CS101 Information Technology & Society
Spring 2002
BA 258 - MW 2-3:15pm

Professor Kris Stewart
Office Hours: BA223 MW 12-1:30


Introduce students to San Diego State University resources to support and enhance your computing skills, which include email and browsing the Internet. Learn how computers developed so you can critically view the current opportunities and make informed choices on how to use computers and software to support your classes and other activities. This course is NOT intended for Computer Science majors who have already gained familiarity with the background of the field. If you are wondering if Computer Science should be your choice, then join us to gain the understanding of what SDSU provides.

This course will complement your own major with the understanding and skills that let you make effective use of the world-wide computing resources and the Internet. We begin at SDSU with the resources you already have as a registered student:

Final Exam/Project 8May02 lab & 13May02 Exam
Lab - Ch. 10 Programming: A handson intro 1 May 02
Concept Map Presentations 29 April 02
Lab - Concept Map Software - used as the basis of a Group Project from Chapter 7 or Chapter 8; 10Apr02
Lab - Finish up Ch 5: System Software by visiting UNIX; 27Mar02
You should begin reading Chapter 6 Applications Software: the User's Tools for our discussions after Spring break.
Lab - Xwindows and PCwindows & Update Graphics for your own page - 20Mar02
Lab - Creating a Web Site - 13Mar02
BATS Workshop Handouts LAB: BA120 6Mar02
Lab 11Feb02

SDSU Computing Security Policy http://security.sdsu.edu/policy/security-policy.html

Advances in computers and communications technology are bringing about a revolution that will make profound changes in virtually every aspect of your daily life. "The Computer Revolution," "The Information Age" – whatever name you choose to call it, this period of blindingly rapid change in human history is not just a technological revolution. It is a social and ethical revolution as well, because it touches every fiber of the social fabric of our time, and impacts everything we value. You can read in the newspaper of the "Digital Divide" separating persons with access to and the ability to effectively use technology from those still on the sidelines watching.

Text: Computers, Communications & Information: A User’s Introduction by Hutchinson and Sawyer, 7th Edition

  • Ch.1: Overview: The Foundation of Your Future
  • Ch.2: Turning Data into Something You Can Use
  • Ch.3: Interfaces Between You and the Computer
  • Ch.4: Preserving Data & Information
  • Chs.5 and 6: Software – System Software and the User’s Tools
  • Chs.7 and 8: Telecommunications: Online Resources and the Internet
  • Ch.9: Information Systems
  • Ch.10: Programming and Programming Languages
  • Ch.14: Society and the Digital Age: Promises and Challenges


We will use the Windows NT lab, BAM 120, for Windows applications and you will be expected to obtain your own personal Rohan account as soon as possible.

NOTE: Academic Dishonesty will result in a failing grade in this course