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CIS-1041-VJ01 - Microcomputer Applications I

Synonym: 129076
Location: Upper Valley
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday, 12:00PM - 02:45PM
Semester Dates: 09-02-2014 to 12-09-2014
Faculty: George Forstbauer | View Faculty Credentials
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Materials/Lab Fees: $0

Course Description:

A hands-on introduction to information processing using operating system and application software designed for microcomputers. Covers file management, presentation graphics, word processing, and spreadsheets. Basic Algebra skills are required.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe the hardware components of a computer system and explain how they work together. Describe the general functions of the operating system and its interaction with computer hardware and applications software.
2. Describe the significance and threat of computer malware (e.g., Trojans, worms, spyware, phishing) and demonstrate an understanding of the need for safe computing practices and current methods of file backup procedures.
3. Discuss the importance of a file management system and apply file management principles on local or remote networks (i.e., cloud computing).
4. Explain the function and primary features of a word processing program for use in creating, editing and formatting letters, resumes, research papers, newsletters including mail merge and desktop publishing.
5. Explain the function and primary features of a spreadsheet program. Design and build a spreadsheet using labels, values, formulas, functions, and differentiating between absolute and relative references. Modify a spreadsheet using various copying and formatting options. Build and print a graph/chart.
6. Use spreadsheet software to present and analyze quantitative information, to draw conclusions from information, and to evaluate the reliability of those conclusions.
7. Create an effective presentation to demonstrate proficiency in using text, graphs, organizational charts, tables, clip art and drawing tools.
8. Identify and understand Internet resources and search engines for effective research and retrieval of information on a specific topic.
9. Identify and understand the appropriate uses of these software applications in the work environment.
10. Discuss legal and ethical issues related to computers and information processing including copyright infringement and plagiarism.
11. Demonstrate an ability to access, navigate and participate in an online learning environment.


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Course Policies

1.     Attendance: Class attendance, participation and preparedness are essential for success in the course. A student may miss one class without penalty. Missing two classes will result in a grade of zero added into the student’s class participation grade. If the student misses three classes, he or she will be unable to meet the course requirements and will not pass. Late arrivals and early departures will be considered “time missed” and will affect the overall grade.

2.     Assignments: Students are expected to submit all assignments on the designated due dates. No late work will be accepted. If a student is unable to attend class, he or she must submit their work by e-mail or other means before the end of the class day.

3.     Lectures: Lectures are intended to provide an overview of course materials. Students are expected to learn and master all course material regardless of their emphasis during lectures.

4.     Evaluation/Grading:

        Word Projects:                                        20%

        Excel Projects:                                        15%

        Class Participation:                               10%    

        PowerPoint  Projects:                            20%

        Office Integration Project (group):       20%

        Final Project (individual):                      15%



Week 1 (09/02):            Introduction, Course Overview, Windows: Exploring the

                                         Basics of  MS Windows, File Management

Week 2 (09/09):            Introduction to Semester Long Project, Essential Computer

                                        Concepts, Internet: Browser and E-mail basics     

Week 3 (09/16):            Creating a Document with Word, Computer Ethics, Begin

                                         Word Project

Week 4 (09/23):            Word Tutorial2: Editing and Formatting a Document, Internet

                                         Research Engines, Word Project #1 Due               

Week 5 (09/30):            Word Tutorial 3, Word Project #2 Due, Word Project #3 Due   

Week 6 (10/07):            MS Word (cont.), Word Tutorial 4: Desktop Publishing, Word

                                         Project #4 Due

Week 7 (10/14):            MS Excel, Excel Tutorial 1: Getting Started with Excel, Word

                                         Project #5 Due, Word Project #6 Due                                 

Week 8 (10 /21):           MS Excel (cont.), Excel Tutorial 2, Excel Project #1


Week 9 (10/28):            MS Excel (cont.), Excel Tutorial 3, Excel Project #2 Due

Week 10 (11/04):          MS Excel (cont.), Excel Tutorial 4: Enhancing a Word

                                         Document with Charts and Graphs, Excel Project #3 Due

Week 11 (11/11):           PowerPoint, PowerPoint Tutorial 1, Excel Project #4 Due,

                                         Excel Project #5 Due

Week 12 (11/18):           PowerPoint (cont.) PowerPoint Tutorial 2, PowerPoint

                                          Project #1 Due

Week 13 (11/25):           PowerPoint (cont.), PowerPoint Tutorial 3, PowerPoint

                                         Project #2 Due

Week 14 (12/02):          MS Office Integration: Integrating Word, Excel and

                                         PowerPoint, PowerPoint Project  #3 Due, Office Integration

                                         Project Presentation (group) , Final Project and

                                         Presentation (individual)

Week 15 (12/09):          Final Project and Presentations



Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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