CIS 110 - PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION
SUMMER Semester, 2006
June 12th through August 3rd
August 2nd and August 3rd
Room E 109
8 AM to 10:45 AM
Theresa A. Smith, Instructor
May 11, 2006
Dear CIS 110 Student
Welcome to the course, CIS 110, 0509, Principles of Information Systems!
This is an introductory computer course and is taught in a lecture/lab
If you are a Computer Science major, this course is a great place to start.
If you are using this class as a requirement for another major, it is a terrific
beginning to getting to know and understand computers.
The textbooks for this class include:
• The core text—Discovering Computers 2006, --A Gateway to
Information, Shelly Cashman Series
• The lab books ,The Shelly Cashman Series
o Microsoft Word 2003
o Microsoft Excel 2003
o Microsoft Access 2003
o Microsoft Power Point 2003
In the Discovering Computers 2006 text you will learn about such topics
as application and system software, hardware, input, output, storage,
telecommunications and a broad range of other computer and information
systems related topics that pertain to the use of today’s information system
Since there are no “prerequisites” for the class, and the computer skill
levels of our students vary, the instructor will provide a quick review of the use of
Windows/file management. Students will also be required to complete a brief
In addition, part of the coursework will be dedicated to using the SAM
2003 Assessment and Training/Testing software. Utilization of SAM allows the
student to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a hands-on environment. It
also prepares them for becoming MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist)
certified. Being able to utilize this type of skill based training puts the student in a
better place to compete with their peers in today’s job market.
I always enjoy teaching this class because it gives the student an
overview of so many different facets of computing and at the end of the semester
I am still “amazed” at how much students have learned.
Best wishes for a successful learning experience. Happy Computing!!
Theresa A. Smith
CIS 110 - PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS
This course is a computer literacy course designed for students in a variety of
disciplines who have had some experience on the computer. It includes:
a. The use of computers for business applications.
b. An overview of current and possible future applications.
c. Common computer systems and their design.
d. Computer terminology and concepts
Students will have the opportunity to use computers completing lab projects in
Microsofts' Windows XP, Internet Explorer, Word Processing, Spreadsheets,
Database, Presentation Graphics and the Internet running in a local area
network environment. The lab projects will apply the use of the computer in a wide
variety of applications with an emphasis in business. The course emphasis will be
on developing general problem solving abilities using the computer.
Students will learn to:
a. Differentiate between the various categories of computers
b. Use the Internet and World Wide Web
c. Identify and explain the key features of various application Software
d. Describe the various parts of the System Unit
e. Identify and describe various Input Devices
f. Identify and describe various Output Devices
g. Differentiate between storage and memory
h. Understand the various types of permanent and portable storage
i. Identify various network and stand alone operating systems.
Discovering Computers 2006, --A Gateway to Information, Shelly
The lab books are The Shelly and Cashman Series:
o Microsoft Word 2003 --required
o Microsoft Excel 2003 -- required
o Microsoft Access 2003 --required
o Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 –required
o Training CD-ROM: SAM 2003 version 3.0 --required
Three floppy disks or USB Flash Drive (preferably)
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:
3. Handouts (Lab Assignments)
4. Lab work (hands-on, using the computer and lab books)
• Students missing 5 classes or more may be dropped from the class.
• Students may be dropped from the class if they have been absent and do not
communicate with me within 5 days of an absence.
• It is the student's responsibility to drop the class if it becomes necessary. If
you do not drop the class it is possible that you will receive an "F" grade in the
Should you have a problem do not hesitate to call me at (858) 279-8239 or
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
All quizzes are:
• Based upon the slideshows presented in class for each chapter as
well as the reading of each chapter in the Discovering Computers
• Students are required to read all chapters in the Discovering
Computers 2006 book in advance of the slideshow and lectures.
There will be an application test following completion of each part of Microsoft
Office 2003 (i.e. Word, Excel and Access).
*******There will be no makeup tests or quizzes*****
You must take the Final Exam to pass the course.
All MS/OFFICE 2003 Lab Assignments in the Shelly and Cashman computer
application books (lab books) are outlined in handouts given to the student by the
instructor. These Lab Assignment handouts detail exactly what projects the student
will complete while using the computer along with the lab books. The handouts
also assign the project due date for a lab assignment.
NOTE: Extra lab time may be required on the part of the student to complete
the lab assignments. Students are required to register in CIS198 and log into and
out of the Red Canyon computer in the back of the classroom. All SAM Training
sessions must be completed in the classroom.
DISABLED STUDENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES (DSPS)
Should you have a disability, please inform the instructor and contact DSPS to
assist you in being successful at taking this class. Their phone number is (619)
A = 90-100% B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = 0-59%
All grading is done on an absolute scale based on a percentage of the total points
possible. Approximate breakdown of points to be awarded is shown in the table
CIS110 / 0509 COURSEWORK POSSIBLE
QUIZZES (5) 250
MICROSOFT OFFICE LAB ASSIGNMENTS , #1 320
THROUGH #6 (Handouts from instructor)
#1 - WINDOWS XP 20 points
#2 - INTERNET EXPLORER 20 points
#3 -- WORD 2003 60 points
#4– EXCEL 2003 120 points
#5 – ACCESS 2003 60 points
#6-- POWER POINT 2003 40 points
SAM Training sessions and Exams (14 exams) 210
POWER POINT 2003 PROJECT 100
APPLICATION TESTS (3) 300
MIDTERM (Word/Excel Project) 100
COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM 300
TOTAL POINTS 1580
Tentative Class SCHEDULE FOR CIS 110 - 0509
SUMMER Semester, Cuyamaca College, 2006
PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SYTEMS
The following schedule is subject to modification by me as announced in the classroom and is
dependent upon the progress of the class in the coursework presented.
WEEK READING IN THE LAB
1 **DC CHAPTER 1 Lab Assignment #1 (Windows XP)
**DC-CHAPTER 2 Lab Assignment #2 (Internet Explorer)
2 **DC-CHAPTER 3 QUIZ #1 (chapters 1, and 2-- DC book
**DC-CHAPTER 4 Lab Assignment #3 (Word 2003)
SAM WORD 2003 Training and Exams (3)
3 **DC CHAPTER 5 Word Application Test
Lab Assignment #4, Part I (Excel 2003)
QUIZ #2 (chapters 3 and 4--DC book)
SAM EXCEL 2003 Training and Exams (2)
4 **DC- CHAPTER 6 Lab Assignment #4, Part II (Excel 2003)
SAM EXCEL 2003 Training and Exams (2)
QUIZ #3 (chapters 5 and 6-- DC book
No Class Monday, July 5th
5 **DC- CHAPTER 7 Lab Assignment #4 Part III (Excel 2003)
SAM EXCEL 2003 Training and Exams (2)
Excel Application Test
6 **DC- CHAPTER 8 Lab Assignment #5 (Access 2003)
**DC- CHAPTER 9 SAM ACCESS training sessions (3)
QUIZ #4 (chapters 7 and 8-- DC book)
7 **DC- CHAPTER 11 Access Application Test
Lab Assignment #6(Power Point 2003)
SAM Power Point training sessions (2)
QUIZ #5 (chapters 9 and 11-- DC book)
8 Complete Lab Work PowerPoint Project
Power Point Presentations and FINAL Exams
**Discovering Computers 2006 A Gateway to Information