programs working and send them to me.
Unit #11 I want you to start looking at the JavaScript examples under JavaScript Introduction. Remember, when you look at the page and click on source you can see the source code that created the page. I want you to read about JavaScript in the text book and you will also find resources at my site.
Tutorial on JavaScript
Another JavaScript tutorial
Assignments to turn in:
Java Script Quiz #1
To do this assignment, copy the JavaScript in the quiz to notepad and save it with a .html extension. Then make the changes I asked for and open it in a browser window to view the results.
Unit #10 Looking at Alice some more.
I lecture on Alice in CIS120/17, you can consider looking under the audio for CIS120/17 for information. There will also be accompanying Smartboard notes. If you start Alice, the tutorial #1 with the ice skater is a good aid as well.
I want to spend more time with Alice this week and I want to start looking at it as a a programming language. Please look at the PowerPoint example and the zipped examples of bouncing balls. I am going to be asking you to write an Alice that has housekeeping/processing/wrapup and other modules as I did in my examples. I just hope you are more creative!!!
ballsbounce examples zipped
Alice programming
If you go to presentations, you can get a zipped version of this presentation that might be easier to see.
Alice Assignment: I want you to write a program using modules/methods, 2 kinds of loops, an if/else and an if/else with an embedded if/else. I want you to do a startup/housekeeping/initialize module/method, a process module/method that handles other modules/methods and a wrapup module/method. Look at my examples (zipped copies of the programs) and PowerPoints on ballsbounce and randomnumber to help with this assignment.
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Unit #9 Looking back at Access: Please look at the PowerPoint presentations under Access and Access SQL - I think they will answer a lot of questions and problems that you are having.
If you do not remember how to develop a web page in HTML from the CIT121 course, please review the concepts. When we come to looking at JavaScript in a few weeks remembering HTML will be important.
This unit we are going to look at progamming with Alice.
I want you to look at this PowerPoint presentation on Alice: Using Alice
Zipped version of Using Alice for download
Then I want you to spend time with Alice experimenting with the different things that you can do and looking at the other tutorials etc.
Alice is available at Alice site
If you want to download Alice to work at home, please download version 2.0.
Using my Alice presentation as a guide, I want you to create something in Alice. You should have multiple objects (minimum 3). Your Alice code should have a sequence of 10 different methods or things that one of your objects does.
EXTRA CREDUT: Now we are going to look at StarLogo. We have looked at the logic of queries, but now soon we are going to move on to writing a program involving the three major steps of programming: sequence, selection, repeating or looping. The turtle in StarLogo can do all three of these and you will see the basic stuctures as you experiment with the package.
You will find a presentation under presentations and you will find a list of StarLogo commands under notes.
You should also look at the information about StarLogo procedures which you will find under Notes.
If you do not want to work in the labs, you will need to download and install a version of StarLogo which is available at:
Do not download and use the new version, use the standard version for this assignment.
Extra Credit Assignments (related to LOGO):
Logo assignment
Unit #8 I would like you to have read (skimmed the more advanced chapters), the chapters on databases in your text book. We are not covering some of the more advanced topics which is why I suggested you could skim them.
Look at the presentation on if statements and flowcharting if statements:
Presentation on logical if structures
    Separate speaker notes to accompany presentation on logical if structures
Interesting sites for health care people - I would like to know what you think of them.
Medical Library Association
One persons analysis of health care information on the web
Logic Flowcharts: Draw the logic flowcharts for the queries you did in the query assignment for week #4. You only have to do the if portion of a flowchart, similiar to what I did in the presentation. Note that #1 does not have an if, you can just write the box to process.
Query assignment from week #4
You can do a flowchart using symbols in PowerPoint, Word (please save a a doc version), or you can use Visio which came with your book or you can use Impress which comes from Open Office and is free.
I want you to go to and set up an online bookmark storage area. Then please find and bookmark 3 tutorials on HTML and then send me the address of your bookmark site.
If you already have a site, simply add to it.
Unit #7 You should have read the chapters on Access in the text book and checked some web sites on Access.
You should also have read about relational databases and normalization including my PowerPoints on the subject.
Assignments (related to Access):
Please be sure that you populate the database tables before you do the queries.
Relational Queries
Unit #6 I want to start looking at the concepts of relational databases so I am going to ask you to set up two samples that I have created that will illustrate the set up of relational databases.
I want you to go over these two presentations carefully to help understand the concepts.
Normalization - information on third normal form
      Separate speaker notes to accompany normalization presentation
Relational database using donor
      Separate speaker notes to accompany relational databse using donors presentation
I would also like you to read this very over simplified version of a database for a medical clinic: Medical clinic example
These two examples lead you through setting up a a set of tables that are related. Please do the two examples in Access and send them to me.
Student database
Payroll database example
I want you to design the following database:
More complex student database to design
Next unit I will have you implement this database in Access and do queries on this database.
Unit #5 Be sure you have looked at my examples of using SQL - it works the same for Access 2007 and Access 2010 so you can look at examples from either.
I want you to do some more research on Access and on SQL, looking for tutorials and other explanations that help you understand. Here are a few possibilities:
W3Schools SQL
Another SQL tutorial
I want you to look at the presentations under Access and SQL because I want you to experiment with SQL this week. I would also like you to look at the two presentations under Access and SQL. The presentations are:
Presentation on using SQL queries in Access
    Separate speaker notes to accompany fusing SQL queries in Access
Presentation on SQL in Access - a little more
    Speaker Notes to accompany SQL in Access - a little more
Here are some notes on SQL including Smartboard and audio:
Intro SQL in Access (1/27/09) in PDF format Accompanying audio
Intro SQL in Access (1/27/09) in PowerPoint Accompanying audio
Intro SQL in Access (1/27/09) Accompanying Smartboard presentation
Look at the presentation on if statements:
Presentation on logical if structures
    Separate speaker notes to accompany presentation on logical if structures
Assignment #1: Using the same database that you used for the last two weeks, I want you to write five SQL queries. You should write them and send me a text file containing the code you wrote. You should also test them in Access and send me the Access database with the five SQL queries numbered SQL1 through SQL5a and SQL5b. Note that I do not want unneeded parenthesis in your code.
Problem #1: Show three fields and test one of them with a criteria.
Problem #2: Show some of the fields and test two things in an AND relationship.
Problem #3: Show some of the fields and test two things in an OR relationship.
Problem #4: Show all of the fields. You are testing for three things to be true OR just one thing to be true.
Problem #5: Show all of the fields and test three things. The first thing must always be true and then either of the other two must be true. Write the SQL two ways.
Unit #4 Again let me stress that you should work at your own pace but you need to finish 15 units by the end of the summer. I am posting the units every couple of days to give you the flexibility to plan your work. Do not feel pressured to do the units as they are posted. Start with unit #1 and move forward at a pace that works for you. I recommend a minimum of one unit per week and clearly some weeks you will have to do two in order to finish by the end of the summer semester.
Please read the chapter on database queries. In the current text it is chapter #16 A Table with a View: Database Queries. In previous versions it might be chapter #15 or chapter #14. You are looking for the chapter on Database Queries.
Continue to look at the things you can do with Access. Be sure to look at the presentation on if queries in Access (Presentation for if queries in Access).
You should be receiving or have received an invitation to join the MSDN Alliance at your BCC account - if you do not get it, let me know.
For information about software for this course: MSDN Alliance Software
I have put notes from a inclass session on the web under notes. The notes are mostly on Access but also have comments on one of the algorithms.
Access Query assignment
Please note, I do not want you using the wizard for any of your queries. I want you to learn to do the queries by working out the logic yourself.
Unit #3 Remember, if you are taking this in the last half of the summer, you need to finish 3 units each week. If possible it is better to take the course over the entire summer which you can do - makes it less concentrated.
The reading depends on what version of the book you have. Essentially I want you to read about databases. In the third edition, read chapter #16 A table with a view: database queries. In edition two they have two chapters #14 which is getting to first base: introduction to database concepts and #15 which is a table with a view: database queries.
If you are not comfortable with Access, you have several resources you can use. There are a series of PowerPoint presentations that will take you through the basics for this assignment (note that they use a previous version of Access, but the logic is the same). You can use Access 2003 or Access 2007 or 2010 to do your assignments. Under presentations - look for the one about asgn #1 and if statements. There is also a sample database that you can download under examples. You can also choose to get a book on Access. Finally, there are many tutorials on line - check YouTube.
Practice exercise The solution to the database is on the web (prior to Access 2007) - the queries in the solution on the web are not the same - if you have questions on the queries, contact me and I will send you the solution. Again this is a practice exercise that you can choose to do to develop comfort with Access - you should definately go over the solution and make sure you are comfortable with it.
If you decide to use Access 2007, you can look at my PowerPoint below and there are some tutorials you might try:
Zipped version of Access 2007 Introduction
Access 2007 in pictures
Tutorial at Microsoft
Access tutorial (document)
Access 2010 (the best version to use for currency and availability at BCC):
Access 2010 example explanation - database is under examples
Sample Access 2010 database Note there is an accompanying Presentation explaining this database under presentations
Igor Kholodov, who also teaches this course, has a lot of links dealing with databases at his site so you can reference it for information as well. Igor Kholodov web site
Part 1 of the assignment: Develop a table that would be useful to you in your professional or personal life. I want you to define a table and enter data into the table (should be a mixture of text and numeric data). Explain why you made each field the type and size you decided on. Populate the table. The next set of notes and assignments will have you query the table you created. If you are in a medical/health major, you should design a table related to your area of study.
In developing your database please note the following guidelines: (1) field names should not have embedded spaces and special characters other than Underscore (most database systems are very strict about this and I want you to be aware of this), (2) use appropriate types of data (text vs numbers) and be sure to pick appropriate sizes, (3) designate a primary key that uniquely identifies each record.
Part 2 of the assignment: Once you have developed the table I want you to do three queries:
(1) Display 4 fields and have them meet a certain criteria. For example, if state is one of your fields you could display only those that have "MA" in their state.
(2) Display records that meet two criteria in an AND relationship.
(3) Display records that meet two criteria in an OR relationship.
Unit #2 If you have any questions, please be sure to email me!
I am putting up the first few units at a fairly fast pace to give you the flexibility to do things on your own schedule. There will be a total of 15 units so you need to schedule yourself to make this work.
Please read the chapters on Social Implications of IT and Privacy and Digital Security.
We will be starting Access next. If you do not have Access available you can download it using the MSDN Alliance. You should be getting your invitation soon.
I would like you to do some reading about copyright and fair use. Some suggested sites are:
University of Maryland Copyright and Fair Use
Stanford Copyright and Fair Use
Copyright crash course
If you are in HealthCare Information, please read the following:
Medical Library Association on copyright and fair use
I would also like you to read some information on computer ethics:
The Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics
ACM code of ethics
Computer Ethics (explore some of the information at this site)
Please take this quiz. The quiz is a check off assignment and not a graded assignment so be honest and test yourself. Tell me which ones you got right and which ones you got wrong.
Quiz on copyright and fair use
When you pass in work, please put your name, course and which assignment it is on the subject line.
Write a short paper explaining copyright, fair use and ethics related to computing in a way that could be put in a company handbook. If you are in healthcare, please consider that when you write your paper.
Unit #1 In the summer, I go by units. There are 15 units to complete the course. I will post the units every few days at the beginning to get enough up there for you to be able to plan your time. If you take this course during the last half of the summer, that means about 3 units a week. You are welcome to use the whole summer if that will give you more flexibility.
If you need help on something, please don't hesitate to send me your partially done assignment and ask for help. You should also know that I take resubmissions on homework and in fact frequently ask you to resubmit if I think you need to understand the material better.
I will post times when I am available for help on the schedule on my home page.
I know that different people have different versions of the book. I would like you to review the chapters on Algorithmic Thinking and on Representing Multimedia Digitally. You should also check this site for a definition of algorithm and more explanation.
Algorithm at
One definition of an algorithm
Some of my examples
Pizza ordering example
Do the following assignment: Algorithm Assignment #1
Please email me this assignment. I want you to follow my model and lay out the processing steps and then, still following my model, test using test data you make up. In my example I tested using the numbers 49 and 24. If you have problems with this assignment, we can go over it via email Send me your best effort and I will try to help.
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