Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2015 Course Syllabus

ITSC-1401-74 - Intro to Computers

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2015
InstructorCammack, James E.
Phone(409) 984-6386
Math and Science
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381
Hours:8-9 AM and 11-12:30 PM Monday and Wednesday, 10:20 AM-noon Tuesday and Thursday, 9-11 AM Friday
Building:Student Center (SC)
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Course Information
Course Number10183
Course Description Overview of computer information systems. Introduces computer hardware, software, procedures, and human resources.
Course Prerequisites None
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
Major Assignments Course Introduction

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)

Business Graphics

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
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.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

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.

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
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    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 on your assignments so that, if you do experience problems, we can work them out prior to the due date. If you have technical issues you should contact me early. Technical problems on the due date are NOT an excuse for turning in assignments late.

    Video Monitoring of Exams May be Required: Proctoring and/or video monitoring may be required to ensure the integrity of exams and/or assignments. Instructor will inform you of which exam(s) will be monitored/proctored.

    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 exams and quizzes completely 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 or quizzes with others.

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.
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.
Copyright Violations 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.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to 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 programs.

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.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot 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.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

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.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

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  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

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  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


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  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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