Fall 2004 - Ref. # 9366 and # 9483

Instructor:                  Paulette Romney                     
Office:                         M-2013 (inside M-2011, the CIS Dept. Office)
                        (301) 322-0004
Office Hours:             Online Office Hours – Tuesday and Thursday,
                                                                            10:00 am – 11:00 am
                                                                        Wednesday and Thursday 
                                                                              7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Required Texts:


Discovering Computers - Fundamentals Edition, Shelly, Cashman, Vermaat



Prince George’s Community College CIS 101 – Working with Windows XP, Word 2003 and Excel 2003, Course Technology




SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) Student Tutorial Booklet with New User Keycode

Your Computer Concepts book package will contain these items in one shrink-wrapped package, and can be purchased from the PGCC bookstore. 

Other Materials:
1)   Purchase a minimum of 4 to 6 (31/2 inch high density) diskettes
2)   Purchase a report folder with pockets 

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

Major Tests
Three objective Concepts exams based on the Discovering Computers – Fundamentals Edition textbook and class lectures will be worth a total of 450 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 the 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 course 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 2003 (XP) software. 

Laboratory Assignments
You may be required to complete a specific number of these labs during the semester using Microsoft Office 2003 software.  Specific information will be distributed later.  Due dates will be given. — No late assignments will be accepted.

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.  The documentation of assignment completion will be provided.  Due dates will be given. — No assignments will be accepted late.

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 2003 software, or using the Discussion Board.  These tasks will be announced.  Due dates will be given. — No assignments will be accepted late.

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

Final Grade 
Course points are summarized as follows:

Three Concepts Tests                                            450
          150 points each
Comprehensive Software Skills Exam          150
Course Computer Project                                   150
Labs, Discussions, Class Assessments                250

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 - 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.”
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 Tuesday, November 23).

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 exams will be 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 Participation:
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: .

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:

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

&        If you would like to excel in your college courses, consider reading Getting Straight A’s  Gordon W. Green, Jr.

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

¹          Time management is critical.  Face-to face class students are expected to spend two hours outside of class for every hour in class.  Online courses require the same amount of time and effort.  Check your schedule and plan for spending the required time on your coursework.

:         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.