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CS 140 Introduction to Computers
Deaton, Nevin


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

S1J 2011 DN

Faculty

Deaton, Nevin

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. in Human Resource Development
B.S. in Business Administration
A.A. in Computer Electronics

Office Location

Park University Downtown Campus

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

913-788-5141

Other Phone

816-842-6859

E-Mail

439609@park.edu

alphaomegaent@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

S1J 2011

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

REQUIRED three (3) elements for CS 140 Introduction to Computers – all classes all formats, Home campus, online, SEL  at Park University

  1. Using Information Technology Complete Custom.  Williams, Sawyer, McGraw-Hill
    ISBN 9780077424275  
  2. Go with M/S Office 2007 Custom edition, Gaskin-Bohn, et. al., Pearson Custom Publishing/Pearson.
    ISBN # 0558167063
  3. SimNet Online Microsoft Office 2007 Suite, McGraw-Hill Higher Education. 
    ISBN # 0077297695 
Required Software:

 

  1. Office 2007 Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) needs to be installed on student's computer for all the Hands-on Projects.  Access software is not required as it is taught in the Simnet Office Simulation lessons.
  2. Windows XP operating system is recommended (We have not found problems with people using Vista or Windows 7, but support calls for software on personal computers should be directed to the hardware or software reseller) **
  3. SimNet software purchased in the textbook list above

** Park University IT does not provide support for Vista or Windows 7 at this time. Students must contact their computer reseller for any problems encountered with this OS on their personal computers. The Simnet Helpdesk at 1-800-331-5094

**Macintosh users need the latest edition of MS Office and OS for the Mac.  SimNet on a Mac should use Firefox and the latest Mac OS.  SimNet (McGraw-Hill) does not guarantee 100% accessibility on a Mac at this time.  However, many Mac users have not reported any problems using SimNet on their machines.  Park University IT does not support personal Macintosh computers.

 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:
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. A test-out option exists for CS140. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

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


Core Assessment:

 

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

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

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

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

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

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 2007 software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.

Other Assignments will include participating in on-line discussions 1. What I have Learned  2. Students' Questions and Answers and 3.  Peer review of artifacts.

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

Grading:
 

Students will use the Grade Book to track their grades throughout the course.  Please allow time for submitted assignments to be posted.  Generally speaking it will take at least 24 hours for a grade to be posted into the grade book.  Early submissions will be graded but not viewable until the deadline for that assignment has passed.

The Grading Rubric for assignments is posted in the Doc Sharing area of the course.

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

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

c. The Windows SimNet lesson is due at the end of the week 1.  Your instructor will tell you how this is recorded in the course.
 
d. The Word Projects Weeks 2 and 3 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 Projects Weeks 4 and 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 Projects 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 Lessons 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 Week 7 and 8 summaries will be helpful to review for the final test Week 8.  There is a Lab Summative Project Week 8 Students are expected to participate in all the Discussion threads at least 2 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.

  • 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.

     Course Grading Scale

     A = 90-100%..........900-1000
     B = 80-89%............800-899 
     C = 70-79%............700-799 
     D = 60-69%............600-699
     F = < 60%..............599 and below

Grading Scale for CS 140 Introduction to Computers
 Exams (Mid-term and Final)
            300
Textbook Quizzes 200
Lab Projects 250
SimNet 100
Discussion 150
Total Points 1000
   
Proctor Form Due Week 6

Late Submission of Course Materials:
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.

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.

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:

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, and Weekly Threaded Discussions.

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.  

Week 1 The first thing to do is respond to the Introductions thread.  The Textbook assignment will require you to read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 in the textbook.  After reading the chapters, view the PowerPoint Presentations and then take the quiz for each chapter.  There will be a Windows SimNet lesson to complete Week 1.  Students need to purchase SimNet. Tne directions to register 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 and Chapter 4 in the textbook.  After reading the chapters, view the PowerPoint presentations and take the quiz for each chapter.  There is a SimNet Word Lesson tutorial assignment.  SimNet directions are in Doc Sharing.  Week 1 you were to install and register SimNet.  Your instructor will tell you how to comlete and submit the Word SimNet Lessons o the course. 

Respond several times a week to the Discussion threads set up by your instructor.

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 Chapters 5 and 6 in the textbook.  View the PowerPoint Presentations for each chaper.  There are review quizzes for each chapter to complete found under week 3.

Respond several times a week to the Discussion threads set up by your instructor.

There are Word Projects. Prior to completing required assignments, students must practice the skills found in the GO Lab book. Skipping ahead usually results in frustration.  Students should also use the Word Help function.  Using the lab book, students should follow the directions and complete the projects.  Submit to the course dropboxes.  Respond several times a week to the Discussion threads set up by your instructor.  

Week 4 The Textbook assignment will be to review Chapters 1 to 6.  After reviewing the chapters, take the mid-term test.  
 
There are PowerPoint Simnet Lessons and Projects to complete.  Use the GO lab book, practice concepts, and then follow the directions and complete the projects   Submit to the correct course dropboxes.  Respond several times a week to the Discussion threads. 
 
Week 5 The Textbook assignment will require you to read Chapter 7 in the textbook.  View the PowerPoint for Chapter 7 and take the quiz.  Complete the PowerPoint projects and submit to the course dropboxes.  Respond as usual to the Discussion threads.
 
Week 6 The Textbook assignment will require you to read Chapters 8 and 9.  After reading the chapters, view the PowerPoints and take the chapter quizzes.
 
There are Excel SimNet lessons and Projects to complete.  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 Read Chapter 10 in the textbook, view the PowerPoint and take the quiz. There are Excel projects to complete. Use the lab book to review and practice the skills and concepts necessary before attempting to complete the projects.  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.   It should be at least one page in length and show evidence of critical thinking on your part. The second assignment is to complete the summative Lab Project 22A.  Submit to the dropboxes.
 
The final SimNet assignment is to complete the SimNet Access Lessons 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.
Congratulate yourself on a job well done!

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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 1. What I have Learned  2. Students' Questions and Answers and 3.  Peer review of artifacts.

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

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:

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.


All assignments are to be completed on time and submitted to the correct course dropbox. 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



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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