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CS 140 Introduction to Computers
Doulas, Nick


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

U1Z 2011 ML

Faculty

Doulas, Nick

Title

Adjunct Faculty/Computer Science

Degrees/Certificates

Masters Degree in Information Systems
PH.D. candidate in Information Security

Office Location

Barnes Noble Coffee Shop:  1601 Market Place Drive Suite 65, Great Falls, MT 59404

Office Hours

By Appointment; Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Daytime Phone

406-899-4664

E-Mail

562969@park.edu

doulas41@bresnan.net

Semester Dates

June 6th to July 31st 2011

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

1. Using Information Technology Complete Complete Custom Edition. Williams, Sawyer, McGraw-Hill ISBN-13: 9780077424275 ISBN-10: 0077424271

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 (This software is OPTIONAL)
    ISBN # 0077297695

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/.

http://www.bn.com
http://www.amazon.com

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

Educational Philosophy:
My philosophy on adult education is we learn together in a multi-media environment.  This means that instructive material will be presented via the internet, web sites, lectures, reading, projects, and tests.

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/basic technology concepts.  By the end of the course you should be proficient in the use of Windows operating systems, 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, use a computer with Windows XP or newer operating system and Office 2007 software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.

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

Midterm 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 the grades will be posted by the following Sunday(I am hopingsooner, but I can not guarantee this.) in the grade book.  Early submissions will be graded but not viewable until the deadline for that assignment has passed.

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 and any homework assigned.  
 
c. The Windows SimNet lesson is due at the end of the week it is assigned.  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 a presentation/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 in-class discussions.  The discussions will be helpful to answer any questions that will arise about lab or course work and gain knowledge of textbook concepts.
 
 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
 
An 8 week detailed schedule will be given out on the first day of class
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

  • Submission of Late Work: Late work is not acceptable. 

    Late assignments:  Assignments are due the following week they are given.  For example, Week 1 homework must be turned in by the time Week 2 class starts. For every day after the due date, a 10% reduction will be in affect, unless previous arrangements have been made.  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.

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

                                                  Attendance

Attendance is vital in this course. Attendance will be taken and points given. If you are not here, for whatever reason, you will receive a zero for that day. If you are late, regardless of the reason, attendance points will be reduced. Assignments done within class (in-class assignments) cannot be made-up. Due to the number of points available, missing a class or two will not adversely affect your overall grade but repeatedly missing class or showing up late will affect your final grade. Material or issues may be discussed in class which are not in your textbook or on any handout.If you must be absent, you are expected to obtain explanations of assignments and demonstrations from your fellow classmates.

**Please be respectful by refraining from working on laptops (unless taking notes), talking, texting, etc. during lecture. Students that talk or work on other things during lecture can distract both the instructor and those students around them. In addition, they often miss key instructions or concepts discussed during the lecture. For this reason, if needed, I will ask you to stop talking or using a prohibited device. If I need to repeatedly remind you of this policy, points will be deducted from your participation (attendance) score. In severe cases, you will be asked to leave the class. If you are using the laptop to take notes you will need to email me a copy of the notes BEFORE leaving class, otherwise a zero will be given for participation for that day. Notes are not graded so that don’t need to be modified or “cleaned-up”, but must adequately justify your use of a laptop during class.

“What if I must be absent or I am getting lost?”
 
Contact me as soon as possible if you get lost.

Important: If you quit attending class, officially drop the class. In the event of two consecutive weeks (4 classes) of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, you will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of F

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The Course topics will be given in detail the first day of class in the form of a schedule addressing topis/dates/ assignments.
 
Approximate total points are listed below
 
                  Class discussion (Wks 1-8         )160 pts.            (16%)

Assignments / Projects / HW        340 pts.            (34%)

Quizzes (Drop Lowest)                 100 pts.            (10%)

Exam I   (Tech basics, word)         100 pts.            (10%)

Exam II  (Excel, PowerPoint          100 pts.            (10%)

Final Exam (Comprehensive)         200 pts.            (20%)

            Total     1000 pts.(approx)

(Note: Total points and percentages are approximate, depending on the number of homework assignments collected, number of quizzes given and number of class meetings. Participation total may slightly vary if holidays, snow days, etc. occur on days the class meets)

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

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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