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Revision Date: 10-Jul-19

CIS-1041-VO01Y - Computer Applications

Synonym: 186709
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 10-29-2019 to 12-16-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 11-07-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-26-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Susan Paulsen | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Technological Literacy
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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.


This is an online intensive course.

There is a great deal of material covered in a very short period of time. Please take a look at the syllabus as well as to understand the work that is involved.

We have no class time to cover the basics of using a computer, how to access the Moodle classroom, or how to fix a broken computer. We will learn file management, how to send and receive files, using the Cloud, and other intermediate computer skills.

We use, an internet site which provides great tutorials for Microsoft Word for Windows. If you are using a Mac, there are some resources specific to that in LearnFree, they offer links to other places that will help, and many of the Windows instructions can be easily adapted to your installed software. We will also explore some of the mysteries of computers, and think about and discuss electronic ethics and invasions.

I do not take any time off during this course. Each week's assignment is due the following week, with a very few exceptions. I will grade your work promptly. Work submitted late will not get the careful attention that on time work does. And cannot warn a grade greater than "C."

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation Criteria: Completion Requirements/ Criteria for Evaluation

Your written work will be graded using the following standards:

  • Instructions for the preparation and transmission of documents were followed completely and the submissions shows understanding of the skills being taught: 50%
  • The documents are free of typographical and grammatical errors, and have good formatting throughout: 20%
  • The work was turned in on time: 20%
  • Elements of personal style with added elements showing understanding of the assignment: 10%

1. Participation in class discussion and activities. Contribution of personal talents in completing online group discussions and forums.

2. Satisfactory and timely completion of work assigned. All work is due the week after it is assigned.And late submissions must be approved by me prior to the due date. Late work can earn no higher than a score of 80.

Extra credit work is available. The assignments are found throughout the course. It is important for you to know that extra credit will only be applied if all of the required work has been submitted. Give each assignment your best try, and if you simply cannot complete it, submit it anyway. Otherwise, there will be no way for you to improve your grade with extra credit.

Grading Criteria:

Grading Criteria is as follows:

A = A student who earns this grade has demonstrated complete mastery of the course material, contributed personal talents toward class goals, and completed superior extra credit work.. All of the minimum assigned material was submitted with grades that averaged 90-100%.

B= A student who earns this grade has demonstrated mastery of the course material, with perhaps one weaker area, minor problems with the work submitted, or because of working more slowly than others, has not been able to submit extra credit work or share personal talents. The minimum assigned material was submitted and received grades that averaged 80-100%.

C= A student who earns this grade has mastered the general principles being taught, but may have problems with details in some of the areas. Alternatively, s/he may not have submitted all of the minimum assigned work (missing work is averaged in as a grade of zero), and the average grade for all work averaged 70-79%.

D= A student who earns this grade has had difficulty understanding the work, but has demonstrated some knowledge of it, as evidenced by the submission of all or part of the written work, with an average grade for all assigned work of 60-69%.

F= A student who receives this grade has not demonstrated a reasonable mastery of the work, or may not have turned in enough of the assigned work to earn an average grade of at least 60%.


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.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Susan Paulsen
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Debra Grant

Attendance Policy:

Since you only have seven classes, you may miss no more than one to get a passing grade. Attendance in this online class means that you post on a forum or submit work in Moodle from one Tuesday to the next. If you have special needs in this regard, please contact me by email and we will talk.

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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