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CS 140 Introduction to Computers
Sayles, Kenneth W.


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

F2B 2008 BLA

Faculty

Sayles, Kenneth W.

Title

Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

M.S. Computer Science
CISSP
CEH

Office Hours

By Request

Daytime Phone

915-217-8214

E-Mail

kenneth.sayles@park.edu

Ken.Sayles@gmail.com

Semester Dates

Fall Two 2008

Class Days

------S

Class Time

1:10 - 6:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 Using Information Technology: A Practical Introduction to Computers & Communications – 7th Edition – Copyright - 2006 Brian K. Williams, Stacey C. Sawyer ISBN-10: 0072260718 McGraw-Hill Companies, The

Gaskin, et al. GO! With Microsoft Office 2007 Introductory, Pearson Education, 2008, ISBN# 978013241874

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

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:
CS140 Introduction to Computers (MGE): 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:
I will do my best to present the material in an understandable and enjoyable manner.  However, I cannot do the learning for you, so you must take personal responsibility for your education.  Part of that responsibility involves respecting those around you and their right to learn.  Outside conversation should be kept out of the classroom.  Tardiness is also a disruption and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.  

I will encourage all of you to ask questions and learn by experience, so please do not be afraid to approach me with new issues or ask questions.  I want all of you to get the most out of the class, and this means that you have to actively take part in your education.  If I don't know you have a problem or are having difficulties, I will not know how I can help you.  Please feel free to bring your issues to me as soon as possible, and I will do my best to help you. 

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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 13.  Learn about LiveCD operating systems.
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:
There will be daily quizzes starting the second class period.  The quizzes will be worth 10% of your final grade and will cover material reviewed up to that point.  There will be between 6 and 8 quizzes, but only 4 will count towards your final grade.  I will use your top 4 grades.  Since I treat the quizzes in this way, quizzes cannot be made-up for any reason.  There will also be weekly assignments.  I will assign them at the beginning or end of class, and they will be due at the beginning of the following class.  These assignments will count for 60% of your final grade.  There will be a final exam on the last day of class covering all material from the beginning.  This exam will count for 20% of your final grade.   Your participation in class, which also includes attendance and classroom behavior,  will count for the remaining 10% of your final grade.

Grading:
Grading Scale:  The following grading scale will be used.  A = 90% or higher, B = 80-89.9%, C = 70-79.9%, D = 60-69.9%, F = Below 60%.  Extra credit will NOT be given to offset low scores or absences.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments should be turned in at the beginning of class.  Late assignments must be approved by me. All absences must be made up by HANDING IN the completed assignment as soon as possible after the absence. Work must be shown that indicates how each answer was obtained, wherever possible.  Failure to make up an absence results in a reduction of 1% of the final grade for each absence.  If extenuating circumstances arise, please make them known to me so that I can work with you in your situation. Four (4) unexcused absences will force an "Academic Withdrawal" to occur.  Only 1 "two-week" T.D.Y. will be allowed during the course.   When you turn in an assignment, include your full name, the date, and the assignment number in the upper right corner.  Concerning grading, I am human and I will make mistakes.  You have until the next class period to return an assignment to me if you feel I graded it incorrectly.  I will review the assignment and return points to you as needed.  However, whether I have made a mistake or not, assignments cannot be returned for review after the next class period.  I will be happy to review the issue, but no more points will be awarded. My late policy is as such:  There will be an automatic 24-hour grace period after an assignment is due during which I will not deduct points.  This grace period is useful if you have car trouble, get sick, or have any other situation that requires missing class.  After this grace period, 10 points will be deducted for every day the assignment is late, including weekends.  Assignments more than 11 days late will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect you to conduct yourselves in a professional manner.  You should respect both yourself and those around you.  Outside conversation has no place during class time.  There will be periodic breaks during class.  Any conversation with others not relating to the class should be kept to this time.  I will not tolerate any rude comments, including discriminatory or sexual comments, and I will dismiss students from the class, if I feel it is necessary.  I think a learning environment based on mutual respect is beneficial to everyone.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Assignments will be determined weekly based on class progress, and they will include book and computer assignments. Some assignments will be assigned as homework, and others will be completed in class. I try to make assignments that reflect what you have learned to that point, so while I do have an agenda, I will be flexible according to how the class is progressing.

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
One note:I encourage you to work with others to learn and understand the material better, but any work you submit must be wholly your own.  If I suspect any students of cheating, I will address the issue with those students first, but I reserve the right to send the issue up for resolution.

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
Please contact me if you have an emergency or are expecting to be absent.  I will not always be able to answer my phone depending on what time it is and where I am.  I should be available by phone between the hours of 6 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. However, the best way to reach me is by email.  I check my email regularly even when I am at work, so I can respond quicker in this manner.  Please feel free to send me emails, but include CS 140 Introduction to Computers in the subject line.  Please call me only if you have not been able to reach me any other way, or it is an emergency.

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 .

Additional Information:

A short biography of myself:  I have been working with computers for about 16 years, and I have been programming for about 13 years.   I graduated with my Bachelor's in Computer Science from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2002.  I continued into Graduate School and completed my Master's in Computer Science in 2004.  I have worked in industry since the beginning of 2005, and I have been teaching at Park University, Ft. Bliss, since Fall of 2005.  I am currently working on a second Master's in Philosophy, specifically investigating issues of ethics with regards to technology.



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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