CSC 105 ONLINE Sections 003 & 800

Introduction to Computers and Computer Applications

SPRING 2014 Tentative Syllabus

Instructor: Amrutha Sethuram


Office: CI 2041

Phone: 962-3886

Instructor’s web page:

Office Hours: Tue/Thur 2.00-3:30 pm, and by appointment



1.    SAM Access Code: This includes all course material and eBooks. The code is available for purchase online at ( or at the UNCW book store. Note: Do not purchase a SAM code online from any other website. You will not have access to UNCW's required material


2.    Reliable access to the Internet: Internet Explorer for Windows users or Firefox ( for Mac users.  


3.    A two-button mouse or track-pad configured to right-click (Mac users see: check how to enable this at or or look up what your particular computer needs.)  



1.         Microsoft Office 2010. If you don’t have this, it is available to use via TealWare: or on any campus computer.


2.         It is advisable to learn how to use the Timmy server to save your work. See for details.



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


2.         Please read this:    Should I take this course?



1.         It is the student’s responsibility to read and understand the syllabus, assignment instructions, and all emails sent out. Not reading or not understanding these documents does not qualify students to make up work.


2.         All assignments and due dates will be found on the course calendar at


3.         Any announcements or reminders will be sent to students’ UNCW email, and a log of all sent email can be found on blackboard



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. 

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

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

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

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

6.    Discuss basic Internet security and privacy issues.

7.    Understand how databases are created and used.

8.    Understand and demonstrate appropriate uses of technology including basic proficiency, decision-making, and information evaluation. 

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

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

11. Develop an awareness of some of the social and ethical issues raised by computers and technology.



The following units are required to be completed for your final grade


A.    Orientation Assignment:

    Part 1: Syllabus Quiz

    Part 2: Windows SAM Path

    Part 3: Using Tealware and Timmy Assigment


B.    Computer Concepts: New Perspective Computer Concepts 2013, e-text within SAM

1.    Reading: Read the assigned chapter in the e-text

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

3.    Midterm: This exam will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 25 & Feb 26, 12:01 am until 11:59 pm and must be completed within 2 hours. Additionally, it cannot be stopped and restarted.


C.    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


There will be 10 assigned units consisting of the following required activities:

a.    Reading: Read the assigned chapter/s in the e-text

b.    Quiz: untimed, multiple-choice self-tests to be completed by 11:59 pm on the due date. Students have two tries for each quiz. The higher grade will be used in grade calculations. Students are welcome to work ahead on these as they become available.

c.    SAM Path: This consisits of three parts as described below:

i.    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.


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


iii.    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.


d.    SAM Project: 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.

There will also be a final exam covering the Office material. This exam will be open for four days from Friday, May 2 – Monday, May 5 at 11:59 pm and must be completed within 3 hours. Additionally, it cannot be stopped and restarted.


Grading Scheme


Calculation of course grades will be subject to following weightage:

Tasks Details Percentage of total
Orientation Assignments Weighted average of assignments 5%
Concepts Quizzes Average of the best 10 concept quizzes (lowest 2 will be dropped) 20%
Concepts Midterm Exam 15%
Application Quizzes Average of best 8 quiz scores from Word, Excel, and PPT units (lowest 2 will be dropped) 15%
SAM Paths Average of best 8 SAM Path scores from Word, Excel and PPT units (lowest 2 will be dropped) 15%
SAM Projects Average of best 8 Project scores from Word, Excel and PPT units(lowest 2 will be dropped) 15%
Applications Final Exam 15%
Total 100%


Letter grades will be calculated as below:


93 – 100


90 – 92


87 – 89


83 – 86


80 – 82


77 – 79


70 – 72


73 – 76


67 – 69


63 – 66


60 – 62


0 - 59 



Important note: 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.


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.


Late Policy

With the exception of the Concepts Midterm Exam and the Office Final Exam, work may be submitted at any time PRIOR to the due date. 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 application quizzes, the SAM Paths, and the SAM Projects. This will be in lieu of make-up work. No make-ups will be available for the Mid Term or Final Exam.



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.



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  The University’s policy on the responsible use of electronic resources also applies to all work for this course. See .


Tips for Success

·         Be punctual. Do not procrastinate until it is too late to complete and submit your work 

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

·         This is probably the most important one:  Seek help when you need it and as soon as you need it. Feel free to send as many emails that you need to get your questions answered  Please contact me via UNCW e-mail or during office hours.