Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: ITSC-1401- Section: 71
Introduction to Computers
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Instructor Information
Instructor Sheila Guillot
Phone(409) 984-6381
Location:Umphrey Industrial Technology Center - Room: 201 B
Hours:By Appointment
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Overview of computer information systems. Introduces computer hardware, software, procedures, and human resources.
Prerequisites None.
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
Use basic operating system functions.
Core Objectives N/A
Program Student Learning Outcomes •Utilize basic software development terminology and concepts.
•Apply a software-development process to develop and troubleshoot a software product.
•Create computer graphics for inclusion into a software product.
•Explain ethical practices within the computer field.
•Identify procedures for security risk management in the computer field.
Textbooks 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.

Technology for Success Microsoft Office 365 & Office 2019, Shelly Cashman Series Concepts & Office, Sandra Cable, by Cengage Publishing, ISBN# 978-0-357-02638-0
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Computer Concepts--Impact of Digital Technology; The Web, Computer Hardware; Operating Systems and File Management; Software and Apps; and Security and Safety
Week 2: Word 2019--Creating and Modifying a Flyer; Creating a Research Paper; and Creating a Business Letter
Week 3: PowerPoint 2019--Creating and Editing Presentations with Pictures; Enhancing Presentations with Shapes and SmartArt; and Inserting WordArt, Charts, and Tables
Week 4: Excel 2019--Creating a Worksheet and a Chart; Formulas, Functions, and Formatting, and Working with Large Worksheets; Charting, and What-if Analysis
Week 5: Access 2019--Databases and Database Objects: An Introduction; Querying a Database; and Maintaining a Database
Major Assignments

Week 1: Course introduction; syllabus review; computer concepts lecture, quizzes over Chapters 1-6
Week 2: Lecture on Word 2019; Exam 1 (Computer concepts); Modules 1-3 assignments; quizzes over Ch. 1-3
Week 3: Lecture on PowerPoint 2019; Exam 2 (Word 2019); Modules 1-3 assignments; quizzes over Ch. 1-3
Week 4: Lecture on Excel 2019; Exam 3 (PowerPoint); Modules 1-3 assignments; quizzes over Ch. 1-3
Week 5: Lecture on Access 2019; Exam 4 (Excel); Modules 1-3 assignments; quizzes over Ch. 1-3
Week 6: (July 12) Final Exam (Comprehensive)
Final Exam Date July 12, 2021 - 8:00 AM   Through  July 12, 2021 - 5:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Your grade is determined on an overall point total--exams are worth 100 points each; the final exam is worth 200 points; quizzes are worth 25 points each; discussions are worth 10 points each; and homework/assignments are worth 50 points each.

As we progress through the semester, you will be able to see your point total versus the overall point total. You divide your total points by the total possible points to find your grade for the course.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Use your LSCPA email to communicate with me or call me at my office number 409-984-6381.

Assignments will be given each week. The assignments will open at 8 a.m. on each Monday morning and will be due by 10 a.m. the following Monday morning. This is subject to change.

LATE WORK is not accepted. Due dates are given and enough time is given to complete all work. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Students are responsible for completing all assigned homework, including reading assignments, by the required due dates and for being prepared for each class meeting.

There will be weekly virtual meetings. These meetings are not mandatory. I am using these meetings as an opportunity for you to ask questions about the reading material and/or any assignments given. Day of week and times will be announced once class begins.

If you miss an exam, your lowest exam grade will count twice. If you miss more than one exam, those exams will be given a grade of zero.

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 end of the first week of class. The student will still be responsible for any assignments given.

No emailed work is accepted; unless requested by instructor. You must submit your assignments in Blackboard.

Students are responsible for completing all assigned reading and video viewings.

A failure to follow oral and/or written instructions will result in a 10-point deduction penalty.

Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on any assignment (first offense); a second incidence of academic dishonesty will result in failure of the class.

Software Requirements:
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.

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.
Attendance Policy 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. In addition, attendance on a regular basis is necessary for proper skill development.

Students must log into Blackboard at least three times per week. If you do not log into your Blackboard three times per week, you will be considered to have an absence. The following is the attendance policy.

3 absences = one letter grade drop
5 absences = two letter grade drop
7 absences = automatic failure of class
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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Other Please contact me if you have any issues with the course material or textbooks. If you have an accommodation, please email me a copy of the accommodation.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.