The following readings are required unless otherwise noted. The PC Webopedia links are optional, but highly recommended.
|The Basics: Hardware, OS, and Software|
|1||Introduction: Course Overview; Inside the CPU||Madnick, Stuart. Little Man Computer.|
|2||Computer Architecture: Processing, Memory and I/O||Optional: How Computers Work. Parts 1-5.
PC Webopedia - Hardware Category Page
PC Webopedia - PC Definition and Links
|3||Computer Representations; Compression||Optional: Blelloch, Guy E. Introduction to Data Compression. Carnegie Mellon University, 2001. Available online at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science.
PC Webopedia - Data Formats Category Page
Terms to look up: binary, floating-point numbers, character set, ASCII, HTML, bitmap, Postscript, PDF, data compression, MPEG
|4||Operating Systems||Optional: Introduction to Operating Systems. Part of: Mohr, James. The Linux Tutorial, 2003.
PC Webopedia - Operating Systems Category Page
Terms to look up: operating systems, multitasking, virtual memory, file management system, file allocation table, Windows, Linux
|5||Software Development||Gibbs, W. W. Software's Chronic Crisis. In Scientific American. September 1994, pp. 86-95.
PC Webopedia - Programming Languages Category Page
Terms to look up: programming language, compiler, interpreter, Java
|6||Relational Databases; Database Queries Using SQL||Elmasri, and Navathe. Fundamentals of Database Systems. Benjamin/Cummings, 1989, Chapter 7 (plus pp. 143-144).
PC Webopedia - Databases Category Page
|7||An Introduction to Microsoft Access||Recommended Textbook: Viescas, John L. Running Microsoft Access 2000. Microsoft Press, 1999.|
|8||Relational Database Design||Watterson, Karen. Visual Basic Database Programming. Addison-Wesley, 1994, pp. 12-43.|
|9||Introduction to User Interface Building with Access Examples||Recommended Textbook: Viescas, John L. Running Microsoft Access 2000. Microsoft Press, 1999.|
|Networks and Telecommunications|
|10||Telecommunication Concepts; Data Transmission||Fitzgerald, and Dennis. Business Data Communications and Networking. 6th ed. Wiley, 1999, pp. 83-92, 107-129.
Optional: Dodd, Annabel Z. Basic Telecom Concepts. Chapter 1 in The Essential Guide to Telecommunications. Prentice Hall, 1999.
PC Webopedia - Networks Category Page
|11||Local Area Networks; Ethernet; Packet-switched Networks||Fitzgerald, and Dennis. Business Data Communications and Networking. 6th ed. Wiley, 1999, pp. 192-216.|
|12||Midterm Exam - In Class|
|13||Wide Area Networks; The Internet||Fitzgerald, and Dennis. Business Data Communications and Networking. 6th ed. Wiley, 1999, pp. 30-33, 164-189.
Optional: An introductory (but fun!) tutorial on how the Internet works is available: Tyson, Jeff. How Internet Infrastructure Works at HowStuffWorks. The same site contains lots of interesting tutorials on related concepts as well.
|14||Wireless Network Technologies||Noll, A. Michael. Wireless Telephone Service. Chapter 9 in Introduction to Telephones and Telephone Systems (Third Edition). Artech House Telecommunications Library, 1999.|
|Distributed Computing and Web Technologies|
|15||Client/Server, Peer-to-Peer and the WWW||Orfali, R., et. al. Client/Server Survival Guide. 3rd ed. Wiley, 1999, Chapters 2-3.
Sadoski, Darleen. Client/Server Software Architectures--An Overview. Carnegie Mellon University, 2004.
Optional: Milojicic, Dejan S., et. al. Peer-to-Peer Computing. Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Palo Alto, 2002. Paper No. HPL-2002-57. Available at the HP Labs web site.
PC Webopedia - Client/Server Computing Category Page
Terms to look up: client/server architecture, fat client, thin client, two-tier, three-tier, middleware
|16||Security I: Public Key Cryptography||Zimmerman, Phil. An Introduction to Cryptography. Included in freeware documentation to Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) software program, which is downloadable.
Behar, R. Who's Reading Your E-Mail. Fortune. February 3, 1997, 57-70.
PC Webopedia - Security Category Page
Terms to look up: biometrics, virus, macro virus, antivirus program
PC Webopedia - Encryption Category Page
Terms to look up: symmetric-key cryptography, DES, public-key encryption, RSA, Pretty Good Privacy
|17||Security II: Digital Signatures; Network Security||Zimmerman, Phil. An Introduction to Cryptography. Included in freeware documentation to Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) software program, which is downloadable. pp. 11-36 (also skim Part 2).
Introduction to SSL. Available on the Web.
PC Webopedia - Encryption Category Page
Terms to look up: authentication, digital signature, digital certificate, PKI, SSL, digital cash, smart card
|18||Evolution of Web Technologies||Orfali, R., et. al. Client/Server Survival Guide. 3rd ed. Wiley, 1999. Chapters 26-27.
Optional: Wright, R. The Man Who Invented the Web. Time, May 19, 1997.
Optional: Technology Forecast. pp. 545-592.
PC Webopedia - World Wide Web Category Page
|19||Under the Hood of a Commercial Web Site||Davis, Jeffrey. How it Works. Business 2.0. February 2000, pp. 112-140.
Optional: Technology Forecast. Pp. 357-472.
|20||Data Mining, Data Warehousing||Two Crows Corporation. Introduction to Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery.
Optional: Technology Forecast. pp. 253-310.
|22||Student Presentations I|
|23||Student Presentations II|
|24||Trends in eBusiness Technology; Course Wrap-up|
|25||Final Exam - In Class|