Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: BCIS-1305- Section: 01
Business Computer Applications
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Instructor Information
Instructor James Cammack
Phone(409) 350-8068
Location:Student Center - Room: 405
Hours:Mon/Wed 8-9 AM & 9:50-11 PM, Friday 9-11 AM, Tues /Thurs 8:00-9:30 & 10:20-11:00 Note: if I am not in my office, please check MMED 203 or call my cell to locate (409-350-8068)
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
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.
Prerequisites Basic skills competency in reading
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
•    Describe the fundamentals of Information Technology (IT) infrastructure components: hardware, software, and data communications systems.
•    Explain the guiding principles of professional behavior in computing.
•    Demonstrate proper file management techniques to manipulate electronic files and folders in a local and networked environment.
•    Use business productivity software to manipulate data and find solutions to business problems.
•    Explain the concepts and terminology used in the operation of application systems in a business environment.
•    Identify emerging technologies for use in business applications.
•    Complete projects that integrate business software applications.
Core Objectives * 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.
* Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
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.
Textbooks Textbook: Course content will be provided with handouts, videos, etc. There is no required textbook for this course.

Computer and Software: You must have access to a computer running Windows 10 and which has an acceptable version of Microsoft Office (also called Office 365). We will use Office 2016. Other versions may be acceptable with instructor permission. LSCPA students may obtain the full Office 365, at no cost, through LSCPA. Details will be provided when we get to the Office 365 section of the course. Computers with Windows and Office 365 capability are also available on campus and other places, such as public libraries (see Lab Access below). Macintosh computers can be used for some assignments, however, there are certain assignments which will require Microsoft Windows. Students attending class on campus are encouraged to bring laptops to class, but all exams must be completed on an LSCPA computer.

Materials: You will need access to a web camera with audio capability. Many laptop computers, tablets, and phones already have a camera installed. If you are taking the course on campus, you will need headphones or ear buds to hear course audio in the classroom.

Login and Student ID: For password and login help, call IT Technical support at 409-984-6150.

Lab Access: A computer lab is located in the LSCPA library and is available during normal library hours. If the software is not available on a lab computer, ask someone on staff if there is another computer with the appropriate software. A valid Student ID is required in order to use lab facilities available on the Lamar campus. You may also check with the Port Arthur Public Library or other public libraries for computer access.
Lecture Topics
Course Introduction
Understanding Essential Computer Concepts
Creating and Distributing Multimedia Presentations
Working in the Cloud (Microsoft OneDrive, Office Apps)
Working in the Cloud (Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides)
Windows & File Management
Microsoft Office
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
PowerPoint Creating a Presentation
PowerPoint Polishing and Running a Presentation
Microsoft Access & Database Concepts
Intro to SAP
Business Graphics
Understanding Social Networks
Additional Technology Topics
Major Assignments
Final Exam Date May 10, 2019 - 8:00 AM
Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
•    Projects & Assignments – 40% * To pass the course, you must have a 70 average on Projects and Assignments
•    Exams – 60%

To pass the course, you must have a 70 average on Projects and Assignments.

Grade calculations displayed in Blackboard may not always be accurate. You should average your own grades using the syllabus grade calculation and report any discrepancies to instructor.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies 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 so that when you experience problems, we can work them out prior to the due date. Working with technology can be challenging. You will have problems. Websites will go down, Internet connections will not work, devices will not charge, etc. If you wait until the due date, you risk not completing your work on time. When you have technical issues, contact me early. Technical problems on the due date are NOT an excuse for turning in assignments late. I do occasionally extend due dates if you have a good reason for asking for the extension and if you have contacted me early.
I will not reset assignments on the day an assignment is due.
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 assignments yourself. All exams must be completed 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 with others. Some exams are password protected. You are NOT allowed to share passwords with anyone else for any reason.
Additional Policies (campus classes)
•    Turn your cell phones to vibrate when in the classroom.
•    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, tablets, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.
•    Unless specifically designated otherwise by your instructor, exams must be taken in the classroom, during class time, and without access to any outside resources and without communication with anyone other than the instructor. You are not allowed to share exam login passwords with anyone else and you are not allowed to take the exam outside of the classroom.
•    Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Your instructor has an obligation to reduce such disruptions and may impose such restrictions as he deems necessary.
•    Missed Exams: If you are absent and miss an exam, you will receive a grade of zero unless the instructor agrees to give you a makeup exam or you make other arrangements with him. For example, the instructor may elect to replace the missing grade with your lowest exam grade. Requests for makeup exams or other arrangements are granted only if you have an exceptional reason for missing an exam, such as a medical emergency or death in the family. Only one missing exam grade may be made up. All other missed exams will be recorded as a zero. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate arrangements for a makeup. Approval for the makeup should be cleared with the instructor prior to the date of absence. If it is not possible to contact instructor prior to the exam, within 12 hours after missing the exam, you must email the instructor and cite the reasons he/she missed the exam. The format of a makeup exam may differ substantially from that of the regularly scheduled exam.
•    If you are tardy for any exam or quiz, you will be allowed to take the exam or quiz only with the instructor’s approval. If you are allowed to take the exam, you will only have the timeframe allocated to the class to complete the exam. You will not be allowed additional time for the time you missed by being tardy.
•    Missed quizzes will each be recorded as a zero. No makeup quizzes will be given. Quizzes are considered Project & Assignment Grades.
•    You are responsible for completing and submitting all assigned homework when due, and for being prepared for each class meeting. This applies even if you were absent for the previous class meeting. Late homework assignments will not be accepted.
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. 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. On any days you are tardy, you should check with the instructor after class to be sure you are counted present. If you do not do this on the day you are tardy, the tardy will be counted as an absence.
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.