Updated: 2013-05-08 21:04 EDT

1 Due Date and DeliverablesIndexup to index

2 Purpose of this AssignmentIndexup to index

  1. Read excerpts of research to understand the effects of multi-tasking and distractions on learning.
  2. Get used to using and submitting work via Blackboard using exact file names.

Remember to READ ALL THE WORDS to work effectively and not waste time.

3 Introduction and OverviewIndexup to index

There are three parts to this assignment. Only Part II is for submission.

4 Part I: In-Lab Work not for hand-inIndexup to index

You must find the answers to the Part I questions if you don’t know then yet:

  1. Have you obtained your CST Level 1 Hardware Kit from the Algonquin store?
  2. Do you know how to read your Algonquin Live email?
  3. Do you know how to log in to ACSIS?
  4. Do you know how to log in to Blackboard and find the CST8207 Blackboard Page?
    • are you registered in exactly one lecture and one lab section?
  5. Can you find the EXTERNAL (Internet) Home Page for CST8207?
    • record two web URLs for this EXTERNAL Home Page, so you can find it
  6. Do you know what a Plain Text file is, and how to create one?
    • what program(s) create plain text files in Windows? in Mac OSX?
  7. Do you know where and how to submit your assignments on Blackboard?

See your instructor for help with any of the above items, or with anything else here at Algonquin College.

5 Part II: Hand-In AssignmentIndexup to index

  1. In the Course Notes, read the This is your Brain essay excerpts (or the original essays from which they are taken).

  2. After reading the above, answer the following questions by editing a plain text file (no word processor), and then upload your text answer. Do not upload the essays or this question file as part of your answer. Only upload your answers. Just your answers.

5.1 Three Questions to answer in Plain TextIndexup to index

  1. Given that studies show that multi-tasking makes it harder for your brain to remember what you have been doing (see the readings), in what ways does your method of doing school homework suffer from multi-tasking?

  2. How would it be possible for you to single-task your schoolwork, to remember it better come exam time (and job interview time)?

  3. Do you find that your brain has been trained to “process information rather than understand or even remember it”? (As an example: When given an assignment question, do you Google for the answer every time, or do you remember the answer and write down what you remember?)

Write and submit your own answers to the above three questions. There are no “right” answers here. You decide your own answers.

Minimum length: one feeble, insubstantial, wimpy paragraph.

Maximum length: five single-spaced pages (plus optional bibliography and/or references). (Nobody has yet written anything this detailed.)

Do not upload the original essays or this file as part of your answer. Only upload your answer itself.

Did I mention that the uploaded format must be plain text (Notepad or vim), no word processor? Did I mention that you should not upload this file or the essay text with your answer?

Plain Text Only.


Answers must be hand-typed original answers for this term. Any copy-and-paste in your answer file (e.g. from the Internet, previous terms, or other students) will result in a mark of zero.


6 Part III: Install LibreOffice or OpenOfficeIndexup to index

When you have your Windows base system Installed (in your Desktop Operating Systems course), go to URL http://cstech/ on campus (NOT the open Internet, because it would be too slow) and download LibreOffice (or OpenOffice) for Windows and install it on your base Windows system, so that Windows can read and print the Open Office lab documents used in this course. To find the software on CSTECH, click any room in the left side-bar and look under Drivers and Downloads.

7 Blackboard Submission upload methodIndexup to index

  1. Answer the three questions above in a plain text file using the exact name assignment01.txt with no spaces or upper-case letters. You only get one chance to get the name correct. Be accurate. This name is all lower-case letters; no capitals or spaces.

  2. Upload the file via the assignment01 “Upload Assignment” facility in Blackboard. Click on the underlined assignment01 link in Blackboard to upload. Use “Attach File” and “Submit” to upload your plain text file. Do not enter any text into the Submission or Comments boxes on Blackboard; I do not read these boxes. Use only the “Attach File” section followed by the Submit button. (If you need to comment on an assignment submission, send me email.)

  3. Verify that Blackboard has received your submission: After using the “Submit” button, you will see a page titled “Review Submission History” that will show all your submissions. Verify that your latest submission has the correct file name attached to it beside the “Attached Files” heading. (The “Submission Field” and “Student Comments” headings should be emtpy.) You will also see the “Review Submission History” page any time you already have an assignment attempt uploaded and you click on the underlined assignment01 link. You cannot delete an assignment attempt, but you can always upload a new version. I only mark the latest version.

No word processor documents. Do not send email. Use only “Attach File”.

Use the exact file name given above. Upload only one single file of plain text, not HTML, not MSWord. No fonts, no word-processing. Plain text only.

Did I mention that the format is plain text (VIM/Nano/Pico/Gedit or Notepad)?


No marks are awarded for submitting under the wrong assignment number or for using the wrong file name. Use the exact name given above.

Answers must be hand-typed original answers for this term. Any copy-and-paste in your answer file (e.g. from the Internet, previous terms, or other students) will result in a mark of zero.


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