CSC 105 – Introduction to Computing and Computer Applications

 

Modified 2/21 to Make Graded Lab Activities Extra Credit

Grades will be added to Assignments

Projects and Paths will be worth 25% each.

Change is result of lost days due to weather.

 

Course Syllabus Spring 2014

 

 

 

Instructor: Ralph L. Bradley II    Office: CIS 2033     Phone: 962-4260

 

Home Page: http:/www.uncw.edu/people/bradleyr  E-Mail: bradleyr@uncw.edu

 

Office Hours:  TR 11:30-1:30; MW 12:00-2:00; and By Appointment

Requirements:

 

·         A SAM access code which includes all course material and eBooks, available for purchase online (see below for instructions) or at the UNCW bookstore.  (Do not purchase a SAM code online from any other website – it will not give access to UNCW’s required material.)

·         Reliable access to the Internet: Internet Explorer or Firefox.

·         A two-button mouse or track-pad configured to right-click (Mac users see: check how to enable this at http://www.rightclickonmac.com/ or http://www.wikihow.com/Right-Click-on-a-Mac or look up what your particular computer needs.)

 

Recommended:

·         Microsoft Office 2010 (If you don’t have this, it is available to use via TealWare: http://uncw.edu/ITSD/help/tealware.html or on any campus computer.)

·         Familiarity with the Timmy server for file storage.

·         USB Storage Device

 

 

Schedule: Click here for Schedule

                   

 

SAM:

·                 Login – The Institution Key is  T2032902

 

·               Purchase SAM Account online

 

·               Setup Instructions 

 

·               About Readings·

 

·                 Using TealWare

 

·                 Tech Support

           

 

 

Pre-requisites:

·         Although this is an introductory course, students  should be able to access and navigate the Internet, use e-mail, attach/download files, and work independently.

 

Course Description

Computer literacy in the digital age: conceptual topics including elements of computing systems and organization; computer communications including the Internet; connecting and managing digital devices; social and technical issues including legal, ethical, and security considerations; and hands-on skills development of common computer applications including advanced word processing, utilizing spreadsheets and creating effective presentations. Intended for non-CSC majors.

 

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

1.    Explain how information is stored, accessed, and represented in computers. [IL1]

2.    Be fluent in the language of technology and be able to discuss the state of past, current and emerging technologies. [IL1]

3.    Assess the appropriateness of various technological tools to apply to a given problem. [IL1]

4.    Discuss computer applications in the context of how and when they are best applied. [IL1]

5.    Understand a variety of Web-based sources for accessing information including various methods of Internet searching, communications, commercial transactions and utilities.  [IL2], [IL3]

6.    Discuss basic Internet security and privacy issues. [IL2], [IL5]

7.    Understand how databases are created and used. [IL2], [IL4]

8.    Understand and demonstrate appropriate uses of technology including basic proficiency, decision-making, and information evaluation. [IL3], [IL4], [IL5]

9.    Demonstrate appropriate research strategies as applied to a specific task. [IL3]

10. Demonstrate proficiency using computer applications to organize and disseminate information related to a given task. [IL4]

11. Develop an awareness of some of the social and ethical issues raised by computers and technology. [IL4], [IL5]

 

Grades will be determined using the scale below:

93 – 100

A

90 – 92

A-

87 – 89

B+

83 – 86

B

80 – 82

B-

77 – 79

C+

70 – 72

C-

73 – 76

C

67 – 69

D+

63 – 66

D

60 – 62

D-

0 - 59 

F

 

Coursework:

Your final grade consists of the following units described below:        

 

 

I.  (50%) Computer Concepts: New Perspectives Computer Concepts 2013, e-text within SAM

 

·        (5%) Monday Numbered Assignments: There will be 14  assignments always due by Friday.  The topic will be discussed in your lecture class.  You will have to write 4-5 sentences explaining why you agree or disagree with the statement.  There are no wrong answers!!!  I will throw away the 3 worst of these.

 

·         (10%)Chapter Quizzes: untimed, multiple-choice self-tests to be completed by 11:59 pm on the due date.  Students have three tries for each quiz.  The highest grade will be used in grade calculations. Students are welcome to work ahead on these as they become available. We will cover 12 chapters.

 

·       ( 35%)Three Tests: Chapters 1-4, Chapters 5-8, and Chapters 9-12.  The third test is the Final Exam.

 

II.  (50%) Software Applications: Microsoft Office 2010 First Course, e-text within SAM

 

Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the following computer applications:

 

·         Microsoft  Word 2010

·         Microsoft  Excel 2010

·         Microsoft  PowerPoint 2010

 

 

1.     (25%)A SAM Path for each of the above consisting of three parts described below:

·         Pre-Test: at the beginning of each unit, a pre-test will be available for students to determine which skills they are able to perform accurately and which skills require better understanding. Pre-test questions are completed in a simulated Windows/Microsoft Office 2010 environment.  It is not required that you have the Office software installed. Each task or question has three attempts available.  If the student can’t perform the task accurately in three attempts, the task is marked incorrect.  Students may skip questions and return to them later, but the three attempts will not be reset.  If a student scores 100 on any given Pre-Test, the score for the SAM Path will be 100, and no training or Post-Test is required.

 

·         Training: for any pre-test questions the student misses, a training lesson will be available. 

 

·         Post-Test: A post-test will be available based on the questions missed on the pretest.  The score for the SAM Path will be the sum of the questions answered correctly in the pretest and the posttest.

 

2.    (25%)Projects

·         SAM Projects for each of the above: These include instruction files and one or more downloadable files that the student edits in the actual application according to the instructions.  Students then upload the finished file and submit it for grading.  SAM Project will grade the student submission and will provide feedback on any incorrect items.  Students then have two additional opportunities to correct the file and resubmit for grading. (Three attempts total.)  The highest grade will be used in calculations. Please be aware that the SAM Project grading system encodes the downloadable files and compares the submitted work with the original. If the encoding does not match, the software flags the submission as a possible integrity violation. Both parties are identified even if students are in different sections, courses, or even schools. In such a case, both parties will receive a grade of zero.  “Borrowing a friend’s computer” and accidently submitting your friend’s project file instead of your own is not an excuse. You and your friend will both receive grades of zero.  Leaving a file available for others to access, even inadvertently, can result in a zero for the project. SAM Projects must be completed in the 2010 version of the Microsoft Office for Windows. If you don’t have Office for Windows 2010, you may use any campus computer or TealWare (instructions will be provided for this option.)  Projects completed in Office 2007 or Office for Mac may not receive full credit as not all required features will be available.

·         A project to create your own web page using native HTML.

 

 

 

 

Important note: Because the SAM gradebook is very confusing and not customizable to our grading scales, SAM scores will be imported into Blackboard periodically through the semester, and current averages will be posted there.  You will receive an email advising you when this happens.  Please don’t estimate your grade using the SAM gradebook because it won’t be an accurate reflection.

 

Late policy

You may work ahead on much of the course. If an assignment is open, you may complete it early at your convenience.  Because students do sometime miss deadlines due to unforeseen situations illness, family emergencies, computer crashes etc., the lowest two scores will be dropped from each of the concepts quizzes, the SAM Paths, and the SAM Projects.  This will be in lieu of make-up work.

 

General Advice

All assignments are due at 11:59pm on the due date. With the exception of tests, work may be submitted at any time prior to the due date, so you may work ahead on much of the course. Remember that many assignments have several steps (such as a SAM Path) or provide multiple attempts.  If you wait until the evening of the due date to begin, it is unlikely that you will finish and last-minute help may not be available. Lack of planning, lack of Internet connectivity, hard drive crashes, family emergencies, car trouble, etc., etc., etc., will not be accepted as excuses to submit work late. This includes second attempts on quizzes and projects. Due dates are firm and final. Plan for disasters, and plan ahead.  As with gainful employment, you are expected to meet commitments in this course without excuses. Failing to meet your commitments in this course, or on the job, carry meaningful consequences. There are no extra credit assignments.

 

Incomplete grades are given rarely and only in very specific situations. First, the student must be passing. Next, the student must be able to complete the work of the course entirely on his or her own. Finally, the student must be prevented from completing the course by verified, unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the student. These conditions must be documented and verified before an incomplete grade may be given.

 

Calendar

It is the student’s responsibility to check the online calendar (which is subject to change) and to complete the assignments as indicated. Failure to check the calendar daily is not an acceptable excuse for missing a due date.

 

Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability and need reasonable accommodation in this course, you should inform the instructor of this fact in writing within the first week of class or as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, you must register at the Office of Disability Services in Westside Hall (ext. 3746) and obtain a copy of your Accommodation Letter. You should then arrange a meeting to make mutually agreeable arrangements based on the recommendations of the Accommodation Letter.

 

Expectations

All work submitted must be your own. The UNCW Honor Code applies to all work, and it is assumed that all students have committed to the Honor Pledge both of which are described at http://uncw.edu/odos/honorcode/about.html . The University’s policy on the responsible use of electronic resources also applies to all work for this course. See http://uncw.edu/policies/documents/07.100_Resp_Use_of_Elec_Resources0807.pdf .

 

Tips for Success

·         Plan ahead.  Don’t wait until the last minute to begin an assignment.

·         Please use UNCW e-mail to contact me.  I don’t regularly check or respond to voice mail.

·         Check your UNCW e-mail account daily for schedule changes, announcements, clarifications, reminders. 

·         Read all e-mail from me thoroughly.  If you don’t, it could adversely affect your grade.  All requirements and due dates will be posted on the course calendar, and reminders will be sent via e-mail.  Not knowing something was due does not entitle you to make it up.

·         Seek help when you need it and as soon as you need it. I am happy to answer questions and lend assistance on any and all of the coursework, if you ask.  I have no way of knowing you are confused if you don’t contact me. 

·         Don’t worry about sending me too many e-mails: it is important to get your questions answered, no matter how many there are.

·         I can help you most quickly via e-mail, which I check several times a day, but I am also happy to schedule a time to meet with you in person if you prefer. 

·         Just remember: Plan ahead.  Don’t wait until the last minute to begin an assignment.

 

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