CSCI 173.001 and CSCI 173.005: Using the Internet

The instructor for sections one and five of the Special Topics course Using the Internet is Dean Brock. In CSCI 173, you learn not only how to navigate the web, but also how to create you own little corner of the web.

In particular, you'll study the web's "killer aps":

and the ways in which graphical, audio, and textual information is presented on the web. We'll also consider the social implications of Internetworking: Does it provide everyone a means of publishing their ideas? Is it a gigantic mass of disorganized information of dubious value? Will the Internet decrease our privacy? What should we do about all this bomb-making information on the network? Should children be allow free access to the Internet?

Section 1 of CSCI 173 meets on Wednesday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. We'll start out meeting in Robinson 004, the Unix workstation lab of the Department of Computer Science but we may move to friendlier confines. Section 5 will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning from 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM in Rhoades 142, the PC lab. The textbook for this course is Learning to Use the Internet by Ernest Ackermann; however, a great deal of information used in the course will be obtained from the Internet itself.

Grades will be based on a combination of graded homework, in-class quizzes, and one final exam weighted as follows:

One-half of the Homework grade, and consequently 30% of the class grade, will be based on the class project, the design of a really nifty web page involving graphics, audio, etc. You can find examples of some previous CSCI 173 projects via the following URL:

My office is 221 Robinson and my office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. I do frequently read electronic mail and sending a message to my computer account,, is generally the best way to get a prompt response.

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