# ELECTRONIC CALCULATORS

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```					                                ELECTRONIC CALCULATORS
OS121—SPRING 2008
KISHWAUKEE COLLEGE

INSTRUCTOR:                                      Michelle Whitman
CLASS TIME:                                      Individualized Instruction
COURSE DATE:                                     01/14/08-05/08/08
OFFICE:                                          A-366
OFFICE PHONE:                                    815-825-2086 Ext. 265
CELL PHONE:                                      815-761-6188
OFFICE HOURS:                                    M-F 8-9 a.m.
CREDIT HOURS:                                    1.5
E-MAIL:                                          mwhitman@kishwaukeecollege.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Prerequisite: None
Designed to equip students with entry-level competency in the use of electronic calculators.
The touch system emphasized. One and one-half hours lecture/discussion a week.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:
Solving Business Problems on the Electronic Calculator, Polisky, Sixth Edition, Glencoe
Publishing Co., 2004.

EQUIPMENT:
Calculators are available in the lab. Students may use their own calculators if they wish.
They must be large enough to use the "touch system."

OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this course, the student will able to:
1.    Develop the ten-key touch control to be evaluated through progress tests and
instructor observation.
2.    Apply theory to practical business problems as demonstrated through tests and
assignments.
3.    Identify places and values of whole numbers and decimals to be evaluated through
tests within a minimum of 70 percent accuracy.
4.    Round whole numbers and decimals to the appropriate place value, using prescribed
rules. This will be evaluated through assignments and tests.
5.    Convert fractions to decimals. This will be evaluated through assignments and tests.
6.    Convert decimals to fractions. This will also be evaluated through assignments and
tests.
7.    Convert decimals and fractions to percents. This will be evaluated through assignments
and tests.
8.    Calculate trade discounts, cash discounts, chain discounts, markup, and markdown.
These competencies will be evaluated through instructor observation, homework
assignments, and tests with a minimum of 70 percent accuracy.
9.    Determine withholding taxes using tax tables, compute social security tax, and calculate
net pay. These competencies will be evaluated through teacher observation, homework
assignments, and tests with a minimum of 70 percent accuracy.

QUIZ/TEST MAKEUP POLICY:
In the event that a student misses a test or quiz because illness or some other unavoidable
reason, and if the instructor agrees, the test or quiz may be taken at another mutually agreed
upon time. It may be possible to take a makeup test or quiz in the Learning Skill Center.

LEARNING SKILLS CENTER:
For information on the Learning Skills Center, go to
www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/learning_skills_center

WITHDRAWAL POLICY:
A “W” will not be given as a final grade. The student is responsible for officially withdrawing
from the class according to the procedures described in the college catalog. Any student who
does not officially withdraw from the class will receive a letter grade. The last date for
withdrawal for this class can be found at

All course requirements must be completed by the end date for the course. If there are
extenuating circumstances that merit granting a student more time to finish course
requirements, an incomplete grade (“I”) may be given. To receive an incomplete, an
Incomplete Grade Contract Form must be completed and approved. If the requirements are
not completed, the “I” may revert to an “F”.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER DEGREE STUDENTS:
As part of the assessment program, students intending to graduate with an A.A., A.E.S.,
A.F.A., or A.S. are required to submit a Degree Portfolio. Information on the degree portfolio
can be found at www.kishwaukeecollege.edu/portfolio.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE:
Class cancellations due to inclement weather will be announced on local radio stations or
posted on the college website: www.kishwaukeecollege.edu. Students may also call the
college at (815) 825-2086. Class cancellations due to instructor absence will be posted on the
classroom door. Room changes will be announced in advance whenever possible and posted
on the classroom door.

A student who commits an act of academic dishonesty such as plagiarizing or cheating on a
quiz or exam will be penalized at the discretion of the instructor. Penalties may range from
receiving a zero on the assignment in question to receiving a failing grade in the course. A
complete explanation of policy and procedure can be found in the Kishwaukee college catalog.

As a Kishwaukee College student, you may have software made available to you by the
college for course use. Please understand that copyright law prohibits copying these materials.
Violation of copyright laws can lead to prosecution for a criminal offense.

EVALUATION:
20% COMPLETION OF ASSIGNMENTS (ANSWERS AND TAPES TURNED IN)
20% PRACTICE AND PROGRESS TESTS
40% TESTS 1-4
20% FINAL EXAM

90-100   A
80-89      B
70-79      C
60-69      D
BELOW 60   F
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:
(Weekly progress tests)

WEEK 1
Lessons 1-4      Introduce Keyboard & Touch Method
Basic Operations of Addition and Subtraction

WEEK 2
Lessons 5-7      Rounding and Estimates
Multiplication and Division
Practice Test
Test 1

WEEK 3
Lessons 8-11     Constant Multiplication & Division
Mixed Operations
Accumulative Multiplication

WEEK 4
Lessons 12-13    Negative Multiplication
Practice Test
Test 2
Fractions & Decimals

WEEK 5
Lessons 14-17    Percents
Finding Percentage, Rate, & Base
Amounts of Increase or Decrease
Discounts

WEEK 6
Lessons 18-20    Series Discounts
Extending Invoices & Quantity Pricing
Auditing Invoices
Practice Test
Test 3

WEEK 7
Lessons 21-24    Markon
Markdown and Markup
Payroll

WEEK 8
Lessons 25 &26   Commission Payroll
Practice Test 4
Test 4
Final Exam

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