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CS 140 Introduction to Computers
Dawson, Teddy R.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CS 140 Introduction to Computers

Semester

F2R 2008 SC

Faculty

Dawson, Teddy R.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Arts, Comp Resources & Info Mngt, Webster University, St. Louis, MO

Office Location

Scott Air Force Base Campus

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 6:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Daytime Phone

(314) 676-5653

Other Phone

(314) 825-9203

E-Mail

teddy.dawson@park.edu

Semester Dates

20 October - 14 December 2008

Class Days

------S

Class Time

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Textbook:  Willliams, Sawyer, Using Information Technology, Complete, 7th Edition, McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2006, ISBN 0-07-226071-8.

Lab Requirements:
1.  Gaskin, et al. GO! With Microsoft Office 2007 Introductory, Pearson Education, 2008, ISBN 978-0-13-167999-3

2.  Triad Interactive SimNet for Office 2007, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0077297695 (Note: There is no SimNet CD for Office 2007 since it is all online.)

Required Software: Students must have the following software installed on their computer:
Windows XP and Office 2007 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 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
                               SimNet for Office 2007 (Office concepts including Access)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

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 helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:
This course introduces computer concepts, terminology, and applications to enable students to use computers in their environment and career. This class will feature lectures, written assignments, and demonstrations of computer concepts. The lab will concentrate on hands-on computer lab projects using the dominant Windows operating system and Office applications. Software will include Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Internet browsers. Students will be introduced to the structure and use of personal computer hardware, peripherals, comparison of popular operating systems, recent history of technology and some ethical implications. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. List basic computer terminology.
  2. Explain the rapid development of computer technology in the last fifty years.
  3. Discuss some of the ethical implications of technology and its uses.
  4. Describe the main parts of a computer system.
  5. Operate a microcomputer.
  6. Use the current Windows Operating System.
  7. Recognize other Operating Systems (Mac, OS/2, ME, etc.)
  8. Use a word processing package to write advanced level term papers, resumes, and business letters.
  9. Construct a spreadsheet. (Emphasis on needs of Accounting. Business, Computer Science, and Education students)
  10. Manipulate a database. (Emphasis on needs of Computer Science, Education, and Business students.)
  11. Prepare a graphics software presentation on a beginning level for use in all future classes.
  12. Use the Internet and e-mail accounts on a beginning level.


Core Assessment:

 

All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Departmental Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. The core assessment for this course is a final exam, SimNet CD simulation, and hands-on Office assignments which count for more than 20% of the grade. Questions on the final exam will be developed to test at least ten of the twelve course core objectives.

  1. List basic computer terminology.
  2. Explain the rapid development of computer technology in the last fifty years.
  3. Discuss some of the ethical implications of technology and its uses.
  4. Describe the main parts of a computer system.
  5. Operate a microcomputer.
  6. Use the current Windows Operating System
  7. Recognize other Operating Systems (Mac, OS/2, ME, etc.)
  8. Use a word processing package to write advanced level term papers, resumes,
    and business letters.

  9. Construct a spreadsheet.  (Emphasis on needs of Accounting. Business, Computer Science, and Education students)
  10. Manipulate a database. (Emphasis on needs of Computer Science, Education, and Business students.)
  11. Prepare a graphics software presentation on a beginning level for use in all
    future classes.

  12. Use the Internet and e-mail accounts on a beginning level.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

1.  Internet assignments.

2.  Group Project with presentation.

3.  Quizzes.

4.  Mid-Term and Final Test.

5.  The student will be assigned chapters to read and study in the text.  The student will also be assigned homework due on the next class meeting date.

6.  The students are required to accomplish a group project.  The groups will be team leads for a  company.  They will make a power point presentation, develop an Excel spreadsheet, and research and present the benefits for their employees and end of the year financials.  Groups will give a 5 to 7 minute presentation on their results.  Requirements will be discussed on the first day of class.

7.  Use a word processing package to write advanced level term papers, resumes, and business letters.

8.  Construct a spreadsheet.  (Emphasis on needs of Accounting, Business, Computer Science, and Education students).

9.  Prepare a graphics software presentation on a beginning level for use in all future classes.

10.  Use the Internet and e-mail accounts on a beginning level.

Grading:
 

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 at least 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.

a. Chapter Quizzes, Office Lab Assignments, Participation in class discussions, Mid-term and Final tests will be taken into consideration for the course grade. (See Grading Scale below) 

b. The Textbook chapter concepts are evaluated each week by completing the quizzes.  

c. 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. 

d. 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.

e. 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.

f. 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 for accuracy.

g. 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.

h. Peer review of various weekly assignments as noted in the course are also taken into consideration as part of the participation grade. 


  • Submission of Late Work: Late work is not acceptable.  Any credit received is at the discretion of the instructor.

     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

Grading Scale for CS 140 Introduction to Computers
Textbook Chapters


   
Week 1 1 Quiz 20
Textbook Quiz 200

2 Quiz 20
Lab 240
Week 2 3 Quiz 20
Mid and Final/Test 300

4 Quiz 20
Discussion 160
Week 3 5 Quiz 20
SimNet 100

6 Quiz 20
Total Points 1000
Week 4 7 Quiz 20
   

8 Quiz 20



Week 5 9 Quiz 20



Week 6 10 Quiz 20






200



 






Lab Book    Register SimNet        10

     
Week 1 Windows  Assignment 1 20





SimNet WindowsLessons 10




Week 2 Word Word SimNet Lessons 20 





Assign 1 Cover Letter 10





Assign 2 Resume 10





Assign 3 Fax 10



Week 3 Word Assign 4 Internet Search 10





Assign 5 Brochure 10





Assign 6 Newsletter 20



Week 4  Word Assign 7 Tables 20





Assign 8 Term Paper 20
 

Week 5  Powerpoint/PowerPoint SimNet 20 20



Excel SimNet Lessons 20




Week 6 Excel Assign 1 Grade Book 10





Assign 2 Case Study 10





Assign 3 Case Study 10



Week 7 Excel Assign 4 Bookstore 20





Assign 5 Financial 20





Assign 6 Range Names & Émployment Chart 20



Week 8  Access SimNet Lessons 20




      240        
Quizzes and Tests





Week 4 Mid-term
100



Week 8 Final   200        














               













Classroom Rules of Conduct:

All 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 and e-mail daily after 10:00 p.m. (CST or CDST). Expect a response within 24 hours. 

All 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.



Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1:
Introduce myself and have students introduce themselves; then go over syllabus.  Discuss the goals of the class, and talk about group project requirements.  We will cover the following topics: Introduction to Information Technology, the Internet & the World Wide Web. We will cover chapters 1 and 2.  There will be an Internet assignment that must be completed and turned in at end of the class day.  Assign two questions from the end of the chapters we are covering and students will answer the questions and turn-in at the end of the class day.

Week 2:
We cover the following topics: Parts of the Microcomputer, Application Software, and System Software.  We will cover chapters 3 and 4. There will be an Internet assignment that must be completed and turned in at end of the class day. Assign two questions from the end of the chapters we are covering and students will answer the questions and turn-in at the end of the class day.

Week 3:
We will cover the following topics: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft PowerPoint. We will go through Microsoft office handouts and look at each office application in depth. There will be an Internet assignment that must be completed and turned in at end of the class day.

Week 4:
We finish the following topics: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft PowerPoint.  We will review for the mid-term. Students can get into groups and work on group project for the remainder of class.

Week 5:
Mid-term exam on Saturday. After exam we will cover the following topics: Hardware- CPU, and Storage, Input and Output. We will cover chapters 5 and 6. There will be an excel assignment that must be completed and turned in at the end of the class day. Assign two questions from the end of the chapters we are covering and students will answer the questions and turn-in at the end of the class day.

Week 6:
We cover the following topic: Telecommunications, the challenges of the digital age.  We will cover chapters 7, 9, and 10. There will be an Internet assignment that must be completed and turned in at end of the class day.    

Week 7:
We cover the following topic: Information Systems, Information Management and Systems Development. We will cover chapter 11. Students can work on group project.  Projects are due on Saturday. Review for the Final exam.

Week 8: Presentation of group projects.  Saturday is Final exam.

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11,12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Synthesis is demonstrated by the student ability to answer more than 90% of test questions about application of Office software concepts that uses Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Synthesis is demonstrated by the student ability to answer more than 70 to 89% of test questions about application of Office software concepts that uses Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Synthesis is demonstrated by the student ability to answer more than 60 to 69% of test questions about application of Office software concepts that uses Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Synthesis is not demonstrated by the student ability to answer less than 60 of test questions about application of Office software concepts that uses Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Analysis is demonstrated by the student's ability to compare and contrast basic computer terminology and how it has evolved with current technology developments.  The student will be able to correctly answer more than 90% of the questions that compare/contrast basic terminology with current technology. Analysis is demonstrated by the student's ability to compare and contrast basic computer terminology and how it has evolved with current technology developments.  The student will be able to correctly answer 70 to 89% of the questions that compare/contrast basic terminology with current technology.. Analysis is demonstrated by the student's ability to compare and contrast basic computer terminology and how it has evolved with current technology developments.  The student will be able to correctly answer 60 to 69% of the questions that compare/contrast basic terminology with current technology.. Analysis is demonstrated by the student's ability to compare and contrast basic computer terminology and how it has evolved with current technology developments.  The student does no demonstrate analysis when less than 60% of the questions are answered that compare/contrast basic terminology with current technology.. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Evaluation is demonstrated by correctly answering more than 90% of the questions regarding data that involves ethical uses, implications of technology development, and evaluation of Windows and Office concepts.. Evaluation is demonstrated by correctly answering 70 to 89% of the questions regarding data that involves ethical uses, implications of technology development, and evaluation of Windows and Office concepts. Evaluation is demonstrated by correctly answering fewer than 60 to 69% of the questions regarding ethical uses.  implications of technology development and evaluation of Windows and Office concepts Evaluation is not demonstrated by correctly answering less than 60% of the questions regarding ethical uses and implications of technology development and evaluation of Windows and Office concepts. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Use of terminology is demonstrated by correctly answering more than 90% of the questions regarding (a) identification of basic computer terminology (b) comparison of new developments of IT and (c) operation of a microcomputer. Use of terminology is demonstrated by correctly answering more than 70 to 89% of the questions regarding (a) identification of basic computer terminology (b) comparison of new developments of IT and (c) operation of a microcomputer. Use of terminology is demonstrated by correctly answering more than 60 to 69% of the questions regarding (a) identification of basic computer terminology (b) comparison of new developments of IT and (c) operation of a microcomputer. Use of terminology is demonstrated by correctly answering more than 90% of the questions regarding (a) identification of basic computer terminology (b) comparison of new developments of IT and (c) operation of a microcomputer. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
4, 7, 8, 9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Recognition, articulation, and application of concepts are demonstrated by correctly answering more than 90% of the questions regarding computer applications and operating systems. Recognition, articulation, and application of concepts are demonstrated by correctly answering more than 70 to 89% of the questions regarding computer applications and operating systems. Recognition, articulation, and application of concepts are demonstrated by correctly answering more than 60 to 69% of the questions regarding computer applications and operating systems. Recognition, articulation, and application of concepts are not demonstrated by correctly answering less than 60% of the questions regarding computer applications and operating systems. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
8, 9, 10, 11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Application is demonstrated by the student without prompting scoring 90% or more on the five SimNet CD Lesson modules Application is demonstrated by the student without prompting scoring 70 to 89% or more on the five SimNet CD Lesson modules Application is demonstrated by the student without prompting scoring 60 to 69% or more on the five SimNet CD Lesson modules Application is not demonstrated by the student without prompting scoring less than 60% or more on the five SimNet CD Lesson modules 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
8, 9, 10, 11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
The student's is able to correctly answer more than 90% of the test questions regarding choice of software and constructing products using Office Software. The student's is able to correctly answer more than 70 to 89% of the test questions regarding choice of software and constructing products using Office Software. The student's is able to correctly answer more than 60 to 69% of the test questions regarding choice of software and constructing products Office Software. The student's is not able to correctly answer more than 59% of the test questions regarding choice of software and constructing products using Office Software. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
5, 12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Component skills are demonstrated by the student without prompting scoring 90% or more on the five SimNet CD Lesson modules Component skills are demonstrated by the student without prompting scoring 70 to 89% or more on the five SimNet CD Lesson modules Component skills are demonstrated by the student without prompting scoring 60 to 69% or more on the five SimNet CD Lesson modules Component skills are not demonstrated by the student without prompting scoring less than 60% or more on the five SimNet CD Lesson modules 
Relationship                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Relationship skills are demonstrated by the student without prompting scoring 90% or more on the five SimNet CD Lesson modules Relationship skills are demonstrated by the student without prompting scoring 70 to 89% or more on the five SimNet CD Lesson modules Relationship skills are demonstrated by the student without prompting scoring 60 to 69% or more on the five SimNet CD Lesson modules Relationship skills are not demonstrated by the student without prompting scoring less than 60% or more on the five SimNet CD Lesson modules 

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