Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: ITSC-1401- Section: 78
Introduction to Computers
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|Description||Overview of computer information systems. Introduces computer hardware, software, procedures, and human resources.|
|Learning Outcomes||Identify the components of a computer system; use common applications; explain the impact of computers on society; identify computer careers; identify fundamental programming structures; identify ethical use of computers; and use basic operating system functions.|
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
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.
Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.
The book is Microsoft Office 365 & Office 2019 Introductory Shelly Cashman Series by Sandra Cable, Cengage Publishing ISBN 978-0-357-02643-4
You can buy Cengage Unlimited ISBN 9780357700006. The Cengage Unlimited is a flat fee that allows a student to have access to all of Cengage Publishing's textbooks.
There is no access code needed so please do not buy it.
Module 1: Creating and Modifying a Flyer
Module 2: Creating a Research Paper
Module 3: Creating a Business Letter
Module 1: Creating and Editing Presentations with Pictures
Module 2: Enhancing Presentations with Shapes and SmartArt
Module 3: Inserting WordArt, Charts, and Tables
Module 1: Creating a Worksheet and a Chart
Module 2: Formulas, Functions, and Formatting
Module 3: Working with Large Worksheets, Charting, and What-If Analysis
Module 1: Databases and Database Objects:
Module Querying a Database
ITSC 1401 Introduction to Computers
September 8-11 Managing Your Files Worksheets 1 and 2
September 14-18 Word Module 1 In the Lab: Design and Create A Flyer for the National Park Service
September 21-25 Word Module 2 in the Lab: Create a Research Paper about Drones
September 28-October 2 Word Module 3 in the Lab: Create a Letter to a Potential Employer
October 5-9 PowerPoint Module 1 in the Lab: Design and Create a Presentation about Business Programs
October 12-16 PowerPoint Module 2 in the Lab: Design and Create a Presentation about Your City’s Composting Program
October 19-23 PowerPoint Module 3 in the Lab: Design and Create a Presentation about a Proposed Fieldhouse Expansion- Exam 1
October 26-30 Excel Module 1 in the Lab: Create a Worksheet Comparing Laptops
November 2-6 Excel Module 2 in the Lab: Create a Cell Phone Service Summary
November 9-13 Excel Module 3 in the Lab: Comparing Transportation Problems
November 16-20 Access Module 1 in the Lab: Creating Objects for the Lancaster College Intramural Sports Database
November 23-27 Access Module 2 in the Lab: Querying the Lancaster College Database
November 30-December 2 Review and Final Exam
|Final Exam Date||December 3, 2020 - 8:00 AM Through December 7, 2020 - 11:00 PM|
|Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussion/Participation 50%
Homework assignments will be given each week.
LATE WORK is highly discouraged and will incur a 25 point penalty for every day it is late. Due dates are given and enough time is given to complete all work. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Student IDs are required for the first exam. IDs must be visible on your desk before the exam is administered no ID, no exam.
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.
Students should keep a record of their grades/average. Instructor(s) will not average grades for students. Instructors do not drop grades.
Quizzes will be given online and students are required to complete by due date.
Assignments are due by 11:30 p.m. the night of the due date posted online.
Students are responsible for completing all assigned homework and for being prepared for each class meeting including virtual meetings scheduled. This applies even if you were absent for the previous class meeting.
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.
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 online.
In addition, attendance on a regular basis is necessary for proper skill development.
Students are required to log onto the Blackboard online course multiple times a week.
|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.|
|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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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; surfing the Internet during lecture; and displaying a rude or negative behavior toward the instructor or other students.
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.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|