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CGS 6210: Computer Hardware Systems for Educators


As discussed in the course syllabus, students will work independently or in voluntary groups to develop web pages that focus on major events in the history of computers. The steps involved in this process are described below.

1. In the form of an email message to the instructor and to every class member, with "Computers in History" on the subject line, every student in the course should submit a different event in the history of the development of computer hardware they believe was a major contribution to the advancement of computers in society. Your rationale should be clear, and you should cite at least two sources to support your claim. Due date: 10/03/2010.

2. Each student will then undertake their event as a project or groups of no more than three students may choose to work together on a single project topic.  Once determined, one member of the group should be elected to serve as the liaison to the instructor. (If you are not comfortable with HTML/web publishing, then you really need to get a partner who has these skills.) The liaison should submit the topic to the instructor via email. Due date: 10/24/2010.

3. The project task is to research the event and its importance in the development of the computer. The web will probably be your major source of information. Your presentation of this information will take the form of a web page that includes appropriate text (be sure to cite sources of information in APA format -- see http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/index.aspx for help), two external links, two additional pages (internal links), and at least two graphics that enhance the information presented. Due date: 11/28/2010.

If you know how to create and upload a web page and have web space to upload the elements go ahead and use it. If you need web space, the University provides each student with a reserved web space on a USF server. The instructions below take you through the installation of the necessary software and the steps needed to get your web site uploaded.

NOTE: Servers sometimes have transient problems. To be safe, please attempt to publish your project using both options below.  You should also test your project to see that it works in both MS Internet Explorer and Mozilla-based browsers (Firefox, etc.)

OPTION 1: myweb.usf.edu

Go to the Academic Computing Site. https://security.usf.edu/software/suggest.php

Download and install the program of your choice (I like WinSCP.  Mac users, see Fugu at http://eq.rsug.itd.umich.edu/software/fugu/ )  Use it to upload your project files to your reserved web space on the USF server (host) named ssh.myweb.usf.edu

You will see a folder at the remote site named public_html. All the material you upload that is part of your web site goes into this folder. Your homepage should be named "index.html".  Your url will then be http://yournetid.myweb.usf.edu

OPTION 2: Content Collection in Blackboard

Another option is to learn to use your Content Collection space in Blackboard.  Some people like that better.  Dr. Downey posted an instructional Powerpoint for this at:  


(You may need to enter your USF NetID and password. Note: Owing to mid-October, 2010 changes to the USF portal, you may find that Dr. Downey's instructions do not work.  At the very least, "my.usf.edu" must now be "learn.usf.edu", as corrected in the link above.  There may be other differences that emerge over time.) Your homepage should be named "index.html".  Your url should then be http://learn.usf.edu/bbcswebdav/users/yournetid

After all the submissions have been delivered to the instructor, the sites will be posted in the course directory. Use the web pages completed by the class to develop a better understanding of the history of computers. Information from the web pages will be used in the final exam.