CSCI 112
Communications Technology and the Internet
Office Hours: Contact Information:
10:30am - 11:30am
By appointment
10:30am - 11:30am
09:45am - 12:45pm
Harbor Walk East #316

10:30am - 11:30am


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Catalog Description:

An introduction to digital communications technology. Topics include networking concepts, Internet and intranet tools, protocols and security. Also included are the infrastructure and governance of the Internet, with emphasis on personal, business, social, legal and ethical implications.

Required Textbooks and Material

Learning Outcomes

  1. To understand key technologies related to the Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web
  2. To examine current and future web issues a nd trends
  3. To understand and apply Content Syndication
  4. Understand Social Networking Concepts
  5. To be familiar with basic Internet Protocols
  6. To be familiar with connecting data through Web Services, MashUps and XML
  7. Understand Cloud Computing
  8. To be familiar with internet security including protection schemes and common attacks.
  9. Gain experience building a web based content delivery system

Course Context:

This course introduces students, including COMM majors intending to take COMM 310, to the basics concepts of computer software and hardware, computer programming, video editing, virtual worlds, and social media.  As computing technologies have become increasingly central to contemporary mediated communication, being literate in computing tools is essential for both creative expression and professional message design. 

This section will accomplish the course objectives by studying communications technology and information systems from an organizational and social perspective, emphasizing how computer networking allows humans to connect and communicate. To various degrees we are all connected. Six degrees is symbolic of our global connectedness and a starting place for the study of computer networks as the fundamental feature and enabler of a connected age. In this class, we will explore the science and application of networks with an emphasis on computer-enabled social networks.


Evaluation Scheme


Grading Scale

Homework 25%   93 - 100
Group Projects 20%   A- 90 - 92
Tests (5) 35%   B+ 88 - 89
Attendance and Participation 20%   B 83 - 87 
    B- 80 - 82 
Total 100%   C+  78 - 79
      C 73 - 77
      C- 70 - 72
      60 - 69%;   F   Less than 60%

Computer & Cell Phone Policy

In this class, students are forbidden from wearing headphones, texting, using Facebook, or using electronic devices in any way that is disruptive to learning.

Academic Integrity and Other Expected Behavior

All students are expected to adhere to the College of Charleston’s Honor Code (Bulletin & Student Handbook). Be sure to to familiarize yourself with the XF grade and the honor code system. Any violation of these rules and guidelines will be treated accordingly.

Disability Accommodation

Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me individually to discuss your specific needs. Also, please contact the College of Charleston, Center for Disability Services for additional help.

Attendance and Late Assignments

Attendance: Regular and punctual attendance is critical to your success in this class. No more than 3 unexcused absences are permitted in this MWF class. Excess absences will result in points being deducted from your Participation Grade.

While most information will be available either online or in the textbook, some information may only be presented during class. You are responsible for all information and announcements whether or not you are present.

Late Assignments: Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on their due date. Fifty (50) points will be deducted if your assignment is late. Late assignments must be submitted no later than the next class period. Due dates for assignments will be strictly enforced — late penalties will be applied.

Tests: The lowest test score will be dropped. Therefore, there is no makeup for missed tests. If you miss two tests, there will be consideration for you to take the second missed test if you have an excused absence.