Computer Concepts and Applications
Summer Semester 2007
Instructor: Mrs. S. Thomas
Office Located: 206 Bibb Graves
Office Hours: 12:00-1:30 pm (MTWT)
Time of Class: 8:00 am to 9:50 am (MTWT)
Class Location: BG249
Course Description: An interdisciplinary introduction to microcomputer literacy, word processing, spreadsheets,
Database, and business graphics/presentation and the Internet.
Text: New Perspectives Microsoft Office 2003: New Premium Edition, Carey P., Finnegan
K., Oja D., Parson J., Pedicini J., Pinard K., Romer R., Ruffolo L., Shaffer A. The text is
packaged with materials called SAM that will be used for online testing from our
computer labs. Each package contains a unique ID that will be used in testing.
Grading Methods: Assessment Grade Breakdown as % of Final Grade
Exams (5) 90%
Homework, Sam Training, and Quizzes 10%
Course Purpose: The purpose of the course is to develop computer concepts and skills needed to prepare students
for the requirements of upper level business courses and to encourage students to further develop
their skills so they can function effectively in business organizations.
Upon completion of this course, the student will have demonstrated the ability to:
List and describe the hardware and software components of a computer system, use the operating
system to maintain file systems and run application programs, and send e-mails with attachments.
Use a word processing package to create, modify, save and preview documents that include title
pages, headers, footers, footnotes, bibliographies, page numbers, bulleted list, tables and images,
with margins, font formats, indentation and line spacing adjusted as appropriate for MLA or APA
Use an electronic spreadsheet package to create, save, modify and preview a multiple sheet
workbook that includes values, formulas, functions, special formatting and charts.
Use a database package to create, save populate, maintain, and query a database and to produce
Use a presentation software package to create, save, and show a multiple slide presentation using
various templates, designs, formats, objects, headers/footers, and animation and transition
We will meet in the lecture room for classroom instruction and precede to labs 244, 247, 248, and 249 Bibb Graves
for lab practice and examinations. Office and SAM are also installed in BG 215 and on some machines in Computer
Works for lab practice.
Course You must use your Troy University e-mail address when communicating with your
Requirements: instructor. No other email will be opened.
We will be using the Blackboard course management system for delivery and receipt of
homework projects. The web address for this site is http://troy.blackboard.com. We will
also be using an online testing system and an online grading system provided by the
publisher of your textbook. Instructions on using these systems will be provided to you.
Administration: All students must be on time for class. Projects must be submitted to instructor in a
timely manner and must be properly associated with the homework assignments.
Late assignments will only be accepted if the student has a valid excused absence.
Late assignments must be turned in upon the student’s return to campus.
After the class has completed each bank of lessons for each software product, you will take the exam for that
software product on the scheduled day.
- You will not be admitted to an exam without a picture ID (student ID or
- All other items brought to an exam must be kept under your chair
- You must be punctual as exams are timed.
- Those coming late to exams must complete them within the time remaining.
Additional Services: AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: Any students whose disabilities fall
within ADA must inform the instructor at the beginning of the term of any special
needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course.
Students who have or may be dealing with a disability or learning difficulty should
speak with the instructor; contact the Office of Adaptive Needs Programs
(Trojan Center 215), or call 670-3220/3221. Various accommodations are available
through the Adaptive Needs Program. The faculty in the School of Business makes
every effort to accommodate unique and special needs of students with respect to
speech, hearing, vision, seating, or other possible disabling conditions. Please
notify the instructor as soon as possible of requested accommodations or ways to help.
Absenteeism: Each student is expected to attend all scheduled classes. It is the student’s
responsibility to obtain all information and materials during his or her absence. If a
student has to be absent from a schedule exam due to a university function, it is the
student’s responsibility to let the professor know in advance. The student needs to
show documentation stating the reason for the absence and make arrangements
with the professor to take the scheduled exam before the exam due date.
Attendance Policy: If a student misses a class or lab it is his/her responsibility to obtain all information
and materials presented (including materials covered, handouts, skills learned, and
homework assignments) during his/her absence before returning to class.
I do not repeat lectures nor perform the tutoring function for students who are absent. Each absence will
make the successful completion of this course more difficult.
Excused absences: Excused absences have the following characteristics:
a. Professor was informed prior to the absence.
b. Professor determines that the absence is excused.
c. Absence is of the following type:
1. Participation in a documented official university function that does
not permit the student’s class attendance (e.g. participation in athletics
events, field trips, etc)
2. Severe illness (this does not include scheduled medical appointments
nor driving someone else to the doctor), a hospital stay, or a doctor’s
excuse stating that it is impossible for the student to attend class (es).
3. Death of immediate family member (spouse, child, parent, grand-
parent, or sibling)
4. Appearance in court.
5. Personal situations are approved by the instructor in advance of the
time the student is to be absent.
d. Written documentation (on letterhead) must be provided.
Incomplete Work Any incomplete work at the end of the term will not be accepted unless the student
Policy: and clear documentation prior to grades being submitted to the Registrar.
Cheating Policy: If you are caught cheating or committing plagiarism as defined in the ORACLE: Student
Handbook, 2005-2006, pp. 47-48, your grade for the exam/assignment will be reduced to
zero, your grade for the course could be reduced to an “F”, and you could be “suspended
from the university for a specific or an indefinite period.”
Within chapter lessons will not be taken up for a grade.
All lab assignments are due on the day of exam. Assignments must be submitted online thru Blackboard. No
other method of submission will be accepted unless approved by the professor.
If you can access your assignment from Blackboard, then I should be able to access it as well. There is no need for
you to ask me if I have received an assignment.
Hands-on assignments take considerable time to grade. Be patient.
Make-up exams will only be given for excused absences (see Attendance policy).
Class Procedure and There are no social promotions!!!!!! You must earn a passing grade by meeting course
Requirements: objectives. Faithful attendance, a pure heart, noble intentions, etc.—without genuine
achievement—you will not be able to pass the course. Examination, labs, and quizzes
will be the criteria for grades.
Students are expected to:
1. Punctually complete all assignments before the deadlines.
2. Be responsible for all instructions and assignments given in the course platform.
3. Read the textbook material before the project covering that material. This leads
to a better understanding of the material, as well as, the opportunity to ask
questions about material(s) in the text that were unclear or that the student did not
4. No food, tobacco products, nor drinks are allowed in the computer labs.
5. Cellular phones must be turned off prior to entering class. Any student
answering a phone during an exam will be assigned a grade of zero for that exam.
No translators are used during exams.
Daily Assignments: Dates to Remember
Classes Begin Wednesday, May 23rd
Holiday –Memorial Day Monday, May 28th
Classes End Tuesday June 26th
Final Exam Wednesday June 27th