15.564 | Spring 2003 | Graduate
Information Technology I


In addition to problem sets (“PS”), which are available in the table below, students complete a term project. Deadlines for the different project steps are also listed.

Term Project Description (PDF)

The Basics: Hardware, OS, and Software
1 Introduction: Course Overview; Inside the CPU    
2 Computer Architecture: Processing, Memory and I/O PS1 out  
  Recitation: Little Man Computer    
3 Computer Representations; Compression    
4 Operating Systems    
  Recitation: Computer Hardware and Operating Systems    
5 Software Development    
  Recitation: Software Development    
6 Relational Databases; Database Queries Using SQL PS2 out

PS1 due: Computer Fundamentals (PDF)

For PS1, use the following files

  • One.txt (TXT)
  • Random.txt (TXT)
  • Database.mdb - use any Microsoft® Access database
  • Icse3.doc - use any Microsoft® Word document
  • telnet.exe - use any executable program

7 An Introduction to Microsoft Access       Recitation: SQL Queries     8 Relational Database Design     9 Introduction to User Interface Building with Access Examples PS3 out     Recitation: Access Form Practice; Database Design     Networks and Telecommunications 10 Telecommunication Concepts; Data Transmission     11 Local Area Networks; Ethernet; Packet-switched Networks   PS2 due: Relational Databases (PDF)

Problem set 2 uses the Northwind Traders database file, which is included with Microsoft Access software.   Recitation: Midterm Exam Review     12 Midterm Exam - In Class     13 Wide Area Networks; The Internet     14 Wireless Network Technologies   PS3 due: Graphical User Interfaces (PDF)   Recitation: Network Technologies   Project Teams due Distributed Computing and Web Technologies 15 Client/Server, Peer-to-Peer and the WWW PS4 out   16 Security I: Public Key Cryptography       Recitation: Using PGP     17 Security II: Digital Signatures; Network Security     18 Evolution of Web Technologies       Recitation: Network Security     eBusiness Applications 19 Under the Hood of a Commercial Web Site PS5 out Project Topics due   Recitation: Microsoft FrontPage     20 Data Mining, Data Warehousing   PS4 due: Networks and Computer Security (PDF) 21 Software Agents   Project Summaries due   Recitation     22 Student Presentations I     23 Student Presentations II   PS5 due: Database-Driven Web Sites (PDF)   Recitation: Final Exam Review     24 Trends in eBusiness Technology; Course Wrap-up     25 Final Exam - In Class