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Darleen A. Clements
CSE 100
Seattle Campus

Fluency in Information Technology

Introduces skills, concepts, and capabilities necessary to effectively use information technology. Includes logical reasoning, managing complexity, operation of computers and networks, and contemporary applications such as effective web searching and database manipulation, ethical aspects, and social impacts of information technology. May not be taken for credit if credit earned in CSE 120. Offered: jointly with INFO 100.

Class description

The first unit covers computer networks, the Internet, the World Wide Web, searching the Web, truth on the Web, and creating a Web site. The second unit covers programming using JavaScript. The third unit covers data storage, transfer, and the associated topics of privacy and security.

Student learning goals


Gain contemporary and immediately applicable skills. Become technically literate. Learn how to:


Reach an essential understanding of the foundations on which IT is built—surpassing technical literacy. Learn about critical areas of IT, such as:


Learn to apply IT in complex situations and understand the consequences. Surpass the conceptual level of IT understanding—achieving fluency. Develop the capabilities to:

General method of instruction

This 5-credit course meets for lecture 3 days per week and for hands-on labs 2 days per week.

Recommended preparation

No previous experience with computers is required for this course. HOWEVER... be prepared for a steep learning curve if you truly have NO experience.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments in this class consist of reading assignments in the textbooks, pop quizzes, pop writing assignments, weekly lab assignments, and three major projects.

This course is not graded on a curve. You are not in competition with other students in the class for your grade.

Note: Keeping up with the work is the secret. It doesn't take a genius to do well in this class. Anyone can be successful! Good luck!

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Darleen A. Clements
Date: 04/21/2011