Course Syllabus


Fundamentals of the Internet

COM 23300 - Spring 2010

Lindenwood University

School of Communications



Matthew Hundley


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MWF 10-11 AM


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Portable Storage


Domain name and hosting (You'll use this in later classes as well).


A lab-based course designed to familiarize communications students with advanced methods of information retrieval via the Internet or corporate intranets. Special attention will be given to net-based methods of reaching a mass media audience, as well as the design of Web -based resources for both individual and corporate entities.


Should have basic skills for surfing the web, using search engines, doing web-based research.


Each student should expect to do the following during the course.

Achieve a basic-level fluency in computer/internet-related terminology

Develop skills using common internet content development and communication tools

Effectively use boolean and advanced web search techniques

Have knowledge of and experience with a variety of web based tools

Achieve basic fluency in (X)HTML and CSS


This class will involve many hands-on assignments. This hands-on work will vary considerably in terms of the amount of time required to complete the assignments, depending on personal study habits, preparation time prior to time in the lab, and existing computer skills, but students should expect to spend a minimum of 3 to 5 hours per week in the lab outside of class time.


The principal means of instruction for this class will be guided hands-on work, discussion, and lecture (in that order). Demonstration will be used where appropriate in class, and hands-on practical exercises will reinforce the in-class lectures and demonstrations. The guided hands-on work will be done both in-class with the instructor, and outside of class. Alternative teaching approaches may include but are not limited to IMAX movies, field trips, stand-up comedy, and cruises.

COURSE WORK: course work will consist of three major areas: 1) Lab assignments, 2) Participation, and a 3) Progressive Web Site.

Reading assignments: Although this class does not have a textbook, occasionally reading assignments will be given. Students are expected to be able to discuss content in class.

Lab assignments: All lab assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the assigned due date. Consult the late policy for details regarding the submission of overdue assignments. Lab assignments in this course will include the development of a Blog, Basic HTML Resume Site, Hobby Site Using CSS & (X)HTML.

Method of Work Submission: will be covered in class. One of the major lab assignments of the course, will require each student to progressively build a web site as we learn HTML. Although the site is progressive and will become more complex with each week, it may be necessary for students to occasionally make major overhauls to the site after new technologies are covered in the class. This assignment will be graded at many stages during the development process. Work done to reach one milestone, does not necessarily need to remain for a subsequent milestone. Creativity may mandate the removal of some elements for the sake adding others.

Final Project: The final project in this class will allow students to use the feedback they were given on the previous assignments coupled with new content covered in class, to create a fully functional web site that demonstrates their understanding of HTML. Students should strive to push their limits on the assignment, and should refrain from simply modifying some preexisting work. Student sites will be presented during the final exam, and scored through a peer/self review process.

Graduate Addendum: Graduate students in the course are required to complete a 5-10 page paper covering one of the following topics: The World Wide Web Consortium, Search Engine Optimization, Social Networking and its impact on society, Online Journalism - Is print dying, or Security and Privacy concerns and initiatives associated with the Internet. This paper will account for 10% of your overall grade. It will be averaged with the final score achieved using the undergrad requirements.

NOTE: Students should keep all graded work returned to them by the instructor (homework, quizzes and exams), for two reasons: first because that material should be valuable in studying for subsequent exams, and secondly, if there should be any discrepancy between the grade you thought you received and the grade I have recorded, we will find it difficult to discuss anything unless you have that graded work available for perusal.


Your grade will be based on the total number of points accumulated during the semester. The possible points to be earned are: