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WEBD311 - Internet Concepts

Course Details

Course Code: WEBD311 Course ID: 2946 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course concentrates on the technical side of the Internet, examining Internet communication and technology, Web browsing, multimedia on the Web, databases and Web search engines, business e-mail and personal information management, Internet services and tools [newsgroups, telnet, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), and instant messaging], Internet security (encryption, authentication, firewalls, malware, virus detection and prevention, spyware, updates and patches), and IT project and project management. Students will need access to a browser. This software is not provided by the course material grant and must be purchased/provided by the student. This course covers the Internet Business Foundations curriculum of the CIW Foundations certification.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course of study, the student will be able to:

• Explain various Internet tools and technologies used on the Internet
• Summarize the functionality of web browser software, Web search engines, Web directories, and Web metasearch to navigate the Web
• Describe the features, functions, and settings of e-mail, plug-ins, and other multimedia resources
• Explain web searching techniques
• Analyze Internet security concerns
• Explain project management schedule and phases
• Apply various Internet tools and technologies used on the Internet

Readings, Assignments and Classroom Contact Requirements

Students are expected to maintain routine contact with the instructor throughout the course. While the number of contacts may vary according to the specific course and individual student need, the University requires periodic weekly contacts during the semester. The method of discussion will be on-line related to issues concerning assignments, exams, and research papers.

Original Work

All work submitted must be original work. Incidents of academic dishonesty will result in you failing the assignment, and repeat incidents will result in failing the course. I check assignment regularly for incidents of academic dishonesty. Please read and understand the University policy on academic dishonesty. You must credit your sources and provide the appropriate references on your assignments.

Standards for Written Work

Written communications is an essential tool for any professional. As with any skill, good writing is the result of practice, followed by feedback, and the use of relevant and appropriate sources. Therefore, the quality of writing is graded as part of every written assignment. Below are the grading criteria for each written assignment in this class.

Course Requirements Summary


The Forum assignments for this course are designed to promote interactivity among students and enhance the online learning process. The Forums provide maximum flexibility because you do not have to be online at the same time as another person and you can read what other students have written.

Please keep in mind that the forum assignments require you to make at least 1 post to the discussion board of at least 250 words about the topic and also respond to 2 or more peer posts, with at least 150 words per peer post. Please be advised that there will be point deductions if you do not comply with the requirements of the assignment. To get the maximum value from this class, I would encourage you to go over and above the required minimum number of responses to posts. Each one of you will have a different and unique experience that we can all learn from. Your participation in the Forums unleashes the power of synergy into our classroom. To facilitate this interaction, please be prompt when posting your discussion board work for each week; this provides time for the others to actively engage in the dialogue. For practical reasons, when you respond to other learners’ posts, please start your response by referencing their name. I will read and grade your participation by reading the discussion board. I hope this is a great learning experience in this class. Be sure to include correctly cited sources for each initial response to the weekly Forum assignments, using APA format. This is required and will count toward your Forum grade.

The Forum Introduction Exercise will not be graded but will consist of student peer interaction using the classroom Discussion Board. Please view the Discussion Board area of the classroom to write and post a paragraph introducing yourself to me and the other students in the course. Include your background, your objectives for taking the course, and anything else you would like to share with the group. Take this chance to respond to your fellow students to get to know each other as well. I hope we can know each other a little better and I can address your needs as we work through this course together.

  1. The Forum Web Site Designer should be completed after reading Lessons 1 and 2 and following the steps for all Labs in Lessons 1 and 2 in your textbook. After completing the labs, please describe your experience with the exercise, including what you found easy and/or what you found difficult, or what you learned that was new. Include how this helped you better understand the role of a web designer. Also, is this an attractive job for you or would you prefer one of a web site analyst, database administrator, server administrator, network engineer, or security manager as you learned about in Lesson 1 and 2.
  2. The Forum Internet – Your Reaction: Love , Hate, or Indifferent should be completed after reading Lessons 3 and 4 and following the steps for Labs in your textbook. After completing the labs, please define the Internet in your own words, identify Internet connection methods, define cloud computing, identify the basic functions of Web browsers, and explain the browser you prefer.
  3. The Forum Plug-ins – And I Don’t Mean the Air Fresheners! should be completed after reading Lesson 5 and following the steps for one of the Labs. You may choose which plug-in lab you would like to follow, download that program to your computer, complete the steps and discuss your experience. Include why you either like or do not like the program, how it is helpful to you, how it may be helpful to a business to include it on their network. Also, include any experience or hints you may have in using the program or any pitfalls that you may be aware of or learned as a result of this exercise.
  4. The Forum Web Searching Techniques should be completed after reading and reviewing all the techniques for searching covered in Lesson 6. Select a course topic from the book (any topic – whether or not we have already covered it), research your topic using several search engines that you learned about in Lesson 5. After completing the research, describe your topic in short summary and then describe your experience in searching. Concentrate on your experience in searching and teach us all your techniques. Discuss the differences among the search engines you used. Which search engine did you prefer? What Boolean operators did you use? Explain any unexpected search results you encountered and how you solved that problem.
  5. The Forum E-Mail Features and Settings should be completed after reading Lessons 6 and 7. Many of us at this point have had the opportunity to use 1, if not 2 or 3 different email applications. Speaking both from your experience and after reviewing the features and settings in Lessons 6 and 7, discuss your likes and dislikes of the e-mail applications. Which do you prefer and why? Which would you recommend for your company if you were CEO and why? What advantages and disadvantages would you expect? Also, select at least 1 feature that you learned about in Lesson 6 and 7 and explain the importance of it. Did you learn about a new feature that you will now make you more efficient? Did you learn about a new setting that will improve how you use the email application?
  6. The Forum Internet Security – Is That an Oxymoron? should be completed after reading Lesson 8 and 9. Will we ever really feel secure on the Internet? Many methods exist that attempt to secure our private information but do you really feel safe? After reviewing the methods in Lessons 8 and 9, describe the environment in which you feel the safest and why? What concerns do you have? What malicious software do you worry about the most? What personal experiences have you had in protecting your computer? Have you been successful? What would you recommend? Online businesses collect information from users who make purchases in the Internet, and may sell the information for advertising or marketing purposes. Along with susceptibility to malware, what privacy concerns are there with using computers? How do you feel about it and what is your prediction for the future in security?
  7. The Forum Project Management Schedule & Phases should be completed after reading Lesson 10 and following the steps for Labs in your textbook. After completing the labs, please describe your experience in building the project management schedule. Did you have any complications? How might a business be successful by using this project management software? Even while using this software, many complications or setbacks can occur during a project. Out of all 5 project management phases, which phase might a business encounter the biggest setback if things go astray? Select one of the phases, describe what it entails, who it impacts, the importance of the phase and what or who might suffer the most if a problem occurs? How can a business ensure that a project is successful?

The research paper will require students to submit 8-10 double-spaced, typed pages regarding a topic identified in the textbook or another topic relative to this course. The rubric used to grade the research papers will be found in the Week 5 and 7 Assignments area of the course, as well as attached below. It is important that you follow APA formatting guidelines and site your references throughout your paper and at the end of the paper. Upon completion, upload your research paper to the Assignments area of the classroom.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Assignments 20.00 %
WK1 Research Paper Proposal 10.00 %
WK2 Research Paper Outline 10.00 %
Research Paper - Rough Draft 15.00 %
WK5 Research Paper - Rough Draft 15.00 %
Research Paper - Final Draft 25.00 %
WK7 Research Paper - Final Draft 25.00 %
Research Paper - Blog 10.00 %
WK8 Research Paper - Blog 10.00 %

Book Title:Students must have access to the required software. APUS does not supply this software. The listing can be found at
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Internet Business Associate v2.1 Academic Student Guide with Online Practice Exams - E-book provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:CLASS-CIW
Author: No Author Specified
Unit Cost:$43.77
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.