INF 103 Computer Literacy Entire Course

INF 103 Computer Literacy Entire Course


INF 103 Week 1 DQ 1 The Future is Now Pretty Soon, at Least


After reading Chapters One through Three, review the videos Ray Kurzweil on How Technology Will Transform Us and Ray Kurzweil: A University for the Coming Singularity. (Interactive transcripts are also available on the TED web site.) Based on what you have learned, which of Kurzweil’s predictions do you agree with, and which do you doubt? Why? Please be specific. Are you thrilled or worried about the coming singularity and exponential technology advances? Make your case with specific supporting materials.


INF 103 Week 1 DQ 2 Research Project Brainstorming


You must begin working on this important assignment this week. To get started, you will select a theme/topic from the suggested list found within the Research Project section of this Course Guide or under Week Five of the left navigation panel in the online course. If you have a theme/topic other than one listed, please submit it to your instructor for approval. After selecting a theme, begin brainstorming a plan on how to approach this exercise publicly through this discussion forum. The discussion post must include the following information in a couple of detailed and descriptive paragraphs:

a. Select a topic and explain why you chose the theme/topic (what interests you about this topic?).

b. Research some preliminary Internet and/or library resources to be used in writing your research paper.

c. Describe how you plan to meet and apply APA standards of professional writing to your research paper.

d. Include other ideas and planning efforts you wish to document.


INF 103 Week 1 Assignment  Microsoft Office Software


INF103 requires Microsoft Office software which includes the following:

a. Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 (or 2008 or 2011 for Mac)

b. Microsoft Excel 2007 or 2010 (or 2008 or 2011 for Mac)

c. Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 (or 2008 or 2011 for Mac) (However, Microsoft 2003 or Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac are also acceptable.)

In a brief statement, verify that you have this software and indicate which version. If you do not have this software, indicate that you plan to get an approved version of Microsoft Office this week. Having the required software is imperative to the successful completion of this course.

Account Setup for Web Applications. You will be utilizing various web applications and tools in INF103. Some tools are required for the course and others are optional but highly recommended for those of you who would like to learn even more. Learn about the following applications and tools and then sign up and create an account for Google Drive (see the information below). Using the assignment button, under Week One Assignment Two, upload a brief statement verifying that you have created the required account and list your username for required the account and optional accounts (if any).


a. Google account for using Google Docs (documents, spreadsheets, and presentations)

§ Google Docs in Plain English (This video provides an overview of Google Docs.)

§ Create a Google account by visiting the Google Drive website and following the instructions. (You may already have a Google account. If you use Gmail, you already have one. However, you do not need a Gmail address to have a Google account.)


INF 103 Week 2 DQ 1 Your Devices in the Near Future


Throughout Chapters One through Five, you have learned about various hardware components and software systems and applications. These include multi-core processors, flash memory, optical processors, netbooks, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPod touch, Microsoft Surface, open source Linux, Ubuntu, virtualization, Yapta intelligent agents, and augmented reality. In addition, many new systems and applications are (or will be) arriving to the market such as iPad and many other tablets, Android mobile devices, Project Natal controller, Chrome OS, Google Translate, etc.

§ Which input/output devices will you be using in the next one to three years as ‘computing’ devices?

§ Which features/components/form factors will be prominent? Why?

§ Which features/components/form factors will be important to you? Why?

§ Which applications will you be using on these devices?

§ How may these devices change your life in terms of benefits and risks?


INF 103 Week 2 DQ 2 Copyright, Mashups, and Creative Commons


First, learn about Creative Commons and Read/Write Culture through the following three videos:

§ A Shared Culture

§ Wanna Work Together?

§ Lawrence Lessig: Re-examining the remix

You have seen how digital technology like YouTube allows people to easily create mashups and remixes – hybrid songs and/or videos through a combination of pieces of many other songs and videos and/or original content – which can violate copyright laws.

§ Do you think the law should allow these kinds of creative expressions? Why?

§ How can creative culture of user generated content be revived? Why is it important? Or not?

Is Creative Commons good for copyright holders and market competition? Why? Or not?

§ How should these intellectual property rights of people who create images, videos, and music be protected? Why is it necessary?

§ Should digital rights management (DRM) technologies be utilized? Why?


INF 103 Week 2 Assignment 1 Using Microsoft Word


Review the following Microsoft Word Basic Training Tutorials and work on practice sessions associated with the tutorials.

§ Word 2010: Create your first Word document I

§ Word 2010: Create your first Word document II

§ Word 2010: Formatting

§ Word 2010: Lists

§ Word 2010: Add or delete a table

§ Word 2010: Headers, footers, and page numbers

§ Word 2010: Tracking changes and comments

§ Help and How-To for Microsoft for Mac Office Products | Mactopia (for Mac users)

If you do not have Microsoft Office Word 2010, you may use Microsoft Word 2007 with the following tutorials:

§ Word 2007: Format your document with styles

§ Word 2007: Bullets, numbers, and lists

§ Word 2007: Get acquainted with tables

§ Word 2007: Header and footer basics

§ Word 2007: Revise documents with Track Changes and Comments

§ Help and How-To for Microsoft for Mac Office Products | Mactopia (for Mac users)

Collaborating with Google Docs Document. Google Docs is a part of the Collaborative Computing as described in Chapter 1 of your text. Review the Getting Started Guide to Google Docs Document and videos.

§ Getting Started Guide – Google Docs Help

§ Create a new Google Docs Document

§ Create a Google Doc from a template

§ Import files into Google Docs

§ Revision history in Google Docs

Then, create a Google Docs Document by importing your Week Two Discussion 1(“Your Devices in Near Future”) Word document. Format the document and then share it with the instructor as a collaborator.

Create a Microsoft Word document which includes the following:

§ The link to your Google Docs Document

§ Aside from allowing others to view your documents, how can you use a Google Docs Document collaboratively with others in 125-175 words?

Submit the Microsoft Word document via the assignment submission in the online classroom. Your Google Docs cannot be submitted through the assignment submission button.


INF 103 Week 3 DQ 1 Ubiquitous Computing and Your Privacy


MySpace, Facebook, email, and collaborative sites for both work and leisure are a norm on the net these days. But did you know all of the content you post on many of these sites immediately become partially owned by the sites themselves? And, taking items away by deleting them never really gets rid of them. In fact, in Groundswell by Bernoff and Li, they state that trying to take something off the Internet that you have posted is like trying to remove pee from a pool. Scott McNealy, founder of Sun Microsystems, perhaps sums it up best, ‘You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”


INF 103 Week 3 Assignment 1 Using Microsoft Excel


Review the following Microsoft Excel Training Tutorials covering important concepts and work on practice sessions associated with the tutorials.

§ Excel 2010: Worksheets

§ Excel 2010: Formulas

§ Excel 2010: Charts

§ Help and How-To for Microsoft for Mac Office Products | Mactopia (for Mac users)

If you do not have Microsoft Office Excel 2010, you may use Microsoft Excel 2007 with the following tutorials:

§ Excel 2007: Overview

§ Excel 2007: Creating a new work sheet

§ Excel 2007: Using Formulas

§ Excel 2007: Creating and Formatting Charts

§ Help and How-To for Microsoft for Mac Office Products | Mactopia (for Mac users)


INF 103 Week 4 Short Critical Reflection Paper


After reading Chapters 6-7 and then critically thinking and reflecting on the information, please select three of the questions below to answer. Your responses should be a minimum of a paragraph (125-175 words) per question, be grammatically correct, and demonstrate through intelligent use of quotes, facts, and figures that you have learned from the assigned chapters.

§ Searching for information on Google is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Is that true? Was the library of the 19th century more efficient? Explain.

§ How is searching in a specific database, such as Ashford’s library, different than searching in Bing, Google, or Yahoo?

§ The information age might very well go down as one of the most influential movements of the last century. The term “revolution” refers to a drastic change. In what ways in this information age so drastically different? Is it all good?

§ Propriety software and open source applications are anything but similar. What are the pros and cons of buying Microsoft Office (proprietary) versus downloading and using Open Office (open) for free?

§ Culture is a major facet of any organization. Given this, what role does the culture at Google play in its continual innovative solutions and entrepreneurial applications?

Social Web and You. Would you be surprised if I told you that:

§ The fastest growth for any age group on Facebook is 35-55

§ YouTube is one of the largest search engines in the world

§ Most people prefer a peer’s recommendation over an advertisement on the web these days?

I suppose it means Erik Qualman, the author of Socialnomics, was correct when he said, “It’s a people driven economy stupid” (2009). Welcome to the social web! Review the video Social Media Revolution. How are we to know information is accurate, or safe, or that all these content created are going somewhere meaningful.

Slide Show Presentation Critiques. Post your research paper slide show presentation to this discussion forum (PowerPoint, optional PowerPoint with Jing or optional Prezi). Analyze and provide constructive critiques for at least two of your classmates’ slide shows. You will use the feedback you receive on your slide show to make improvements for the final submission to your instructor on Day 7 of Week Five. Include written observations about the following in your constructive critiques:

§ Is the slide show purpose clear?

§ Is the slide show organized (logically, sequentially)?

§ Is the amount of textual reading appropriate and to the point?

§ Does the slide show provide examples?

§ Does the slide show follow the 7 x 7 rule?

§ Is the slide show free of spelling/grammar/punctuation errors?

§ Does the slide show make use of effective graphics (balance)?

§ Is the slide show consistent in terms of font, point size, headings?

§ Is the slide show graphically pleasing, i.e. color, links, background?


INF 103 Week 5 DQ 1 Artificial Intelligence, Singularity, and Google

In addition to reading Chapter Nine, review the following resources:

§ Google Talk gets translation services (via robots)

§ Translation bots – Google talk help

§ Google previews new translation services

Alan Turing said, ‘The extent to which we regard something as behaving in an intelligent manner is determined as much by our own state of mind and training as by the properties of the object under consideration.’ Given the developments in cloud computing, automatic speech recognition, instantaneous optical recognition, and real-time translation of languages in mobile devices, are we now closer to achieving artificial intelligence and singularity? Why? Will the humanity be better off with or without the passing of singularity? Which benefits will we enjoy? Will we ever have to be worried about a system like HAL, the malevolent computer in the movie ‘2001’? Explore ethical implications that will be realized.

Possible Outcomes. Considering the applications and convenience of artificial intelligence and singularity which were included in the first discussion, what are some the possible outcomes both positive and negative which might arise from these developments? Will we ever have to worry about a malevolent computer like HAL from the movie 2001 or V.I.K.I. from I, Robot? (Movie information and synopses may be found on, or


INF 103 Week 5 Final Research Project


The Research Paper and accompanying PowerPoint slide show presentation should demonstrate an understanding of the readings as well as the implications of new knowledge. The five-to-seven page paper should summarize the research you found about your theme/topic while using the Microsoft Office applications, library databases, and optional Jing or Prezi, to compile all of the text and other objects you decide to include in your paper (charts, clip-art, and other objects). You may choose a topic, but it must be researchable. Be sure to refer to Research Project Milestones in Weeks 1-4.

Your Research Paper will focus on a particular main theme or topic related to today’s and tomorrow’s technologies and their impact on society. Your textbook will serve as a main source of ideas and information to define and explore your theme/topic. In addition, you will utilize Library databases and web resources for research. Possible Themes/Topics

§ Artificial Intelligence

§ Cloud Computing

§ Collaborative Applications

§ Computer and Web Ethics

§ Converging Technologies

§ Copyright, Intellectual Property and Innovation

§ Digital Divide

§ Green Technology

§ Mobile Computing

§ Open Source Software

§ Social Web

§ Virtual Reality

The research-based paper should demonstrate your competence to do the following:

§ Define the selected theme/topic and build your thesis and supporting materials.

§ Conduct research by using the Internet and Library databases to locate, evaluate, and download information from a variety of sources to substantiate your thesis.

§ Build a complex document that includes tables, graphs and/or other embedded objects.

§ Generate charts using data from an Excel spreadsheet to include in the paper.

§ Plan and build a presentation using PowerPoint and/or optional tools to summarize the contents of the paper.

Enhance the presentation with objects from the drawing toolbar and multimedia.

§ Insert images into documents, spreadsheets and presentations