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CPS 100 - Lakeland College

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS

SUMMER 2013 SYLLABUS


INSTRUCTOR: Professor Luis Poza

CLASS TIMES: T-TH, 3:15 ~ 4:45

OFFICE HOURS: W-F 5:00 ~ 6:00 p.m.; T-TH 2:15 ~ 2:45; also by appointment

CLASS LOCATION: NIC Media Center (3F of main NIC building)

TEXTBOOK: Online materials (http://www.lcjapan.com)

DESCRIPTION:

This course introduces basic concepts about computers and basic skills using a computer (also known as a "PC," or "personal computer"). Practical work includes using word processing, presentation, and spread sheet applications, as well as an introduction to the Internet and its personal, academic, and business potential.

OBJECTIVES: The student will demonstrate:

COURSE STUDY MATERIALS: You will have two main sources of material: the web site (http://www.lcjapan.com) and the lectures. NOT ALL MATERIAL is covered in each part; for example, some information might ONLY be in the web site, but not the lecture. You will be responsible for ALL materials, so make sure to read all the web site pages carefully, and to take thorough notes during lectures! In addition, some chapters will be online only, with questions & discussions in class.

PERSONAL MATERIALS: You must have a USB FLASH MEMORY device. USB Flash Memory sticks start at about 550 yen for 8 GB capacity. You should buy one which looks and feels strong; the cheapest ones can break more easily.

Don't forget to back up your data regularly; just copy the USB drive data to a backup folder on your main computer every day or two. Alternately, email every document you make to yourself using your LCJ Mail account-that way you can access all of your files from any computer. I do not accept "I forgot my USB drive" or "My USB drive broke" as excuses for late work.

TESTING: Some of your tests will be given on web pages (see an example here). You will fill out the web page forms to take the test; when you click on the "Submit" button at the end, your answers will be sent to the teacher by email. The teacher will send the answers back to you by email. Other tests will be performed on your classroom computer using MS Word and PowerPoint.

There may be small quizzes given at the beginning of some classes. These quizzes are based on the assigned reading. They will be calculated as part of your Chapter Test score.

I do NOT give make-up tests. If you miss a test for any reason, you will receive a "0" score. At the end of the semester, I remove the lowest score for each student. As a result, if you miss one test due to illness, this will excuse the missed test.

ATTENDANCE: You are expected to attend every class. There are 12 weeks (23 sessions) of regular classes this semester, so missing only a few will make you miss a great deal of information and study. You are allowed only three (3) absences due to illness without penalty. The 4th absence will mean your grade will go down one full letter (i.e., an "A" will become a "B", a "BC" will become a "CD"); the 5th absence will mean your grade will go down TWO full letters (i.e., an "A" will become a "C"). On the 6th absence, you will automatically FAIL the class.

EXTRA CLASSES: Mr. Poza may schedule at least a few extra class sessions that MUST be attended by all students. These will include a day for all students to deliver their PowerPoint Presentations, as well as special study sessions. You will be notified of the dates in advance.

PREPARATION: Students will be expected to have read the appropriate materials BEFORE each class. Do NOT expect to be able to walk in unprepared and learn everything from the lecture; you must also PARTICIPATE and ASK QUESTIONS during the lecture.

Most of the assignments will require work outside of class time in order to be completed. You can work as groups to help each other on the projects, but the assignments which you hand in must be your own work. Please refer to the Student Handbook on matters regarding copying and plagiarism.

E-MAIL: Students will be expected to check email every day, including weekend days (when possible). You can set up the account on a smartphone to make that easier. I may send assignments and other information on non-class days. For this class, you will have an LCJ Mail account, but you may forward the LCJ Mail account email to your regular account.

EVALUATION (GRADING) CRITERIA: Grades will be based on examinations on reading and lectures, laboratory work, class participation and attendance.

GRADING: Final grades will be assigned according to the scale:

A 92.5% - 100%
AB 87.5% - 92.4%
B 82.5%- 87.4%
BC 77.5% - 82.4%
C 72.5%- 77.4%
CD 67.5% - 72.4%
D 60%- 67.4%
F below 60%

GRADE WEIGHTING: The following work will be worth these percentages of your final grade:

ASSESSMENT: Data may be collected from time to time in this course to assist the course instructor and/or Lakeland College in assessing student learning outcomes. For questions about academic assessment initiatives at Lakeland, please contact Dr. Debra Hagen-Foley, Director of Institutional Research and Academic Assessment (HagenFoleyDL@lakeland.edu), or see the Lakeland College catalog and website.

COURSE SCHEDULE: The following schedule is tentative, and it will likely change according to the performance and needs of the class.

Note: Over the course of the semester, some chapters will be assigned for reading only (no lecture). Quizzes will be given for all written material, and there will be questions on these topics in the Midterm and Final Exams.

Week 1: Course Overview; Introduction to Computers
Week 2: Introduction to Computers; Hardware -- (begin work on Research project)
Week 3: Hardware
Week 4: The Operating System
Week 5: Software; The Internet
Week 6: The Internet - Midterm Exam (Wed., June 14)
Week 7: Microsoft PowerPoint
Week 8: Microsoft PowerPoint - (begin work on PowerPoint project) - (June 28 is the withdraw deadline)
Week 9: Microsoft Word
Week 10: Microsoft Word
Week 11: Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel
Week 12: Microsoft Excel; PowerPoint projects due
Week 13: FINAL EXAM Week; project draft due