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HUM 142 Internet Communications 3 credits
The course examines humansí relationship to cyberspace by analyzing the content and development of Web sites, search services, and e-mail. Students focus on material published in the humanities and evaluate sources from online databases to write a research project. Course topics include privacy and security issues, cyber ethics, copyright, online learning, censorship, Internet access, and Internet standards. Students create an online portfolio of course projects to demonstrate their ability to navigate the Internet with efficiency and to gain awareness of its power and limitations.
Prerequisites: ENG 100 and computer literacy. S/SU
To pass the course, all assignments must be completed and submitted on time and students must earn at least 65% on the final exam.
Attendance and Deadlines
Class attendance (by using the online classroom each week) is required, and assignments must be submitted by the deadlines to earn credit.
Academic Honesty and Plagiarism
Our purpose in the classroom is to seek the truth; this work requires trust and honesty between teacher and student. If we are not honest about what we know and don't know, our learning will always be impaired. Because our teaching and learning depends on this honest communication, we expect all students to understand what plagiarism is and why it is unacceptable.
Plagiarism means taking someone else's ideas or words and presenting them as oneís own. The offense can take many forms including cheating on a test, passing in a paper taken from the Internet or from another student, or failing to properly use and credit sources in an essay. Sometimes the issue is subtle, involving getting too much help on an assignment from someone else. In every instance, plagiarism means cheating both oneself and the owner of the source. Since the cheating sabotages a studentís learning experience, consequences range from no credit for the assignment to failure for the course and possible expulsion from the college.
Any student considering plagiarism should recognize the consequences and consider alternatives. Students uncertain about what constitutes plagiarism may request help from faculty or from appropriate college services. For information on using sources in writing see the Academic Honesty section of the English Department web site: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/english
See the college policy in the Student Handbook.
Grading and value of assignments
Criteria for grading written assignments
In addition to criteria for writing, a Web document is graded by
Value of assignments
7% - Computing autobiography
11% - Humanities site evaluation
10% - Search service evaluation
10% - Online portfolio
20% - Responses in discussion forum
10% - Quizzes
12% - Research project
20% - Final exam - Students must earn at least 65% on the final to pass the course.
Each student will
describe and analyze a humanities web site
create an online portfolio of course projects
analyze the effective use of email, search services, course blogs and discussion
find and evaluate sources about an ethical issue in Internet communications
write a final exam essay interpreting a reading and connecting its ideas to course topics
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