BCIS-1305-01 - Business Computer Appl
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Spring 2016 Course Syllabus
BCIS-1305-01 - Business Computer Appl
|Instructor||Cammack, James E.|
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|Course 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.|
|Course Prerequisites||Basic Skills competency in reading|
|Required Textbooks||Textbook: 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 4 hours of class. If you have missed more than 4 hours of class at the end of the semester, the instructor may assign you an F for the course. Every three times you are late for class will count as one absence. If you are tardy, you should always check with the instructor after class to be sure you are counted present.|
|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%
Projects/Assignments - 35%
Technology Video Project – 10%
Exams - 50%
|Final Exam Date||May 6, 2016 - 8:00 AM|
Understanding Essential Computer Concepts
Creating and Distributing Multimedia Presentations
Working in the Cloud (Google Drive and Google Apps)
Window & File Management
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, etc)
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
*** All 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 1 1/19/2016 Course Introduction, Syllabus Review, PSLO Alpha Pretest, Discussion
Week 2 1/25/2016 Intro to Creating and Distributing Multimedia
Understanding Essential Technology Concepts
Week 3 2/1/2016 Working in Windows and File Management;
Week 4 2/8/2016 Microsoft Office and Word (MS Office 2013 Unit C and Word Unit D SAM Training)
Week 5 2/15/2016 Word Unit E and Word Unit F
Week 6 2/22/2016 Creating and Distributing Multimedia - part 2
Introduction to Excel
Week 7 2/29/2016
Excel Continued (Part 2)
Mar 2 Final day to drop a course or withdraw without academic penalty
Week 8 3/7/2016 Excel Unit I and Excel Design Projects
3/14/2016 Spring Break - no classes (but campus is open)
Week 9 3/21/2016
March 25 Good Friday – no classes (but campus is open)
Week 10 3/28/2016 Microsoft OneDrive
Week 11 4/4/2016 Internet Technologies
Week 12 4/11/2016 Interacting in the Cloud
Week 13 4/18/2016 Interacting in the Cloud (part 2)
Week 14 4/25/2016 Interacting in the Cloud (part 3)
April 20 Final day to drop a course or withdraw with penalty
Week 15 5/2/2016 Technology Topics
May 4 Last class day Spring Semester
Final Exams: May 5-11 (see Final Exam schedule in this syllabus for your exam time)
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|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.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Describe the fundamentals of Information Technology (IT) infrastructure components: hardware, software, and data communications systems. (PSLO 1) Measures: hands-on exercises and exams
2. Explain the guiding principles of professional behavior in computing. (PSLO 1; PSLO 6) Measures: hands-on exercises and exams
3. Demonstrate proper file management techniques to manipulate electronic files and folders in a local and networked environment. (PSLO 1; PSLO 2)
4. Use business productivity software to manipulate data and find solutions to business problems. (PSLO 1) Measures: written/online exams
5. Explain the concepts and terminology used in the operation of application systems in a business environment. (PSLO Alpha; PSLO 1) Measures: written/online exams
6. Identify emerging technologies for use in business applications. (PSLO 1; PSLO 4) Measures: discussion, group technology projects
7. Complete projects that integrate business software applications. (PSLO 1 and PSLO 6) Measures: hands-on exercises and exams
|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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
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 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
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.
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.
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.|