Introduction to Digital Information Technology


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Course Description

This course introduces students to fundamental facts and concepts of information technology. The course aims to cover computer hardware, operating systems, and computer networking. In addition, the course will be provide an introduction to information technologies that are completely hardware independent, such as XML and Unicode.

Course objectives

After taking this course students


There are no other formal prerequisites for this course.


Thomas Krichel
Palmer School of Library and Information Science
C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548–1300
work phone: +1–(516)299–2843

Private contact details may be obtained from the online CV.

Class structure

Classes will be held in the computer lab in the Palmer School between 18:40 and 20:30. A hands-on session will be held after that and will go on until 21:00.

Class details:

0 2002–09–09 introduction to the course
1 2002–09–23 character sets
2 2002–09–30 characters to textual documents
3 2002–10–06 looking at a desktop computer
4 2002–10–13 input devices to a desktop computer
5 2002–10–21 storage devices
6 2002–10–28 graphics and the monitor
7 2002–11–04 a look at MS Windows
8 2002–11–11 a look at Linux
9 2002–11–18 networking basics
10 2002–11–25 Ethernet, IP and TCP
11 2002–12–02 TPC/IP and DNS
12 2002–12–09 email, email lists and http
13 2002–12–16 computer and network security


The lecture's powerpoint slides should be the first port of call for the student. Each slide set will contain reference to the literature used by the instructor to prepare the lecture.


Every lecture—except the first two—will contain a quiz of about ten minutes duration. The average of the grades of the quizzes makes for 50% of the course.

The remainder is composed from a essay. It should be brief, i.e. less than five pages, and must be handed in on the day of the last class, in printed form, because the instructor will read it on the airplane home.

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