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Intro to Computers Spring 2012 Syllabus MWF 8am


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CIS-1203 Introduction to Computers
Course Information
  CIS-1203 – Introduction to Computers – Spring 2012
  Instructor: Johnny Howard
  E-mail: jhoward@asumh.edu
  Phone: 870.508.6271

Instructor Availability
  Office Hours:

      Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am

      ***Other hours may be available by appointment.***

                        Textbook and Materials
                          1. Discovering Computers 2012 (Introductory) --- by Gary B. Shelly & Misty
                             E. Vermaat from the Shelly/Cashman series (Course Technology)
                             ISBN: 1439079412
                          2. Access to an reliable high-speed Internet connection & ASUMH email
                          3. USB Flash Drive (any size)
                          4. Access to the following software: Microsoft Office 2010 – Word, Excel,
                             and PowerPoint (Word Perfect, Microsoft Works, or Open Office will not be

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Primary Text Purpose and Objectives of the Course
Course Description:
This is an introductory course in the basic use of computer hardware, software, procedures, systems, and
required human resources. Emphasis is on computer literacy, historical development of computers, data
processing methods, the processing cycle, operations considerations, storage and retrieval methods, systems
security and computer-based support systems. Various hands-on assignments will be completed using basic
concepts of Microsoft Office 2010 – Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the student will have developed the following basic skills:
   1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of computers and computer terminology commonly used
       with computer hardware and software to accept input, process data, and store data.
   2. Demonstrate key file management skills.
   3. Demonstrate an understanding of the potential impact of microcomputers on business and society.
   4. Demonstrate skills at a basic level using word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software and
       other basic applications.
   5. Demonstrate the use of the Internet to find information for business, education and entertainment.
   6. Have an enhanced appreciation for computers and other information technology and its effect upon
       our lives.

Academic Integrity/Plagiarism
Dishonesty in any form, including but not limited to plagiarism, submitting assignments prepared
by others, unauthorized possession of exams, or using unauthorized materials during exams,
may result in the student being withdrawn from the class with a failing grade or being
suspended from the university. For further information, refer to the ASUMH Catalog and Student
Regular attendance is essential in a college-level course. Students should miss no more than
three hours of classroom instruction per semester. Instructors monitor attendance in on-line
classes based on participation in the class as evidenced by students turning in assignments,
participating in discussion boards, or corresponding via e-mail. Excessive absences may be
penalized, including failure of the course, at the discretion of the instructor. Make up work is at
the discretion of the instructor. Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal, and the
appropriate withdrawal process must be followed. See ASUMH catalog and student handbook
for withdrawal procedure.

Incomplete Grade
At the faculty member's discretion, a grade of Incomplete may be granted during the last week
of a course provided all of the following criteria are met:
    1. The student has completed 75 percent of the course work with a passing grade.
    2. The faculty member determines that an "Incomplete" is appropriate under the
    3. Attendance requirements have been met for the course, and the student/learner is
       therefore eligible for a grade.

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   4. Student/learner is earning a passing grade in the course on the submitted assignments
      and participation at the time the Incomplete is requested.
   5. Student/learner requests, in writing to the Instructor, a grade of Incomplete during the
      last week of class, prior to the course end date.
   6. Student/learner and faculty enter into a written agreement containing:
       a) A course completion plan;
       b) A clearly identified extended course deadline not to exceed three (3) weeks from the
          original course end date; and
   7. Unless the faculty and student/learner have entered into an Incomplete grade agreement
      before the course ends, assignments submitted after the last day of class will not be

Late Assignments
Assignments are late if they are not posted by 11:59 p.m. ASUMH Time C.S.T. /C.D.T. The
day they are due. Unless the student/learner and instructor have negotiated and mutually
agreed upon an alternative submission date in advance, late assignments receive a 25%
deduction for each day they are late. Assignments more than four days late will not be
accepted. Technological issues are not considered valid grounds for late assignment
submission. In the event of a server outage, students should submit assignments through email
to the instructor and post to Blackboard when systems are restored. Unless an Incomplete
grade has been granted, student/learner assignments submitted after the last day of class
will not be accepted.
                                            No Makeup Exams
 I do not give makeup exams. If you must miss a test and let me know in advance, we can work out an
 appointment to take the test early. If you have an emergency and must miss an exam, your final exam
 will count for double the points to make up for the missed exam. You may only miss one exam. If you
           miss two exams in a semester, you will receive failing grades for each exam missed.

Length of Course
Your ASUMH course lasts for about 15 weeks. You are expected to be online each of the
course weeks. Expect to be an active participant in your class each week.

      Be friendly, positive and self-reflective.
      Use proper language and titles.
      Leave the characters like smiley faces, and instant message abbreviations out.

      Ask for clarification. If you are unsure of what was said, or the instructor's directive, or
       are trying to interpret a person's expressions, then ask again.
      Use underscores or asterisks for emphasizing words.
      The use of all caps is offensive.
      Be mindful of your tone.

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      Check your spelling.
      Quote back only what is relevant.
      Don't send unsolicited file attachments.
      Use a descriptive subject line. Let your subject line reflect the nature of your message.
       Never leave your subject line Re:something.

Students with Disabilities

It is the policy of ASUMH to accommodate students with disabilities. ASUMH Accommodation
Personnel is responsible for providing arrangements to accommodate students according to
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the
beginning of the course, any student with a disability who needs accommodation should inform
ASUMH Accommodation Personnel and the course instructor.

Course Assessment and Performance Measures
Your grade will be made up of:
Exams –                                                      4 @ 100 points each =      400 points
Social Networking Project -                                  1 @ 100 points         = 100 points
Homework Assignments and Discussion Boards -                 10 @ 50 points each =      500 points
Mouserobics Quiz -                                           1@ 50 points           =     50 points
Video Project -                                              1 @ 250 points         =    250 points
                                                                     Total points =     1300 points

      90 – 100       A
      80 – 89        B
      70 – 79        C
      60 – 69        D
      0 – 59         F
       Partial points will be rounded to the nearest full point to determine the overall course
       grade; for example, 83.4 = 83 and 83.5 = 84.

Weekly Schedule/ASUMH Time
This class is Internet Assisted. Officially, this is a Monday, Wednesday, Friday class. However,
we will only meet in the classroom on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Friday is designated as an
Internet lab day and you will have assignments that will need to be completed by Friday.

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Course Outline

                                    Course Outline

   Week 1        Day 1: Monday
January 16 –
 January 20            Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
                 Day 2: Wednesday
                       Introductions/Syllabus
                 Day 3: Friday (Lab Day)
                       Sign in to Blackboard and familiarize yourself with the website and
                        campus gmail.
   Week 2        Day 1: Monday
January 23 –           Discuss Social Networking Project & Begin Chapter 1
 January 27
                 Day 2: Wednesday
                       Chapter 1, contd.
                 Day 3: Friday (Lab Day)
                       Post to the Introductions Discussion Board
                       Complete Mouserobics Quiz

   Week 3        Day 1: Monday
January 29 –           Chapter 2
 February 3
                 Day 2: Wednesday
                       Chapter 3
                 Day 3: Friday (Lab Day)
                       Online Scavenger Hunt
                       Did You Know Discussion Board

   Week 4        Day 1: Monday
February 6 –           Take Exam 1 (Chapters 1 – 3)
February 10
                 Day 2: Wednesday
                       Microsoft Office – Microsoft Power Point
                       Social Networking Project – Docs.com
                 Day 3: Friday (Lab Day)
                       Create My Life Power Point Presentation
                       Social Networking Project – Attach Power Point to Facebook Page

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   Week 5       Day 1: Monday
February 13           Microsoft Office – Microsoft Word
– February
    17          Day 2: Wednesday
                      Social Networking Project: Linked In
                Day 3: Friday (Lab Day)
                      Create and Submit Resume
                      Social Networking Project – Set up Linked In profile and connect with
                       2 people (Mr. Howard and Tamara Mitchell)

   Week 6       Day 1: Monday
February 20           Microsoft Office – Microsoft Excel
– February
    24          Day 2: Wednesday
                      Team Video Projects Assigned
                Day 3: Friday
                      Make an initial post to the team group page in Blackboard to check in
                      Develop three main points for your video based on the topic assigned

   Week 7       Day 1: Monday
February 27           Chapter 4
 – March 2
                Day 2: Wednesday
                      Video Editing Tutorial
                Day 3: Friday
                      Complete the RFID Discussion Board
                      Complete the Know Your Computer Assignment
                      Complete the “Game Plan” for filming your video

   Week 8       Day 1: Monday
 March 5 –            Chapter 5
  March 9
                Day 2: Wednesday
                      Chapter 6
                Day 3: Friday
                      Complete Photo Editing Lab Assignment
                      Schedule Filming times

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   Week 9       Day 1: Monday
 March 12 –           Chapter 7
  March 16
                Day 2: Wednesday
                      Windows – File Management Lab
                Day 3: Friday
                      Social Networking Project - Mid-Term Update
                      Complete Exam 2 – Chapters 4-7

  Week 10
 March 19 –
  March 23             Spring Break!!!!
  Week 11       Day 1: Monday
 March 26 –           Chapter 8
  March 30
                Day 2: Wednesday
                      Computer Safety/Security
                Day 3: Friday
                      Computer Protection Evaluation Discussion Board
                      Begin Video Editing

  Week 12       Day 1: Monday
  April 2 –           Chapter 9
   April 6
                Day 2: Wednesday
                      Social Networking Project – Video Chatting (Skype/Oovoo)
                Day 3: Friday
                      Social Networking Project Posts/Updates
                      Continue Video Editing
                      Complete Exam 3: Chapters 8-9

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  Week 13       Day 1: Monday
  April 9 –           In-Class Video Project Work Day
  April 13
                Day 2: Wednesday
                      In-Class Video Project Work Day (You still must show up)
                Day 3: Friday
                      Continue working on Video Project
                      Social Networking Project Wrap Up – Posts and Comments

  Week 14       Day 1: Monday
  April 16 –          Chapter 11
   April 20
                Day 2: Wednesday
                      Cyberbullying Discussion (In Class)
                Day 3: Friday
                      Social Networking Project – Cyberbullying Follow-up
                      Video Final Drafts Due

  Week 15       Day 1: Monday
  April 23 –          Video Presentations (In Class)
   April 27
                Day 2: Wednesday
                      Video Presentations (In Class)
                Day 3: Friday

                Team Evaluation Forms Due

  April 30 –          Final Exam
   May 4

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