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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 19-Dec-23

Computer Applications

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 02-11-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-24-2024 - Refund Policy
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Course Description

This course provides a hands-on introduction to office application software designed for computers and mobile devices. Topics include cloud applications, presentations, word processing, and spreadsheets. Basic computer and internet skills are required.

Essential Objectives

1. Demonstrate safe computing practices.
2. Demonstrate the ability to create resources and set appropriate permissions for cloud-based files and applications and apply file management principles on local and remote networks.
3. Explain the function and the primary features of a word processing program and create documents appropriate for academic and business environments.
4. Design and build a spreadsheet using professional formatting, names, labels, tables, values, formulas, functions, and absolute and relative references.
5. Use spreadsheet software to present and analyze quantitative information, draw conclusions, and evaluate the reliability of those conclusions.
6. Use presentation software to demonstrate proficiency in using text, graphs, organizational charts, tables, artwork, drawing tools, animation, and multimedia.
7. Demonstrate effective, safe, and ethical searching, evaluating, communicating, and citing of digital information.
8. Discuss legal and ethical issues related to computers and information processing, including fair use standards, academic honesty, and user accessibility.
9. Discuss how digital media perpetuates or disrupts systems of inequality.
10. Determine the appropriate devices and software for a variety of tasks and how to accurately convey information, thoughts, and ideas.

Required Technology

Students in this course will need access to Microsoft 365. This software is available on CCV lab computers at CCV academic centers and to CCV students free of charge through a download of Microsoft 365. Information on how to download Microsoft 365 can be found HERE.

Microsoft 365 can be installed on Windows 10/11 PC and Macintosh computers and laptops. It cannot be installed on a Chromebook. Microsoft 365 on a Macintosh computer does not include all of the features supported by Windows and there are significant menu differences.

If you have difficulty in acquiring or accessing this resource for your course, please contact your advisor or financial aid counselor.

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Spring 2024 textbook details will be available on 2023-11-06. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


This course will cover the application of office application softwaredesigned for computers and mobile devices, namelycloud applications, presentations, word processing, and spreadsheets.Teaching methods will include lectures, open resource and internet materials, class discussions, practical application exercises, and group projects.

CCV's online course management tool, Canvas, will be utilized to submit assignments, disseminate open resource and internet materials, and facilitate course communications.

This course runs Tuesday-Monday weekly, and all assignments are due no later than each Monday by 11:59 PM. It is important that assignments are completed each week in order to effectively participate.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Attendance/Participation - 20%
  • Assignments - 40%
  • Discussion Posts - 15%
  • Group Assignment - 15%
  • End of Chapter Assessments - 10%

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Welcome, Introductions & Getting Started


LabSim: Getting Started Information - Chapter 0


Purchase, Activate, and Associate LabSim.

LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 0.1: Read Fact Sheet "How to Use the Course"
  • Section 0.2: Read Fact Sheet "Course Overview"
  • Section 0.3 Read Fact Sheet "Course Objectives"
  • Section 0.4 Read Fact Sheet "Tips for Mac Users" (OPTIONAL - but highly recommended for Mac Users)
  • Section 0.5 Read Fact Sheet "Using the Simulated Labs"
  • Section 0.6 Watch "Lab Types" Video
  • Section 0.7 Read Fact Sheet "Keyboard Shortcuts in Labs"
  • Section 0.8 Read Fact Sheet "Tips for Chromebook Users" (OPTIONAL - but highly recommended for Chromebook Users)


Online Essentials


LabSim: Online Essentials - Chapter 1


Discussion Post

LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 1.1
  • Section 1.2
  • Section 1.3
  • Section 1.4
  • Section 1.5


Computer Essentials & Common Office Features


LabSim: Computer Essentials & Common Office Features - Chapters 2 & 3


Labsim Assignments:

  • Section 2.3
  • Section 2.5
  • Section 3.1
  • Section 3.2
  • Section 3.3
  • Section 3.5
  • Section 3.6


Microsoft Word


LabSim: Microsoft Word - Chapter 4


Discussion Post

LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 4.1
  • Section 4.2
  • Section 4.3


Microsoft Word, Cont.


LabSim: Microsoft Word - Chapter 4, cont.


LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 4.4
  • Section 4.5
  • Section 4.6


Microsoft Word, cont.


LabSim: Microsoft Word - Chapter 4, cont.


Discussion Post

LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 4.7
  • Section 4.8
  • Section 4.9


Microsoft Word, cont.


LabSim: Microsoft Word - Chapter 4, cont.


LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 4.10
  • Section 4.11
  • Section 4.12


Microsoft Excel


LabSim: Microsoft Excel - Chapter 5


Discussion Post

LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 5.1
  • Section 5.2
  • Section 5.3
  • Section 5.4


Microsoft Excel, cont.


LabSim: Microsoft Excel - Chapter 5, cont.


Group Assignment - Milestone 1

LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 5.5
  • Section 5.6
  • Section 5.7


Microsoft Excel, cont.


LabSim: Microsoft Excel - Chapter 5, cont.


Discussion Post

LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 5.8
  • Section 5.9
  • Section 5.10


Microsoft Powerpoint


LabSim: Microsoft Powerpoint - Chapter 6


LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 6.1
  • Section 6.2
  • Section 6.3
  • Section 6.4


Microsoft Powerpoint, cont.


LabSim: Microsoft Powerpoint - Chapter 6, cont.


Group Assignment - Milestone 2

LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 6.5
  • Section 6.6
  • Section 6.7


Microsoft Powerpoint, cont.


LabSim: Microsoft Powerpoint - Chapter 6, cont.


Discussion Post

LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 6.8
  • Section 6.9
  • Section 6.10


Microsoft Outlook


LabSim: Microsoft Outlook - Chapter 8


Group Assignment Milestone 3 (Final)

LabSim Assignments:

  • Section 8.1
  • Section 8.2
  • Section 8.3
  • Section 8.4


End of Semester Recap


LabSim: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel & Microsoft Powerpoint End of Chapters


LabSim Assignments:

  • Microsoft Word End of Chapter Exam
  • Microsoft Excel End of Chapter Exam
  • Microsoft Powerpoint End of Chapter Exam

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Full participation requires active and thoughtful engagement in class each week. The following habits and skills are important.

  • Attend class regularly, on-time and for the full session
  • Complete all of the week's reading and assignments before the start of class
  • Listen to others attentively and with an open mind
  • Positively contribute to class discussions and activities
  • Ask questions and seek help when you need it
  • Challenge yourself to do your best work

To earn full participation in discussion posts, students should:

  • Read the assigned material and demonstrate an understanding of those resources in your assignments and posts. Readings and resources should be cited using APA format.
  • Post an original response to the prompt(s) before Friday at midnight (11:59 PM) and a minimum of two responses to peers before Monday at midnight (11:59 PM). You are welcome to post early and/or more frequently, as your schedule allows, but you will not receive full credit if you do not meet these minimum requirements and/or deadlines.
  • Posts should be substantive and demonstrate college-level writing. A substantive post is well-developed, a minimum 150 words, and references the reading or another appropriate source. A substantive post is NOT one or two sentences of general statements or unsupported opinion.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Late assignments can be submitted up to one week past the deadline. You will lose 5% each day that an assignment is late. After a week, work will no longer be accepted for credit.
  • Late work is not accepted in the discussion forum. Interacting with classmates is an essential part of online discussions and cannot be made up after the fact.
  • Extensions will be granted only in extenuating circumstances by contacting your instructor as soon as possible.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

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.