Introduction to Social Sciences (03.100)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Introduction to Electronic Communities - CHAT
Note: It is best if you print this document to use it for the
assignment although you can toggle between the web and the CHAT
system to complete the assignment.
Working alone or in pairs, please complete the following questions and
email your answers to your teaching assistant (this information is
provided on our web site as well). Although you may work in pairs to
complete the assignment, each student must submit his or her own copy of
the assignment to the teaching assistant. Each student must also
subscribe to his or her own newsgroups as outlined in the assignment.
Collaboration with a partner is to facilitate success, not to cut the
assignment work in half.
Note: You will learn how to use email in order to submit your assignment
as you work through the exercises. For now, keep track of your answers on
the back of this assignment sheet. Assignment to be submitted by midnight
October 24, 1997 (or anytime before).
To begin, logon to your CHAT account. If you have any questions or
difficulties, please ask the professor or teaching assistant for
- How many options are available to the user from the CHAT Main Menu?
- Enter the "About CHAT" option and select the "practise tutorial".
Complete the tutorial. What 4 options are available to the user from the
Practise Menu? What is a hypertext link? Give an example of one on the
- Return to the Main Menu and select the "Golden Rules" option.
What is the first rule that is listed? How many "Golden Rules" are there?
- What is the "most general rule" in email etiquette? Provide three
examples of "smilies" from the Unofficial Smilie Dictionary.
- Return to the Main Menu by typing: "m". The system will prompt
you with the following message: "Do you really want to go to the main
screen? (y/n)" Type: 'y' or press enter for YES. Select the "Electronic
Mail" option. Read the "About Electronic Mail" files. According to the
documentation, what is an email alias?
- Return to the Electronic Mail Menu. Select the "Signature"
option. Read the
"About Signature" documentation and follow the outlined steps to
create your own personalized (i.e., customize it) signature file. This
signature will appear on all of your email and is a required part of the
- Return to the Electronic Mail Menu. Select the "Read/Send
Electronic Mail" option. If you see an "Incoming Mail" folder, press
return. Otherwise, type: "m" to select the MAIL option. You will be
given a "MAIL TO" prompt. You must type in the FULL E-Mail address of the
person to whom you wish to send mail (unless he/she has a CHAT account, in
which case you only need to type in the user name). You will be sending a
note to Professor Pychyl. Type in his address as follows:
In the subject line, type: "Question # 7". Type a short note to
Tim explaining what you like most about the workshops so far, and what you
think should be changed. When you have finished the note, issue the
command: ^X (hold down the CTRL key and press X). You will then be
prompted with several options. Edit the message if required, otherwise,
- Get the e-mail address for the person seated beside you. Repeat
the E-Mail process and send him or her a brief message. Send a copy
(i.e., RccS) to firstname.lastname@example.org (this is part of the
assignment, it must reach Brian's account).
- Return to the email main menu. Use the "Staff Directory" to find
the address for Professor Brook. What is his department? Where is his
- Exit the Electronic Mail section and return to the Main Menu.
Select the "Newsgroups" option. What are the types of Newsgroups that are
- Read the "About Newsgroups" documentation then return to the
Newsgroups Menu. Select the "Course Newsgroups" option. Type: "y" to
YANK in all the available Newsgroups. Type: "/" to initiate a search and
enter the following pattern: "03100". Notice that there is a "u" beside
all of the newsgroups. This indicates that they are currently
unsubscribed. Type: "s" to subscribe to the 03.100 Newsgroup. Once you
have done this, type: "y" again to YANK out all of the remaining
- Read the first message for our course newsgroup (and any follow-up
postings in the discussion group if you want). Post a follow-up reply to
Tim's (i.e., Professor Pychyl's) question. Be sure it is a follow-up
message and not a new thread.
- Return to the Newsgroups Menu. Select the "Carleton Newsgroups"
option. Type: "y" to YANK in all of the available Newsgroups. Use your
cursor to move through the list. Repeat the "subscribe" process outlined
in Question # 11 and add 2 new groups to your list. Note which newsgroups
you have selected as your answer to this question. What are the last two
postings in these newsgroups about?
- Return to the Newsgroups Menu. Select the "Search for Internet
Newsgroups" option. Search for a topic of interest to you and press
enter/return. A list of related Newsgroup will be displayed. Highlight
one of interest and press enter/return. Type: "s" to subscribe to it.
KEEP A LIST OF THE GROUPS THAT YOU HAVE SUBSCRIBED TO-- You will be
required to submit these titles as part of this assignment. What are the
last two postings in these newsgroups about?
- Return to the Newsgroups Menu. Select the "Internet Newsgroups".
Repeat the steps outlined in Question #11. By YANKING in all the
Newsgroups, this provides you with another way to search and select
Newsgroups of interest to you. Subscribe to 2 other Newsgroups. What
are the last two postings in these newsgroups about?
- Return to the Main Menu. Select the "Carleton Information"
option. Read the "About Carleton Information documentation. What are the
Internet client programs?
- Select the "Carleton University Library (CUBE)" option. Enter the
Library system. Once you reach the "OPTION:" prompt, search for the
title: Introduction to the Social Sciences. To do this, type: " t
Introduction to the Social Sciences". To display the results, type: "di
3". Who is the author of this book?
Find a more current title related to the social sciences. What is
the call number and on what floor in the library would you find it?
- Quit the CUBE session by typing: "q" or "end". Return to the
"Carleton Information" section. Select the "Gopher" option. From the list
of gophers available, select the one that provides access to faculty
information (hint: directories). What information is provided about Dr.
William (Bill) Jones? Do the same for Dr. Roger Wells. What leadership
roles do these people play in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences?
Use 'Control G' to quit this menu.
Return to the main gopher menu. Choose the gopher that provides
information about upcoming events. Using this gopher find out what's
happening on campus today and give an example in your assignment. Return
to the main CHAT menu.
- Using the "General Facilities" menu item, find out what your
current printer is.
- Return to the main menu. What does "File Management" do? How
many directories do you have in your account? What are the names of these
- Quit CHAT and return to the Novell network. Run windows. Once
windows has installed, select "CHAT GUI - Internet-" from the available
icons (double click this icon with the mouse to open this window). Double
click on the "CHAT Authentication Program" to activate this program.
This will provide you with access to the Graphic User Interface
(GUI) interface of CHAT. Access you email through this interface and
send another message to Professor Pychyl explaining what you liked most
about this assignment and what you would change. Do you like the GUI
version of CHAT?
Find your course list from this CHAT interface. Go to the web
page for 03.100. What information is available at our course web page?
(Note: You may want to read the next assignment, it's available from the
course web site. If you have time, you can begin this today. We will
begin our work on this at the next workshop - the week of October 20, 1997.)
- Before quitting, if there is time, send a complete set of your
answers to your teaching assistant. If there is not time, log on later
today or this week and complete the assignment.
Reading for next workshop: Chapters 4, 9 and 12 of
(Reddick and King)
A REMINDER: THERE ARE NO WORKSHOPS THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING.
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