CS 140 Introduction to Computers
S2T 2008 DLJ
Cianciotta, Michael A.
MA Computer Resources and Information ManagementMBACISSP, CISA, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, CIW, Network+, i-Net+, A+, CLS, CIA
0700 - 1430
03/17/2008 - 05/11/2008
Required Software: Students must have the following software installed on their computer:
Windows XP and Office 2003 Student Edition (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Access will be taught using the SimNet module.
This class uses the Microsoft Windows XP Operating System.
Applications taught: Microsoft Office 2003 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
SimNet for Office 2003 (Office concepts including Access)
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email email@example.com or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.
Educational Philosophy: The course will be conducted with lectures based upon the text, exercises, and group discussion.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Students will use the
Grade Book to track their grades throughout the course. Please allow
time for submitted assignments to be posted. Generally speaking it
will take 24 hours for a grade to be posted into the grade book. Early
submissions will be graded but not viewable until the deadline for that
assignment has passed.
The Grading Rubric for assignments is posted in the Doc Sharing area of the course.
Quizzes, Office Lab Assignments, Participation in class discussions,
and Mid-term and Final tests will be taken into
consideration for the course grade. (See Grading Scale below)
b. All assignments must be submitted via the Dropbox for grading. Assignments submitted via email will not be graded.
The Windows Assignments Week 1 will be evaluated on development of a
document submitted on time that displays the required elements as well
as proper formatting, grammar, spelling, completeness and demonstrate
the main ideas and concepts learned in this module.
The Word Assignments Weeks 2, 3, and 4 will be evaluated on submitted
documents received on time that demonstrate the application of concepts
taught and exhibit correct formatting, spelling, creative thinking, and
research skills if necessary.
The Powerpoint Assignment Week 5 will be evaluated on submission by
date due, the demonstration of skills taught, use of the tools on a
beginning to intermediate level, and exhibiting creative use of media
on the part of the student. Students are expected to participate in
the peer review of the projects as part of the grade.
The Excel Assignments Weeks 6 and 7 will be evaluated on spreadsheets
submitted before or on the date due that demonstrate the application of
concepts and exhibit correct formatting, data, and formulas. The
formulas behind the data will be checked="checked"="checked="checked"" for accuracy.
The SimNet Access Assignment will be evaluated as to timeliness and
demonstrating that the Learning Core has been completed by submitting
the scores from the SimNet module.
Peer review of various weekly assignments as noted in the course are
also taken into consideration as part of the participation grade.
The Journal articles begun Week 2 will not be graded but will
be beneficial to write the summaries for Weeks 7 and 8. The Week 7 and
8 summaries will be helpful to review for the final test Week 8. Week
7 and 8 summaries will be included as part of the Discussion grade for
l. Students will receive attendance grades using the Activity feature in the Gradebook.
Students are expected to participate in all the Discussion threads at
least 3 different days or more per week.
Quality participation on only two days to a given thread topic will result in a
maximum grade of 85% and one day of quality participation will result in a
maximum possible grade equal to 70% of the total grade possible for the discussion.
If you do not post any quality threads during the week you will receive 0
points for the discussion.
The threads will be helpful to answer
any questions that will arise about lab or course work and gain
knowledge of textbook concepts.
final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing
environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites
around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored
examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the
test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
Other Information on proctored exams:
will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by
the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
proctor request form will be made available to you during the first
week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your
instructor for approval.
take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some
online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.
Grading: Course Grading Scale
A = 90-100% 900-1000
B = 80-89% 800-899
C = 70-79% 700-799
D = 60-69% 600-699
F = < 60% 599 and below
Word Assign 1
Word Assign 2
Word Assign 3
Word Assign 4
Word Assign 5
Word Assign 6
Word Assign 7
Word Assign 8a
Word Assign 8b
Word Assign 8c
Excel Assign 1
Excel Assign 2
Excel Assign 3
Ch 9 Summary
Excel Assign 4
Excel Assign 5
Excel Assign 6
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Late work is not acceptable. Any credit received is at the discretion of the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
students are expected to follow the rules for acceptable conduct and
good manners. Any student, who does not adhere to these guidelines
will be excused from class and reported to the proper authorities.
I will check my Office daily after 6:00 a.m. CST and e-mail regularly during the course of the day. Expect a response from me within 24 hours.
assignments are to be completed on time and submitted to the correct
course dropbox. Special instructions regarding Excel and Access SimNet
assignments will be given at the beginning of the week the assignment
is due. Late work will receive credit at the discretion of the
instructor. All computer assignments should be clearly marked with the
student's name. Word and Excel assignments should have a footer with
the student's name, date and time completed, and page number. Work
received without identification cannot receive credit.
Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.
Online Course Policies
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: -
Overview and Course Goals:
Welcome to CS 140 - Introduction to Computers online. The next few weeks will require intensive effort to complete the Textbook assignments, Lab assignments, Quizzes and Tests, Weekly Threaded Discussions and Attendance requirements.
The course textbook assignments will provide information about
Information technology concepts, the Internet and World Wide Web,
application and system software, computer hardware components,
telecommunications and the relationship to Information Technology,
file, databases, and e-commerce. How Information Technology affects
society will be also be part of the course.
Office Lab Assignments.
By the end of the course you should be proficient in the use of Windows
XP, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and familiar with Access concepts and its
relationship to Excel. The lab book and accompanying materials will
aid you in your weekly hands-on computer assignments. Begin early
every week to complete these assignments. In order to complete the
course, a computer with Windows XP operating system and Office 2003
software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.
will include participating in on-line discussions 1. What I have
Learned 2. Students' Questions and Answers and 3. Peer review of
Quizzes and a Final Test are required in this course. There will be a quiz Week 4 and the final Week 8.
is required and is considered part of your grade. Begin work early in
the week and complete all assignments as soon as possible. This will
allow time to have questions answered should you experience difficulty
with technology or the concepts. It will also allow time to respond to
the discussion threads in a thoughtful manner.
Week 1 The first thing to do is respond to the Introductions thread. The Textbook
assignment will require you to read Chapter 1 Introduction to
Information Technology and Chapter 2 The Internet & World Wide
Web. After reading the chapters, take the MC (Multiple Choice) and FB
(Fill in the Blank) on-line quizzes for each chapter found at McGraw-Hill.
will be a Windows assignment to complete Week 1. Submit to the course
drop box. Students need the SimNet CD to Install the simulation. The
directions to Install Simnet are found in Doc Sharing. Students must
respond several times a week to the Discussion threads.
Week 2 The Textbook
assignment will require you to read Chapter 3 Application Software and
Chapter 4 System Software. After reading the chapters, take the MC
(Multiple Choice) and FB (Fill in the Blank) on-line quizzes for each
chapter found at McGraw-Hill. Follow the directions to submit to the course dropboxes.
is a SimNet Word Lesson tutorial assignment. SimNet directions are in
Doc Sharing and by Week 1 you were to install and register SimNet.
Your instructor will tell you how to comlete and submit the Word SimNet
Lesson to the course.
to completing any of the required lab assignments, students must use
the Advantage Lab book and the data files (download using the Web Sites
page in Course Home) to practice concepts and skills. Students should
not skip ahead to complete the required assignments without the
background knowledge necessary. After reviewing and practicing, then
students should complete the required Word Assignments 1, 2, and 3. The
files for those assignments are found in Doc Sharing. Submit to the
course dropboxes. Students should form the habit of using the Help menu available in all Office 2003 applications--Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Respond a minimum of three times per week to the Discussion threads set up by your instructor.
Students are encouraged to keep a weekly Journal
of Textbook and Lab Book ideas and concepts learned through reading,
discussion threads, and hands-on assignments. The Journal will enable
the students to write the Week 8 Summaries. It is never too early to
submit the Proctor Form for approval for the final test.
Week 3 The Textbook
assignment will require you to read Chapter 5 Hardware--The CPU &
Storage and Chapter 6 Hardware--Input and Output. There are review
quizzes for each chapter to complete. Submit the quizzes to the
There are Word Assignments
to complete. Prior to completing required assignments, students must
practice the skills found in the Advantage Lab book. Skipping ahead
usually results in frustration. Students should also use the Word Help
function. After practicing using the Advantage lab book, students
should follow the directions and complete assignments 4, 5, and 6.
Submit to the course dropboxes. Respond several times a week to the Discussion threads set up by your instructor. Continue to use the Journal
for textbook terminology, concepts and Office 2003 helpful tools. By
Week 8 students will have a list to review and summarize.
Week 4 The Textbook
assignment will require you to read Chapter 7 Telecommunications:
Networks and Communications and Chapter 8 Files, Databases &
E-Commerce. After reading the chapters, take the MC (Multiple Choice)
and FB (Fill in the Blank) on-line quizzes for each chapter found at McGraw-Hill. Follow the directions and submit to the correct course dropbox.
There are Word Assignments to complete. Use
the Advantage lab book, practice concepts, and then follow the
directions and complete assignments 7, 8a, 8b, and 8c. Submit to the
correct course dropboxes. Respond several times a week to the Discussion threads. Don't forget to cut and paste items of interest into the Journal for Week 8. Take the Quiz. Submit the Proctor Form found on the first page when you log on to the course.
Week 5 The Textbook
assignment will require you to read Chapter 9 The Challenges of the
Digital Age and Chapter 10 The Promises of the Digital Age After
reading the chapters, take the MC (Multiple Choice) and FB (Fill in the
Blank) on-line quizzes for each chapter found at McGraw-Hill. Take the 2 quizzes for each chapter, follow the directions and submit to the correct course dropboxes.
There is a PowerPoint presentation
to view and a PowerPoint assignment to complete. Use the Advantage lab
book for directions. Submit the completed PowerPoint Presentation as
an attachment to one of the Discussion threads this week for peer
review. There is a SimNet Excel Lessons assignment. Your instructor will tell you how to complete and submit this assignment to the course. Respond often to the Discussion threads. Don't forget to use the Journal.
Week 6 The Textbook
assignment will require you to read Chapter 11 Information Systems.
After reading the chapter, take the MC (Multiple Choice) and FB (Fill
in the Blank) on-line quizzes for the chapter found at McGraw-Hill. Follow the directions as usual to submit the assignments to the proper course dropboxes.
There are Excel
Assignments to complete. This will be a time-consuming week for lab
work. Use your Advantage Lab book to practice the concepts and skills
before attempting to follow the directions in the content area to the
left to complete Excel assignments 1, 2, and 3. Submit to the correct
course dropboxes. Respond in a timely manner to the Discussion threads set up by your instructor.
Be sure your Proctor Examination Form is submitted to your instructor this week in order to take the Final Examination.
Week 7 The Textbook
assignment is to brieflysummarize the Challenges of the Digital Age
(Chapter 9) in three or four paragraphs or more. Post the summary
to the Discussion thread as a word attachment so other students may
respond to your ideas.
There are Excel Assignments to
complete. Use the Advantage lab book to review and practice the skills
and concepts necessary before attempting to complete assignments 4, 5,
and 6. Submit to the course dropboxes. Respond several times each
week to the Discussion threads set up by your instructor.
The first assignment is to summarize major textbook concepts you have
read about, post and discuss in the threads. This will be part of your
Discussion grade this week. It should be at least one page in length and show evidence of critical thinking on your part. Students who used the Journal
every week will have the research completed for the assignment. The
second assignment is to summarize some of the major hands-on Office
concepts that you have learned in this course and discuss ways that you
believe have been or will be beneficial. The is the second part of
your discussion grade this week.
The Lab assignment is to complete the SimNet Access Lessons
and submit to the course as directed by your instructor. The is the
final week so say farewell in the Discussion thread. Take the Final Examination.
Congratulate yourself on a job well done!
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, the University will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, and other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from the University.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, the University will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, and other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from the University.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Last Updated:3/8/2008 3:44:11 PM