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Spring 2013 Syllabus

Spring 2013 Course Calendar

Spring 2013 First Assignment

The Syllabus below provides information about Required Books & Materials, Grades, Sequence of Topics, and Required Projects. Students who enroll in the course will have access to more specific details, e.g., an expanded description of possible projects and "Dates" for exams . . . on the College's Blackboard web site. Expect to have only seven classes of "hands on" instruction.

Required Materials:

Discovering Computers: Concepts for a Digital World 2003. (2002) Shelly, Cashman, & Vermaat. Thomson/Course Technology.

Microsoft Office XP: Brief Concepts & Techniques. (2002). Shelly, Cashman, & Vermaat. Thomson/Course Technology.

Microsoft Windows XP: Brief Concepts & Techniques. . (2002). Shelly, Cashman, & Forsythe. Thomson/Course Technology.

SAM/TOM Student Tutorial Booklet with CD-ROM & Key Code. (2002). Thomson/Course Technology.

At least four 3.5-inch (1.44M) floppy disks for Windows Skills Test, Projects, & Backup.


Please visit the publisher's web site to see the very excellent materials for mastering course content via interactive labs using Macromedia Flash and other media.

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Grades:

Grades will be determined by adding scores for the following,

       Three text-based "Concepts" Exams (300 points)
       Three Software Skills Tests - Microsoft Word®, & Excel® (300 points)
       A Course Computer Project (100 points)
       An Email Project (50 points)

then assigning a letter grade based upon where the total falls within the following ranges of scores:
675 - 750 = A
600 - 674 = B
525 - 599 = C
450 - 524 = D
Below 450 = F

Test format may include multiple-choice, true-false, matching, labeling diagrams, and identification. You may expect an essay based upon "Course Outcomes".

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Sequence of Topics:

    • Introduction to Computers
    • The Internet and World Wide Web
    • Application Software - Productivity/Business, Multimedia, Finance . . .
    • The Components of the System Unit - CPU, Buses, Memory . . .
    • Input - Keyboard, Mouse, Scanners, Video . . .
    • Output - Monitors, Printers . . .
    • Storage - Hard Disks, CD-ROM's, DVD . . .
    • Operating Systems and Utility Programs - Windows, MacOS, Disk Defragmenter
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Required Projects:

Project 1
A Course Computer Project (CCP) is designed and assigned to ALL CIS 101 students. The topic varies but is always a relevant and timely activity, e.g., "going through" the process of purchasing a computer. Each element of the process is clearly specified in the directions. (100 points possible)

Project 2
The Email Project (EMP) requires an examination of your career goals, researching the value of computer literacy in a chosen profession, compiling a list of computer-related knowledge and skills either required or desirable, and "putting it all together" in an Microsoft Word® document. Finally, you will "attach" your document to a general email message and send to me for evaluation. (50 points possible)

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