CIT 105 - Introduction to Computers

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CIT 105

-

Introduction to Computers

CI
T

105
-
75M
3

(Hybrid)

3 credit hours




Instructor



Nancy McClearn





Semester






Fall

2013






Office



#260 JHG
-
Madisonville








Classroom




SEC 202




Phone



(270) 824
-
1816

Meeting Times


Tuesday
-
9:30
-
10:45





Email



nancy.mcclearn@kctcs.edu





(
Since I teach on the Madisonville and Central City
campus
,
the best way to contact me is
through email
. Please
remember to
utilize your college
email
account vs. personal email
account
. Personal email accounts do not always come through to my email account).



Office Hours








*
Office hours a
vailable by appointment on Fridays.



Course Description



This course
provides an introduction to the computer and the convergence of technology
as used in today’s global environment. It introduces topics including computer hardware and
software, file management, the Internet, e
-
mail, the social web, green computing, securi
ty and
computer ethics. This course also presents basic use of application, programming, systems, and
utility software. Basic keyboarding skills are strongly recommended.


Prerequisite


Successful completion of RDG 2
0
or consent of instructor.


Classroom Materials/
Supplies


Text:

New Perspectives
Microsoft Office 2013
,
bundled with Sam Registration Code and a trial
version of Microsoft Offi
ce 365

software. (
Valid

for 180
days) Publisher: Cengage Learning
.
Your textbook bundle must be purchased

through

the Madisonville North campus bookstore
.

A
used version is not available.

This bundle is also not available through a third party
source.




Hours:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday*

9:30
-

10:45

JHG 260



JHG 260

JHG 260


11:00
-
12:00


SEC Office




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Software:

Microsoft Office 365
Professional
Suite

(
Word, Excel,
Access
, and PowerPoint
). A
trial version
(valid for 180

days
) is included with your
textbook bundle

option
). We
will also be
using the Windows 8

Operatin
g System, as w
ell as the Cengage Learning/Sam
website. An
access code to SAM

is
also
included with

your

textbook
bundle.


Softwa
re Disclaimer
:
This course is built around and fo
llows the structure of Windows 8
,

IE 10
,
and Microsoft Office 2013

for PC/W
indows
-
based computers


Storage Device
: A
4

GB
or larger
flash d
rive

will be needed for this class.




Course
Competencies




Upon

successful completion of this course, the student can:


1.


Describe basic computer functions and use correct computer technology.

2.

Use a course management system.

3.

Utilize computer technology as a tool to access, manage, prepare, and present
information.

4.

Iden
tify trends in information processing and new emerging technologies.

5.

Explain the impact of computers upon society including effects of social technologies,
green computing, dangers of excessive use, and disposal of obsolete equipment.

6.

Iden
tify and analyze
ethical issues such as copyright, privacy, and security as related to
computing.

7.

Explain the difference between application, programming, system, and utility software.

8.

Use a graphical user interface
-
based operating system to manage files, folders and
disks
.

9.

Use application software packages to prepare basic documents, spreadsheets,
databases, and presentations.

10.

Describe and explain basic data communications and network technologies and
functions.

11.

Identify and use basic e
-
mail and Internet functions and unde
rstand their capabilities.

12.

Describe globalization and challenges including technological barriers, electronic
payments, and varying cultures.

13.

Describe cloud computing and its impact on business and personal systems.



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Critical Thinking


Beginning in school
, and continuing at successively higher levels across their college studies,
students should prepare for twenty
-
first
-
century challenges by gaining: Intellectual and Practical Skills,
including critical and creative thinking.

Assessment:


Students will
apply newly developed technical skills when constructing research
papers, resumes, graphs, presentations, and other documents

for courses.

S
tudents will correctly construct
Excel worksheets that compare and analyze data for decision
-
making.

S
tudents will
also
correctly
complete the
Problem Based Learning
Integration

Project
.




Evaluation of
Writing



Instructors in all courses are expected to call attention to proper English usage and may penalize for
errors and/or require the rewriting of papers which
do not meet acceptable standards in English. Any
instructor who finds the written work of any student seriously defective in English may recommend
remedial work or refer the student for additional assistance from local resources.” (Faculty Senate Rules

Section V, 2.33)



Grading






Grading Criteria





Grading Sc
ale




Assignments

3
0
%

A

90
-
100



Examinations

30
%

B


80
-
8
9



Quizzes

10%

C

70
-
79



Problem
-
Based



Learning
Integration

D

60
-
6
9


Project

10
%

E

Below 60%



Attendance


5%



Comprehensive


Final Exam

15%








Incomplete


An incomplete
will only be given if the student completes every assignment other than
the final exam, and because of
extreme circumstances
,
cannot complete the
semester.


The
final exam m
ust be made up within one week

of the original due date.



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Withdrawal
Policy


Fri
day
,

August 23
,

2013





Last day to
drop a
course without a



grade

and
receive a
full
(
100%
) refund
.

Monday, October 21
, 2013

(Midterm)





Last day to officially withdraw from course



at your own
dis
cretion with a grade of “W”.

Friday, December 6
, 2013






Last day to withdraw from course at the






I
nstructor’s

discretion with a grade of “W”.






A student officially withdrawing will receive












a “W” if the student’s current class grade










point average at the time of the withdrawal











is 60% or greater. If curren
t grade point











average is less than 60%, withdrawal with










a
“W” will be denied
.


Attendance, Late Work &
Make
-
Up Policies



1.
Regular attendance,
participation

and punctuality

are expected for successful
completion of
this

course.

Class continues e
ven when you are not present,

so please take
personal ownership of your class.
It is the student’s full responsibility to
look on Blackboard or
contact the instructor in reference to all missed work incurred while absent.


2.

Assignments
should

be submitted
at the
beginning of class
, before instruction begins
,

or
by the deadline on Blackboard or Sam link
, as applicable.

Students are still responsible for
assignments missed while absent. If students are absent on days that
har
d copies

are due,
those may be submitted at the beginning of the next class attended.

Late Assignments will
not be accepted and will result in a grade of “0”.



3.
No make
-
up quizzes will be allowed.
However, you may drop your lowest quiz grad
e, or
on
e quiz missed.


4. There will be
an
e
xam after each chapter
.

No make
-
up exams will be allowed.

However, you may drop your lowest exam grade, or one exam

missed
.

The comprehensive
final exam may not be included in the exam to be dropped.


Classroom
Etiquette


*Maintain a positive, professional, respectful attitude within the classroom.

Students will be
asked to leave class if they become disruptive of other students’ learning.

*Finish all food and drink
before entering

the classroom.
These should n
ot be

visible
.

*
Tobacco products
of any type

are

not to be used

within the classroom.

*Silence all phones and pagers before class starts.

Please refrain from texting during class.

*Please refrain from printing once instruction has started.

*Please make
arrangements for your children vs. bringing them to class.

*Maintain punctuality and attendance. Attendance will be taken during each class with tardies
documented.

*Please refrain from using the computer for personal use. Our class time is not intended
for

visiting
Facebook,

etc.

Students will be asked to leave class if this continues to be a
problem.

*
Students are expected to
bring their own textbook
, flash drive

and all necessary supplies
to class

each

day.

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Academic
Honesty


Students are expected to uphold the KCTCS Student Code of Conduct relating to academic
honesty. The KCTCS Student Code of Conduct may be found at the following website:
http://www.kctcs.edu/Students/Admissions/Academic_Policies/Code_of_Student_Conduct.aspx
.

Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work they
submit. The guiding principle of academic integrity sha
ll be that a student’s submitted work,
examinations, reports, and projects must be that of the student’s own work. Students shall be
guilty of violating the honor code if they:







• Represent the work of others as their own.




• Use or obtain unauth
orized assistance in any academic work.


• Give unauthorized assistance to other students.


• Modify, without instructor approval, an examination, paper,









record, or report for the purpose of

obtaining additional c
redit.




• Misrepresent the content of submitted work.


The penalty for violating the code is severe. Any student violating the honor code is subject to
receiving a failing grade for the course and will be reported to the Office of the Student Affair
s.
If a student is unclear about whether a particular situation may constitute an honor code
violation, the student should meet with the instructor to discuss the situation.


For this class, it is permissible to assist classmates in general discussions o
f computing
techniques. General advice and interaction are highly encouraged. Each person; however,
must develop his or her own solutions to the assigned projects, assignments and tasks. In other
words,
students may not “work

together”

on graded
assignments
.


A student may not use or
copy (by any means) another’s work (or portions of it) and represent it as his/her own. If you
need help on an assignment, contact your instructor vs. other classmates.


Inclement Weather
Policy


In cases of incleme
nt weather please listen to area radio and television stations for
cancellations.




Madisonville Community College’s standard procedure during inclement weather is to remain
open and hold classes as scheduled. Campus closures are rare; however, should the

weather
become severe enough to warrant closing the campus, we will contact local media as well as
relay the information using SNAP to your phone, email, or text message.


Please watch for a
SNAP announcement and/or the local news or listen to local radio

for the latest information. As
always, use your own judgment when determining whether or not it is safe to travel in your area
.



For more information, or to sign up for SNAP, visit
http://legacy.kctcs.edu/snap/
.




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Student Safety
Information



Madisonville Community College is concerned with the safety of the students attending
classes at any of the four campuses. The following points ar
e for your benefit as a student:




In case any
life threatening event, call 911. The local emergency responders are better
equipped to take care of these situations.



To sign up for the Safety Notification Alert Process (SNAP) go to the MCC webpage and
click on the SNAP section. After completing this, y
ou will receive notifications on school
closings, inclement weather, and other safety notifications.



To report a safety concern
call the MCC Tip Line at
(8
24
-
1900
)

to report safety concerns
or suspicious behavior. This line is monitored once a day Monday t
hrough Friday.



The MCC emergency number
(
824
-
1911
)

is answered by se
lected personnel during the
day.




There is a Maintenance
number
(8
36
-
533
0)

for students on the North campus for use
after the switchboard closes at 4:30. This is a cell phone that is answered by one of the
Maintenance & Operations personnel.


Distance Learning Resources




Library Information
:

Online services
for research can
be located at the following web page
:


http://madisonville.kctcs.edu/en/academics/library




Technical Support
: I
f you have problems with Blackboard, please contact the
Blackboard
24/

Help
Desk toll free at
1
-
866
-
590
-
9238, or through the “
Help” tab
at:
http://elearning.kctcs.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_grou
p_id=_16_1Blackboard



If you have proble
ms with Sam
,
please visit the support website
(for
24/7
online chat or email)
at

http://support.cengage.com/Magellan/TechSupport/login.aspx

or you may contact
them toll free
at 1
-
800
-
648
-
7450 (press option #5)
, Monday


Thursday

(8:30 AM to 9
:00 PM, EST); Friday
(8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, EST).

The web
address
to log into

Sam is
:

http://sam.cengage.com





(
Instructor is not responsible for troubleshooting problems with
Sam

or Blackboard
)
.


Course Technical Requirements:

You will ne
ed reliable internet connection.

High Speed is
preferred. You will also need
to make sure that Adobe Flash Player has been
downloaded to
your computer
. You will need
access to the following software
:
Microsoft Office 365
Professional Version
, to include Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
Several other
versions do not include Access, so please make sure that you do have the

Professional
version
.

The
Microsoft Windows 8

Operating system
will also be used.


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Tenta
tive Course Schedule


Fall
2013



Class Period

Course Content

Instructional
Material

Week 1

Tuesday,
August

20
th

-
Course
Introduction/
Sam Registration


-
Exploring
the Basics of Microsoft Windows 8


-
Investigating the Windows 8
Operating System



Week 2

PLEASE NOTE
:

Thursday August 29
th

-
Browser and Email Basics

-
Introduction to Microsoft Internet
Explorer 10 and your college
webmail account.


Week 3

Tuesday,
September
3rd


Essenti al Computer Concepts


-
Learni ng about t he Component s
of Comput er Syst ems

Week 4

Tuesday,
Sept ember
10
th

Managing Your Files

-
Or
ganizing Files and Folders with


Windows 8






Week 5

Tuesday, September 17
th


Word Tutorial 1

-
Creating
and Editing
a Document











Week 6


Tuesday,

September 2
4th

Word Tutorial 2

-
Navigating
and Formatting a
Document


Week 7

Tuesday, October 1
st

Word Tutorial 3

-
Creating
Tables and
a Multiple
-
Page Report







Week 8


Tuesday,

October
8th

Excel Tutorial 1

-
Getting Started with Excel





October 14
th

-

19th

Fall

Break (No Class)


Week 9

Tuesday, October 22
nd

Excel Tutorial 2

-
Formatting
Workbook

Text and
Data





Week 10

Tuesday,
October

2
9
th

Excel Tutorial 3

-
Calculating Data

with Formulas
and Functions



Week 11

Tuesday, November 5
th

Excel Tutorial 4

-
Analyzing and Charting Financial
Data










Week 12

Tuesday,

November

12
th

Access
Tutorial 1

-
Creating a Database






Week 13

Tuesday,
November 1
9th

Access Tutorial 2

-
Building a Database &

Defining Table Relationships





Week 14

Tuesday, November 26
th

Access Tutorial 3

-
Maintaining
and

Querying
Database



On your own time

Due
Tuesday,

November 26
th

PowerPoint Tutorial 1

-
Creating a Presentation



Week 15

Tuesday, December 3
rd

Problem Based Learning Integration Project

-
Integrating
Word, Excel, Access,
and PowerPoint

Week 16

Thursday,


December 12
th

9:30
-
11:30

Comprehensive Final Examination




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Disabilities Policy



“Students with documented disabilities that require
individualized accommodations should do two things:
contact the Disability Resource Coordinator at their Home
College and inform their instructors. Once the student
has contacted the Disability Resource
Coordinator at the
Home College, that Coordinator will communicate with
the student's instructors and/or the Disability Resource
Coordinator at the Delivering College in order to
coordinate and/or provide reasonable and appropriate
accommodations to the st
udent.”

If your home campus is
Madisonville Commu
nity College, contact Valerie
Wolfe,
Disability Resource Manager, at 270
-
824
-
1708 or
valerie.wolfe@kctcs.edu

for additional
information.










THIS SYLLABUS IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF
THE INSTRUCTOR TO MEET
CLASS NEEDS
.