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Understanding Computers and the Internet

Course Summary

This course is based on Computer Science E-1: Understanding Computers and the Internet, Fall 2008 made available by Dan Armendariz and David J. Malan of Harvard University under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
This course is all about understanding: understanding what's going on inside your computer when you flip on the switch, why tech support has you constantly rebooting your computer, how everything you do on the Internet can be watched by others, and how your computer can become infected with a worm just by being turned on. Designed for students who use computers and the Internet every day but don't fully understand how it all works, this course fills in the gaps. Through lectures on hardware, software, the Internet, multimedia, security, privacy, website development, programming, and more, this course "takes the hood off" of computers and the Internet so that students understand how it all works and why. Through discussions of current events, students are exposed also to the latest technologies.

Reading Material

1. Computers Are Your Future, Complete, Ninth Edition
Computers Are Your Future, Complete, Ninth Edition
Bill Daley
Prentice Hall, Inc., 2007
ISBN 0-13-242939-X

2. How the Internet Works, Eighth Edition
How the Internet Works, Eighth Edition
Preston Gralla
Que Publishing, 2006
ISBN 0-7897-3626-8

3. How to Use HTML and XHTML
How to Use HTML and XHTML
Gary Rebholz
Sams Publishing, 2001
ISBN 0-672-32031-2

4. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Computers, Fifth Edition
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Computers, Fifth Edition
Paul McFedries
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007
ISBN 0-4701-6878-1

5. Computers Are Your Future, Complete, Ninth Edition
Computers Are Your Future, Complete, Ninth Edition
Bill Daley
Prentice Hall, Inc., 2007
ISBN 0-13-242939-X

6. How Computers Work, Ninth Edition
How Computers Work, Ninth Edition
Ron White
Que Publishing, 2007
ISBN 0-7897-3613-6

7. How the Internet Works, Eighth Edition
How the Internet Works, Eighth Edition
Preston Gralla
Que Publishing, 2006
ISBN 0-7897-3626-8

8. HTML, XHTML & CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Sixth Edition
HTML, XHTML & CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Sixth Edition
Elizabeth Castro
Peachpit Press, 2006
ISBN 0-3214-3084-0

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