Q: Is this course similar
to the classroom version of Music 100?
A: The text and CDs used for the online version of this class are the
same as those used in the classroom version of Music 1100. The emphasis
on musical vocabulary and the introduction of the characteristic styles
of major historical periods is the same, as is the exposure to different
performance media and musical forms.
Q: How does this course differ
from the classroom version?
A: Music 1100 integrates textbook readings and examples with musical examples
on CD, and online resources to enhance the student’s listening enjoyment
and ability and awareness of “Classical” music. All assignments
are done on the computer and submitted electronically. The main difference
is the lack of instructor lectures in the Internet version.
Q: How much time will I need to devote
to the course?
A: Although this type of learning provides the great flexibility for the
student, it is by no means a short cut to learning. Most successful students
need at least 5 to 10 hours a week to read the text, listen to the musical
examples, complete the assignments and study for quizzes.
Q: How do I register for this
A: You may enroll in-person at the Registration Office in SRC 2048 on
the COD campus. There are several other ways to register including telephone
self-registration at (630) 942-3555, mailing or faxing in your registration,
or using online registration over the Internet. This information is all
detailed in the latest issue of the College of DuPage Quarterly or at
the Registration web page of the College of DuPage website.
Q: Do I need a password for this
course? How do I log in?
A: Yes, you do need a password for the course. Before the class begins,
you will receive a letter which will confirm your registration, give you
a password, and provide you with details on how to log in.
Q: Where do I start Music 1100?
A: Begin by reading the Syllabus, then, log into the course following
the instructions provided to you in the confirmation letter that you received.
The login will take you into the Anlon system where you can then choose
the Music 1100 course. Then click on Course Content to access the Table
of Contents. The Table of Contents will allow you to navigate to any material
within the course. Read the Course Handbook next. Once you feel that you
understand the information contained in the Syllabus and the Course Handbook,
begin studying by clicking on Unit 1 and follow the instructions. Once
you are in a unit, navigation options exist to go through the unit materials
within each chapter in sequential order.
Q: When and how do I submit my
A: All assignments will be submitted electronically. Refer to the class
calendar for deadline dates. Graded assignments will be returned electronically
with comments and corrections. Your grades will be recorded in the Anlon
student grade book and available for your perusal.
Q: How do I take the unit quizzes?
A: The unit quizzes will be accessed via the Internet in the Anlon system.
You will only be able to enter into the quiz one time. You should not
use your textbook for the quiz. After answering the quiz questions you
may submit your answers. You will then receive an electronic acknowledgement
that your quiz answers have been received.
Q: What are the unit quizzes like?
A: The quizzes are objective and include listenings, as well as sections
which test your knowledge of musical terms and structures.
Q: If I do poorly on the exam, may
I take it over?
Q: Is extra credit available?
Q: What format is required for
the research paper?
A: The research paper should be in MLA format. A guide to MLA citing is
included in the Course Content section of the course.
Q: Will you "take off"
for grammar and spelling?
A: Without question. Writing “across the curriculum” is part
of the mission at College of DuPage. Poor proofreading and poor grammar
will result in a lower grade.
Q: What kind of concerts can
I go to?
A: “Classical” concerts in the area of art music and jazz.
No high school or middle school concerts. College level or professional
concerts only. This includes the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera,
Chicago Opera Theatre, smaller orchestras around the area including COD’s
New Philharmonic Orchestra and DuPage Opera Theatre and concerts and recitals
at the numerous music schools and conservatories in the Chicagoland metropolitan
Q: Where do I find out information
A: The Friday section of the Chicago Tribune has a long list of classical
and jazz events each week. Web sites for the performing organizations
will also provide a schedule of events.
Q: What capabilities will I need
on my personal computer?
A: The following identifies the minimum requirements that your equipment
must meet in order to utilize all the features and materials provided
in this course.
Computer: PC computers are the preferred platform.
Macintosh computers are not supported; results may be unpredictable.
If your course requires you to use additional applications or plug-ins
(Windows Media, RealAudio, Adobe Acrobat, etc.), your computer may require
additional RAM. These requirements are often system specific. If the
course you wish to take requires additional applications (this should
be clearly stated in the course Syllabus), you should check to see if
your computer meets the recommended application requirements:
Search for the free player, then read the System Requirements.
Select your system and then read the Release Notes.
Modem: Minimally you will need a 28.8 baud modem but
the faster the modem (56.6 preferred) the better.
Internet Service Provider (ISP): You must be connected
to the Internet by an Internet Service Provider that offers a reliable
direct PPP connection. Frequent shut downs at critical points in the
term could be very frustrating.
Browser: Google Chrome is the recommended browser for
Browsers may be downloaded at no cost or may be purchased for a nominal
fee at a software retail outlet.
Q: How can I control the audio provided
in the online material?
A: When you click on an audio file within the Blackboard course material for
the first time the RealPlayer (or Windows Media Player) program will start
up to play the audio file. The program may appear on top of your desktop
over the Blackboard course material or it may not appear at all (the window
will be under the Blackboard window on your desktop). In both situations you
will see that the task bar (Windows systems) (usually on the bottom of
your screen) will indicate that the RealPlayer is running. If the RealPlayer
is running in the background (i.e. not displayed on the desk top) then
click on the RealPlayer tab in the task bar to bring it up on the desktop.
RealPlayer program should look like the example on the right. At the top
is the title bar (RealPlayer), then the menu bar, and finally the tool
bar. The tool bar contains the controls for controlling the audio file.
From left to right the controls are: Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind (very small
left pointing double arrow), Audio File Position Indicator, and Fast Forward
(very small right pointing double arrow). Note: by placing your cursor
over a control, the name of the control will appear after about one to
two seconds if the control is a valid function at that time.
When you click on the audio file in the Blackboard course materials, the
file will load into the Real Player and begin to play automatically (usually
after three to eight seconds.) For files that contain multiple clips you
may have to open the drop down menu to click on each clip or use the clip
navigation to the right of the drop down list to hear each clip. The file
will remain loaded in the Real Player, even after it has been played,
so you can return to it as often as you like until the next file has been
loaded. You can control the audio file by using the controls on the tool
bar. This will enable you to pause after a word or phrase has been completed
so that you can repeat it. The forward and reverse arrows can be used
to locate the word or phrase of interest within the audio clip. By clicking
and dragging on the File Position Indicator, you can move quickly around
within the audio file. By practicing you will quickly learn how to use
RealPlayer for your studies.
Q: Where can I go to get technical
help for this course?
A: If you are having trouble logging in or finding your Blackboard course,
please contact the Student Help Desk.
Q: How do I contact my instructor
if I have questions about the course material?
A: Refer to the Syllabus for information about your Instructor's office
hours. If your Instructor is not presently in the office, leave a message
on their voice mail. Also, Instructor contact can be made via the Instructor's
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