Introduction to Computer Applications


CS 115

FALL 2004

Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 209

Office Hours:

Monday – 2 PM to 5 PM

Tuesday / Thursday- 10:50 AM to 11:50 AM

Friday – 2 PM to 3 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 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM in Room 122. 


Microsoft Office 2003: Introductory Concepts and Techniques by Shelly, Cashman, Vermaat (Thomson / Course Technology)

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, Wal-Mart, Radio-Shack, or Staples.


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 (Contains data files)


 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!




8/30, 9/1, 9/3

Introduction to the Course

Basic Computer Concepts


9/8, 9/10

Introduction to Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2003


9/13, 9/15, 9/17

Introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web

E-mail Concepts and Management

Microsoft Outlook 2003


9/20, 9/22, 9/24

Microsoft Word 2003

Creating a Research Paper


9/27, 9/28, 10/1

Internet Research Part I

Directories and Virtual Libraries

Using Search Engines

Metacrawler      Dogpile      Alta Vista       Yahoo      Google       Vivisimo 



10/4, 10/6

Internet Research Part II

Searching Library Catalogs    

UMS libraries   

Thomas College Library  

Finding Email Addresses, Phone Numbers, and Maps

Discussion Groups and Usenet

Citing Web and Internet Resources


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

10/13, 10/15

Microsoft Excel 2003

Creating a Worksheet and an Embedded Chart


10/18, 10/20, 10/22

Microsoft Excel 2003

Formulas, Functions, Formatting, and Web Queries


10/25, 10/27, 10/29

Microsoft Excel 2003

What-If Analysis, Charting, and Working with Large Worksheets


11/1, 11/3, 11/5

Microsoft Access 2003

Creating and Using a Database


11/10, 11/12

Microsoft Access 2003

Querying a Database Using the Select Query Window


11/15, 11/17, 11/19

Microsoft Access 2003

Maintaining a Database Using the Design and Update Features of Access


11/29, 12/1, 12/3

Creating Web Pages Using Word


Thanksgiving Break – November 26-30 – NO CLASSES

12/6, 12/8, 12/10

Microsoft PowerPoint 2003


Finals Week

Finish Web Pages and PowerPoint Presentations


Return to Thomas College home page.

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

Last Revised: August 29, 2004