Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: BCIS-1305- Section: 71
Business Computer Applications
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Instructor Information
Instructor James Cammack
Phone(409) 984-6341
Location:Student Center - Room: 405
Hours:Mon/Wed 8-9 AM & 9:50-11 PM, Friday 9-11 AM, Tues /Thurs 8:00-9:30 & 10:20-11:00 Note: if I am not in my office, please check MMED 203 or call my cell to locate (409-350-8068)
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Students will study computer terminology, hardware, and software related to the business environment. The focus of this course is on business productivity software applications and professional behavior in computing, including word processing (as needed), spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, and business-oriented utilization of the Internet.
Prerequisites Basic skills competency in reading
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
--Describe the fundamentals of Information Technology (IT) infrastructure components: hardware, software, and data communications systems.
--Explain the guiding principles of professional behavior in computing.
--Demonstrate proper file management techniques to manipulate electronic files and folders in a local and networked environment.
--Use business productivity software to manipulate data and find solutions to business problems.
--Explain the concepts and terminology used in the operation of application systems in a business environment.
--Identify emerging technologies for use in business applications.
--Complete projects that integrate business software applications.
Core Objectives --Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
-- Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
--Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
--Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.

Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.

Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.

Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.

PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.

Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.
Textbooks Textbook: Course content will be provided with handouts, videos, etc. There is no required textbook for this course.

Computer and Software: You must have access to a computer running Windows 10 and which has an acceptable version of Microsoft Office (also called Office 365). We will use Office 2016. Other versions may be acceptable with instructor permission. LSCPA students may obtain the full Office 365, at no cost, through LSCPA. Details will be provided when we get to the Office 365 section of the course. Computers with Windows and Office 365 capability are also available on campus and other places, such as public libraries (see Lab Access below). Macintosh computers may be used for some assignments, however, there are certain assignments which will require Microsoft Windows. Students attending class on campus are encouraged to bring laptops to class.

Materials: You will need access to a web camera with audio capability. Many laptop computers, tablets, and phones already have a camera installed. If you are taking the course on campus, you will need headphones or ear buds to hear course audio in the classroom.

Login and Student ID: For password and login help, call 409-984-6150.

Lab Access: Online students must have a computer with the required software. However, a computer lab is also located in the LSCPA library and is available during normal library hours. If the software is not available on a lab computer, ask someone on staff if there is another computer with the appropriate software. A valid Student ID is required in order to use lab facilities available on the Lamar campus. You may also check with the Port Arthur Public Library or other public libraries for computer access.
Lecture Topics
Course Introduction
Understanding Essential Computer Concepts
Creating and Distributing Multimedia Presentations
Working in the Cloud (Google Drive and Google Apps)
Windows & File Management
Microsoft Office
Word Creating a Document
Word Enhancing a Document
Word Adding Special Elements to a Document
Excel Creating a Worksheet
Excel Using Complex Formulas, Functions, and Tables
Excel Working with Charts
PowerPoint Creating a Presentation
PowerPoint Polishing and Running a Presentation
Working in the Cloud (Microsoft OneDrive)
Working in the Cloud (Google Drive)
Database Concepts
Business Graphics
Understanding Social Networks
Additional Technology Topics

Major Assignments
*** All other assignments for each week are due by end of the day (midnight) on Thursday. New assignments for the week will be made available Friday morning by noon ***
PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Week    Date    Topic
1    8/27/2018
    Course Introduction, Syllabus Review, PSLO Alpha Pretest
    Creating and Distributing Multimedia
2    9/3/2018
    Sept 3 Labor Day – no classes
    Google Apps
     Understanding Web Browsers
3    9/10/2018
    Google Apps (continued)
    Windows File Management
     Search Engines
4    9/17/2018
    Intro to Microsoft Office & Microsoft Word
5    9/24/2018
    Microsoft Word (continued)
6    10/1/2018
    Oct 1 Final day to drop or withdraw from classes without academic penalty
    Microsoft Excel
7    10/8/2018
    Microsoft Excel (continued)
8    10/15/2018
    Microsoft OneDrive
Midterm (optional): Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 5-7:30 PM
9    10/22/2018
    Google Forms & Microsoft PowerPoint
10    10/29/2018
    Internet Technologies (week 1)
11    11/5/2018
    Social Media and Information
     Internet Technologies (week 2)
12    11/12/2018
    Interacting in the Cloud
    Business Graphics
13    11/19/2018
    Applying Technology
    Nov 21 Final day to drop a course or withdraw with penalty
     Nov 22-23 Thanksgiving Break - no classes - offices and Gates Library closed
14    11/26/2018
    Semester Wrap Up
15    12/3/2018
    Dec 5 (Wednesday) is the last class day of the semester. This is a short week and assignments will be due on Dec 5

Final Exam: Thursday December 6, 2018, from 5-7:30 PM

Final Exam Date December 6, 2018 - 5:00 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Projects & Assignments – 60% * To pass the course, you must have a 70 average on Projects and Assignments
Final Exam (comprehensive) – 40% (20% if Midterm taken—see below)

NOTES: To pass the course, you must have a 70 average on Projects and Assignments. Grade calculations displayed in Blackboard may not always be accurate. You should average your own grades using the syllabus grade calculation and report any discrepancies to instructor.

THE FINAL EXAM: The final exam is proctored and must be taken on the LSCPA campus on Thursday December 6, 2018, from 5-7:30 PM at a designated location. All students must take the exam on the LSCPA campus at this time. If you have any issues or conflicts, you must talk to your instructor during the first week of the semester.

OPTIONAL MID-TERM EXAM: The final exam grade is 40% of your course grade and covers material from the entire semester. However, if you prefer, you may elect to take a proctored mid-term exam on campus in addition to the final exam. Students electing to take the optional midterm must take the exam on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 5-7:30 PM. If you elect to take the mid-term, it will cover material from the 1st half of the course and the final exam will cover the material from the 2nd half. If you take the mid-term, the mid-term will be 20% of your course grade and your final exam will be 20% of the course grade.

EXAMS: You will be required to produce a valid TDL or other approved photo ID. You will have 2.5 hours to complete the exam. You will be required to use college computers with Windows 10, Office 2016, and other designated software on these exams.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies No Assignments Accepted Late: All assignments, quizzes, and exams must be completed and submitted before the due date. Because you have ample time to complete assignments, late work will not be accepted. You should start early enough so that when you experience problems, we can work them out prior to the due date. Working with technology can be challenging. You will have problems. Websites will go down, Internet connections will not work, devices will not charge, etc. If you wait until the due date, you risk not completing your work on time. When you have technical issues, contact me early. Technical problems on the due date are NOT an excuse for turning in assignments late. I do occasionally extend due dates if you have a good reason for asking for the extension and if you have contacted me early.
Be careful when submitting your assignments. I will not reset assignments on the day an assignment is due.
User Accounts: You will be required to obtain user accounts for certain services, such as Google, Microsoft, etc. You may delete these accounts after the semester is complete.

Academic Honesty: Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty. You are expected to complete all assignments yourself. All exams must be completed on your own, with no assistance from anyone else and without the use of notes or textbook or any other materials, unless specifically expressed in the exam instructions. This includes, but is not limited to, accessing previous homework, accessing websites, or communicating with others when taking the exam. You are also NOT allowed to share information about exams with others. Some exams may be password protected. You are NOT allowed to share passwords with anyone else for any reason.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between participation and college success. You should log into this course daily. The instructor reserves the right to drop you from the class if you fail to log in regularly and/or do not submit course work in a timely manner. For online students, inactivity for more than 7 days may result in you being dropped from the class. Let me know if you foresee a necessary time of inactivity.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.