CS115--Introduction to Computer Applications--Spring 2014
Tuesday, Thursday, Period L (8-9:15 AM), Room 126






The Textbook


Course Description


Course Objectives


Course Policies


Grading System


Course Schedule
        

Prof. Thomas A. Easton


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THE TEXTBOOK

Gaskin, Ferrett, Vargas, & McLellan,
GO! Office 2010 Vol. 1, 2nd ed.

Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-13-284016-3



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COURSE DESCRIPTION


This course introduces the student to a suite of software tools critical to academic and workplace success (word processing, spreadsheets, Internet tools, presentation graphics, and databases).

See "Course policies" below for details on testing and grading.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES


By the end of the course, students will be able to use Microsoft Office to research and prepare competent reports using Word, Excel, Access, and Powerpoint. 


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COURSE POLICIES


Students should always read their assignments and come to class prepared to work on the material.  Work should be completed during the week it is assigned (see below).  It is permissible to do the work ahead of time. 

Attendance is required.  Each student may be absent twice without penalty. Each additional two absences without a medical excuse (no others are acceptable) will cost the student three points on the course grade.

Students will earn their grades by completing 33 tasks, each of which is worth 3 points of the final grade.  Work more than one week late will not be accepted.  If you finish everything early, you need no longer come to class.

Students who plagiarize their projects will receive zeros for the work in question, with no makeup opportunities.

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GRADING SYSTEM



A (94 - 100)      A- (90 - 93)
B+ (87 - 89)     B (83 - 86)    B- (80 - 82)
C+ (77 - 79)     C (73 - 76)     C- (70 - 72)
D+ (67 - 69)     D (63 - 66)    D- (60 - 62)
F (below 60)



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COURSE SCHEDULE

CAUTION: COURSE SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT WARNING!


DATETOPICASSIGNMENT
WEEK 1  
Tues Jan 7 - Thurs Jan 9 WORD: Creating and Formatting DocumentsCh. 1: Task 1: Project 1C, pp. 92-94
  Ch. 1: Task 2: Project 1D, pp. 95-97
  Ch. 1: Task 3: Project 1N, p. 110
   
WEEK 2  
Tues Jan 14 - Thurs Jan 16 Using Tables and TemplatesCh. 2: Task 4: Project 2C, pp. 154-156
  Ch. 2: Task 5: Project 2D, pp. 157-160
  Ch. 2: Task 6: Project 2L, p. 173
   
WEEK 3  
Tues Jan 21 - Thurs Jan 23 Research Papers and Mail Merge Ch. 3: Task 7: Project 3E, pp. 220-221
  Ch. 3: Task 8: Project 3G, pp. 224-226
Ch. 3: Task 9: Project 3M, p. 232
     
WEEK 4  
Tues Jan 28 - Thurs Jan 30Using EBSCO (MARVEL)Task 10: Use EBSCO to research a topic of your choice (such as "bug eating"). Have EBSCO email you a list of references in MLA format.
Task 11: Open a Word document and insert the references you found into a Source Manager "master list." Print them out in both MLA and APA formats.
   
WEEK 5  
Tues Feb 4 - Thurs Feb 6Task 12: Write a brief (2-3 pages) paper using your research. Insert citations of your references in the appropriate places. Print it out twice, once with the references as footnotes and once with them as end-notes.
EXCEL: Creating Worksheets and ChartsCh. 1: Task 13: Project 1C, pp. 284-286
   
WEEK 6  
Tues Feb 11 - Thurs Feb 13 Charts Ch. 1: Task 14: Project 1D: pp. 287-289
Charts Ch. 1: Task 15: Project 1G: pp. 294-295
Functions, Tables, and Managing Large Workbooks Ch. 2: Task 16: Project 2C: pp. 354-356
     
WEEK 7  
Tues Feb 25 - Thurs Feb 27 Ch. 2: Task 17: Project 2D, pp. 357-359
  WINTER BREAK! 
WEEK 8  
Tues Mar 4 - Mar 6 Analyzing Data Ch. 3: Task 18: Project 3C: pp. 416-419
Ch. 3: Task 19: Project 3D: pp. 420-422
     
WEEK 9  
Tues Mar 11 - Thurs Mar 13 ACCESS: Getting Started Ch. 1: Task 20: Project 1E, pp. 495-497
Queries and Reports Ch. 1: Task 21: Project 1F, pp. 498-499
  
WEEK 10  
Tues Mar 18 - Thurs Mar 20 Sorting and Querying Ch. 2: Task 22: Project 2E, pp. 570-571
  Ch. 2: Task 23: Project 2F, pp. 572-574
   
WEEK 11  
Tues Mar 25 - Thurs Mar 27 Forms, Filters, and ReportsCh. 3: Task 24: Project 3E, pp. 640-642
   Ch. 3: Task 25: Project 3F: pp. 643-644
    Ch. 3: Task 26: Project 3G, pp. 645-647
  SPRING BREAK  
WEEK 12  
Tues Apr 8 - Thurs Apr 10 POWERPOINT: Presentations Ch. 1: Task 27: Project 1I, p. 709
  Ch. 2: Task 28: Project 2I, p. 773
   Ch. 2: Task 29: Project 2J, p. 774
   
WEEK 13   
Tues Apr 15 - Thurs Apr 17 POWERPOINT: Presentations Ch. 3: Task 30: Project 3G, pp. 834-835
    Ch. 3: Task 31: Project 3J, p. 838
     
WEEK 14  
Tues Apr 22 - Thurs Apr 24 INTEGRATED PROJECTS Ch. 1: Task 32: Project 1A, pp. 846-861
  INTEGRATED PROJECTS Ch. 1: Task 33: Project 1B, pp. 862-871
   
Mon Apr 28 FINAL EXAMS BEGIN
 
EXAM DAY Finish and hand in incomplete Tasks
 




Syllabus last modified December 4, 2013.