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CS 140 Introduction to Computers
Goodman, George E.


Mission Statement:

Vision Statement:

Course

CS 140  Introduction to Computers

Semester

S1R 2013 SC

Faculty

Goodman, George E.

Title

Academic Director Scott AFB Campus and Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MS Computer Resources and Information Management

Office Location

Scott AFB, IL

Office Hours

after 5:00 pm

Daytime Phone

618-980-2493

Other Phone

618-980-2493

E-Mail

george.goodman@park.edu

george.e.goodman.civ@mail.mil

Semester Dates

S1R 2013

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 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 9e Custom Edition for Park University.  2011. Williams, Sawyer McGraw-Hill    ISBN-9780077511838
  2. Go! with M/S Office 2010 Custom edition for Park University,  Gaskin Ferret, Pearson Custom Publishing/Pearson,  ISBN 9780558783679
  3. TRIAD INTERACT. SIMNET-ACCESS CARD  CUSTOM PACKAGE
    0077798597      9780077798598
Required Software:

 

  1. Office 2010 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 7 operating system is recommended (We have not found problems with people using Vista or Windows XP, but support calls for software on personal computers should be directed to the hardware or software reseller) **
  3. SimNet tutorial purchased in the textbook list above

** Park University IT does not provide support for Vista  at this time. Students must contact their computer reseller for any problems encountered with this OS on their personal computers. The Simnet Helpdesk is 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:


Course Description:
This course introduces computer concepts, terminology, and applications to enable students to use computers in their education and career.  This class will feature lectures. written assignments, and demonstrations of computer concepts.  The lab will concentrate on hands-on computer lab projects using the dominant Windows operating system and Office applications.  Software will include Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Internet browsers.  Students will be introduced to the structure and use of personal computer hardware, peripherals, comparison of popular operating systems, recent history of technology and some ethical implications.  3:0:3.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes


Core Assessment:

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Office Lab Assignments.  By the end of the course you should be proficient in the use of Windows, 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 7 operating system is recommended and Office 2010 software is required. (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

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 3 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.  Work received after the due date may receive half credit at the discretion of the instructor.  Work received more than one week late will not receive any credit at all.   
  • 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. 

  • Submission of Late Work: Late work is not acceptable.  Any credit received is at the discretion of the instructor.  Work received after the due date may receive half credit at the discretion of the instructor.  Work received more than one week late will not receive any credit at all.    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 IP22A.  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 proctored Examination.
    Congratulate yourself on a job well done!

    Academic Honesty:

    Plagiarism:

    Attendance Policy:

    Office Lab Assignments.  By the end of the course you should be proficient in the use of Windows, 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 the current Windows operating system and Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required. (see software list).

    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:

    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

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    Last Updated:11/26/2012 11:57:46 AM