CS 140 Introduction to Computers
U1T 2006 DLC
BS Electricity/ElectronicsMS Industrial Management
June 5, 2006 - July 30, 2006
Textbook: Textbook: Williams, Sawyer, Using Information Technology 6th edn. complete, McGraw-Hilll/Irwin, 2005. ISBN #007288293X
1. Coulthard/Hutchinson, Microsoft Office, 2003, Advantage Series lab book ISBN #007283447
2. Triad Interactive SimNet for Office 2003 Enterprise Edition Office Suite. ISBN #0073221171
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 though the MBS bookstore
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
Educational Philosophy: The instructors philosophy is one of interaction and cooperation. The course is based upon readings, practice and exercises designed to improve skills in the utilization of the MS Operating System, the Office Suite of products and the understanding of hardware components and how the components are selected to build a custom personal computer.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Weekly readings, exercises, quizzes and discussion topics make up this class.
Grading: Each assignment is graded as outlined in the detailed online syllabus. Point values for each assignment have been assigned by the course developer and are available on each weekly grade page.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submission of work will be limited and MUST be due to an overwhelming issue. Submission of late work will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: It is expected that each and every student participate in each weekly activity, including the Discussion Forum. Each student is expected to participate in a professional manner and to treat each other with respect.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: 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.
There 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.
Prior 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 several times a 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 correct dropboxes.
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 tutorial 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.
Week 8 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 tutorial lessons for chapters 1 - 4 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.
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