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               CIS 101 COMPUTER LITERACY
                Spring 2005 Ref# 9469

Instructor:                  Barry Bugg                     
Office:                       M-2012 (inside M-2011, the CIS Dept. Office)
                        (301) 322-0771
Online Office Hours:   Tues.  8:00 – 9:00 pm,
                                   Wed. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Note:  I use AOL instant messenger service, AIM, to chat live with students during online office hours.  I am online as B Bugg CIS.  AIM software is free, and easy to install and use.  Feel free to page me online during online office hours.

Required Texts:

bullet Discovering Computers, Fundamentals Edition, Shelly, Cashman, Vermaat, Course Technology, 2004
bullet PGCC CIS 101 Working with Windows XP, Word 2003, and Excel 2003, by Shelly, Cashman, Vermaat, Course Technology, 2004 (custom published)
bulletSAM (Skills Assessment Manager) and Training for Microsoft Office 2003, Keycode and CDs.

Your Computer Concepts book package will contain all three items in one shrink-wrapped package. 

Note:  You should have access to a computer running Windows XP as the operating system, and Microsoft Office 2003 installed for the applications in order to match the texts and have the greatest ease with assignments.  Microsoft Works (bundled with many PCs) is NOT the same thing.

Course Description:
3 Credits.  Prerequisite:  Acceptable reading level on the College’s placement test.  Three hours lecture, with hands-on use of application software. 

Computer Literacy is a survey course in evolving computer technology and its relevance to individuals and society.  Becoming fluent in necessary technology applications is integrated into the course, both through demonstration and individual practice, and may include such topics as word processing, use of email and Web browsers, spreadsheets, distance learning platforms, and others.  Important societal issues influenced by technological advances are stressed.  These issues may include privacy, security, ergonomics, accessibility, intellectual property, pervasive computing, as well as other timely topics, such as new laws impacting computer and Internet use.

Course Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

Explain what a computers is and how it works

·        Describe basic computer categories, components and concepts (sizes, central processing unit, memory, input/output and data storage)

·        Describe types of computer software (operating systems, utilities, programming languages and applications) their uses and evolution

·        Locate and run a variety of software applications on a personal computer

·        Perform basic computer file operations such as file location, creation, deletion, replication and backup, using operating system file management systems

·        Demonstrate basic proficiency in personal productivity software packages such as word processor and spreadsheet via a software performance assessment tool

·        Use email and other tools, such as distance learning, to communicate with class members and instructor

·        Explain the impact (benefits and limitations) of computer technology and information systems on modern society

·        Explain data security risks and computer viruses

·        Describe basic hardware, software, and computer work environment risk management strategies

·        Explain general data communications concepts and basic principles of connectivity

·        Describe the structure and functioning of the Internet

·        Locate on-line resources on the World Wide Web

Grade Distribution:
Major Tests
Three objective CONCEPTS exams based on the Discovering Computers Fundamentals textbook and class lectures will be worth a total of 400 points.  The SAM Skills Competency Test has a value of 150 points.  The SAM booklet with an access code (see course materials) is the performance assessment component to determine skills competency.  One assessment will be administered during the first two weeks of the semester that will measure existing skills in Word, Excel and Windows environment.  Based on the findings of this assessment, practice materials will be available throughout the duration of the semester to master tasks that were weak or unavailable.  A similar skills assessment will be administered as part of the final exam.

Course Computer Research Project
The Course Computer Research Project has the value of 150 points (there will be a separate handout on this long-range project).  This project must be created using Microsoft Office  (XP) software.  The Computer Purchase Project and the Major Tests represents 70 percent of your final grade.  The remaining 30 percent may consist of the following:

Laboratory Assignments
You may be required to complete a specific number of these labs during the semester using Microsoft Office XP software.  Information will be distributed later.  Due dates are given—no makeup.

Practice Tests or Exercises
Each of the chapters in the ConceptsDiscovering Computers—book contains practice tests and other exercises associated with that specific topic.  Any points that can be earned on this assignment will be given as well as instructions for completing the work.  For documentation of assignment completion, a printout may be requested.  It is suggested that you exchange telephone numbers with other class members in order to be aware of assignments should you be absent.  Due dates are given—no makeup.

Class Assessments
On selected occasions, you will have opportunity to earn points on an assigned topic.  This may include preparing an assignment that must be keyed using Microsoft Office 2002 software.  Other tasks will be announced in class.  Due dates are given—no make up.

You cannot learn anything from this (or any other) course if you do not participate.  Your active participation are essential ingredients in your own learning and that of your classmates.  Accordingly, regular preparation and participation will count in your favor if your final course grade is borderline between two grades.  Class participation is “priceless.”

Final Grade
The points are summarized as below:

Three Concepts Tests                                     400
Test 1 - 100
        Test 2 - 150
        Test 3 - 150

One comprehensive Skills Exam
Course Computer Project                               150
Labs, Practice Tests, Class Assessments          300

Total                                                               1,000

Letter grades will be assigned according to the following:
900 and above =A       800-899=B      700-799=C      600-699=D     below 600=F

Other letter grade categories are as follows:

 I           incomplete

Q         administrative withdrawal for students who “disappeared” during first few weeks of class but did not officially withdraw

H         audit; students pays for and attends class but does not receive a grade or earn credit.  See CIS info sheet for last date to change to audit or p hone registration office.

W        student officially withdrew from course (deadline this
            semester is Friday April 22nd)).

An I Grade is not given for students who simply need more time to complete the work of the course!  Everyone would like extra time to finish the course.  Deadlines are deadlines.  This grade is reserved for extraordinary circumstances.  This means that a student attended and was passing the course, but due to circumstances beyond his or her control, was unable to finish the course by the end of the semester.  If a student receives an I but does not complete the work by the end of the following semester, the grade changes to “F.”

If you receive a D or an F at PGCC, you may retake the course.  When you do, the new grade completely replaces the old one. 

Testing Policies:
Tests are to be taken in the date range specified.  No Makeup is given. 

Tests results are available as the test is taken.  If there is a problem with the test, or you wish to dispute a particular question, email me right away.

Useful Student Information:
1.        You should review the CIS Information Sheet containing
            important general Information about taking CIS
            courses.  This will be posted to the Blackboard course.
2.         Please no eating and drinking during any laboratory
            session you may have on campus.
3.         Only officially enrolled students are permitted in the
            class and  lab environments.

Online Assignments:
There are online assignments that must be completed at the beginning of this course.  These assignments are designed to help you become familiar and comfortable with the online environment.  The tasks in these assignments will help you get started with the  software and submitting work.  These assignments can be accessed and printed from the online Assignments section of your Blackboard course site.

Online Discussion Boards:

The Discussion Board contains different forums for online discussion.  Participation in this environment includes your actively contributing to online discussions as assigned.  Your contributions will be monitored.  Also, it is expected that you communicate with your classmates periodically and with your instructor as necessary. 

It is your responsibility to complete the paperwork in the Registrar's office if you decide to withdraw from this course.  However, as a courtesy, please send me an email:

Copying versus helping:  It is very easy to leave the textbook open while taking a concepts exam or to ask a friend to complete an MS Excel project for you.  It is more difficult to ask that friend to help you understand the concepts for that exam or to show you how to correctly perform Excel tasks.

The first example is cheating; the second example is legitimate student-to-student tutoring.  The former teaches you nothing, though it may get you a perfect score on a given test; the latter improves your ability to tackle the next test and assignments after that.

While naturally I discourage cheating, I also encourage you to work with others to improve your understanding, that is, to tutor and assist each other.  If you are not sure of the difference between helping and cheating, it is better to err on the side of caution.

If I suspect cheating, I will demand an on-campus session.  For example, if I suspect you are not doing your own projects or exams, I will demand that you come on campus and complete work under my supervision.

Quick Tips for Success:

(              The College has a great many resources to help you, including free tutoring and workshops.  Be alert to discussions of these.

&            If you would like to get straight A’s consider reading Getting Straight A’s  Gordon W. Green, Jr.

  <           Be disk smart! Check for viruses and do backups.

@            Time management is critical.  You are expected to spend two hours outside of class for every hour in class.  Check your schedule and plan for spending the required amount of time.

&           Disability Support Services is a valuable resource for students needing assistance.  Mr. Thomas Mays at 301-322-0838 is available to discuss various processes the College may have to accommodate your needs.