[Solution]UMUC IFSM201 full course May 2016 (all discussions and assignment)

onference Instructions:Each person please make at least one response toone ofthe posted questions. However, the point of this class is not for you to just…

onference Instructions:Each person please make at least one response toone ofthe posted questions. However, the point of this class is not for you to just memorize a bunch of facts. Instead we are going to make a real effort, to promote critical thinking and the ability to actuallyapplythe concepts that you will learn here. So, you may have to do some digging and some synthesis to effectively respond to the questions I ask.You can also follow up other students responses for additional grading credit. It is very important to participate in this discussion conference each week.Week 1 Questions:This week we’re talking about technology basics. Please pick one question and respond to it. Try to provide an effective response that could stand on its own, but please be sure to cite any sources you use, and please provide the links to any internet sources so we can check them out.Q1 What is a computer? What is the key capability of a computer that makes it different from other kinds of “machinery” or consumer electronics?Q2. How is Data different from Information? How does a computer turn data into information?Q3. According to the courts, what does the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allow for internet free “speech?” May the Government browse Web sites without a warrant in order to nip terrorism plots in the bud? What does the Fourth Amendment’s search and seizure provisions allow with regard to shutting down objectionable web sites? What about sites that are hosted overseas?Q4. How Should Schools Deal with Internet Plagiarism?Q5. Can Computers Think?Q6. This is a several part question, related to the use of the internet particularly for this class, as well as other situations where you may want to make sure the information you are getting is accurate.· Who is responsible for the accuracy of Web Pages?· What is the benefit of using information from the internet in class or for other personal information needs?· What are key problems and risks associated with accuracy of information on the internet (e.g. Wikipedia)· What measures can you take to ensure that the information you are getting is accurate?· What are some of the key security and safety risks associated with accessing information from the internet?· What is the challenge associated with publication in scholarly journals, that may cause journal editors and librarians to discourage the use of internet sources in scholarly research?Please pay attention to what has been posted earlier. The intent is that these posts should build on one another to yield a complete picture of how to use the internet effectively. This question is a collaborative class exercise – no person is individually responsible for responding to all 6 parts of the question. Follow-up posts can drill down to more detail on specific areas (e.g. focus on just one component such as the Security and Safety risks.)Q7. Here are some current topics on computing. You may pick one topic that interests you and explain it to us:· Selling Processing Power over the Internet· Optical Computing· DNA Computing· Quantum Computing· Extending Battery & Recharging Technology· Nanotechnology· NVIDIA chips versus Intel chips· Bendable notebook computers· The phablet versus the laptop· Computers in sports – live game or race statisticsWARNING – You will probably not find the answers to all these questions in the assigned reading. You’re going to have to do some digging and critical thinking. I look forward to engaging the class in this discussion!Week 2Conference Instructions:Each person please make at least one response toone ofthe posted questions. However, the point of this class is not for you to just memorize a bunch of facts. Instead we are going to make a real effort, to promote critical thinking and the ability to actuallyapplythe concepts that you will learn here. So, you may have to do some digging and some synthesis to effectively respond to the questions I ask.You can also follow up other students responses for additional grading credit. It is very important to participate in this discussion conference each week.Week 2 Questions:This week we’re talking about Computer Hardware. Please pick one question and respond to it. Try to provide an effective response that could stand on its own, but please be sure to cite any sources you use, and please provide the links to any internet sources so we can check them out.Q1 Why is it important to keep a computer clean? List the products necessary, and describe the procedure. How do I clean components in the system unit?Q2 Consider the role of each of the following in your computer:· Control Unit· Arithmetic Logic Unit· System Clock· Power Supply· Heat Sink· Cache (what kinds are there?)· Memory (what kinds of there?)· Persistent Storage (what kinds are there?)· Slots, Ports, Jacks and Connectors· Additional components (keyboard, modem, screen, printer, etc.)Describe how these all work together in your computer to do useful tasks.Please attention to what has been posted earlier. The intent is that these posts should build on one another to yield a complete picture of how a computer operates. This question is a collaborative class exercise – no person is individually responsible for responding to all 10 parts of the question. Follow-up posts can drill down to more detail on specific areas (e.g. focus on just one component such as the System Clock)Q3 – What is amultifunction peripheral(sometimes calledall-in-one or convergence device)? What are some examples of these? Please get specific on this one – describe the device(s) and their relevant characteristics, pros and cons of the different choices. Note – there are a lot of them, so there’s scope for several posts on this topic.Q4 – What isergonomics? Why are ergonomics important, and what are some of the issues associated with ergonomics? Is your own workspace ergonomically designed?Q5 – Describe the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Adaptive technology helps people with special needs. Describe some input devices for physically challenged people. Note – there are a lot of them, so there’s scope for several posts on this topic.WARNING – You will probably not find the answers to all these questions in the assigned reading. You’re going to have to do some digging and critical thinking. I look forward to engaging the class in this discussion!Week 3Conference Instructions:Each person please make at least one response toone ofthe posted questions. However, the point of this class is not for you to just memorize a bunch of facts. Instead we are going to make a real effort, to promote critical thinking and the ability to actuallyapplythe concepts that you will learn here. So, you may have to do some digging and some synthesis to effectively respond to the questions I ask.You can also follow up other students responses for additional grading credit. It is very important to participate in this discussion conference each week.Week 3 Questions:This week we’re talking about software of all kinds. Please pick one question and respond to it. Try to provide an effective response that could stand on its own, but please be sure to cite any sources you use, and please provide the links to any internet sources so we can check them out.Q1 – What is the difference between application software, system software and utility programs?Q2 – What are the various kinds of application software: Packaged software, Custom software, Open source software, Shareware, Freeware and public-domain software?Q3 – What word processing software (e.g WORD) features do you use the most? (Be sure to think about and include the features that you might often “take for granted” but which actually save you the most time.) Are there any features that don’t you use very often, but aspire to learn? What word processing features are the most important for the projects in this class?Q4 – What spreadsheet software features (e.g. EXCEL) do you use the most? (Be sure to think about and include the features that you might often “take for granted” but which actually save you the most time.) Are there any features that don’t you use very often, but aspire to learn? What excel features are the most important for the projects in this class?Q5 – What presentation graphics features (e.g. POWERPOINT) do you use the most? (Be sure to think about and include the features that you might often “take for granted” but which actually save you the most time.) Are there any features that don’t you use very often, but aspire to learn? What excel features are the most important for the projects in this class?Q6 – Although most spreadsheet packages can manage data tables of a few thousand records, database software efficiently can handle much larger data tables. Define database and database software (sometimes called a database management system (DBMS)). Describe a record (or row) and a field (or column). What is a data type, and list some common types. Together, these items are known as the database table structure. Entering individual records is called populating the table. What is validation? What is a query?Q7 – What kinds of software applications would you have for a smart phone? What applications are your favorites and why? How would those compare to what’s available for a PC?Q8 – What are some commonly available software suites, and what applications do they include? What are the major advantages of a software suite? When does it makes sense to buy a software suite? When would it be wiser to purchase applications separately?Q9 – What is a server, and what is a server usually used for? List some examples of software applications that are commonly on mainframes or servers. Have any of you ever used such applications directly? What are these applications used for?Q10 – What are the advantages and disadvantages of using installed software vs a web application? If any of you used a web application please describe them.Q11- What is a “killer app?”Q12- An embedded systemis any electronic system that uses a CPU chip but that is not a general-purpose workstation, desktop, or laptop computer. It is a specialized computer system that is part of a larger system or a machine1. a) What functions would such an embedded system control?b) What functions of a normal desktop or laptop operating system would NOT be found in such an embedded system?Q13 – What’s a cross-platform program? Give some examples of cross-platform programs that you might encounter on a daily basis.Q14 – Define packaged software (sometimes called commercial off-the-shelf software). What’s the difference between horizontal market software and vertical market software?WARNING – You will probably not find the answers to all these questions in the assigned reading. You’re going to have to do some digging and critical thinking. I look forward to engaging the class in this discussion!Week 4Conference Instructions:Each person please make at least one response toone ofthe posted questions. However, the point of this class is not for you to just memorize a bunch of facts. Instead we are going to make a real effort, to promote critical thinking and the ability to actuallyapplythe concepts that you will learn here. So, you may have to do some digging and some synthesis to effectively respond to the questions I ask.You can also follow up other students responses for additional grading credit. It is very important to participate in this discussion conference each week.Week 4 Questions:This week we’re talking about Networks and Communications. Please pick one question and respond to it. Try to provide an effective response that could stand on its own, but please be sure to cite any sources you use, and please provide the links to any internet sources so we can check them out.Q1 – Define communications. What are the elements needed for successful communications?Q2 – Several kinds of wireless communications services are available. Please pick one and describe it – how it works, how you use it, and any security risks or concerns that may be associated with it.Q3 – What’s the difference between a hot spot, a 3G network and a 4G network? How are these similar and how are they different?Q4 – How does a GPS work? How has GPS data been used to improve business efficiency and the quality of our lives? Are there any security risks or privacy concerns that may be associated with it?Q5 – What kinds of software and network capabilities help in collaborating and online meetings? How do these work and what do they do? What are the pros and cons associated with using them?Q6 – What’s the difference between EDI, XML and HTML? How are these protocols used and for what purposes?Q7 – How does packet switching work? How does this differ from the way the public switched telephone network (PSTN) works?Q8 – What is an ISDN line? What is a T-1 line?Q9 – How does wireless Ethernet, or a Wi-Fi network work?Q10 – Are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth competing or complementary technologies?Q11 – Are digital modems, such as cable or ISDN modems, really modems? Q12 – What are bandwidth and latency, and why do we care?Q13 – Why don’t today’s wired computer networks use coaxial cable? What do they use?Q14 – Take a look at these following three Web sites on Web Browsers:.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_web_browsers”>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_web_browsers.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_browsers”>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_browsers.org/”>http://browsershots.org/What did you learn or find interesting from looking at these sites?Q15 – Please consider the pros and cons of the various broadband services available (e.g. DSL, Cable, ISDN)Q16 – What is the difference between an IP address and domain name?Q17 – Besides the World Wide Web, what other services are available on the Internet? Q18 – The term “Underground Web” was coined by a 2002 Business Week article. Here’s a link to the a rticle:.businessweek.com/magazine/content/02_35/b3797001.htm”>http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/02_35/b3797001.htm. What is it?Q19 – How does E-mail work? (Please address two additional specific issues: The internet protocol(s) used to send and receive emails, and the role of clients versus servers in processing emails.)WARNING – You will probably not find the answers to all these questions in the assigned reading. You’re going to have to do some digging and critical thinking. I look forward to engaging the class in this discussion!Week 5Conference Instructions:Each person please make at least one response toone ofthe posted questions. However, the point of this class is not for you to just memorize a bunch of facts. Instead we are going to make a real effort, to promote critical thinking and the ability to actuallyapplythe concepts that you will learn here. So, you may have to do some digging and some synthesis to effectively respond to the questions I ask.You can also follow up other students responses for additional grading credit. It is very important to participate in this discussion conference each week.Week 5 Questions:This week we’re talking about Data and Databases. Please pick one question and respond to it. Try to provide an effective response that could stand on its own, but please be sure to cite any sources you use, and please provide the links to any internet sources so we can check them out.Q1 – What are the different kinds of input data? Are programs data? Are commands data?Q2 – For each of the kinds of input data from the 1st question, what are some different ways that this data can be input into a computer? Please get specific on this one – describe the device(s) and their relevant characteristics, pros and cons of the different choices related to your choice of input data. So if you were purchasing one of these devices, which one would you choose, and why?Q3 – What kinds of biometrics are there? What are some of the issues associated with biometrics?Q4– What are the four basic categories of output?Q5 – For each of the kinds of output data from the 5th question, what are some different ways that this data can be output from a computer? Please get specific on this one – describe the device(s) and their relevant characteristics, pros and cons of the different choices. So if you were p
rchasing one of these devices, which one would you choose, and why?Q6 – What is the principle, garbage in, garbage out (GIGO)? Describe accurate information, verifiable information, timely information, organized information, accessible information, useful information, and cost-effective information. Q7 – What is the difference between a bit and byte? In the ASCII and EBCDIC coding schemes, how are numbers used to represent characters? What are other common data types? What’s a BLOB?Q8 – What’s validation? What are some kinds of validity checks? What’s a check digit — and how are check digits used?Q9 – What’s a file processing system? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a file processing system?Q10 – What’s a database — how is it similar and different from a file processing system? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a database?Q11 – What kinds of security features do databases typically provide? Why are these important?Q12 – What kinds of backup features do databases typically provide? Why are these important? WARNING – You will probably not find the answers to all these questions in the assigned reading. You’re going to have to do some digging and critical thinking. I look forward to engaging the class in this discussion!Week 6Conference Instructions:Each person please make at least one response toone ofthe posted questions. However, the point of this class is not for you to just memorize a bunch of facts. Instead we are going to make a real effort, to promote critical thinking and the ability to actuallyapplythe concepts that you will learn here. So, you may have to do some digging and some synthesis to effectively respond to the questions I ask.You can also follow up other students responses for additional grading credit. It is very important to participate in this discussion conference each week.Week 6 Questions:This week we’re talking about Privacy and Security. Please pick one question and respond to it. Try to provide an effective response that could stand on its own, but please be sure to cite any sources you use, and please provide the links to any internet sources so we can check them out.Q1 – What is a computer security risk? What different kinds of risks do security administrators have to worry about?Q2 – Why does information transmitted over a network (particulary wireless networks) have a higher degree of security risk?Q3 – How are a computer virus, a worm, and a Trojan horse similar? How are they different? How do they spread?Q4 – What precautions can you take to protect yourself against malware?Q5 – How do security programs like Norton work? In your experience, how well do they really work?Q6 – What’s a zombie? (No not the kind from a horror film, we’re talking about computers here!) Who uses zombies and what for?Q7 – What’s a firewall? Do you have one?Q8 – What’s an audit trail?Q9 – What are some good guidelines for setting and protecting passwords? Why are these important?Q10 – What’s a possessed object and how are they used?Q11 – There are many biometric technologies. Describe one and its associated pros and cons.Q12 – What are some security risks associated with computer hardware, and what measures can be taken to mitigate them?Q13 – Who is the Business Software Alliance (BSA) as what do they do?Q14 – Who wants your personal information and what can malicous people do if it falls into the wrong hands? How do they get it? How can you stop them?Q15 – How can you recover information if your computer or hard disk crashes? What kinds of backups are there? What’s a RAID disk?Q16 – What’s social engineering?Q17 – What are some pro and cons associated with employee monitoring? Is it legal?Q18- What risks and safeguards are associated with wireless communication?Q19- What is “war driving” or “war flying”? Q20 – Are you comfortable (or would you use) a wireless “hot spot” to do computer work? Would you use your credit card there?Q21 – Are you more at risk using a wireless connection via laptop or a connection via a smart phone? WARNING – You will probably not find the answers to all these questions in the assigned reading. You’re going to have to do some digging and critical thinking. I look forward to engaging the class in this discussion!Week 8Conference Instructions:Each person please make at least one response toone ofthe posted questions. However, the point of this class is not for you to just memorize a bunch of facts. Instead we are going to make a real effort, to promote critical thinking and the ability to actuallyapplythe concepts that you will learn here. So, you may have to do some digging and some synthesis to effectively respond to the questions I ask.You can also follow up other students responses for additional grading credit. It is very important to participate in this discussion conference each week.Week 8 Questions:This week we’re talking about Computers, Technology and Society. Please pick one question and respond to it. Try to provide an effective response that could stand on its own, but please be sure to cite any sources you use, and please provide the links to any internet sources so we can check them out.Q1 – What is a convergence device? List some example of such devices that are in common use. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using such devices?Q2 – What is personalization? What are some examples of personalized information services now available, which might not have been available just a few years ago? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using such service?Q3 – How do Portable Media Players work? How does this differ from older technologies (e.g the “Boom Box” or Sony Walkman) In addition to use for personal recreation, what are some practical (e.g. school, business or government) related use to which these technologies have been applied? Are there any convergence devices that incorporate these technologies?Q4 – How do Digital Cameras work? How does this differ from older technologies (e.g Kodachrome or Polaroid) In addition to use for personal recreation, what are some practical (e.g. school, business or government) related use to which these technologies have been applied? What convergence devices incorporate these technologies?Q5 – What is the difference between a PDA and a Tablet PC? How do these devices work and what do they do? How does this differ from older technologies (See for example, the Apple Newton) In addition to use for personal recreation, what are some practical (e.g. school, business or government) related use to which these technologies have been applied? What convergence devices now incorporate these technologies?Q6 – How does Digital Television work? How does this differ from older technologies (e.g “analog TV”) and what are the important differences between the different Digital TV standards? In addition to use for personal recreation, what are some practical (e.g. school, business or government) related use to which these technologies have been applied? Are there any convergence devices that incorporate these technologies?Q7 – How does an E-Book Reader work? How does this differ from older technologies (e.g reading books on your laptop computer, or talking books?) In addition to use for personal recreation, what are some practical (e.g. school, business or government) related use to which these technologies have been applied? Are there any convergence devices that incorporate these technologies?Q8 – How do Video Games work? How and why does a video game machine differ from your personal PC? In addition to use for personal recreation, what are some practical (e.g. school, business or government) related use to which these technologies have been applied? Are there any convergence devices that incorporate these technologies?Q9 – What is the digital divide? What is its effect, and what is or can be done about it?Q10 – What have been some of the negative social effects of the increased use and availability of Information Technology in recent years? Can any of these be mitigated? WARNING – You will probably not find the answers to all these questions in the assigned reading. You’re going to have to do some digging and critical thinking. I look forward to engaging the class in this discussion!.umuc.edu/d2l/lms/dropbox/user/folder_submit_files.d2l?db=278966&grpid=0&isprv=0&bp=0&ou=128856″ title=”Submit files to personal budget (excel) project”>Personal Budget (Excel) ProjectPersonal Budget Exercise – MS ExcelUse the project description HERE to complete this activity. For a review of the complete rubric used in grading this exercise, click on the Assignments tab, then on the titlePersonal Budget (Excel).Click on Show Rubrics if the rubric is not already displayed.Creating a spreadsheet to track personal expenses is an excellent use of Microsoft Excel. For this exercise, you will create a spreadsheet to enter a personal budget and track actual expenses for the year. You may choose to use real data or create a fictitious budget using a monthly income amount of $3,500Here are suggested budget categories if you are not using a real budget. At a minimum, you must have 9 budget categories:Housing (mortgage or rent)FoodUtilitiesMiscellaneousCar paymentEntertainmentInsuranceGasStudent LoansSavingsNote: there are several tutorials on Excel functions that can be found in the topic labeled “Optional Tutorials – Excel project” in the Content (Readings) list for Week 1.RequirementPoints AllocatedComments1Open Excel and save a blank worksheet with the following name:“Student’s First InitialLast Name Excel”Example: JSmith ExcelSet Page Layout to Landscape0.1Use Print Preview to review how spreadsheet would print.2In the worksheet, insert a Custom Headertitled, “My PersonalBudget.”0.25This Custom Header text must be Arial 14 point, Bold, and be centered on the page.3Add a custom Footerwith your name in the Left Section and automatic pagination in the Right Section.Put a fixed date (use the date this assignment is due) in the center portion of the footer.0.3Text format is Arial 10 pointNormal.4Enter column headings :BUDGET ITEM, PROJECTED COSTSand the 12 months for the year: JANUARY THROUGH DECEMBERYou may abbreviate the months as follows: JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC0.3All column headings must use the following text formatting:Arial 10 pointBoldText centered in columnAll capital letters5Enter your personal budget categories/labels(either your own or the list provided) in the rows under the column headingBUDGET ITEM.A minimum of 9 categories is required.0.25Text format is Arial 10 point, Normal. Align text Left in the cell.6Format all cells containing numeric data to Currency, using two decimal places. If you have this set up correctly MS Excel will automatically insert a “$” in front of the amounts that you enter.0.25I will be able to tell if you simply typed in the “$.” This will result in zero (0) points for this item. If any other format is used besidesCurrency, the score will be zero (0) for this component.7In the column under your PROJECTED COSTSlabel, enter a monthly budget goal amount for each BUDGET ITEM category. This would be the limit of what you want to spend on each category in one month’s time.0.25Arial 10 pointBoldBlackAlign values Right in column8Enter the label “PROJECTED BUDGET TOTAL:” in the next rowin the BUDGET ITEM column.0.1Use the following formats:Arial 10 pointBoldBlueAlign text Right in the cell9Use the SUM function to calculate the total amount of the PROJECTED COSTS column in the cell to the right of this label (under the PROJECTED COSTS values). (This amount should equal your income amount of $3,500 or your selected budget goal.)Note: do not enter each cell in the column individually when using the SUM function.Note: this amount should appear in ONLY ONE cell (not copied to remaining cells in the same row).0.3Arial 10 pointNormalBlackAlign values Right in the cell10Under the heading for each Month, enter an actual expense amount for that item for that month. (For example, in the winter months, your utility bills might be higher). While some items might be the same from month to month, DO NOT enter the same amount for all items across the months. In each month you want to be close to you monthly income number but do not always have to match it exactly.0.3Use the following text format:Arial 10 pointNormalAlign values Right in the cell11In the next row in the BUDGETITEM column(under the PROJECTED BUDGET TOTALlabel) enter the label “Total Monthly Expenses.”0.1Use the following text format:Arial 10 pointBoldGreenAlign text Right in the cell12For the cells in this Total Monthly Expenses row, insert a formula that will calculate the total actual expenses for each month. Use the SUM function to add the amounts in each column and show the result. Note: do not enter each cell in the column individually when using the SUM function.NOTE: do not include empty cells in your formula.0.513In the next row under the “Total Monthly Expenses” label put the label “Projected versus Actuals.”`0.1Use the following text format:Arial 10 pointBoldBlackAlign text Right in the cell14Then in the cell under the Total Monthly Expenses for each month, use a formula that will subtract the actual total expenses for the month from the projected budget total(the target amount in the PROJECTED BUDGET TOTALcolumn).You must use Absolute Reference in your formulaIf the result of your calculation is a positive number, then you are under budget for the month. (You have money left over). If the number is negative, then you are over budget for the month. (You didn’t have enough money to pay all of the expenses that month).*You will use the result of this calculation to answer Question 3 below0.515Enter a column label titled “Total” to the right of your last month.0.1Format – for all cells in this column:Arial 10 pointBoldBlueAlign center in cell16Enter a formula using the AutoSum drop-down option on your tool bar and insert the Sum function in the first budget item row, under Total. Then copy this formula down for all the other categories. This will calculate the total expenditures for each BUDGET ITEM in your budget list over the span of the year.NOTE: Be certain to total just the months; do not include the PROJECTED COSTS column.NOTE: do not enter each cell in the row individually when using the SUM function0.5Use the following formats:Arial 10 pointBoldBlueAlign values Right in the cell –You must use Excel to build a formula for adding the item amounts. If you simply type in a total, I will be able to tell and will award zero (0) points for this component.17Enter a column label titled “Item Average” to the right of the Item “Total” column.0.1Format this label:Arial 10 pointBoldBlackAlign center in cell18Enter a formula using the AutoSum drop-down option on your tool bar and insert the Average function of your expenses from January through December in the first budget item row, under the label “Item Average Expense.” Then copy this formula down for all the other categories.Note: do not enter each cell in the row individually when using the AVERAGE function0.5Use the following text format:Arial 10 pointBoldBlackAlign text right in the cell19Apply All Borders to the spreadsheet area only. This means that there will be lines around all the individual cells that make up your spreadsheet. Format your first row (column headings) by shading it to distinguish the headings from the number entries.These headings should already Bold.Ensure that all column headings and row labels are fully visible. Either use Wrap Text OR expand the column width so that no labels are truncated.0.5Overall, format the spreadsheet for readability and clarity. Be sure font size and type are used consistently. Use color appropriately to improve the appearance.20Create a pie chart that shows the items listed in yourtotal PROJECTED COSTS column as slices of the pie cha

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