Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: ITSC-1401- Section: 02
Introduction to Computers
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Instructor Information
Instructor Sarita Medhekar
Phone(409) 984-6390
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 114
Hours:M-W 12.30pm - 2:30pm; TU-TR 9 - 9.30am and 1.45 - 2.30pm; F 11am - 2.30pm;
Business and Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381
Course Information
Description Overview of computer information systems. Introduces computer hardware, software, procedures, and human resources.
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes 1. Obtains general knowledge of networking and computer terms through content reading material (PSLO ALPHA) measured by pretest/posttest.

2. Describe current technology including hardware, software, and digital media (PSLO 1) measured by embedded test questions.

3. Use current Microsoft Office programs to develop professional results from software use. (PSLO 2) measured with rubrics applied to hands-on projects.

4. Students demonstrate ethics and professionalism (PSLO 4), measured by embedded test questions.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

* 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.

* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO 1. Utilizes basic software development terminology and concepts.
PSLO 2. Applies a software-development process to develop and troubleshoot a software product.
PSLO 3. Creates computer graphics for inclusion into a software product.
PSLO 4. Demonstrates ethics and professionalism within the computer field.
Textbooks ISBN: 9781337212878 Bundle Carey/Oja/Parons/Pinard/Romer/Ruffolo/ New Perspectives Microsoft Office 365 & Office 2016: Introductory Cengage Learning 2017 Bundle Loose-Leaf Version***Mind Tap access is not required for this course only****

You will also need a 8GB Flash drive to save your work on.
Lecture Topics
1. Computer systems, computer hardware and peripherals.
2. Managing Your Files.
3. Outlook.
4. Word.
5. Excel.
6. Access.
7. PowerPoint.
Major Assignments
Week 1: Syllabus review, pre-test, Blackboard and Self Service Banner.
Microsoft-Office download information. (https://www.lamarpa.edu/Lamar/media/Lamar/Files/Microsoft-Office-Pro-Plus-Installation-Video.mp4)
For each week there will be an assignment and a possible quiz.

Computer systems, computer hardware and peripherals.
Managing Your Files- Organizing File sand Folders with Windows 10. Will need a flash drive and access to your One Drive. Outlook- Sending and Receiving Email Messages Session 1 Navigating Between Outlook Elements and Session 2 Read and respond to email messages.
Week 2: Word- Module 1 Creating and Editing a Document- Session 1.1 Writing a Business Letter and Formatting a Flyer, Session 1.2 Formatting a Document
Week 3: Word Module 2 Navigating and Formatting a Document Session 2.1 Editing an Academic Document According to MLA Style , Session 2.2 Bibliography, Review for Word Test.
Week 4: Word Module 3 Creating Tables Session3.1.
Week 5: Project-1-Word, Exam 1 Word,
Week 6: Excel Module 1 Creating a Customer Order Report Session 1.1
Week 7: Excel Module 1 continued Session 1.2 Excel Formulas and Functions, Module 2 Session 2.1 Formatting Workbook Text and Data
Week 8: Excel Module 2 continued Session 2.2 Designing a Printout, Module 3 Session 3.1 Performing Calculation with Formulas and Functions.
Week 9: Excel Module 3 continued Session 3.2 Cell references and Formulas
Week 10: Review for Test, Project-2-Excel, Exam 2 Excel.
Week 11: Access Module 1 Creating a Database Session 1.1 Introduction to Database Concepts, Session 1.2 Creating a query, form and report.
Week 12: Access Module 2 Building a Database and Defining Table Relationships.
Week 13: Power Point Module 1 Creating a Presentation Session 1.1, Session 1.2 Slide show and Presenter Views
Week 14: Final Project -Access and Power Point.
Week 15: Integration review for Final Exam Access and Power Point.
Week 16: Final Exam
Schedule is subject to change
Final Exam Date December 11, 2018 - 11:00 AM   Through  December 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Homework and Quizzes - 10%, Exams - 30%, Projects - 60%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by e-mail. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office in person.

Homework assignments will be given each week.

LATE WORK is highly discouraged and will incur a 10 point penalty for every day it is late. Due dates are given and enough time is given to complete all work. NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you miss an exam, your lowest test grade will count twice. If you miss more than one exam, those exams will be given a grade of zero. Students must leave the classroom after exam is finished.

There will be a final exam. All students must take the exam on the scheduled date and time, and failure to do so will result in a 0 on the final exam.

Every student MUST have a copy of the required textbooks by the SECOND week of class. The student will still be responsible for any assignments given. Failure to have a text may result in being dropped from the class.

No emailed work is accepted.

Students are responsible for completing all assigned reading and video viewings.

A failure to follow oral and/or written instructions will result in penalties.
Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on any assignment; a second incidence of academic dishonesty will be handled based on campus policies and procedures with the department chair.

Student IDs are required for the first exam. IDs must be visible on your desk before the exam is administered. No ID, No exam.

Software Requirements:
If you are in a course that is using a specific software, you MUST have the software available to you either on your home computer or you must use the open lab provided in the Gates Library.

Reliable Internet access is required for all online courses and many traditional courses.

Computer failure and lack of internet access are not acceptable excuses for missed assignments, projects, quizzes, or exams. DO NOT wait until the last minute to complete class work or exams.

Classroom Etiquette:
The following behaviors will result in the student being asked during class time to cease the action and/or leave the classroom: using cell phones, talking, or keying while the instructor is giving instructions or during class discussions; leaving class early without informing the instructor in advance; surfing the Internet during lecture; and displaying a rude or negative behavior toward the instructor or other students.

No cell phones should be visible or heard during class. Again, you will be asked to leave the room for the remainder of the class. No blue tooth technology or recording of lectures in any format (unless approved by the instructor). No charging of cell phones in the classroom.

E-Mail/Voice Mail Etiquette:
Students must use appropriate e-mail etiquette when corresponding with instructor; for example, complete sentences and a full subject line with your name/course name. Voice mail messages should be clearly spoken identifying students name, course, and any return phone number.
Attendance Policy Poor attendance is a leading reason for termination from a job in all areas of employment. With this factor in mind, the instructor monitors student attendance daily. In addition, attendance on a regular basis is necessary for proper skill development. A tardy is an absence for attendance purposes.

4 absences = one letter grade drop
6 absences = two letter grade drop
8 absences = automatic failure of class

Quizzes may be given at the beginning of the class period. Students coming in to class late will not be allowed to take quizzes already turned in. A grade of zero will be recorded for the quiz.

Assignments are due at the beginning of each class; student assignments coming in late will be assessed a penalty, even if the student arrives to class late and turns in work.

Students are responsible for completing all assigned homework, including reading assignments, by the required due dates and for being prepared for each class meeting. This applies even if you were absent from the previous class meeting.

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 the Office for Disability Services 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.