Computer Concepts with Applications

3 units, transfer UC, CSU


Santa Monica College

Fall 2016


Class Syllabus



Instructor:                  Keith A. Kurtz


Phone:                        310-458-8383




Office Hours:                Mondays, 6:00 p.m. – 6:40 p.m., BUS 207

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 6:40 p.m., BUS 253

or by appointment


Course Description:  This beginning course covers the broad use of personal computers. Topics include a description of microcomputer components, input and output devices, networking, and microprocessing concepts. Beginning word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet, Windows, and programming concepts are introduced.


Student Learning Outcomes: In order to obtain the knowledge and academic skills necessary to access, evaluate, and interpret ideas, images, and information critically in order to communicate effectively, reach conclusions, and solve problems, students shall: Identify microcomputer components, understand spreadsheet, database, and programming concepts, identify software needs, identify input and output requirements, identify system processing requirements, identify hardware and software requirements, demonstrate knowledge of security, define a business problem to be solved by an application, and define system and software requirements.

In order to demonstrate the ability to use various software applications to develop, analyze and maintain websites, business reports, spreadsheets and presentations used in industry, students shall: Be able to name the different hardware parts of a computer system and describe their purpose, be able to describe the purpose of the operating system, be able to create, edit and format word-processing documents in Word, spreadsheet documents in Excel; integrate graphics into a Word document, perform beginning Windows file management operations, Web browsing, and email tasks.



Required Text:    ·    You will need the following from the CIS 1 text book bundle (978-1-337-50231-3):

·         Discovering Computers 2016 , Vermaat
ISBN 978-1-305-39185-7

·         Microsoft Windows 7: Introductory, Shelly
ISBN 978-1-4390-8105-1
Microsoft Windows 8: Introductory, Freund
ISBN 978-1-285-16313-0
Microsoft Windows 10: Intermediate,
ISBN 978-1-305-65675-8

·         Microsoft Word 2013: Introductory, Vermaat
ISBN 978-1-285-16774-9

·      The textbook bundle contains materials that we will not be using in our section.  It also contains a license for a 180 day trial PC version of Microsoft Office 2013, which you may want (it contains Word 2013, which we will use).  The bundle is available at the SMC bookstore and on-line at the Cengage Microsite for this course:

Supplies:               ·    One USB flash memory drive
If you plan to use another method to store your files (e.g. cloud storage) and access them in class, the lab, and wherever you will be working on your assignments, you will not need a flash drive.

·         Three Scan-tron sheets form 882-E


Grading Policy:   ·    Drops are the responsibility of the student.  Be aware of the final withdraw date.

·         The grade for this class will be determined by your performance in the following areas:

            Assignments, applications (11@15pts)                    165   points

            Tests (3@100pts.)                                                    300


            Total                                                                        465   points 

·         Grading Scale:

                                                90    - 100%       A

                                                80    - 89%         B

                                                65    - 79%         C

                                                50    - 64%         D

                                                below 50%        Fail



Assignments:        ·    There is a lab in B231 available to you to complete your computer assignments.

·         Assignments may be completed on your own computer, if you have the required software.

·         All computer work must be done using a computer with the software specified in this course:

·         Windows 7 or later

·         Word 2013

·         Internet Explorer 9 or later

·         Assignments are to be deposited into the e-companion drop box before class on the due date indicated on the Class Schedule.  Assignments must be submitted in this manner.

·         We will practice using the e-companion drop box in class.  You will need to be able to login to the campus network using your SMC account, so be sure that you are able to do so prior to the second class meeting.

·         Any work not handed in on time will be considered late.  Assignments will be accepted one class session late with a ten percent penalty. Assignments more than one class session late will normally not be graded.  If you feel there are extenuating circumstances, you should negotiate an alternate arrangement with the instructor before the assignment is due.

·         All assignments are required.  There is no "extra credit" available.

·         Textbook pages should be read as shown on the Class Schedule.




Exams:                 ·    There are three objective tests each worth 100 points.  These tests are not cumulative.

·         All tests are required.  No test score will be dropped.  If you know of a conflict with a test date, make prior arrangements with the instructor.

·         Only students with documented emergencies will be allowed to make up a test after the test date.  Conflicts with religious holidays require prior arrangements.

·         Students who are learning English as a second language may use a dictionary during exams.  Please confirm with the instructor prior to each exam if you are using a dictionary.


Attendance:           ·   Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory.  Most instructional activities are difficult to repeat outside the classroom

·      Students are responsible for all material covered in class, including changes in class schedule or assignments, so be sure to get notes from a classmate, or see the instructor should you be absent.

Honor Code and Code of Academic Conduct:      Cheating will not be tolerated.  Any student caught cheating on an exam will be assigned a zero for the exam and an Academic Dishonesty Report will be filed with the Campus Disciplinarian.

Honest and ethical students are protected in this class.  The SMC Honor Code and Code of Academic Integrity, printed in the General Catalog, remind students of their responsibility to behave honestly and ethically. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with these codes.  Please be extremely careful that you do not engage in any behavior that could even be construed as cheating.  .  During an exam, talking to another student, looking at another student's paper, using a calculator (unless explicitly permitted), using cheat notes, etc. are not permitted.

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Students with Disabilities:    I am happy to make academic adjustments for students with documented disabilities.  Please contact the Center for Students with Disabilities if this applies to you.  The Center for Students with Disabilities is located in Room 101 of the Admissions/Student Services Complex, located on the north side of Main campus, next to Admissions.  For more information, call (310) 434-4265 or (310) 434-4273 (TDD)


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