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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.



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".


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

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)