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Revision Date: 24-Apr-19

Computer Applications

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 09-23-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2019 - Refund Policy
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Course Description:

A hands-on introduction to information processing using operating system and application software designed for computers and mobile devices. Covers cloud computing, presentations, word processing, and spreadsheets. Basic math and computer skills are recommended.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe the hardware components of a computer system, general functions of the operating system, and the interaction between computer hardware and applications software.
2. Describe the threat of computer malware, spyware, and phishing and demonstrate safe computing practices including file backup procedures.
3. 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.
4. Explain the function and the primary features of a word processing program and create documents appropriate for academic and business environments.
5. Design and build a spreadsheet using names, labels, tables, values, formulas, functions, and absolute and relative references.
6. Modify a spreadsheet using various copying and formatting options designed for data manipulation.
7. Use spreadsheet software to present and analyze quantitative information, to draw conclusions, and to evaluate the reliability of those conclusions.
8. Use presentation software to demonstrate proficiency in using text, graphs, organizational charts, tables, artwork, drawing tools, animation, and multimedia.
9. Identify Internet resources and search engines for effective research and retrieval of information on a specific topic.
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.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

This particular session of CIS1041 is a comprehensive survey of business computer applications including working in a cloud environment, managing file sharing, using the powerful features of Microsoft Office applications, and Google Drive. Even if you have prior experience with Microsoft Office, this course offers a lot in preparing the student to use computer applications for communication and analysis.

There is no required textbook for this class but there is an amount of work out of three textbooks which will be provided as PDFs for free. The ability to purchase these as textbooks will be entered into the textbook system, but purchasing texts is not required. All of the materials for this course are online including a mix of reading, activities, and videos. Students will need to find time where they have access to the internet to consume the assigned reading and video materials and complete their assignments. Internet access is always available at the college. No particular software is required however students must use or obtain a Google account. Homework assignments will be completed using Moodle (CCV's online learning environment), Google Drive (a free service of Google), and optionally Microsoft Office 2010 or newer (which is available on the college's computers).

Students will be required to subscribe to a Google account for the duration of the semester. Anumber of assignments also require Office 2016and students will be able to more completely accomplish their homework with a full copy of this software. Both Office 365 online and Office 2016 are available for students free of charge when enrolled at CCV.


  • Small-group and whole-class discussion
  • Online discussion forums
  • Lecture
  • Mini-lecture videos and emails
  • Online reading and videos from library and software vendors
  • Small group activities
  • In-class procedures with application software
  • Online exams
  • Word processing and Spreadsheet projects
  • Homework practicals

Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance and Participation: 25%
Quizzes: 25%
Homework: 25%
Projects: 25%

Attendance and Participation
This grade is based on your weekly participation in class as assigned as well as group and participatory projects. Engaging in activity that is not related to class during class will decrease your A &P grade. Students who are late or who leave early will also see a reduction in this grade. Students may miss up to 6 hours of instruction with no impact on grade.

Quizzes are given online with a restricted number of attempts but a 2 week period for completion. Quizzes are based on online videos and reading as well as projects and group work.

A varying number of homework assignments are assigned weekly based on the content covered for the week.

There are two cumulative projects based on the material covered in the class allowing students to apply the skills covered in class.


Fall 2019 textbook data will be available on May 13. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

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

Attendance Policy:

Students are allowed to miss up to 6 hours of instruction without affecting the Attendance and Participation portion of their grade. Each hour beyond 6 missed will lower this student's grade.

Attendance and participation involves both being physically and mentally present in class. Activities on computers or on students own computing devices which prevent a student and his or her classmates from being fully present will be considered hours not attended in class for grading purposes.


'Module 1'
  • Course Expectations
  • Using Moodle for this Course
  • Introduction to Computer Hardware
  • Introduction to Windows 10 OS
'Module 2'
  • Hardware
  • Phishing
  • Malware
  • Create a Google Drive account
'Module 3'
  • Software
  • Using the cloud
  • Working in a cloud environment
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Google Docs overview
  • Sharing and Permissions in a cloud environment
'Module 4'
  • Review Google Drive
    • Sharing
    • Formatting - Styles
    • Basic Image Editing
    • Creating a Table of Contents
    • Copying files in Google Drive
  • Making hyperlinks in Moodle
  • Introduction to Word
  • Email Basics

'Module 5'
  • Formatting in Word
  • Research citations and Works Cited in Word
  • Plagiarism
Module 6
  • Paragraph Formatting
  • Long Document Formatting
  • Editing Images and working with drawings and shapes
Module 7
  • Long Document Formatting
  • Mail Merge in Word
  • Introduction to Spreadsheets
Module 8
  • Order of mathematical operations
  • Basic spreadsheet formulas and functions
  • Absolute and relative references
Module 9
  • Advanced formulas and functions in Excel
Module 10
  • Charts and Graphs in Spreadsheets
Module 11
  • Effective Searching
  • Conditional Formatting
  • Integrating Sheets
    • Forms
    • Maps
Module 12
  • Introduction to Presentation Software
Module 13
  • Designing Presentations
Module 14
  • Adding Graphics to Presentations
  • Using Animation and Multimedia
Final Project
  • Pulling together word processing and spreadsheets
  • Examining our semester's work
Moodle Course

Guest access is available for this actual course. While you will not be able to submit to any assignments or try any of the quizzes, the moodle course for this class contains all the material we'll cover and the expected time frame for it to be covered. Every class has some minor modifications and some times some shifting of assignments, new material added, and old material removed.


That means we will complete this 15-week course in 7 weeks. As such, students will be expected to complete two modules every week with the final project being integrated in the last few weeks. The even pacing of this course lends well to accelearted classes.

Many students enjoy the ability to spend more time on other classes in the second half of the semester which can some times be homework and project intensive in the second half.

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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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