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Immersive Education
Immersive eeducation takes place online and requires that students have access to the Internet, a modern web browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox) and email.
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Courses listed below are open ONLY to students enrolled in a Boston College degree program.                                                                         

ADIT 134101  Web 2.0: New Era of Web Technology
Attendance is required for all classes; students MUST attend the first class in order to take the course.
Immersive courses bring a new wave of exciting websites and technologies (such as Facebook, YouTube, Virtual Worlds) into the “Web 2.0” era. Rich and interactive forms of communication, collaboration, and socialization are the heart of Web 2.0, but the price is high: privacy breaches, identity theft, cyber-stalkers and addiction are a few issues that become more complicated in the Web 2.0 world. In this unique online course students learn how to harness the power of Web 2.0 while protecting themselves and others. Hands-on experience with social networks, online photo and video sharing, virtual worlds, wikis, blogging, mashups and more. No auditors.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 14–May 6, Barbara Mikolajczak

ADIT 134501  Understanding Computing Devices
ADIT134501 Syllabus
Ubiquitous in today’s society and able to run multiple applications simultaneously, computing devices -- smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, servers -- become ever more sophisticated with each new product release. The volume of data produced and consumed by these devices and their applications will continue to grow exponentially. This course introduces and explores the fundamental concepts that form the foundation of how these devices operate, in terms of running applications and managing the data that makes those applications useful: the appointments in your calendar app; your list of Facebook friends; the deposits and withdrawals in your online bank account. Students will write a paper and make a brief presentation on a topic of interest from those covered during the semester.
Wed 6:30-9, Jan 15-May 7, Donald Brady

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 are 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, Jan 12–May 11, Barbara Mikolajczak

ADIT 134901  Collaborative Computing
Prerequisite: Facile knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing, data management, graphics, and the Internet.
This immersive education course extends knowledge and improves skills in the use of industry standard business software, supplemented with a detailed overview of server and workstation hardware. Students explore the collaborative use of versatile and powerful state-of-the-art applications. Topics include proprietary and open source operating systems, word processing, spreadsheet and presentational applications, hardware interfaces, backup schematics, network applications and protocols, including SSH, HTTP, FTP, DNS, POP3/IMAP Mail Transfer Agents, and 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, Jan 12–May 11, Aaron Walsh

ADIT 135101  Discovering Computer Graphics
Prerequisite: Comfortable using Microsoft Windows operating system. An immersive education course.
Discover the joy of computer graphics. Learn how to create your own multimedia greeting cards; customize and enhance digital photos; design and create animated music videos; enhance business presentations and reports. Using collaborative and immersive software, experiment with 3D technology by playing interactive games and exploring virtual reality worlds. With a focus on graphics for the Internet and the Web, students learn related terminology and concepts as they gain valuable hands-on skills and learn graphics programming fundamentals. Presents a variety of graphics authoring tools, viewers, and formats while exploring fundamentals of two dimensional (2D) graphics, three dimensional (3D) graphics, Virtual Reality (VR), animation, games, interactive graphics, streaming media, and interactive television. Hands-on experience using a variety of graphics tools and programs including GNU Image Manipulation Program (a freely available bitmap graphics program similar to Adobe Photoshop), YouTube, Scratch, Minecraft, Microsoft Word, Google Sketchup, Java and JavaScript, Web Graphics Library (WebGL) and immersive 3D virtual worlds. No auditors.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 15–May 7, Aaron Walsh

ADIT 136001  Database Management
ADIT136001 Syllabus
If organizations run on knowledge, effective organizations depend on data management and analysis to integrate their systems with their strategies and their operations. This course analyzes the structure of database management systems, guides you through techniques for querying and analyzing an organization's data, and teaches you how to build a well-structured relational database. Database management systems are studied, databases are compared to other technologies for storing and using data, and students develop extensive hands-on skills in exploring and querying databases. Students also analyze a set of information requirements, and then design and build a database. Oracle and the SQL language will be used extensively. By learning database management, the diligent student will make herself or himself more useful at work and more valuable to her or his employer. No auditors
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 14–May 6, John McLaughlin



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