Introduction to Computer Applications


CS 115

FALL 2002

Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 209

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 – 10 AM

Tuesday & Thursday:  9:20 AM – 10:20 AM

Tuesday: 1:30 – 2:30 PM

You are welcome to drop by at other times or make an appointment !

Office Phone: 859-1335

Home Phone: 582-7632


Snow Phone/Cancellation Line: 859-1140


Class Schedule:

SECTION E: Monday, Weds, Friday from 12:30 to 1:25 in Room 122.

SECTION N: Tuesdays and Thursdays - From 10:40 AM to 11:55 AM in Room 122.



Microsoft Office XP Introductory Concepts and Techniques by Shelley, Cashman, and Vermaat (Course Technology)

Searching and Researching on the Internet and World Wide Web by Ackerman and Hartman (Franklin, Beedle, and Associates)


Materials Needed:

At least two formatted and labeled 3 ˝” High-Density diskettes.  These can be purchased at the TC Bookstore.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Prerequisite: None

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


By the end of the course, students should be able to create projects using the following Microsoft applications:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Access
  • PowerPoint 

In addition, students will be able to:

  • Understand basic computer concepts and the Windows environment
  • Utilize MS Outlook for e-mail and personal information management
  • Utilize the Internet and its resources (such as directories, virtual libraries, search engines, and specialized databases) for research
  • Be able to evaluate, import, and document online sources



Each week students will have readings from the texts as well as in-class and out-of-class projects


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)



7 Quizzes.........................................…...35%

Lab Projects...........................................65%



Students are expected to attend all class sessions and to be prepared to discuss the assigned readings and written homework. If a student must miss a class session, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange other ways of obtaining the information covered in class. Please notify the instructor in advance if you have to miss a class. Students with excessive absences may not receive a passing grade.



Students who plagiarize papers and projects or cheat on exams will receive zeros for the work in question and may fail the course.


·        Changes in the syllabus and assignments may be modified as deemed appropriate by the instructor.   All changes will be announced in class.

·        Students with a disability who are requesting academic accommodations should contact Ellen McQuiston at the Center for Academic Support (CAS) and the instructor as soon as possible.




Important Links


Textbook Website


 TC Information Technology Help


Technical Support Request


Personal Web Page Request 




Thomas College Homepage


NOTE: Assignments will be posted to this document on a regular basis – so please check it frequently!




Week of 9/3

Introduction to the Course

Basic Computer Concepts,5594,2294747,00.html

Introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web (Ackerman, CH. 1) READ

Browser Essentials (Ackerman, CH. 2) READ



Week of 9/9

E-mail Concepts and Outlook 2002

 Outlook Project

Finding Email Addresses, Phone Numbers, and Maps (Ackerman, CH. 11) READ

Searching Email Discussion Group Archives and Usenet Newsgroup Archives (Ackerman, CH. 12) READ

Microsoft Outlook 2002 (Office XP, pages O 1.03 to O 1.55) READ




Week of 9/16

Internet Research Part I

Using the World Wide Web for Research (Ackerman, CH. 4) READ

Directories and Virtual Libraries (Ackerman, CH. 5) READ



Week of 9/23

Internet Research Part II

Search Strategies for Search Engines (Ackerman, CH. 6) READ

Using Search Engines (Ackerman, CH. 7)  READ

Metacrawler      Dogpile      Alta Vista       Yahoo      Google       Vivisimo

Word Processing Using Word 2002


Microsoft Word 2002 (Office XP, pages WD 1.03 to WD 1.70) READ




Week of 9/30

Managing and Using Information from the Internet and the Web (Ackerman, CH. 3) READ

Citing Web and Internet Resources (Ackerman, CH. 14) READ

Microsoft Word 2002 (Office XP, pages WD 2.01 to WD 3.66) READ

Word Project 2



Week of 10/7

Creating Web Pages Part I

Creating Web Pages Using Word (Office XP, pages WDW 1.01 to 1.14) READ

No Quiz this week



Week of 10/15

Creating Web Pages Part II

Creating Web pages using HTML     HTML PRIMER 

QUIZ #3      



Week  of 10/21

Researching and Creating Databases Part I

Specialized Databases (Ackerman, CH. 8) READ

Microsoft Access 2002 (Office XP, pages A 1.03 to A 1.62) READ

Access Project 1




Week of 10/28

Researching and Creating Databases Part II

Microsoft Access 2002 (Office XP, pages A 2.01 to A 3.58) READ

Access Project 2



Week of 11/4

Internet Research Part III

Searching Library Catalogs (Ackerman, CH. 9) READ
UMS libraries     INFO Trac etc. at Thomas College  

FTP: Searching Archives, Downloading Files (Ackerman, CH. 10) READ

Evaluating Information Found on the WWW (Ackerman, CH. 13) READ

Access Project  3




Week of 11/12

Researching and Creating Spreadsheets Part I

Microsoft Excel 2002 (Office XP, pages E 1.03 to E 2.78) READ

Excel Project 1



Week of 11/18

Researching and Creating Spreadsheets Part II

Microsoft Excel 2002 (Office XP, pages E 2.01 to E 3.79) READ

Excel Project 2




Week of 12/2

Using PowerPoint to Enliven Presentations and Web Pages Part I

Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 (Office XP, pages PP 1.03 to PP 2.64) READ

Quiz #6



Week of 12/9

 Using PowerPoint to Enliven Presentations and Web Pages Part II

Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 (Office XP, pages PPW 1.01 to PPW 1.13) READ




Week of 12/16

  Wrap-Up all Projects

 PowerPoint Presentations


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This syllabus may be changed at the discretion of the instructor.

Last Revised: September 3, 2000