Computer Concepts with Applications
3 units, transfer UC, CSU
Instructor: Keith A. Kurtz
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.
Discovering Computers 2016 , Vermaat
Microsoft Windows 7: Introductory, Shelly
Microsoft Windows 8: Introductory, Freund
Microsoft Windows 10: Intermediate, Freund
Microsoft Word 2013: Introductory, Vermaat
· 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: http://www.cengagebrain.com/course/1229131.
· Three Scan-tron sheets form 882-E
The grade for this class will be determined by your performance in the
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 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.
· 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.
· 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.
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