ITSC-1401-74 - Intro to Computers
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2015 Course Syllabus
ITSC-1401-74 - Intro to Computers
|Instructor||Cammack, James E.|
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|Course Description||Overview of computer information systems. Introduces computer hardware, software, procedures, and human resources.|
|Required Textbooks||The books for this class are bundled under the ISBN # 9781285932927 and include: Microsoft Office 2013: Illustrated Fundamentals (Textbook ), SAM 2013 Assessment, Training, & Projects (Printed Access Card) w/ Mind Tap Reader (eBook), Microsoft Office 365 (180-day trial) Printed Access Card, and Microsoft Windows 7: Illustrated Essentials (Textbook)|
|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 on multiple occasions. 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. For students enrolled in an on-campus class, the instructor reserves the right to drop you from the class if you miss more than 5 hours of class.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Trainings/Discussions – 5%
Assignments/Projects – 35%
Technology Video Presentation – 10%
Final Exam (comprehensive) – 20%
Other Exams - 30%
|Final Exam Date||March 13, 2015 - 6:00 PM|
Understanding Essential Computer Concepts
Creating and Distributing Multimedia Presentations
Working in the Cloud (Google Drive and Google Apps)
Window 7 & File Management
Microsoft Office 2013
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)
Working in the Cloud (Dropbox)
Understanding Social Networks
Additional Technology Topics (Internet Technologies, Windows 8, etc)
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
All assignments for each week are due by end of the day (midnight) on Friday ***
Week 1 1/20/2015 Course Introduction, Syllabus Review, PSLO Alpha Pretest,
Week 2 1/26/2015 Creating and Distributing Multimedia Part 1;
SAM Understanding Essential Computer Concepts
Week 3 2/2/2015 SAM Unit A (supplement) Window 7 & SAM Unit B: File Management; File Management Project; Working in the Cloud Part 1 (Google Drive and Google Apps);
Week 4 2/9/2015 SAM Unit C: Microsoft Office 2013; Word Unit D: Creating a Document; Creating and Distributing Multimedia Part 2; Word Unit E: Enhancing a Document; Word Unit F: Adding Special Elements to a Document;
Week 5 2/16/2015 Excel, Unit G: Creating a Worksheet; Excel, Unit H: Using Complex Formulas, Functions, and Tables Excel; SAM Unit I: Working with Charts; Excel Design Projects Continued (submit in Blackboard);
Week 6 2/23/2015 Excel Hands-On Exam; Working in the Cloud Part 2 (Microsoft OneDrive); Exam (Microsoft OneDrive); Internet Technologies
Week 7 3/2/2015 Additional Technology Topics; Technology Video Project Due March 6 at end of the day (midnight);
Week8 3/9/2015 Additional Technology Topics; NOTE: this is a short week and assignments will be due Wednesday, March 11 at the end of the day (midnight). Your final exam will be Friday, March 13 from 6-8 PM
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Software Developer AAS:
Alpha. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material
1. Utilizes basic software development terminology and concepts.
2. Applies a software-development process to develop and troubleshoot a software product.
3. Creates computer graphics for inclusion into a software product.
4. Demonstrates ethics and professionalism within the computer field.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Describe current technology including hardware, software, and digital media
2. Use Word 2013 to create and edit a representative range of professional-quality documents common to academic, personal, and workplace environments, including letters, research reports, and newsletters.
3. Use Excel 2013 to create and format spreadsheets with a variety of numerical data and then manipulate the data to analyze financial trends and forecast economic outcomes.
4. Prepare visually attractive and informative presentations using PowerPoint 2013.
|Additional Information||The final exam will be Friday, March 13 from 6-8 PM. All students must take the exam at this time. Please make arrangements to be available to take the exam at that time. You will have two hours to complete the exam. Video monitoring and/or proctoring of the exam may be required. If you have any issues or conflicts, talk to your instructor during the first week of the semester.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
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attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching
and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.
If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.
What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
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divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are
minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.
Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.
Circumstances under which information may be released:
An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of
information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person
to whom the information may be given.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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