Introduction to Computer Applications


CS 115

FALL 2003

Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 209

Office Hours:

Monday – 1 PM  to 4 PM

Wednesday – 1 PM to 3 PM

Friday – 1 PM to 2 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 C: Monday, Weds, Friday from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM in Room 122.

SECTION N: Tuesdays and Thursdays - From 10:50 AM to 12:05 PM in Room 126.



Integrated Projects for Microsoft Office XP by Pamela R. Toliver (Prentice Hall)

Web 101 – Making the ‘Net Work for You by Wendy Lehnert (Addison -  Wesley)


Materials Needed:

At least two formatted and labeled 3 ½” High-Density diskettes or a writable CD.  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 or 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)



Attendance and Participation.........................................…...25%

Lab Projects and other Assignments....................................75%



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


Companion Website


 TC Information Technology Help


Technical Support Request




Thomas College Homepage


NOTE: Changes may be made to the schedule – so please check it on a regular basis!




Week of 9/1

READ Chapter 1 in Web 101 (Above and Beyond Section Optional)

Introduction to the Course

Basic Computer Concepts

Introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web

ASSIGNMENT DUE: Knowledge Evaluation


Week of 9/8

READ Chapter 3 in Web 101 including Above and Beyond

E-mail Concepts and Management

Microsoft Outlook XP

ASSIGNMENT DUE:   Outlook Project


Week of 9/15

READ Chapter 6 in Web 101 including Above and Beyond

Internet Research Part I

Directories and Virtual Libraries

Using Search Engines

Metacrawler      Dogpile      Alta Vista       Yahoo      Google       Vivisimo


ASSIGNMENT DUE: Word Project 1 


Week of 9/22

READ Chapter 7 in Web 101 (Above and Beyond Section Optional)

Internet Research Part II

Searching Library Catalogs    

UMS libraries   

INFO Trac etc. at Thomas College  

Finding Email Addresses, Phone Numbers, and Maps

Discussion Groups and Usenet

Citing Web and Internet Resources

ASSIGNMENT DUE: Word Project 2


Week of 9/29

Introduction to Excel

ASSIGNMENT: Excel Project


Week of 10/6

Introduction to Access

ASSIGNMENT: Access Project


Columbus Day Weekend – October 10 – 13 – NO CLASSES!

Week of 10/13

Access (Continued)

ASSIGNMENT: Access Project


Week  of 10/20

READ “Introducing Integration Concepts” in Office XP

READ “Creating New Files from Existing Files” in Office XP

ASSIGNMENT: Project 1 (Tasks 1 – 11) and Short Answer Questions on Page IP1-45


Week of 10/27

READ “Sharing Data Between Office Applications” in Office XP

ASSIGNMENT: Project 2 (Tasks 1 – 9) and Short Answer Questions on Page IP2-38


Week of 11/3

READ “Integrating with the Web” in Office XP

ASSIGNMENT: Project 3 (Tasks 1 – 11) and Short Answer Questions on Page IP3-37


Week of 11/10

READ “Merging Data Between Applications” in Office XP

ASSIGNMENT:  Project 4 (Tasks 1 –6) and Short Answer Questions on Page IP4-33


Week of 11/17

READ “Exploring Advanced Integration Techniques” in Office XP

ASSIGNMENT:  Project 5 (Tasks 1 –6)  and Short Answer Questions on Page IP5-33)



Week of 11/24

Creating Web Pages Part I

Creating Web Pages Using Word



Thanksgiving Break – November 26-30 – NO CLASSES

Week of 12/1

READ Chapter 4, 5, and Appendix C in Web 101 including Above and Beyond

Creating Web Pages Part II

Creating Web pages using HTML  




Week of 12/8

Using PowerPoint to Enliven Presentations

ASSIGNMENT: Work on HTML PAGE and Power Point Presentation


Week of 12/15

Present Web Page and PowerPoint Presentation in Class


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

Last Revised: August 29, 2003