LM1 – Course Introduction & Syllabus

Hello and welcome – (Lecture Capture Videos embedded below… Again please note that I record the lectures in class using Google Hangouts and present them unedited… warts and all via embedded youtube in ciss100.com.  

The course introduction lecture recording is found below (Blackboard, ciss100.com and course navigation and instructions).   The textbook chapter 1 lecture recording is located below the introduction recording but first, note this page’s submenu and this page and the submenu items are all required content for the 1st week. There is a short quiz on this introduction and syllabus material in Blackboard (BB) but don’t stress as there is no time limit to this syllabus quiz and it can be taken as many times as you like to ace it and establish a good starting grade (Note the remaining quizzes are timed and can only be taken once).

I will introduce this here and repeat it several times, in Blackboard, all components of each week’s LM (i.e. quizzes, LLs and DBs) are due on Sunday night by 9 p.m.

The Lecture Topics/Modules LM1 sub-menu items include (use a mouse roll-over on the LM1 – Course Intro, Syllabus and Emails menu item):

1. CISS 100 Syllabus (Textbook, Grading, Outline, etc.)

2. Contacting your Professors (email & Information Design) noting these conventions are required for all CIS courses and departmental communications (e.g. Academic Advisement) but you should adopt and continue these practices in the business environment.

3. An introduction to Emergent Technology and Disruptive Change as we need to firmly establish and recognize today’s transitory environment.  Note this page is also available in Business – IT – Society.

4. Definitions, Publications & Resources – this optional material is not required but you may use these resources throughout this course and you will need to identify, collect and assess resources throughout your professional careers. Resources include HVCC ITS Resources, Marvin Libary Resources, Publications, White Paper Search Tool, Google Scholars, Distance Learning Tips, etc.

Now, I am aware many of you have a good technological background however it is imperative to create a solid comprehensive and detailed IT foundation. As an example – If you were to incorrectly use a term when corresponding with other IT/Business professionals you could harm both your company’s and your professional credibility and future. It is critical to use accurate, precise, relevant and professional communications concerning CS/IS/IT from this point on.



Yes, this discipline speaks in acronyms and for this I am sorry but it is what we do.  Please do not feel overwhelmed by them or their use and I cannot stress this enough, please research anything you do not understand of if in a conversation, do not hesitate to ask questions about acronyms or anything else.  Even I will stop a conversation and ask for clarification since we cannot discuss things if we don’t have a proper understanding.


Checking your grades in Blackboard (BB)

Navigating My Grades Navigating “MyGrades”

To check individual quiz and test answers please see Viewing Results and Feedback for Quizzes


Student Expectations and Recommendations

Importantly, it should be noted that accredited Colleges base their system on the Carnegie Mellon Unit (CMU) when determining course contact and credit hours. CISS 100 is a 4 (CMU) credit hour course which requires 4 hours of class time and minimally 4 hours of work outside of class (8 hours) per week in a 15 week semester (Summer sessions require 9 hours per week citing the 12 week semester). Citing this, you should minimally be reading each chapter twice and researching sources for supporting and supplemental material as necessary (i.e. look up terms and concepts that are new to you).  Note that you should perform your first chapter read prior to the classroom presentation.



I have some strong recommendations for you to follow not only in this course but throughout your academic and professional careers.

1. Computer Science must be learned sequentially. Successive concepts can only be understood if you have knowledge of the basic principles. If you miss a concept it will critically affect your future studies and success. Please stay abreast of your course materials and you will be responsible for all material contained in the readings and covered in class.

2. Computer textbooks are often misread by the uninitiated as they are written in what appears to be plain English, using words you have seen before. Because of this, students often read and erroneously think they understand the material but many of these familiar words have distinct and detailed meanings in Computer Science.

As an example, your Programming and Logic textbook uses the words “Reference”, “Literal”, “Constant”, “Keyword” and “Reserved Word” and your inclination is to read right through this passage as if it were an English or Sociology textbook. Your Networking textbook uses words like “Gateway” and “Bridge” and we all believe we know what these mean – correct? You may not even realize that you are missing critical concepts that will impede your progress if you cannot define or distinguish the difference between these words. As an example, what is the difference between a program and a process or memory and storage?  Understanding these concepts thoroughly is what will distinguish you from the hackers who pick up “C for Dummies” and call themselves programmers.

Now everyone has different learning curves, aptitudes and sets of experiences.  Minimally I find that students must repeatedly read the material  inorder to fully understand the concepts and terminology and students seeking A’s must often read the material 3 or more times.

My recommendation is to repeatedly look-up any vocabulary you do not know and research the topic further online.  When in doubt, there is absolutely no shame in seeking assistance when you cannot find the information or you need clarification and you should seek assistance/clarification as we all build our content knowledge base and communication skills in this manner. Furthermore, asking questions is a requisite skill of consultants and IT/IS professionals. We (the faculty) are here to ensure that you succeed but we also respect you as responsible adults. Please keep me abreast of any circumstances which may impede or promote your accessibility, understanding and learning.


HVCC BlackBoard (BB) Learning Management System (LMS) 

To locate the HVCC BB LMS goto www.hvcc.edu=>student’s tab at top of page=>MyHudsonValley Portal/Blackboard  (This means goto hvcc.edu and navigate to the student’s tab followed by the MyHudsonValley Portal/Blackboard icon)

I have recently redesigned the entire HVCC Blackboard (BB) site based on heuristic Web design and I think you will find navigation very straight forward.  The Syllabus is now located on this site in this menu structure to assist students when BB is not available.

In the new BB design, each Module located in the Blackboard (BB) Lecture Modules (LM) is now self contained.  A lecture module typically contains a chapter (i.e. reading) from the primary textbook, supplemental readings not contained in the text, a Linux Lab (LL) whose directions are listed on this site under the Ubuntu Linux menu tab, a discussion board (DB) and a quiz.

You will find that I have included power point slides at the bottom of the Lecture Modules Folder for your convenience as these can serve as a shell for note taking.   If you print out the Power Point slides, please use the outline format in an effort to save a tree. Printing out the slides in advance will allow you to have information readily at hand during discussions and additionally will allow you to annotate the notes with supplemental material.  At the bottom of the LMs you will also find the solutions to the textbook’s practice problems.


HVCC Computer Login and BB Access Assistance

If you are experiencing login or BB problems you may contact the Distance Learning office by emailing dlhelp@hvcc.edu or calling their hotline at: (518) 629-7070. You will also find considerable information on their Website located here: https://www.hvcc.edu/dl/index.html

Other computer related support questions can be answered by the Computer Learning Center and they may be reached at 629-7891 or https://www.hvcc.edu/learningcenters/clc.html.

If you have not received your username and password please contact the Registrar.  The Registrar’s Office is located in the Guenther Enrollment Services Center, room 136 – Phone: (518) 629-4574 and email:registrar@hvcc.edu


Information Technology Services (ITS)

ITS has all necessary documentation to connect to the HVCC WiFi network, configure mobile devices (ios, Android, etc), access Citrix (Microsoft Office via the Web), the OpenNX Ubuntu virtual environment, etc.  The ITS Website and its documentation may be found by navigating from the HVCC Website as follows: www.hvcc.edu => Quick Links (at top of page) => Information Technology Services => Documentation (in left panel).  Again recall you can search a Webpage using ctrl-f in Windows and Linux and command-f in Mac.


Course Intro – Day 1 (also on home page)

One thing I failed to mention in this lecture was that Lecture Modules (LMs) and their Blackboard (BB) components (LLs, DBs, Quizzes) are due each Sunday night by 9 p.m.

BTW – As I presented on the homepage, I record every lecture and present them unedited… warts and all :)… if you are interested in learning about and using Google Hangouts to record whatever you need, a recording of the Google Hangout process I created for the Business program can be found here: http://www.screencast.com/t/xF7V6SwCeFD   Note Google Hangouts now offers live HD streaming so think about the many uses (e.g. concerts, lectures, etc.) if you have the necessary data plan.


Day 1 – Course Introduction


Day 2 – Chapter 1 Presentation 

We cover 1 chapter per week and the chapter numbers correspond to Lecture Modules.  There is a quiz associated with each chapter located in BB and the quiz will remain open until Sunday night at 9 p.m.  Note that the quiz may also contain any other material presented in class or directed reading on this Website (www.ciss100.com).

Student update on my lecture content: “In China, an ID card is mandatory for all citizens who are over 16 years old. The ID number has 18 digits and is in the format RRRRRRYYYYMMDDSSSC, which is the sole and exclusive identification code for the holder (an old ID card only has 15 digits in the format RRRRRRYYMMDDIII) – from Wikipedia”

I will not do this for future Lecture Recordings but to provide guidance with identifying important content in the recordings, the required additional topics I introduced in this recording were the Business-IT-Organization triangle, the Information Hierarchy, the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) and its two components Perceived Usefulness and Perceived Ease of Use, Haptics and the Boot Process.


Lastly and in closing

From this day on – you are IT professionals. Many of your fellow students, colleagues and family members will come to you with questions and you may have the opportunity to staff the College’s Help Desk.  You should consider it your duty to understand the Computing System at every institution and workplace from this point on.  Please familiarize yourself with the HVCC Academic Computing Environment (ACE) environment. Please pay special attention to security since it would reflect poorly on you if you were to catch or spread a virus.

Thank you and I look forward to working with and assisting everyone,

Prof James Looby – Chair Computing and Information Sciences

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