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					Syllabus CA 103 (Introduction To Microcomputers)
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        CA 103 Introduction to Microcomputers (Spring Semester 2013)
       Instructor:      Wayne A. Lynch

       Contact Number: (661) 609-7796

       E-mail:          phade2blaque2@yahoo.com

       Assignments Website Address: http://www.wlynch.net

       Course Number: CA 103

       Title:           Introduction to Microcomputers

       Course Units:    Three (3)

       Course Hours:    Four (4)

       Course Prerequisite:        None

       Course Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 099, READ 099, and MATH 070

       Textbook(s):     Computers: Introductory Understanding Technology Edition 4 and Microsoft Office
                        2010 Marquee Series Brief Edition Publisher: Paradigm

       Supplies:        USB flash drive storage media (Preferred Media Storage)

       Software:        Microsoft Office 2010 (WORD 2010, EXCEL 2010, ACCESS 2010, POWERPOINT
                        2010, and OUTLOOK 2010) running under Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows
                        XP. This software is available on the PCs in the labs.

                        If you elect to do out-of-class assignments on your own PC you will need this software.
                        MS Works is NOT the same software as MS Office. The MS Works software, as well
                        as other software, WILL NOT work as a substitute.

       Course Description
       This course is designed to teach the first-time computer user the features of a microcomputer, how a
       microcomputer operates, and how to select a microcomputer to best fit individual needs. Students will learn
       how to use the major features of popular software applications, including word processors (MS Word),
       spreadsheets (MS Excel), database managers (MS Access), presentation managers (MS PowerPoint), and
       the Internet (MS Internet Explorer). This course includes hands-on operation of a microcomputer. No prior
       computer experience is needed.

       **NOTE: Business majors who have completed ACCT 201, with a grade of “C” or better, and are
       planning on transferring to a university, are advised to take CA 221. Computer-oriented majors should
       consider CIS 101.
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       Course Objectives
       Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

           1.    Discuss the major uses of a microcomputer.
           2.    Operate a personal computer in a “hands-on” mode.
           3.    Describe the major software applications and their uses.
           4.    Control the operating system to perform tasks such as making backup copies, copying files, and
                 organizing disk storage.
           5.    Write papers and letters using word processing software.
           6.    Design worksheets, enter formulas, and chart results using spreadsheet software.
           7.    Manage a database using database management software.
           8.    Design presentations using presentation software.
           9.    Identify and discuss devices used for input and output.
           10.   Identify and discuss the components of the system unit, how main memory stores programs and
                 data, and the sequence of operations that occur when instructions are executed.
           11.   Explain storage operations and identify and discuss the various types of secondary storage.
           12.   Discuss the Internet, networking, and communications.
           13.   Use a browser to search the Internet and the World Wide Web.
           14.   Discuss the legal and ethical aspects of copying software.
           15.   Discuss the proper care, cautions, and the use of microcomputers.
           16.   Discuss emerging software and technologies.

       Lab Assignments
       Lab assignments are to be turned in by the beginning of the scheduled class date.

       You are highly encouraged to turn in your assignments early by emailing them to me.
       All assignments must be turned in on time to receive full credit (100%) of grade earned.
       For all assignments not turned in on time, the student has one additional week to turn in the assignment to
       receive half credit (50%) of grade earned.
       There will be no exceptions to this rule!

       **NOTE: All assignments should be emailed to me unless otherwise stated. If you do not have an
       email account, please inform me so that we can set up an email account for you.

       Being absent from class, either excused or unexcused, does not exempt you from turning in your work on
       time. Also, if you miss a class, you are responsible for any assignments made or changes to the assignments
       during your absence.

       Makeup Tests
       Tests will not be given in advance (unless scheduling conflicts occur) and you are to take the test with your
       regularly scheduled class. There will be no makeup tests given in this class. Five (regular) tests will be
       given during the course of the semester, with the lowest test score being dropped.

       Final Exam
       There will be one final exam that will cover all prior information discussed during the semester.
       There will be no makeup exam given for the final exam. If the student misses the final exam for the
       semester, the test score will be accounted for and applied to the students overall grade. This test score will
       not be dropped.

       Professionalism
       Professionalism will include coming to class prepared, class contributions, and respect for and working
       with others. Timeliness will also count. I will use my judgment of your performance in assigning these
       points.
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       AVC Computer Lab Rules

             No student is to ever directly access the hard drive or be on the “C :>” prompt.
             No copying of software
             No children in allowed in the labs – even during open lab sessions.
             No food or drinks are allowed in labs (except water).
             No cell phones, pagers, radios, CD’s, and/or MP3 players, etc.
       If you receive, or need to make a phone call using your cellular phone, please make or receive your call
       outside of the classroom.

       Participation Points
       This is a sixteen (16) week course, which meets once weekly. You are allowed any combination of being
       tardy for class, leaving class early or being absent from class which adds up to two absences (-10 points of
       participation). You will be dropped upon your third absence or exceeding the negative 10 participation
       point threshold.
       Any student that does not attend class after the withdrawal date, but does not withdraw from class will be
       kept on the roster, which will in most all cases ensure that they will receive a failing grade.

       On time to 5 minutes late – 0% participation points subtracted
       6 minutes to 10 minutes late – 25% participation points subtracted
       11 minutes to 15 minutes late – 50% participation points subtracted
       Over 15 minutes late – 75% participation points subtracted

       Please treat this class as a work environment, i.e., all assignments should be done exactly as they are
       represented in the Microsoft Office 2010 Introductory textbook unless otherwise stated.

       Grading
       Grades will be given based on a total points system.

               There are: 5 regular semester tests which contain 25 questions (with lowest grade dropped) = 100
                points total. (24%)
               Homework: 14 Chapter assignments = 140 points. (33%)
               Semester Final Exam = 100 points (24%)
               Participation = 80 points total. (5 potential points are earned per class meeting). (19%)

       Student Learning Outcomes will be derived from scores based selected homework assignments as
       well as the Spring 2013 Final Exam.

       A = Total Point Range of between 375.67 pts and 420.00 pts. (89.45 % to 100.00%)
       B = Total Point Range of between 333.67 pts and 375.66 pts. (79.45 % to 89.44%)
       C = Total Point Range of between 291.67 pts and 333.67 pts. (69.45 % to 79.44%)
       D = Total Point Range of between 249.67 pts and 291.66 pts. (59.45 % to 69.44%)
       F = Total Point Range of between 000.00 pts and 249.66 pts. (00.00 % to 59.44%)

       All homework assignments MUST be turned in and signed by the student who is assigned the work,
       any homework turned in under another students name will result in a 50% reduction in the grade for
       both students involved.

       The Writing Center:
       The AVC Writing Center, located in the Learning Center (east side of campus, NW corner of the building),
       provides free services to help you improve your writing. These include one hour of tutoring per week,
       workshops, small group sessions, handouts, instructional videos and model papers for viewing, as well as
       computer software and online materials. The Web site has many features such as contact information,
       hours of operation, helpful links, etc. Go to www.avc.edu and click Student Services, learning Center, and
       Writing Center or telephone (661) 722-6300, ext. 6228 for more information.
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       Spring 2013 Academic Calendar

       Registration........................................................................................... Consult current Class Schedule for dates
       Semester begins.........................................................................................................................................February 4
       Lincoln’s Day (College closed)............................................................................................................. ..February 15
       Local Holiday...................................................................................................................... ....................February 16
       Washington’s Day (College closed).......................................................................................................February 18
       *Last day to Add................................................In Person - February 14......................... On Web - February 18
       *Last day to drop with refund (full-term courses)...In Person - February 14............... On Web - February 18
       Last day to drop without a “W” (full-term courses)...........................................................................February 18
       Last day to submit Petition for Credit by Exam…………………………………………………………March 1
       Last day to elect pass/no pass (credit/noncredit) option...........................................................................March 1
       Spring Break (No classes) ..........................................................................................................................April 1-6
       Priority filing date for Fall 2012 graduation..............................................................................................April 15
       Last day to drop with a “W” (full-term courses)..........................................................................................May 3
       Memorial Day (College closed).....................................................................................................................M ay 27
       Semester ends......................................................................................................................... ..........................May 31
       Graduation.......................................................................................... ............................................To be determined

       Reasonable Accommodation – If you have a legally protected disability under the Americans with
       Disabilities Act (ADA) or California discrimination law, and you believe you need reasonable
       accommodation to participate fully in this class, please make an appointment to see me during my private
       office hours to discuss your need(s).

       Student Conduct
       A student may be suspended and/or possibly recommended for expulsion if there is good cause which
       includes, but is not limited to, the following offenses:
       (a) Continued disruptive behavior, continued willful disobedience, habitual profanity or vulgarity, or the
            open and persistent defiance of the authority of, or persistent abuse of, college personnel.
       (b) Assault, battery, or any threat of force or violence upon a student or college personnel.
       (c) Willful misconduct which results in injury or death to a student or college personnel or which results in
            cutting, defacing, or other injury to any real or personal property owned by the district.
       (d) The use, sale, or possession on campus of, or presence on campus under the influence of, any
            controlled substance, or any poison classified as such by Schedule D in Section 4160 of the Business
            and Professions Code.
       (e) Willful or persistent smoking in any area where smoking has been prohibited by law or by regulation
            of the governing board.
       (f) Persistent, serious misconduct where other means of correction have failed to bring about proper
            conduct.
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                 CRN-35649 Tuesday Nights CA 103 Assignment Schedule
Week 1 – February 5th
Lecture – Introduction to CA 103 Class.
In-Class Assignment-None
Homework Assignment – Handwritten assignment “CA103 Goals and Expectations” Paper
Homework Assignment Due Date – February 12th
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – None

Week 2 – February 12th
Lecture – Chapter 1-Our Digital World and Chapter 2-Input and Processing
In-Class Assignment – PowerPoint Section 1 Activities 1.1 – 1.10
Homework Assignment – PowerPoint Section 1- Marquee Challenge 2. Page 39&41
[Apply different slide transitions to all slides in the assignment]
Save homework file as: First name initial, Last name-Costume.
Homework Assignment Due Date – February 19th
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – Handwritten assignment “CA103 Goals and Expectations” Paper.

Week 3 – February 19th
Test #1 – Chapters 1 and 2
Lecture – None
In-Class Assignment – PowerPoint Section 2 Activities 2.1 – 2.11
Homework Assignment – PowerPoint Section 2- Marquee Challenge 1. Page 78-79
[Apply different slide transitions to all slides in the assignment]
Save homework file as: First name initial, Last name-World Enterprises.
Homework Assignment Due Date – February 26th
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – PowerPoint Section 1- Marquee Challenge 2.

Week 4 – February 26th
Lecture – Chapter 3-Output and Storage
In-Class Assignment – WORD Section 1- Activities 1.1 – 1.11.
Homework Assignment – WORD Section 1- Marquee Challenge 1. Page 34-35
Homework Assignment – WORD Section 1- Marquee Challenge 2. Page 34-35
Save 1st homework file as: First name initial, Last name-Marquee Productions.
Save 2nd homework file as: First name initial, Last name-Reno Tahoe.
Homework Assignment Due Date – March 5th
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – PowerPoint Section 2- Marquee Challenge 1.

Week 5 – March 5th
Lecture – Chapter 4-System Software
In-Class Assignment – WORD Section 2- Activities 2.1 – 2.12.
Homework Assignment – WORD Section 2- Marquee Challenge 2. Page 74&76
Save homework file as: First name initial, Last name-Ski Tahoe
Homework Assignment Due Date – March 12th
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – WORD Section 1- Marquee Challenge 1 and Marquee Challenge 2.
Student Learning Outcomes – Homework Assignment

Week 6 – March 12th
Test #2 – Chapters 3 and 4
 Lecture – None
In-Class Assignment – WORD Section 3- Activities 3.1 – 3.10.
Homework Assignment – WORD Section 3- Marquee Challenge 1. Page 117-119
Save homework file as: First name initial, Last name-PTCostumes.
Homework Assignment Due Date – March 19th
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – WORD Section 2- Marquee Challenge 1.
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Week 7 – March 19th
Lecture – Chapter 5-Application Software
In-Class Assignment – EXCEL Section 1- Activities 1.1 – 1.9.
Homework Assignment – EXCEL Section 1- Marquee Challenge 1. Page 35
Save homework files as: First name initial, Last name-Niagara.
Homework Assignments Due Date – March 26th
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – WORD Section 3- Marquee Challenge 1.

Week 8 – March 26th
Lecture – Chapter 5-Application Software and Chapter 6-Telecommunications and Networks
In-Class Assignment – EXCEL Section 2- Activities 2.1 – 2.12.
Homework Assignment – EXCEL Section 2- Marquee Challenge 1. Page 73
[Additional handout will be given with instructions to follow]
Save homework file as: First name initial, Last name-Marquee Productions.
Homework Assignment Due Date – April 9th
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – EXCEL Section 1- Marquee Challenge 1.

Spring-Break (College Closed April 1st -April 6th)
Lecture – None
In-Class Assignment –None
Homework Assignment – None
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – None

Week 9 – April 9th
Test #3 – Chapters 5 and 6
Lecture – None
In-Class Assignment – EXCEL Section 3- Activities 3.1 – 3.12.
Homework Assignment – EXCEL Section 3- Marquee Challenge 2. Page 112
[Additional handout will be given with instructions to follow]
Save homework file as: First name initial, Last name-Niagara Top 10.
Homework Assignment Due Date – April 16th
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – EXCEL Section 2- Marquee Challenge 1.
Student Learning Outcomes – Homework Assignment

Week 10 – April 16th
Lecture – Chapter 7-The Internet and the World Wide Web
In-Class Assignment – ACCESS Section 1- Activities 1.1 – 1.11.
Homework Assignment – ACCESS Section 1- Marquee Challenge 1. Page 35
Save homework file as: First name initial, Last name-Water Front Bistro.
Homework Assignment Due Date – April 23rd
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – EXCEL Section 3- Marquee Challenge 2.

Week 11 – April 23rd
Lecture – Chapter 8-Security Issues and Strategies
In-Class Assignment – ACCESS Section 2- Activities 2.1 – 2.12.
Homework Assignment – ACCESS Section 2- Marquee Challenge 1. Page 75
Save homework file as: First name initial, Last name-Worldwide Enterprises.
Homework Assignment Due Date – April 30th
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – ACCESS Section 1- Marquee Challenge 1.
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Week 12 – April 30th
Test #4 – Chapters 7 and 8
Lecture – None
In-Class Assignment – ACCESS Section 3- Activities 3.1 – 3.12.
Homework Assignment – ACCESS Section 3- Marquee Challenge 1. Page 116
Save homework file as: First name initial, Last name-Waterfront Bistro
Homework Assignment Due Date – May 7th
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – ACCESS Section 2- Marquee Challenge 1.

Week 13 – May 7th
Lecture – Chapter 9-Database and Information Management
In-Class Assignment – INTEGRATING PROGRAMS Section 1- Activities 1.1 – 1.11.
Homework Assignment – INTEGRATING PROGRAMS Section 1- Skills Review (Review 1 and Review 3)
Page 34
Save Review 1 homework file as: First name initial, Last name-Costume Inventory
Save Review 3 homework file as: First name initial, Last name-Costume Hours
Homework Assignment Due Date – May 14th
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – ACCESS Section 3- Marquee Challenge 1.

Week 14 – May 14th
Test #5 – Chapter 9
In-Class Assignment –None
Homework Assignment – None
Homework Assignment Due Tonight – INTEGRATING PROGRAMS Skills Review (Review 1 and Review 3)

Week 15 – May 21st
Test #6 – (Final Exam)
Lecture – None
In-Class Assignment –None
Homework Assignment – None
Student Learning Outcomes – Test #6 (Final Exam)

Week 16 – May 28th
Lecture – None
In-Class Assignment –None
Homework Assignment – None
Return Final Exam Test Results
End of Semester

				
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