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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 10-Aug-22

Fall 2022 | CIS-1041-VO02 - Computer Applications

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-06-2022 to 12-19-2022
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-26-2022 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-07-2022 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Susan Paulsen Le Grand
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Debra Grant

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Digital and Technical 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 catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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 skills are required.

Essential Objectives

1. Describe the threat of computer malware, spyware, and phishing and 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. Demonstrate an ability to access, navigate, and participate in a virtual learning environment.
11. 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 (MS) Office. This software is available on CCV lab computers at CCV academic centers and to CCV students free of charge through Office 365 online or by a download of MS Office. Information on how to download the MS Office suite can be found HERE.

The MS Office suite can be installed on Windows 10 PC and Macintosh computers and laptops. It cannot be installed on a Chromebook. MS Office 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 is a no cost textbook or resource class ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


Please take a look at the syllabus as well as Learnfree.com 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 Learnfree.com, 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. One week late has a 20% deduction from the grade earned and work submitted later than one week from due date cannot earn a grade greater than "C."

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria: Completion Requirements/ Criteria for Evaluation

Your written work will generally be graded using the following standards: ( Forum participation and assignments will include a rubric in the Canvas class describing the specific grading criteria)

  • 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: 30%
  • The work was turned in on time: 20%

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 not available. Start working on the week's assignments early, ask for help if you need it, give each assignment your best try, and if you simply cannot complete it, submit it either on time or a week late, if absolutely necessary. Later submission will not be able to earn a grade above "C.". There is no way for you to improve your grade with extra credit.

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

  • Making sure we can communicate (write an email to the instructor)
  • Computer Basics Brush-up(read information in Learnfree.org and submit comments)
  • Introductions (forum posting)

Learning Style Assessment(Forum Postings)(note that you have 3 postings in the assignment. The links to those are in the body of the module content.)


Learnfree.org lessons

Learning styles personal evaluation website


Email and 3 forums to post in.



Gearing up to learn WORD skills:

WORD assignment 1

Writing a business email

File and folder management


LearnFree.org lessons

Online guided research


Document creation

forum post

File and folder storage basics



LearnFree.org lessons

Internet research


Document creation

working with OneDrive



Assignment: Things that will help you create great reports

More about ways to format documents: This is additional information about Section breaks, footers and links to help with the previous assignment if you need it.


Guided instruction

Some tecniques from internet sites

LearnFree lessons


Document Creation

forum participation


  • Plagiarism forum
  • Assignment: Working with cells and sheets
  • Formulas and Functions (a two week assignment)

Learn about plagiarism from an internet site

Excel lessons from LearnFree

Demonstrating mastery of formulas and functions in Excel.


Forum posting

Lesson challenge results

Excel submission showing mastery of formulas and function



Writing a business letter

Remember when you saw that awesome PowerPoint ?

Keep working on Formulas and Functions. It's due at the end of this week and the link to submit it is in Week 5


Online reading


Creating a WORD document

Sharng thoughts about good PowerPoint shows in a forum

Continuing work of Formulas and Functions.




LearnFree lessons and a project for Charts in Excel

LearnFree Powerpoint lessons.


Creating charts

Demonstrating mastery of assigned topics in Learn Free



Error Checking: an activity and a discussion board

ASSIGNMENT: More charts: Due in two weeks. I will try to evaluate your first submission in time to help with your grade on this part.

I'm not calling you "dummies" but I think this is a great re source for finding out more about chart types and when to use them.(Links to an external site.)

And this is more good information about labels in charts


Online Error Checking video

Creation of original charts from provided data tables

Online information about chart creation.


Forum postings

Excel workbook creation



Continuing work on charts


nothing new

I'm available for individual help


Complete the Charts assignment



Data filtering and sorting

A Quiz: EXCEL formulas and functions

Create a personal Excel learning experience


LearnFree lessons

Guided spreadsheet work for personal finance


Demonstrate mastery of filtering and sorting skills.


  • Technology discussion forum - multiple posts required (see directions)
  • PowerPoint Internet Assignments (pick 1)

More sorting and filtering work


Internet research



Powerpoint assignment



A powerpoint about the music you like


Online research

LearnFree lessons


A powerPoint show



Creating a presentation from a WORD outline.

Mail Merge:


Written instructions


Presentation for an outline

Mass mailings



Final Exam

Mid-final check-in required at end of weel


Internet research

Written instructions


Set of office documents from your research



Complete work on final project


onlien resources

written instructions


Three documents showing mastery of the three applications.


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

The week begins on Tuesday and work for that week is due on Monday at midnight.

All work must be submitted in Microsoft Office format. That is, with the extensions .docx, .xls and .pptx (these are the 2016 extensions for WORD, EXCEL and PowerPoint.) before you send a file, make sure it has been saved in one of these formats.

In the Canvas classroom are FAQs about completing and submitting the homework. The rubrics contained within each assignment will guide you as to my expectations for your submission.

Missing & Late Work Policy

You are expected to submit your best effort for each assignment to the Canvas site by the due date shown on the syllabus or the assignment page. Work submitted up to one week late will have 10 points deducted. Work submitted later without prior communication and permission for late submission from the instructor can get no higher than a "C" grade

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.