Microsoft Office 2007: Introductory Concepts and
Techniques, Windows Vista Edition
Instructor: Ms. Colello
Office: Building 9 Level 1 Room. 9-111
Phone: (386) 447-1575
This course provides an overview of microcomputer applications including a brief introduction
to computer concepts, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Excel
2007, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, Micro-Type (Speed and accuracy testing program), and
a basic overview of current business and information systems and trends and to introduce
students to the basics and foundations required for today's business environments. Curriculum
areas we will focus on this year include learning Microsoft Office 2007 software programs,
typing skills, career research, economics, and organizational skills.
Goal 1: Students will have a basic overview of current business and information systems and
trends, and will be introduced to the foundations required for today’s business environments.
Goal 2: Students will be introduced to the Micro-Type (speed and accuracy testing program),
and will master typing skills.
Goal 3: Students will be able to effectively use Microsoft Office 2007 programs including
Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Office Excel 2007, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007.
Goal 4: Students will be introduced to organizational strategies, note-taking, and management
skills. Students will create a binder to manage, classify, and systemize assignments, tests,
quizzes, and notes. This will enable them to effectively study and store materials for quick and
- Microsoft Office 2007: Introductory Concepts and Techniques, Windows
- Introduction to Business: Building the future of Business
- Century 21: 8th Edition, Computer Keyboarding
- Students will need the following supplies for this course:
1. 3-ring binder
2. Divider Tabs
4. Small vocabulary notebook
5. Loose leaf paper (to place in binder for note taking)
Students will be creating a binder for CCC which will contain a Homework/Classwork section,
Quiz section, Test section, and Notes section. A small vocabulary notebook will remain with the
binder. This system will provide a portfolio of organized resources to help the students study,
keep track of materials, and learn organizational skills.
Guidelines for Success:
Necessary attitudes and traits that will ensure student success.
T-tolerance of differences
1. Lectures: Important material from the text and outside sources will be covered in class.
Students should plan to take careful notes as not all material can be found in the texts or
readings. Discussion is encouraged as is student-procured outside material relevant to
topics being covered.
2. Assignments: Each chapter has a section in which to assist the students in understanding
the lectures and the program being used. Also at the end of each chapter activities and
online activities will be assigned weekly to reinforce material in the text. These
assignments will be graded upon completion (will be assigned either as individual or
3. Quizzes: Occasional unannounced quizzes will be given to help ensure students stay up
with assigned material. The quizzes will consist of vocabulary, writing a memo properly,
timed writing assignment from micro-type or just a pop quiz in relation to the previous
4. Exams: Exams will be given once either a chapter or unit has been completed. The
exams will be closed book/notes and will test assigned readings and material discussed in
class. Review sheets will be provided prior to the exam day. The final exam will not be
comprehensive in nature. However, the instructor reserves the right to retest on material
that was not appropriately comprehended. These items will be noted on exam review
Letter Grade Percentage
A 90 – 100%
B 80 – 89%
C 70 – 79%
F 59 – 0%
Relative Value: Item Percent of Total
Major Papers/Projects 25%
Tests and Quizzes 30%
Final Exam 20%
ENTERING THE CLASSROOM
Upon entering the classroom, students should immediately proceed to their assigned seats, log-
on to assigned computer stations, and begin assignment.
TARDY TO CLASS
A student is considered tardy if he/she is not across the threshold of the door when the bell
rings. If the student is tardy to 1st period class he/she will be sent to the attendance office for a
late pass. If the student is late to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th period he/she should report directly to the
Dean’s office for a late pass. If the student is more than 10 minutes late without an excused pass
to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th period he/she will be given a referral for skipping and sent to the Dean’s office.
HOW TO FIND OUT WHAT THE DAILY ASSIGNMENTS ARE
All daily assignments will be written on the board in the front of the classroom as well as given
verbally to the class. If you have missed an assignment due to an absence from class an
assignment folder will be provided (located on the table where the “in box” and “out box” are)
which the student can check at the beginning of the period. The folder will be labeled
TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS
A due date will be specified when the assignment is given. All work is due on the specified
due date. Students will be instructed as to when to print designated assignments. After
printing, student must retrieve printout from the printer and place printout in the “in box”
located on the table near the windows. Homework should be placed in the same “in box” upon
entering the classroom at the beginning of the period.
RETURNING ASSIGNMENTS TO STUDENTS
All work will be reviewed and graded within a reasonable period of time and placed in a bin
labeled “out box”. Student work can be retrieved from the “out box” which will be located on
the table near the windows. Students should check this box daily for any graded assignments.
Tests and quizzes will be handed out individually.
FINDING OUT GRADE STATUS
Students are expected to hold onto ALL work and file it into their binders. This will provide
quick access to graded materials. Students will be issued progress reports about halfway
through each quarter. These progress reports will be signed by the parent(s)/guardian(s) and
returned to the teacher the next time class meets. Matanzas is now using the Focus program
which will enable the parent(s)/guardian(s) to review the student’s grades via the Internet.
Report cards will be sent home at the end of each quarter. A student may schedule an
appropriate time with me in order to discuss his/her status in class.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AFTER AN ABSENCE
It is the responsibility of the student to ask about and complete any assignments in a
reasonable period of time if he/she is absent. A folder will be placed in the classroom labeled
“classroom assignments” with all the current assignments placed in it. The folder will be
located on the table near the windows. Students should check the folder at the beginning of the
period if they have been absent. He/she may complete the assignment for homework and hand
it in at the beginning of the next class to the “in box”. If the absence was for an extended period
of time (depending on the amount of days and assignments missed) I will determine a
reasonable due date for the assignments. If a student is absent for a test, he/she will make it up
during the next class period or during enrichment time.
LATE, MISSING, OR INCOMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS
I will accept late assignments up to 2 weeks after the due date with a point taken off for every
day it was late. If an assignment is incomplete it will be handed back to the student to complete
and points will be deducted for it being late. If it is not completed within 2 weeks it will be a
zero. It is the students’ responsibility to determine if they are missing work. After 2 weeks if the
assignment is not received it will be a zero. Missing work should be retrieved from the
“Classroom Assignments” folder on the table near the windows
COMMUNICATION PROCEDURES WITH PARENTS AND FAMILIES
Parents/guardians may contact me regarding their child or other issues by phone or E-mail
(listed on the front page of the syllabus).
Students will be given time at the end of class to log off their computers, put materials away,
and clean up their spaces. Students will remain seated until dismissed by the teacher and will
NOT stand near the door, or walk around the classroom before that time. The bell is a
reminder for the teacher that the period has ended. The teacher dismisses the students not
CONSEQUENCES FOR CLASSROOM RULE VIOLATIONS
Students will be issued 2 warnings for any classroom rule violations. Continued violation of the
rules will result in a Referral and a trip to the Dean’s office. Daily points will also be deducted (1
point for each infraction).
CONSEQUENCES FOR CODE OF CONDUCT VIOLATIONS
Students must follow all school wide rules including dress code, unexcused absences,
plagiarism, threats, and so forth. I have attached the Matanzas Code of Conduct regarding
tardies, ID cards, cell phones/electronic equipment, and plagiarism/cheating. It is important to
inform yourself of these rules and understand the consequences. If a student breaks a rule that
is covered by the Code of Conduct in the student handbook, I must refer the situation to the
Dean’s office for the administrator to make decisions on parental contacts, police involvement,
and other matters.
Classroom Policy: All students will put effort into their assignments, create quality work,
participate when possible, behave as mature high school students, follow the classroom
guidelines/rules, come prepared to class, listen attentively to directions/lectures, and treat
others as they would like to be treated. Students will be courteous to one another at all times
and respect each other’s personal property and space. Students will keep their hands, feet, and
objects to themselves at all times and refrain from distracting others from their work. Students
are asked to respect each other by not interrupting the teacher or classmates while they are
speaking and to raise their hands if they have a question or comment. Swearing, crude, rude, or
obscene language is not permitted in class at any time. Students are not allowed to walk around
the room or visit friends during class time. Changing seats is not permitted unless there is a
problem or issue which I will assess before a new seat is assigned. Furniture is to be kept in its
original location as well as equipment.
“3 BEFORE ME”: Ask 3 people before you ask the teacher if you have a question (ie: directions,
where is an item/material, page number, clarification) or need something such as a pen/pencil
Restroom Procedure: Students are asked to use the restroom before class starts so as not to miss
directions, information, or class work. If they must, students may ask to visit the restroom 1
time during class (unless it’s an emergency), but not during the first or last 15 minutes of class
time. They will sign out and take the green clipboard and pass before going anywhere
Preparedness: Students will come prepared for class and will gather needed supplies from
their lockers before class starts. They are not allowed to go to their lockers during class time.
Students are not allowed to visit other teachers/offices during class time without prior approval
from me and/or a note or call from that office or teacher.
Computer/Resource/Material Rules: Each student will be assigned a seat and a computer. It is
that student’s responsibility to handle the computer, mouse, and any other assigned equipment
with care. Students will not vandalize the computers or any other classroom equipment which
includes touching or damaging computer wires, popping out keys on the keyboard, or altering
any equipment or classroom items. Students will not damage or write in any resources
including text books, tutorials, workbooks, or provided supplies, etc. All books and resources
remain in the classroom and are not permitted to be taken out by students! The classroom
equipment has been purchased for each student in order to enhance learning, which is
impossible if the equipment is damaged, broken or does not function correctly. Disciplinary
action and assessment of fees will be evaluated if any item is damaged or handled irresponsibly.
Students are to remain on task at all times and are not to use the computers to check E-mail,
play games, play music/videos, visit Myspace, Facebook, or any other website either banned by
Matanzas/Teacher or not designated by the teacher. Students may be granted a time to play
computer games as a reward for good behavior. This time would probably occur in the last 10
minutes of class on a Friday.
Classroom Tardy Policy: A student is considered tardy if he/she is not across the threshold of
the door when the bell rings. If the student is tardy to 1st period class he/she will be sent to the
attendance office for a late pass. If the student is late to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th period he/she should
report directly to the Dean’s office for a late pass. If the student is more than 10 minutes late
without an excused pass to 2nd, 3rd, or 4th period he/she will be given a referral for skipping and
sent to the Dean’s office. This is the Matanzas school policy.
Reward System: Students will be given tally marks for exhibiting good or positive behaviors.
Each class must work together and earn 15 tally marks by Friday in order to earn free time.
*File Syllabus in Binder
Student Name:______________________ Student Signature:____________________________
Parent Name:_______________________ Parent Signature: _____________________________
Matanzas Code of Conduct/Policies
Students arriving late to school will report to the Attendance Office to have their ID scanned and a tardy
pass printed. The tardy will be excused if the student has a note which meets the criteria for an excused
Students tardy to class throughout the school day should report directly to the Dean’s office to have ID
scanned and tardy pass printed.
NOTE: A student registering four (4) or more tardies to 1st period in a 9-weeks period may have his or
her campus driving privilege revoked in addition to the other consequences outlined in the general tardy
To class – The tardy recording process will begin with each 9-weeks. All tardiness to class after 1st
period, should be directed to the Dean’s office. If a student is more than ten (10) minutes late for 2nd,
3rd, and 4th periods without an excused tardy; the student will be given a discipline referral for skipping.
PROCEDURES/CONSEQUENCES FOR TARDIES
Student that are tardy to school or class should report directly to Attendance or the Dean’s office.
Student’s ID will be scanned and tardy pass printed. Students will receive a consequence for being
Identification cards (ID) will be issued to each student and employee at MHS. These ID cards are a very
important part of our School Safety Program. All individuals on our campus must be easily identified at
all times. This card must be worn around the neck and visible outside of clothing during school hours.
Students should have their ID in their possession at extra-curricular events after school. A student who
cannot produce an ID may be prevented from riding the bus. This ID is also necessary when checking
out material from the Media Center. (Failure to meet these requirements will lead to disciplinary
Cells Phones and other Electronics
Electronic items are not allowed on campus. School staff is not responsible if these items are stolen, lost
or broken. Students may be in possession of a cell phone. However, the device must be turned off and
kept out of sight during school hours, i.e. inside a pocket, a book bag, a purse, or similar container. If a
student uses a device during school hours or the device is on and emits any ring tone or other noise, i.e.
vibration, it will be confiscated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary measures. A wireless
communication device that is used in a criminal act while the student is on school property or in
attendance at a school function will be reported to the proper law enforcement agency.
Plagiarism is a form of cheating. Plagiarism is using someone’s work without giving the appropriate
credit and this can mean several things:
• copying and pasting from on-line media, such as encyclopedias, Encarta, biography, etc.
• copying and pasting text from any website
• transcribing text from any printed material (books, magazines, newspapers, reference books, etc.)
• simply modifying text from any of the above sources is not acceptable (just changing a few words
does not constitute original work);
• using another student’s work (even with permission) is not acceptable
• using photographs, video, or audio without permission or acknowledgement is unacceptable.
Students need to be aware that credit must be given to the original author or photographer when using
their material in a paper he or she is writing (bibliography). Allowing another student to copy your work
is also cheating; the consequences are the same. If there is any question, the student should verify their
sources with his or her teacher.
Plagiarism may affect club memberships, honors, awards, and scholarships and will also result in the
following disciplinary action:
1st time—student receives a zero (0) on the work/test/assignment, referral is written and parent is
time—referral is written, parent contacted, student will receive no credit for the class.