Banner "Internet Course Guide," by Richard E. Gordon


Links for this page only: Course goals | Web site course guide as your text | Curriculum and approximated time allocation | Grading options | Academic honesty and behavior | Registered students only | Attendance | Safeguarding equipment | Final exam Question Bank

Many colleges and universities around the world are using this Web site with their students. I suggest that their instructors, who I have authorized to use this site with their classes, modify this syllabus to fit their own special needs, including their grading requirements. However, I think that this syllabus as it now stands can serve as a good model that can easily be customized to meet the needs of most instructors.

Course goals

In this course, you will learn how to --

  1. use the browser Internet Explorer
  2. explore many outstanding Web sites using the Suggested Web Sites list
  3. evaluate the credibility of information on a Web site
  4. use search engines to find information on the Internet
  5. use a free e-mail service such as Yahoo mail
  6. view messages posted in Newsgroups

Web site course guide as your text

The Internet changes so quickly that a textbook could become outdated soon after purchase. The materials in this Internet Course Guide will serve in place of a textbook. Because this Guide is a Web site, its content can frequently and easily be updated so that it remains current. The Web site version of your Internet Course Guide, including this syllabus, can be found at

Curriculum and approximate time allocation

The Lessons named in this curriculum chart are in the Web site version of the Internet Course Guide. Lesson 1 is at --

Times shown below to cover each item are only approximations. The time includes work on the Exercises related to each Lesson. The Exercises begin on the Web site at --

1 Introduction to course (1/2 hour)

Checking student roll, distributing handouts, discussion of course guide, attendance policy, etc.

2 Lesson 1: Introduction to the browser Explorer (1/2 hour)

  1. Starting Explorer
  2. Typing in Internet addresses in Explorer's address box.
  3. Using the Forward and Return toolbar buttons

3 Lesson 2: Using addresses and links (1 hour)

  1. Practice typing in long URLs in Explorer's address box
  2. Using text-hyperlinks to get to different Web sites
  3. Using graphics as hyperlinks

4 Lesson 3: Selecting a Home page and using Explorer's Help (1 hour)

  1. Understanding what a browser's Home page is
  2. Changing the browser's current Home page to one you prefer
  3. Using Explorer's Help for changing a Home page

5 Lesson 4: Deleting Favorites (1 hour)

  1. Removing Favorites from Explorer's Organize Favorites window
  2. Deleting unwanted Favorites from your Windows folder -- only under the supervision of your instructor

6 Lesson 5: Creating and organizing Favorites (1 hour)

  1. Adding a Favorite
  2. Editing a Favorite's name
  3. Recognizing a Favorite's name comes from the Web page's title
  4. Practice adding several more Favorites
  5. Creating a Favorites folder
  6. Moving individual Favorites into Favorite folders

7 Lesson 6: Using search sites (1 hour)

  1. Typing in search subjects or key words
  2. Searching by phrases
  3. Using two search keywords joined by AND
  4. Using a phrase along with a single keyword
  5. Excluding a subject using NOT
  6. Using Advanced Search Options
  7. Using a search site's Help

8 Lesson 7A: Evaluating Web pages (1 hour)

  1. Recognizing phony e-mail warnings and questionable health information
  2. Understanding why Internet misinformation is so common

9 Lesson 7B: Evaluating Web pages continued (1 hour)

  1. Knowing how to protect yourself from Internet deception
  2. Using fraud spotting sites
  3. Identifying person or organization behind a Web site
  4. Getting to the index file of a site's root folder
  5. Using reputable search sites to help you find reliable information

*10 Lesson 8A: Making notes from Web sites (1 hour)

  1. Working with windows side by side
  2. Copying Web site address into wordprocessor's window
  3. Making notes from browser window into wordprocessor's window

11 Lesson 8B: Making notes from Web sites continued (1 hour)

  1. Copying text and graphics
  2. Avoiding plagiarism
  3. Including your source-site's URL with your copied excerpts

12 Lesson 9A: E-mail (1 hour)

  1. Setting up a free e-mail account
  2. Recognizing the advantages of a secondary Web-based e-mail account

13 Lesson 9B: E-mail continued (1 hour)

  1. Using Yahoo e-mail's Help desk
  2. Exchanging e-mail messages with other students in the class

14 Lesson 10A: Newsgroups (1 hour)

  1. Understanding what a Newsgroup is
  2. Searching for Newsgroup posts using Google
  3. Viewing a Google Newsgroup "hit"
  4. Recognizing Google's current limitation -- allowing only viewing but not posting of messages

15 Lesson 10B: Newsgroups continued (1 hour)

  1. Recognizing another way besides Google to view Newsgroup posts
  2. Configuring Outlook to view Newsgroups
  3. Accessing Newsgroups through AOL
  4. Knowing special problems presented by participating in Newsgroups

15 Closing (1 hours)

    Review, exam, course evaluations.

Grading Options

You have three grade options: Letter Grade, Pass/Fail, or Audit. You must tell your instructor your choice within the first class hour. Once you make your choice, you may not change it.

Grading Option One: Letter Grade (A, B, C, D, F).

This choice makes you eligible for one college credit. Here are the requirements you must meet if you select this option.

  1. Complete the Exercises assigned by your instructor.
  2. Be absent from class no more than two hours.
  3. Take the two quizzes and final exam.
  4. Work on the course content throughout the course hours.

Regarding item 4, occasionally a student signs up for this course who already is a competent and experienced in the Internet, perhaps expecting to coast to an easy credit with a good grade. If you take the course already knowing much of the curriculum, your instructor will require you to make constructive use of class time by doing additional Exercises and exploring Web sites on the Suggested Web Sites list at

How letter grade is determined
  1. The Exercises will be worth a total of 50 points (50%) toward your final grade. How much each exercise will be worth will depend on how many your instructor assigns to you.
  2. Two short answer quizzes, one given the first class day and the second quiz on the second day of class, will be worth 20 points (20%) -- 10 points for each quiz.
  3. Class participation — which includes working on content-related materials throughout the course hours — will count for 10 points (10%) toward your final grade. Content-related materials include the Exercises and the Suggested Web Sites list.
  4. Your final exam will be worth 20 points (20%).

Extra credit work. With your instructor's approval, you may gain up to 5 points by doing extra credit assignments which may include additional Exercises.


Numerical grade equated to letter grade. Using the following scale, your instructor will translate your percentage grade into a letter grade for the course:
  • A=90-100%
  • B=80-89%
  • C=70-79%
  • D=60-69%
  • F=Below 60%

Grading Option Two: Pass/Fail (S or X)

As in Option One, you may earn one college credit. You will face the same requirements as the student selecting Option One (Letter grade), but instead of A, B, C, or D, you will get the grade S (Satisfactory) for Passing if your average is 70% or above; if below 70%, the grade will be X (Fail -- no credit). Receiving a S (Passing) grade will give you one credit but will not affect your quality point average.

Grading Option Three: Audit (X)

As an auditing student, you attend classes for informational purposes only. You are free from the requirements of students selecting the Letter or PASS/FAIL options. However, you will not receive a grade nor earn a credit for the course. The only students allowed to audit are those who designated that they wanted to audit the class at the time they registered for the class.

Academic Honesty and Behavior

The following statement is from a memo of the college administration. This statement applies to this class:
Computer software and hardware should be used properly. In addition, each student’s behavior in the classroom is expected to contribute to a positive teaching and learning environment. The instructor has the authority to request the student to leave the classroom if the disruptive behavior continues.

Registered Students Only

This statement, too, comes from the college administration and also applies to this course:

Other than in an emergency when specifically approved by the Provost, employees and students shall not bring children to work or class other than for an occasional quick visit, to drop off a paper, pick up materials or other similar activities. In no case is a child to be left unattended on college premises.


Here, too, is a college administrative statement applying to this course:  

Attendance at all ... Computer Institute class meetings/times is mandatory. Permission for an excused absence must be obtained from the ... instructor and must be based on extreme circumstances. Any absence, as determined by the instructor, may result in the student being dropped from the class.

Maximum two-hour absence for credit eligibility. Using this administrative statement as a guideline, your Mr. Gordon will not give you course credit if you miss more than two hours of class time. Understand that your instructor expects you to be in class on time and to attend all class hours. If an emergency causes you to be late, give a written explanation of your lateness to Mr. Gordon. An unexplained lateness will suggest to your instructor that you did not have a serious reason for missing valuable class time. 

If you anticipate that you will not be able to meet these attendance obligation, you must talk with Mr. Gordon at the very first class break. Under any circumstances, if you are miss two or more hours of class-time, you cannot receive credit for the course.

Missed work must be made up. If you miss class because of an excused lateness or less than two hour absence, it is your responsibility to get the missing notes, handouts, and to make up the missed work. Again, being absent more than two hours will make you ineligible for credit.

Safeguarding equipment

No food or drink is allowed in the classroom. A spilled drink or food particles could lead to costly computer repairs. At the end of each class, please be sure to (1) exit properly from all running programs, and (2) turn off your computer and monitor.

Final Exam Question Bank

For the final exam, your instructor will select twenty questions from the Question Bank located at

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