CS 140 Introduction to Computers
S2T 2007 DLF
Rivera-Loudon, Donna M.
M.B.A. in Information Technology ManagementB.S. Management/Human Resource Management
Tuesday 5 to 6 pm PST in our class chatroom & Saturday noon to 1 pm PST by phone (760)217-4589
March 19 to May 13, 2007
Textbook: Textbook: Williams, Sawyer, Using Information Technology 7th edn. complete, McGraw-Hilll/Irwin, 2005. ISBN #0072260718
Lab Requirements: 1. Coulthard/Hutchinson, Microsoft Office, 2003, Advantage Series lab book ISBN #0072834472. 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)
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This course introduces computer concepts, terminology, and applications to enable students to use computers in their education 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: My Teaching Philosophy
I believe it is my responsibility to assist students in developing problem solving skills. This is especially important in today's business world. I do not believe a student truly benefits from memorizing answers. Instead, I would like students to use the techniques they are learning to solve problems. In this course, students will have the opportunity to use their newly learned skills by completing hands-on assignments. Giving students the ability to practice their skills immediately is one of the best methods for learning and developing computer skills. Some of the student hands-on assignments are for practice and will not be graded. I encourage students to complete these practice assignments. They will go a long way in helping develop computer skills that are a crucial part of today's business environment.
I believe that writing is one of the most important skills a student can develop. Many business leaders complain that potential employees lack the ability to communicate effectively when writing. I believe it is every college instructors' responsibility to help their students develop effective writing skills. Students who develop such writing skills early in their college career are able to be more successful throughout college and later in their professional careers. Effective writing involves more than proper spelling and grammar. An effective writer will able to communicate his or her ideas to their fullest potential. Well-developed written communication is more likely to be heard by business associates and peers. In this course, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate and improve their writing skills by completing three written summary assignments; one if week seven and two in week eight. These summaries should express thoughts clearly and use appropriate spelling and grammar.
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.
a. Chapter Quizzes, Office Lab Assignments, Participation in class discussions, Mid-term and Final tests and Attendance 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 chapter quizzes in the course.
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.
i. 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.
j. Peer review of various weekly assignments as noted in the course are also taken into consideration as part of the participation grade.
k. 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 those weeks.
l. Students will receive attendance grades using the Activity feature in the Gradebook.
m. Students are expected to participate in all the graded Discussion threads at least 6 times or more a week. The threads will be helpful to answer any questions that will arise about lab or course work and gain knowledge of textbook concepts.
o A 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.
Important Information on your final exam
1. The comprehensive final is not a take-home test
2. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam
3. For all online courses, the student must pass the final exam with 60% or better to pass the course.
Other Information on proctored exams:
* It 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 instructor.
* Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
* A 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.
* Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. Hence, you cannot pass this course if you do not take the final exam.
Grading Scale for CS 140 Introduction to Computer
Assign 1 Cover Letter
Assign 2 Resume
Assign 3 Revise the syllabus
Assign 4 Internet Research Report
Assign 5 Apply Varied Formatting
Assign 6 Newsletter
Assign 7 Tables
Assign 8 Term Paper
Assign 1 Grade Book
Assign 2 Entering Formulas/Modifying a Worksheet
Assign 3 Case Study
Assign 4 Bookstore
Assign 5 Financial
Assign 6 Range Names & Employment Chart
Chapter Nine Summary
A book summary
B Lab summary
Quizzes and Tests
Weekly Threaded Discussions
8 Weeks at 20 points each = 160
Install and Register SimNet: 10 points
Windows Chapters One and Two: 10 points
Word Chapters One to Four: 20 points
PowerPoint Chapters One to Four: 20 points
Excel Chapters One to Four: 20 points
Access Chapters One to Four: 20 points
Late Submission of Course Materials: Submission of Late Work: Late work is not acceptable. Students will receive a ten percent reduction in grade for Each Week an assignment is week. For example: two weeks late equals a twenty percent reduction in grade.
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.
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.
Textbook. 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.
Other Assignments will include participating in on-line discussions. Each week will contain various discussion threads. The student’s Questions and Answers thread is not graded, but provides students the opportunity to interact with each other. Such interaction is crucial in online classrooms and I encourage each student to take part in this discussion thread. Each week will have two additional discussion threads that will be graded. These threads will include topics such as: 1. What I have Learned, 2. Information Technology topics, and 3. Peer reviews.
Quizzes and a Final Exam are required in this course. There will be a midterm in Week 4 and the final exam in Week 8. You will need a proctor for your final exam.
Attendance 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 (Multiple Chapter 2 “The Internet & World Wide Web”. After reading the chapters, take Quiz 1 and Quiz 2, found in your online classroom.
There will be a Windows assignment to complete in Week 1. Submit your completed assignment to the course drop box.
Students need the SimNet CD to Install a Windows simulation. The directions to Install SimNet are found in Doc Sharing. After installing SimNet students will need to complete the Windows Simulation. You will receive ten points once your instructor sees that you have successfully installed the program.
Students will complete a Windows simulation in SimNet. This simulation will give practical, hands-on experience using various features of Windows. Your instructor will be able to see when you have completed the Windows exercise in SimNet. There are actually two exercises; Windows Chapter One and Windows Chapter Two.
Students must respond several times a week to the Discussion threads. A minimum of one comment per graded thread and two responses to your fellow students per graded thread is required in order to receive full credit for the discussions. This means students must post to the discussion board a minimum of six times this week.
Week 2: The Textbook assignment will be to read Chapter 3 Software: Tools for Productivity & Creativity and Chapter 4 Hardware: After reading the chapters, take Quiz 3 and Quiz 4, found in your online classroom.
There is a SimNet Word Lesson tutorial assignment. This week you will complete Word Chapters One to Four in the SimNet program.
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 your complete Word assignments to the course dropboxes. Students should form the habit of using the Help menu available in all Office 2003 applications--Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
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--Input and Output and Chapter 6 Communications, Networks & Safeguards. After reading the chapters, take Quiz 5 and Quiz 6, found in your online classroom.
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.
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.
There are no assignments in SimNet this week.
Week 4: The Textbook assignment will require you to read Chapter 7 Personal Technology and Chapter 8 Databases & Information Systems. After reading the chapters, take Quiz 7 and Quiz 8, found in your online classroom.
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.
Don't forget to cut and paste items of interest into the Journal for Week 8. Take the Midterm. 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. After reading the chapter, take Quiz 9 found in your online classroom.
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. You will complete Excel Chapters One to Four in the SimNet program.
Don't forget to use the Journal.
The SimNet assignment is to complete PowerPoint Chapters One to Four and Excel Chapters One to Four.
Week 6: The Textbook assignment will require you to read Chapter 10 “Information Systems Analysis & Programming”. After reading the chapters, take Quiz 10 found in your online classroom.
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.
Be sure your Proctor Examination Form is submitted to your instructor this week in order to take the Final Examination.
There are no SimNet assignments this week.
Week 7: The Textbook assignment is to briefly discuss the Challenges of the Digital Age (Chapter 9) in a word document at least one page in length (usually three or four paragraphs). Post to the Week 7 Discussion as a word attachment so other students may respond to your ideas. The grade for this assignment will be part of the discussion grade this week.
There are Excel Assignments to complete. Use the Advantage Lab book and the practice files found on the web to learn and practice any new concepts before trying to complete assignments #4, #5, and #6. The files to complete the required assignments are in Doc Sharing under View: Excel. Submit the assignments to the correct course dropboxes.
Week 8: The assignment is to summarize major ideas from A. The textbook and B. The lab assignments and connect them with real world experiences. Discuss the major concepts that you have learned in this course that you believe are/or will be beneficial to you. Each Summary should be at least one page or more in length. Post each summary as a word attachment to the A and B Discussion threads so other students may respond to your ideas. This is your Discussion grade this week.
The Lab assignment is to complete the SimNet Access Chapters One to Four.
This is the final week so say farewell in the Discussion thread.
Take the Final Examination.
2. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam
3. For all online courses, the student must pass the final exam with 60% or better to pass the course.
Congratulate yourself on a job well done!
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• Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed. Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
• Plagiarism involves the use of quotation 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 assignments (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
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I graduated from Park University in the year 2000 with a Bachelors Degree in Management/Human Resource Management. I earned my B.S. primarily through Park's online classroom environment. I earned my Masters in Business Administration in Information Technology at Jones International University. JIU is a completely on-line Master's program. I believe the education I received via the online classroom was unique and invaluable. It is my sincere desire to assist others in experiencing this type of learning and it benefits.
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Tuesday from 5 pm to 6 pm via our class chatroom
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I have opted to have one office hour early in the week to give you plenty of time to complete your assignments after our discussion. The second hour is towards the end of the week in case you need additional assistance before the weekend. If you have questions and cannot wait until one of my office hours you have three options available to you.
1. You can post your question on the Office Thread, which is under the Course Home button on the left side of our classroom window. By posting your question here other students will also benefit from my answer to your question. If you have a question you would prefer not to share with your fellow classmates you can use option two.
2. You can email me. I check my email daily and will respond to questions within 24 hours. Please note that on Sundays and holidays it may take a little longer for me to respond.
3. You can post your question to the question/answer section of the discussion board for that week. When you do this you are sharing your question with the entire class. There are several benefits to this. First, your fellow students may be able to answer your question for you. Thus, you benefit from the knowledge and experience of your fellow students. Second, when I post an answer to your question your fellow students will be able to view my answer. Hence, students with the same question as you can find answers immediately and not have to wait for me to email them back. I encourage each student to post questions and answers to the discussion board. We have a broad range of students in our class and we can all benefit from each other's experience.
Assignment Guidelines to Follow
All assignments are to be completed on time and submitted to the correct course dropbox. Late work will receive a ten percent reduction in grade for each week the assignment is late. 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.
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