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Introduction

20 January
Introduction
Course Website

Computer Technology

25 January
Computer Basics
LaBerta, ch. 1 - Computers & You
History of Computing
Lecture Slides
27 January
Hardware
LaBerta, ch. 2 - Inside the System Unit Lecture Slides
1 February
Hardware
LaBerta, ch. 3 - Input/Output & Storage
LaBerta, Spotlight 3: Buying & Upgrading
Lecture Slides
3 February
Software
LaBerta, ch. 4 - System Software
LaBerta, ch. 11 - Programming Languages
Hacking the Future
Lecture Slides
Coding Exercise
8 February
Code Exercise
LaBerta, ch. 11 - Programming Languages Lecture Slides

Networks

10 February
Computer Networks
LaBerta, ch. 8 - Wired & Wireless
LaBerta, ch. 7 - Networks
LaBerta, Spotlight 5: Cloud Computing
Lecture Slides
Presentation
15 February
Internet & Web
LaBerta, ch. 6 - Internet & WWW
LaBerta, Spotlight 4: Web 2.0
History of the World Wide Web
Lecture Slides
Presentation
17 February
HTML Exercise
LaBerta, ch. 6 - Internet & WWW Lecture Slides
22 February
Broadband & Broadband Policy
Importance of Broadband Policy
Emerging Network Technologies
Lecture Slides Presentation

Midterm Examination

24 February
Mid-Term Exam Preparation
Mid-Term Exam Study Guide Lecture Slides
29 February
Mid-Term Examination

Social Problems & Opportunities

2 March
Communication & Community
A Cultural Approach to Communication
Connected But Alone
Lecture Slides
Presentation
7 March
Digital Divides
Second Thoughts
Digital Differences
Let's bridge the digital divide!
Lecture Slides
Presentation
9 March
Avatars & Identity

A Rape in Cyberspace
Is Facebook Changing our Identity?
Lecture Slides
Presentation
14 March
Spring Break
No Class Meeting
16 March
Spring Break
No Class Meeting
21 March
Cybercrime & Privacy
LaBerta, ch. 9 - Privacy & Security
Why privacy matters
Lecture Slides
Presentation

Intellectual Property & Remix

23 March
Digital Media & the Law
Amateur-to-Amateur
Open Source
Lecture Slides
Presentation
28 March
Conference
No Class Meeting
30 March
Copyright vs. Copyleft
Rip: A Remix Manifesto
Gunkel, Introduction (pp. xvii-xxxi)
Lecture Slides
Presentation
4 April
Remix/Mashup
Gunkel, chapters 1 & 2 (pp. 3-58) Presentation
6 April
Remix Exercise
Gunkel, chapter 7 (pp. 169-177) Lecture Slides

Graphics, Games & Virtual Worlds

11 April
CGI, Animation
& Digital Cinema
A Short Introduction to Computer Graphics
What is Digital Cinema?
Lecture Slides
13 April
Computer Games
& Gaming
Computer Games
The Rhetoric of Video Games
Lecture Slides
Presentation
18 April
Virtual Worlds
Virtual Worlds
Social Contract 2.0
Lecture Slides
Presentation

Posthumans, AI & Social Robotics

20 April
Posthumans, Transhumans
& Cyborgs
We are All Cyborgs Now
Resistance is Futile
Lecture Slides
Presentation
25 April
AI & Robots
Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
Communication and Artificial Intelligence
Lecture Slides
27 April
The Machine Question
When Will We Worry About Robots?
The Other Question
Lecture Slides
Presentation

Course Conclusion

2 May
Conclusions
Projections
Career & Educational Opportunities
Course Evaluation
Final Exam Study Guide
Lecture Slides
9 May - 2pm
Final Examination