PRINCE GEORGE'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE

 

Welcome to CIS 101 – Computer Literacy – Fall, 2004

Course Reference Number:

 

INSTRUCTOR:

Vida Momenian

 

Computer Information Systems

 

 

OFFICE:

Lanham Hall  Room 201

PHONE NUMBERS:

301-322-0754

 

301-322-0752 (Department Number, Mrs. Kaufmann)

EMAIL ADDRESS:

momenivi@pgcc.edu

WEB PAGE:

http://academic.pgcc.edu/~vmomenia

OFFICE HRS:

Monday & Wednesday 4:00-6:00pm , Friday 5:00-6:00     L201,

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Computer literacy is a survey course in evolving computer technology and its relevance to individuals and society. The societal issues include privacy, security, economics, accessibility, intellectual property, pervasive computing, as well as other timely topics, such as new laws impacting computer use. Becoming fluent in necessary technology applications is integrated into the course, and may include such topics as word processing, use of email and web browsers, spreadsheets, distance learning platforms, and others. Prerequisite: Reading proficiency level.

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

  1. Explain what a computers is and how it works
  2. Describe basic computer categories, components and concepts (sizes, central processing unit, memory, input/output and data storage)
  3. Describe types of computer software (operating systems, utilities, programming languages and applications) their uses and evolution
  4. Locate and run a variety of software applications on a personal computer
  5. Perform basic computer file operations such as file location, creation, deletion, replication and backup, using operating system file management systems
  6. Demonstrate basic proficiency in personal productivity software packages such as word processor and spreadsheet via a software performance assessment tool
  7. Use email and other tools, such as distance learning, to communicate with class members and instructor
  8. Explain the impact (benefits and limitations) of computer technology and information systems on modern society
  9. Explain data security risks and computer viruses
  10. Describe basic hardware, software, and computer work environment risk management strategies
  11. Explain general data communications concepts and basic principles of connectivity
  12. Describe the structure and functioning of the Internet
  13. Locate on-line resources on the World Wide Web

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS

Note: this set of materials is new in Fall, 2004 and must be purchased new as a set from the college bookstore.

  1. Shelly, Cashman and Vermaat, Discovering Computers Fundamentals Edition, 2004.

2.      Course Technology Custom Published Edition, Prince George’s Community College CIS 101 Working with Windows XP, Word 2003, and Excel 2003, 2005.

3.      Course Technology, SAM 2003 Assessment Student Tutorial CD, 2003

 

 

GRADING CRITERIA

The final grade will be comprised of points accumulated.  The task and points assigned to activities will be as follows:

 

Three Concepts Tests                                       400

SAM applications skills exam                            150

Course Research Project                                  150

Assignments, class tasks, quizzes, etc.                300

 

TOTAL                                                           1000

 

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

 

HOW ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED:  Assignments are to be submitted in a Pocket folder labeled with your name , the course name and time.

 

HOW TO LOG IN TO BLACKBOARD

Go to Prince George's Community College's Blackboard site at http://pgcconline.blackboard.com
Click on the button labeled Login.
You will see a dialogue box that asks you to enter your username and password.
     Your username will be:  (first initial of first name)( first 3 initials of last name) (your birth month expressed as two digits; if your birthday is in March, it would be entered as 03) (your birth date expressed as two digits; if your birth date is on the first of the month, it would be entered as 01).  Use only lowercase to enter your username; use NO spaces.
Example: if your name is John Smith and your birthday is April 8, your username is jsmi0408
     Your password
will be: your full 9-digit Social Security Number (no spaces, no hyphens)

Example: John Smith’s password will be            123456789

If your login is successful, you will see the Blackboard “Welcome” screen.   In the box labeled “My Courses”, you will see the course or a list of courses in which you are enrolled.  Click on the course name to enter your Blackboard course.

Immediately change your password.   To change your Blackboard password, follow these steps:

Login to Blackboard using your given username and password.

From YOUR Blackboard Welcome page (you will see WELCOME, ___! In bold letters at the top of this page), click on Personal Information in the Tools Box on the left side.

Click on Change Password.  Fill in the requested information.  You can change your password to any combination of numbers and letters.  Blackboard is extremely case-sensitive so use only lowercase letters.

Click the Submit button in the lower right corner.

Write down your username and password information so you can refer to it if you forget.

 

LAB INFORMATION:  An open computer lab is located in the Bladen Hall Wing.  The hours of availability are listed on the CIS Information Sheet.   (required if relevant to course)  Computer Information Department Web site http://academic.pgcc.edu/cios (contains information concerning the SAM and TOM Frequently Asked Questions) will be helpful to use as a resource—click enter, click CIS 101 Students.

 

DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES

Students requesting academic accommodations are required to contact the Disability Support Services Office (M-1042) or call (301) 322-0838 (voice) or (301) 322-0122 (TTY) to establish eligibility for services and accommodations.  Students with documented disabilities should discuss the matter privately with their instructors at the beginning of the semester and provide a copy of their Student/Faculty Accommodation Form.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

The Prince George's Community College Code of Conduct defines the rights and responsibilities of students and establishes a system of procedures for dealing with students charged with violations of the code and other rules and regulations of the college. A student enrolling in the college assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution. Refer to the 2004-2005 Student Handbook, beginning on page 39, for a complete explanation of the code of conduct, including the Code of Academic Integrity and the procedure for dealing with disruptive student behavior.

 

CODE OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

The college is an institution of higher learning that holds academic integrity as its highest principle.  In the pursuit of knowledge, the college community expects that all students, faculty, and staff will share responsibility for adhering to the values of honesty and unquestionable integrity.  To support a community committed to academic achievement and scholarship, the Code of Academic Integrity advances the principle of honest representation in the work that is produced by students seeking to engage fully in the learning process.  The complete text of the Code of Academic Integrity is in the 2004-2005 Student Handbook (pages 41-43) and posted on the college's website.

 

CLASSROOM POLICIES [if you have any policies related to food and drink in the classroom, cell phones and other electronic devices, wearing of hats, etc., include them here.]  (optional)

 

IMPORTANT DATES  (feel free to include others)

Labor Day – College closed                          Saturday, September 4 to Monday, September 6

Last day to apply for Fall graduation                                                 Wednesday, September 15

Last day to change from "audit" to                                                       Friday, October 1

                  "credit" or "credit" to "audit"                             

Professional Development Day - No classes                                               Tuesday, October 26

Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes                                      Tuesday, November 23

Thanksgiving break – No classes                Wednesday, November 24 – Sunday, November 28

Final exam period/last week of classes              Saturday, December 11 – Friday, December 17

 

 

COLLEGE RESOURCES and SERVICES

     Student Assessment Services Center (Testing Center)   (required if used for the class)   

     Bladen Wing, Room 100                                                                                  301-322-0090

     (www.pgcc.edu/pgweb/pgdocs/student_services/student_assessment_services.htm)             

Check the web site for hours and policies and procedures.

 

     Tutoring and Writing Centers           (www.pgcc.edu/students/tutoring_writing_grammar)

     Bladen Wing, Room 107            Stop by or call 301-322-0748 to make an appointment.

     If you have the feeling that something is missing from your studies, the Tutoring Center can help you put the pieces of the puzzle   together with free one-on-one or group tutoring.

     The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring for all students who are working on any       writing assignment in any course. 

    

     Student Development Services                                                                     301-322-0886

     (www.pgcc.edu/pgweb/pgdocs/student_services/index-sds.htm)

Student Development Services has various programs that provide students with mentoring, advising and individual counseling.  Call or check the website for more information.

 

     Library (www.pgcc.edu/library)

     Accokeek Hall                                                            General information: 301-322-0105

                                                                                       Circulation services: 301-322-0475

                                                                                        Reference services:  301-322-0476

     The Learning Resources Division provides a range of library and media services.

     Refer to the web site for hours and more information about the services.

 

    Campus Bookstore (www.pgcc.edu/pgweb/pgdocs/bookstore.html) 

     Largo Student Center, Room 116                                                     301-322-0912


Class Schedule - Ref. No. 6404 - Fall 2004

                    This is a tentative schedule, subject to change due to class pace, unexpected class cancellations and other factors.

Week

Dates

Topics

Assignments

1

Sept. 1

Chapter 1 DCFundamentals

[schedule library for online

database presentation]

2

Sept. 6

Labor Day – College closed

Practice Blackboard login

Sept. 8

Chapter 2 DCF

3

Sept. 15

Chapter 2 DCF

Practice SAM login

Pretest; Windows

4

Sept. 22

Chapter 3 DCF

Excel

5

Sept. 29

Chapter 3 DCF

Excel; Concepts Test 1, 2, 3

6

Oct. 6

Chapter 4 DCF

Excel

7

Oct. 13

Chapter 5 DCF

 

8

Oct. 20

Chapter 5 DCF

Word

9

Oct. 27

Chapter 6 DCF

Word

10

Nov. 3

Chapters 6-7 DCF

Word; Concepts Test 4, 5, 6

11

Nov. 10

Chapter 7 DCF

 

12

Nov. 17

Chapter 8 DCF

 

13

Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Break – No classes

 

14

Dec. 1

Chapter 9-10 DCF

[research paper due date]

15

Dec. 8

Chapter 10 DCF

 

 

Dec. 15

Final Exam at [7-9pm]

SAM Final; Concepts 7-10

                        Chapters 11 and 12 will be important to Computer majors.

 

 


SAM Frequently Asked Questions

What is SAM?

How do I get Started with SAM?

How do I use SAM training?

How do I get a SAM report?

What if the keycode in my SAM package does not work?

Where can I use SAM?

How will my SAM tests be graded in my CIS 101 course?


CIS 101 Research Paper (150 Points)

Getting Started

 

You will conduct research that would help you make a decision to purchase a specific computer or technology related product or products. Word and Excel will be used extensively in the project. The following are possible areas; you may also, with the agreement of your instructor, select another area:

 

  1. a laptop computer equipped with wireless networking capabilities

 

  1. a PDA

 

  1. a digital photography system

 

Your instructor will supply a timetable for the following phases. In general, each phase will take about 3 weeks (in a regular 15 week course).  If the announced deadline is not met for a specific Phase, points may not be recorded for that Phase.

 

Phase One—Preliminary  Investigation Phase :  Do some broad research on the product being investigated. You must use at least 3 Web sources and 3 articles from the online databases at Prince George’s Community College. Your purpose during this phase is to develop 5-10 criteria that you will later use to rate 3 alternate choices. By Phase One due date, submit printouts of your 6 sources, along with an Excel worksheet that lists 5-10 criteria. Explain briefly in a one page Microsoft  Word document (saved under the name “Preliminary Investigation—lname” where lname is your last name) why each criteria is included. For example, if your research reveals little price difference among various PDA’s, then price would NOT be high ranking criteria. If you want to be able to use the PDA for gaming, then its ability to do so is a logical, high ranking criteria. You must do the research to become educated about the possibilities, so don’t limit your research too much at this point.  Phase One has a value of 20 points toward the Research Paper.

 

Summary of what to hand in for Phase One Deadline.  Include the following:

Printed copies of 3 Web sources and 3 articles located in the college’s online database resources (please underline or highlight important portions),

One printout of your spreadsheet listing 5-10 criteria to be used in your purchase decision,

One Word document (about 1 page) explaining why you believe those criteria are important in your purchase decision.

 

Phase Two—Weighting the Evaluation Criteria:  Decide what weight each criteria should have, assigned to your particular needs and purposes. Enter the weights into your Excel workbook alongside the criteria you created in Phase One.. The only requirement is that all the criteria must add up to 100%, and the weights should reflect the importance or ranking criteria you are assigning to each specific criterion. Name sheet 1, where you are entering these criteria, “Scoring.” 

 

Summary of what to hand in for Phase Two Deadline.  Submit the following for Phase Two:

One printout of your spreadsheet, along with a 1-2 page Word document in which you explain why the criteria are weighted as they are. Name this document Technology Evaluation—lname (where lname is your last name).  Phase Two has a value of 20 points toward the Research Paper.

 

Phase Three—Gathering  Specific Information and Taking Notes:  Examine the 6 sources you collected more closely. See if you need other information to evaluate 3 different models of the selected product(s). At this point, you should visit Web sites where you can get very specific information about 3 different models that would meet your needs. Print out the information. Using the same workbook you started in Phase Two, add a sheet and rename it to Notes. Use your sources to take notes you will use in the final paper. You will be given an example of how to do this at a later date.

 

Summary of what to hand in for Phase Three Deadline. 

Submit one copy of the spreadsheet with the notes to your instructor.  Phase Three is worth 20 points toward the final project.

 

Final Phase—Putting  Together the Final Project:  Present your purchase decision by adding to the Technology Evaluation document you began in Phase Two. You will also use your Excel workbook. In the Excel sheet titled scoring, enter the rating you are giving each product. In the Word document, present detailed explanations for why the ratings were assigned. Your worksheet will reflect the evaluation, if you enter the proper formulas.  See the sample worksheet for an example related to a car purchase.  The Final Phase is worth 90 points.

 

Summary of what to hand in for the Final Phase Deadline. 

 

This is a continuation of the Technology Evaluation research that was established in Phase One.  Use the format shown in your textbook as Project 2 pages WD 72 to WD 121 “Working with Windows, Word 2003 and Excel 2003.”  In the Final Phase you should discuss the product(s) you selected to research, the usefulness of the product(s) to you, the rating criteria selected and the rational for the ranking of the criteria in an essay of 800 to 1000 words.  Use Word generated footnotes (minimum of three) to credit your sources and include a list of works cited (separate page using hyperlinks).

A chart(s) will be included as documentation for the models researched and a discussion will compare/contrast the criteria of the three models using the information that appears on the worksheets.  After thoroughly analyzing the chart(s) and spreadsheet information, a decision for the specific product selected will be made.

The Technology Evaluation research paper will be saved on your disk with the appropriate files generated as listed in Phase One, Two and Three.  A folder will be created with the files (Phase One Word document and worksheet, Phase Two Word document and worksheet, Phase Three spreadsheet with notes and Final Phase the summary of the product selected).  The Final Phase is worth 100 points toward the total points generated.

An explanation of the point distribution is included on the attached grading rubric.

You are encouraged to observe standard ruled of English grammar and spelling that is displayed in an format.

 


 

Fall 2004 _______________________________________________

Student Name

CIS 101 Research Paper (150 Points)________________________

Grading Rubric:

 

Phase 1 Criteria (20 points)

[instructor comments]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unsatisfactory/Not done

Needs Improvement

Satisfactory

Very good

Outstanding

Quality of Sources, Criteria and Criteria Explanation

0

4

12

16

20

Phase 2 Criteria  (20 points)

[instructor comments]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quality of spreadsheet containing weighted criteria and Word document containing explanation of weights for criteria

0

4

12

16

20

Phase 3 Criteria  (20 points)

[instructor comments]

 

 

 

 

 

Quality of notes in the Excel worksheet

0

4

12

16

20

To what extent does the final project

 

 

Not at all

Rarely

Sometimes

Frequently

Extensively

1. use Microsoft Word features to follow research paper formatting standards demonstrated in Office 2003, Word Project 2

 

0

2

6

8

10

2. credit sources through footnotes and list of works cited

 

0

2

6

8

10

3. observe standards of English grammar and spelling

 

0

2

6

8

10

4. reflect skill in constructing Excel worksheets containing attractive formatting and correct formulas

 

0

2

6

8

10

5. reflect skill in constructing Excel charts

 

0

2

6

8

10

6. present useful information about computer technology and its applications

 

0

2

6

8

10

7. relate the technology purchase to stated evaluation criteria

 

0

2

6

8

10

8. reflect an understanding of file management, as evidenced on the diskette submitted

 

0

2

6

8

10

9. evidence thorough research and persuasive presentation

 

0

2

6

8

10

Totals for Final Phase  (90 points)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals for Phase One, Two and Three

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND TOTAL FOR RESEARCH PAPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

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