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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Information Systems

FALL 2016

ADIT 134001  Exploring the Internet
This course takes a tour of the essential technologies that have shaped today’s Internet. Along the way, students acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to make the best use of this vast repository of information. Course focuses on web-site development using the core dynamic html technologies such as HTML5 and Cascading Stylesheets (CSS). Students gain a clearer understanding of just what exactly the Internet is through the study of its history and underlying protocols. No prior web-development experience and no prerequisites are required. Course is a prerequisite for all programming courses.
No auditors.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Aug 30–Dec 13, James Walker

ADIT 134801  Information Systems Applications
Prerequisite: None, but familiarity with Windows and Macintosh operating systems a plus.
This immersive education course covers the fundamentals of operating the Windows and Macintosh OS and a variety of desktop productivity applications. Includes basic concepts: terminology, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation applications, portable document format, webpage browsing, Internet safety, network terminology, blogging and authoring tools. Students taught to utilize virtual world environments and blogs as well as online discussion groups (via the Internet) for course work conducted outside of class.
No auditors.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Aug 29–Dec 12, Barbara Mikolajczak

ADIT 134901  Collaborative Computing
Prerequisite: Comfortable using the Microsoft Windows or Macintosh operating system [includes being fully experienced with the process of installing new software on your own computer]. Tablet computers, netbooks and similar low-powered computers are not capable of running the graphics software required for this course. A traditional desktop or laptop computer is required.
This Immersive Education course explores collaborative computing principals using fun and familiar social media tools (such as Google docs, Google Hangouts, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Minecraft, Scratch, Twitch, Prezi and more), modern distributed computing technologies such as Bitcoin (and related crypto-currencies), peer-to-peer file sharing networks (such as BitTorrent), brute-force hacking botnet "robot networks" (also known as "zombie networks"), and industry standard business software. These topics are supplemented with a high-level overview of server and workstation hardware. Students explore the collaborative use of versatile and powerful state-of-the-art desktop and Web applications. Topics covered in this course include: collaborative social media apps and tools, collaborative coding (programming), Bitcoin and
related crypto-currencies, zombie networks, BitTorrent and related peer-to-peer file sharing networks, proprietary and open source operating systems, word processing, spreadsheet and presentational applications, hardware interfaces, backup systems, network applications and protocols (such as  SSH, HTTP, FTP, DNS, POP3/IMAP Mail Transfer Agents), client/server remote connect applications, Web publishing, compression utilities, collaborative document concepts, and the design and structure of data files.  
No auditors.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Aug 29–Dec 12, Aaron Walsh and Barbara Mikolajczak

ADIT 500101  Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an information technology used for the management, analysis, and display of geographic--or spatial--data, and is represented by information sets such as common maps and more sophisticated data models. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of spatial technology and the increasing application of GIS in academic research, government, and business. The course provides an overview of spatial analysis as a decision support tool, the use and management of spatial data, an introduction to GIS applications, and the unique demands GIS places on IT. Requires no programming experience.
Wed 6:30–9, Aug 31–Dec 14, Donald Brady


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