CS 100 – INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS Course Syllabus – Spring 2011 – 8 Week Online Course Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 "B" or better. Instructor: Refer to your schedule Office: Refer to the BHC web site Phone: Refer to the BHC web site E-Mail Address: Refer to the BHC web site Please type “CS 100” and your class section number in the subject line of all e-mails. Messages will generally be answered within 24 hours, except on weekends and college holidays. Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – noon and Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Other times by appointment. Students are encouraged to contact me to clarify course material or to discuss their course performance. Students experiencing difficulties in the course are strongly encouraged to see me without delay. If you cannot contact me during my office hours, please make an appointment for some other time. You are also welcome to drop by – I can talk to you if I am free or we can make some other arrangement if I am busy. Course Overview and Goals: Introduction to Computers is a broad-based course designed to acquaint you with the concepts and terminology required to utilize computer technology, the most commonly used software applications, microcomputer operating systems, and current issues surrounding the use of computers. A hands-on approach is used so that you will be able to use the application software in further course work or in a job situation. This course is beneficial for all students since nearly every discipline will require the use of computers to some degree. It will not make you a “computer expert,” but should help you better understand the world of computers, apply them in your chosen field, and become a better-informed consumer of computer products. CS 100 – COURSE SYLLABUS – PAGE 2 OF 8 Specifically, the course goals include: acquainting the student with computer concepts and terminology related to hardware and software developing a working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation graphics, and microcomputer operating system software developing an understanding of how computers are used in the workplace and issues affecting us when they are used Online Course Format: The online format uses myitlab as the home base for the course. You must use it with the Windows operating system. If you are using a Mac, you must set up your Mac to use Windows and Office 2010 for Windows. You will need an access code to use myitlab. The access code comes with the textbook bundle. You will be given instructions for registering and using myitlab. Contact your instructor to obtain the course ID number. Online courses are NOT independent study courses. Assignments are due regularly. Online courses require frequent interaction with the instructor. You must take the final exam on campus or at an approved site. Software: The software taught in this course is based on the Windows operating system. We will use Microsoft Office 2010 in this course. We will use the following: Windows 7 an operating system program Microsoft Word 2010 a word processor program Microsoft Excel 2010 a spreadsheet program Microsoft Access 2010 a database management program Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 a presentation graphics program Internet Explorer 7 or 8 a web browser Myitlab for Office 2010 training and assessment You must use the Office 2010 version. You can purchase the Office Professional Academic 2010 suite online from the Microsoft web site for $79.95 at: http://www.microsoft.com/student/office/en-us/default.aspx. The Office Professional Academic 2010 suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. The Office Professional Academic 2010 suite also includes OneNote, Publisher, and Outlook. We won’t be using them in this course, but I think that you will find them useful to have. You may also purchase Office 2010 through CS 100 – COURSE SYLLABUS – PAGE 3 OF 8 the BHC book store, but the price will not be the same as through the Microsoft web site. We will use the Windows 7 operation system for this course, but you do not have to purchase it because we will use it through myitlab simulations. Textbook and Materials: We will use these textbooks: Skills for Success, Office 2010 Volume 1 by Townsend/Ferrett/Hain/Vargas; GO! Windows 7 Getting Started by Gaskin/Ferrett; and GO! Basic Computer Concepts Getting Started by Gaskin/Ferrett. You may purchase the textbook bundle, which includes the myitlab access code, from the Black Hawk College bookstore, either in person or online. To purchase it online, go to the BHC web site at www.bhc.edu and then click the bookstore link. The textbooks were chosen to give you experience in specific software packages as well as to provide you with background “concept” material. You will be completing “hands-on” computer assignments from the textbooks to help you learn the software packages covered in the course. Since completing these assignments is crucial to your success in the course, they will be graded and will count significantly toward your final grade. You will use a USB (Flash) disk drive to save your files. Grading: A: 90-100% B: 80-89% C: 70-79% D: 60-69% F: 0-59% 22 Assignments . . . 44% 4 Exams . . . 16% Project . . . 5% Final Exam . . . 35% Withdrawals: If for any reason you are unable to complete this course, it is your responsibility to officially withdraw. You can do this by filling out the appropriate forms in the Enrollment Services office or by e-mailing me. According to the BHC policy, you must drop the course by the 6th week of class (of an eight week course) After the student drop date, you may drop the course only if you receive the instructor’s permission AND if the date that you requested the drop is on or before the last day of the regular part of the course; in other words, you may not drop the class during final weeks. If you have special personal CS 100 – COURSE SYLLABUS – PAGE 4 OF 8 problems during the semester that prevent you from doing assignments, please contact me as soon as possible so that we may discuss your options. Incompletes: A grade of “Incomplete” is reserved for extreme emergencies, such as serious personal, professional, or medical problems. Please contact me as soon as possible to inform me of your emergency. Lack of planning, as evidenced by not completing assignments, is not considered an emergency. A request for an incomplete must be submitted to me, in writing, before the 7th week of class (of an eight week course). If an incomplete is arranged, we must work out a signed agreement. A date by which the course work must be completed is specified in that agreement. If the work is not completed by the agreed upon date, your grade for the course will be an “F.” According to BHC policy, an “Incomplete” grade automatically converts to an “F” if it is not completed by one year after the semester end date. Assignments: Assignment instructions may be accessed from myitlab. Your assignments will be posted in myitlab on Mondays and Thursdays on or before 12:00 noon. You will have one week to complete each assignment and each assignment is due at noon on the due date. The assignment due date will be posted when the assignment is posted. Submitting Assignments: You will submit your assignments online, through myitlab. Further instructions will be given with each assignment. If you are having problems submitting files, you may e-mail them to me as attachments. Do this only if you are having problems. You must e-mail the attachments BEFORE the due date and time. Late Assignments: Late assignments and projects will not be accepted. Manage your time so that you will be prepared for unexpected personal or computer problems. In other words, you should try to complete the assignments at least 24 hours before the due date and time. Please do not ask for additional time beyond the regular due date and time. Exams: There are four exams. You will have one week to complete each exam. The instructions will be posted in myitlab. If you miss the due date for one or two of the exams, I will allow you to make them up. You may CS 100 – COURSE SYLLABUS – PAGE 5 OF 8 make up only two of the exams. The make-up exam will not be the same exam that is posted in myitlab. You will have to make up the exam by coming to the Independent Learning Center on the QC campus to take it. You will take it during the week before finals week. It is your responsibility to contact me to request that I allow you to make up an exam. Final Exam: You will take the final exam in the Independent Learning Center on the QC campus during Final Exams week. If you are taking this course outside of the Quad Cities area, you may contact me about making arrangements for taking the final exam near where you live. To prepare for the final exam, make sure that you are familiar with the tasks you performed in each chapter of the textbooks. The final exam will be “hands-on.” You will demonstrate your proficiency in PowerPoint, Word, Windows, Excel, and Access. Web Privacy: You will never have to use your first and last name on anything that I ask you to put on the web for this course, except for the files that are submitted within myitlab. Whenever you create a web account for this course, you can use an alias instead of using your real name. Contact me if you questions about this. Studying: This course can be very time consuming. As a college student, you are expected to study a minimum of three hours for every credit hour. If you want to be proficient in all the material that we cover in CS 100, expect to spend at least 9 hours per week working on assignments, reviewing your work, and preparing for the final exam. Once you are confident that you have succeeded in learning the content of an assignment, you should reinforce your learning through practice. A MAJOR FACTOR IN ACQUIRING EXPERTISE IS REPETITIVE PRACTICE. If you do all the assignments thoroughly and completely and then PRACTICE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED, you will likely master this course. Students who have failed this course have done so because they failed to turn in a majority of the work or they violated the academic integrity of this course. CS 100 – COURSE SYLLABUS – PAGE 6 OF 8 Tutors: Tutors are available from Black Hawk College at no cost to you. At the first indication of difficulties, please contact me or see a tutor. Tutor/lab assistant hours are posted in the Independent Learning Center. Special Needs: Students with a disability who need special accommodations should contact Disability Services at 309-796-5900. Also, feel free to discuss your needs with me. Academic Integrity: Scholastic dishonesty (cheating) is not tolerated at Black Hawk College. It can generally be defined as giving or receiving aid in examinations or on assignments which are intended to be done individually, or the presentation of other person's work as one's own. Using all or part of another person's computer file and/or printout and turning it in as your own is considered cheating. Letting someone use your computer file and/or printout is also considered cheating. All assignments are to be done by the individual student. You may NOT work together on one computer. You may seek assistance from other persons on assignments, but the work must be your own. Anyone caught cheating on an assignment will receive a zero for that assignment. In addition, you will not receive extra credit points and 30% will be deducted from your course grade. In other words, you will not earn higher than a "D" in the course. If you are caught cheating a second time, you will be dropped from the course and an "F" will be recorded as your course grade. Please be aware that the myitlab software embeds metadata (data about data) tags in all downloaded materials and compares the submitted work with the downloaded work. If the metadata tags do not match, the software flags the submission as a possible integrity violation. “Borrowing a friend’s computer” and accidently submitting your friend’s file instead of your own is not an excuse. The software will identify the co-conspirator even if that student is in a different class with a different teacher. You and your friend will both receive grades of zero. You will also be subject to the penalties outlined above. CS 100 – COURSE SYLLABUS – PAGE 7 OF 8 Problems with Your Home PC: Your home computer, your applications, or your Internet connection may fail during the semester. Other possible problems include firewalls, pop-up blockers, and using outdated computer software and hardware, and/or problems using myitlab. Students must take the initiative to seek assistance, if problems arise in the home computing environment. Students should have a backup plan in place in case their home computer fails. One alternative is to work in a computer lab at the QC Campus or in a computer lab at the East Campus. Please get in the habit of doing the assignments at least 24 hours before the due date and time to give yourself extra time in case you have personal or computer problems on the day the assignment is due. Backup Copies of Your Work: You should save backup copies of your work. On campus, you may save your files to your H: drive. Another way to back up your work is to send the file to yourself as an e-mail attachment. If you are working from home, save your files to your hard drive and to a USB disk drive. College Information: College Mission Statement: Black Hawk College provides the environment and the resources for individuals to become life-long learners. Check your current Black Hawk College Student handbook for important information about college processes, policies, and procedures. The handbook can be accessed online from the BHC web site. College Closure Information: You should listen to the appropriate television or radio stations for information regarding college closure for inclement weather or other emergencies. You should also use the Black Hawk College 3N Emergency Notification System. A text message, e-mail message, or phone message can be sent to you automatically when the college is closed due to weather or other emergencies. You can register for the 3N Emergency Notification System through your myBlackHawk account. Course Changes: The instructor reserves the right to alter the course syllabus. Any changes will be posted in myitlab and it shall be the responsibility of the student to acquire this information. CS 100 – COURSE SYLLABUS – PAGE 8 OF 8 Final Note: Don’t be surprised if you feel overwhelmed at first – there are a lot of software programs and instructions to get used to. Stick with it, though, and contact me if you need help. Everything will make perfect sense very shortly! This course will require a lot of work and quite a bit of time – you will learn by doing. I hope that it will be a worthwhile and enjoyable (maybe even fun!) learning experience.