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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Information Systems

FALL 2017

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 29–Dec 12, 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 28–Dec 11, Barbara Mikolajczak
ONLINE COURSE - MEETS ONLINE ON MONDAYS

FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Synchronous - Day/time are specific;  students must participate weekly per all instructions and communications from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

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), 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" and "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 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 28–Dec 11, Aaron Walsh
ONLINE COURSE - MEETS ONLINE ON MONDAYS

FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Synchronous - Day/time are specific;  students must participate weekly per all instructions and communications from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

ADIT 135801  Video Games &Virtual Reality
Prerequisite: Familiarity using any type of graphics program (such as Photoshop, Paintshop, Flash or similar).
Video games are a cultural phenomenon and very big business. This exploding industry rivals Hollywood as video games and virtual reality (VR) “turn” the “real world” upside down. This exciting entry level graphics course introduces students to the unreal world of video games and VR. Topics include: games and entertainment, Virtual Worlds, World of Warcraft, 3D graphics, Virtual Reality, Immersive Education, Hollywood blockbuster movies, special effects, synthetic humans and more. Skills learned can be applied to a variety of jobs and industries including: Hollywood and film production; television; music videos; video game design and development; virtual reality; medical and military simulation; scientific visualization and more. Hands-on experience using video game and VR content authoring tools.
No auditors.
ONLINE COURSE - MEETS ONLINE ON THURSDAYS
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Synchronous - Day/time are specific;  students must participate weekly per all instructions and communications from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Aaron Walsh


ADIT 301001  Technical Writing
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Refer to the course
syllabus in Canvas and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.

This course focuses on crucial skills for those in the technical profession, including technical writers, computer
programmers, and web developers. Students will learn all aspects of developing clear and concise documentation: planning, interviewing users, creating outlines, utilizing technical styles guides, and applying appropriate technical grammar rules.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Aug 30–Dec 13, Rene Marcotte

 

 

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