School of Applied and Information Technology
Introduction to Computers - CINS101
Basic Course Information
Class Pre-requisites- ENGL051 & RDNG051
Course Instructor- Sandra Tavegia
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. define basic computer terminology.
2. identify and describe the components of a computer system.
3. explain the role of system and application software within computers.
4. describe various storage media, including appropriate use and management.
5. explain the difference and relationship between data and information.
6. identify the usage of emerging hardware and software technologies and how they are
being used to solve problems and create efficiency.
7. explain the importance of security and privacy, and compare and contrast various
methods of implementation.
8. define and differentiate between the Internet, World Wide Web, Computer Networks
9. e-Commerce and discuss how they have impacted individuals lives and society as a
10. develop search strategies for extracting information from data sources.
11. recognize the importance of timeliness, authority, validity and relevance, as they
relate to search results.
12. demonstrate a minimum skill level with major application software such as, word
processing, spreadsheet, presentation, e-mail, and database management software.
13. apply information literacy skills to prepare course assignments, plan their careers,
and manage lifelong learning.
14. recognize the importance of computer technology, its’ historical perspective and its
impact on our daily lives.
15. discuss the impact technology has had on ethics, diversity and emerging issues in our
global community, in a collaborative group environment.
1. Computer Terminology
2. Computer Components and Operating Systems
3. Internet Literacy
4. Application Software
5. Information Retrieval
6. Using Technology to automate tasks or solve problems
7. Data Security
8. Computers Impact on Society
9. Emerging Technology (Discussion and Demonstrations)
Information and Computer Literacy are just as vital in the 21st century as reading was in
the 20th century. Retrieving, storing, manipulating and summarizing data into
information that can be used to make decisions are key activities in our daily lives.
Failure to acquire Information and Computer Literacy skills will render an individual
incapable of surviving in a world that is technologically vibrant. Our daily activities
require these skills and employers are requiring these skills of all workers. Thus
individuals lacking these skills will be at a disadvantage.
You are expected to have the proper course materials for each class session. Students
are not allowed to share textbooks since this puts an undue burden on the student who
brought the proper materials to class.
Final grades will be calculated as follows:
40% Labs & Assignments
20% Midterm Exam
20% Final Exam
10% One Minute Papers
10% Term Project
Please Note: The labs & assignments and the one minute papers are all done in class at
the regularly scheduled class time. You must be present on the day of class to submit
your work since no late work is accepted. To compensate for this policy, I will drop the
lowest 2 lab & assignment grades and the lowest 2 one minute paper grades for each
student. Please use these wisely.
Attendance & Class Conduct:
Attendance is required. You are responsible for knowing the information covered in
class. We will follow the course schedule in My Virtual Class as a guideline. Any changes
will be announced in class or online in My Virtual Class.
Students arriving more than 5 minutes late will not be admitted.
Internet Usage Policy
Usage of the internet before class is a privilege and can be taken away. During class
time all non-class activities such as playing games, surfing the internet and instant
messaging are prohibited.
All papers, exams, and lab assignments must be completed in class by the scheduled
deadlines. The Midterm and Final Exam must be completed at their regularly scheduled
time. A Make-up for the midterm or final exam is available only for those students who
have a bona fide, documented reason for missing the exam that is deemed acceptable to
the course instructor. A missed exam will be given a zero.
All other windows on your computer are to be closed.
Once you begin an exam, you may not leave the classroom until your exam has
been submitted for grading. Please use the restroom prior to class.
You may not reference any notes or online resources or other students.
You may not copy, print, or save any questions from an online exam.
No flash drives or personal disks of any kind shall be in any workstation drives
while exams are active.
Students are expected to have the proper course materials at all times. The textbooks
are sold in a bundle and can be purchased at any CCBC Campus bookstore. The bundle
comes with two textbooks and a SNAP keycode.
Online Training and Assessment tool for Microsoft Office 2007
(keycode required for access)
Code of Academic Integrity
For the College to make its maximum contribution as an institution of higher learning,
the entire college community must uphold high standards of integrity, honesty, and
ethical behavior. In seeking the truth, in learning to think critically, and in preparing for
a life of constructive service, honesty is imperative. Each student has a responsibility to
submit work that is uniquely his or her own, or to provide clear and complete
acknowledgment of the use of work attributable to others. To these ends, the following
actions are expected of students:
·Complete all work without unauthorized assistance.
·Follow the professor’s instructions when completing all class assignments.
·Ask for clarification when instructions are not clear.
·Provide proper credit when quoting or paraphrasing.
·Submit only one’s own work.
Students who do not accept responsibility for the integrity of their own work will
experience sanctions, including a written reprimand, failure of the assignment, failure
of the course, and/or dismissal from the program. For repeat and extreme offenses, the
College reserves the right to suspend or expel students. Suspension and expulsion are
actions taken only by the chief student development officer on campus, or a designee.
If a student wishes to appeal a charge of having violated the code of academic integrity,
the appeal must be filed within ten days of receiving notice of the offense. The appeal
will be handled according to the procedures established for other academic appeals.
Approved by L/AAC on 2/20/02
Services and Accommodations for Students and Employees with
Information about services for students with disabilities at The Community College of
Baltimore County may be obtained by contacting the following:
CCBC Catonsville (800 South Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21228) - Student Success
Center - Services for Students with Disabilities - K Building, Room 205; Telephone:
(410) 455-6946 or (410) 455-4163 (TTY)
Inclement Weather/Emergency Closing Policy
In the event that the college (or a specific campus) opens late due to weather-related or
other emergency conditions, classes will commence at the announced opening time and
resume the normal schedule thereafter for the remainder of the day. Faculty, students,
and classified staff should report to wherever they would normally have been at the
announced opening time.