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CS 140 Introduction to Computers
Cianciotta, Michael A.


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

S1T 2010 DLC

Faculty

Cianciotta, Michael A.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA Computer Resources and Information Management
MBA
CISSP, CISA, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, CIW, Network+,  i-Net+, A+, CLS, CIA

Office Location

Not Applicable

Office Hours

Mon - Fri 0700 - 1430 EST

Daytime Phone

540-207-9941

E-Mail

michael.cianciotta@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.cianciotta.com

Semester Dates

01/11/2010 - 03/07/2010

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

  
Using Information Technology: Complete, 8th Edition 
Brian K. Williams, Stacy Sawyer
ISBN 9780073516752

 

SimNet Online for Microsoft Office 2007 Suite

McGraw-Hill ISBN 0077297695

GO With Microsoft Office 2007, Custom Edition 
Gaskin, Bohn, et al., Pearson Custom Publishing/Pearson
ISBN 0558167063

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 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/.
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 helpdesk@parkonline.org 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.


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:
The course will be conducted with lectures based upon the text, exercises, and group discussion.

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:

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 48 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, 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.

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="checked"="checked="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 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.

  • Submission of Late Work: Late work is not acceptable.  Any credit received is at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Proctored final examination/Project - This course requires a proctored final examination.  See the information below:.  
    • 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. 
    • 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.

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

Week

Topic

Assignment

Point Value

1

Windows

 

 

    Register SimNet
10

 

 

Windows SimNet

10

 

 

Quiz 1

20

 

 

Quiz 2

20

 

 

Discussion

20

2

Word

 

 

 

 

Project 5A

10

 

 

Project 5B

10

 

 

Project 6A

10

    Project 6B
10
    Project 6D
10

 

 

Word SimNet

20

 

 

Quiz 3

20

 

 

Quiz 4

20

 

 

Discussion

20

3

Word

 

 

 

 

Project 7A

10

 

 

Project 7B

10

 

 

Project 8A

10

    Project 8B
10

 

 

Quiz 5

20

 

 

Quiz 6

20

 

 

Discussion

20

4

Word

 

 

 

 

Project 15A

10

 

 

Project 15B

10

 

 

Project 16A

10

 

 

Project 16B

10

 

 

Discussion

20

    PowerPoint SimNet
20

 

 

Midterm Exam

100

5

Powerpoint

 

 

 

 

Project 17A

10

 

 

Project 17B

10

    Project 17Z
10

 

 

Quiz 7

20

 

 

Discussion

20

6

Excel

 

 

 

 

Project 9A

10

 

 

Project 9B

10

 

 

Project 9E

10

 

 

Quiz 8

20

    Quiz 9
20
    Excel SimNet
20

 

 

Discussion

20

7

Excel

 

 

 

 

Project 10A

10

 

 

Project 10B

10

 

 

Project 11A

10

 

 

Project 11B

10

    Quiz 10
20

 

 

Discussion

20

8

Access

 

 

 

 

Project 22A

10

 

 

Textbook Summary

10

 

 

SimNet Access

20

 

 

Discussion

10

 

 

Final Exam

200

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:

    Course-Specific Policies:

    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 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. 

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Threaded Discussions. At minimum, you must post make at least three posts per week.  Additionally, posts must be made on at least 3 different days per week.  The week is defined from Monday – Sunday, you will not have the opportunity to post prior to the beginning or after the close of each week.

    I also look for quality participation. Each comment should add value to our discussion. For example you will not get credit for a post that simply states “I agree” or the like. You may obtain information from your text, the Internet or other source, but when you use these sources you must reference them.

    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.

    Quizzes and a Final Test are required in this course. There will be a quiz Week 4 and the final Week 8.

    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.

    Weekly Assignments. Weekly assignments and Learning Objectives are outlined on each weekly tab. At the beginning of each week, please review the weekly tab for required assignments.

    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
    Academic 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
    Academic 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.

    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.
    ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

    Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

    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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