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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 28-Mar-24

Fall 2024 | CIS-1041-VO03 - 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: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
This section is waitlisted (0). Please contact your nearest center for availability.


Susan Le Grand
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Deb Grant

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS 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 and internet skills are required.

Essential Objectives

1. 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.
2. Explain the function and the primary features of a word processing program and create documents appropriate for academic and business environments.
3. Design and build a spreadsheet using professional formatting, names, labels, tables, values, formulas, functions, and absolute and relative references.
4. Use spreadsheet software to present and analyze quantitative information, draw conclusions, and evaluate the reliability of those conclusions.
5. Use presentation software to demonstrate proficiency in using text, graphs, organizational charts, tables, artwork, drawing tools, animation, and multimedia.
6. Demonstrate effective, safe, and ethical searching, evaluating, communicating, and citing of digital information.
7. Discuss academic, legal, and ethical issues related to computers, artificial intelligence, and information processing, including fair use standards, academic integrity, and user accessibility.
8. Discuss how digital media perpetuates or disrupts systems of inequality.
9. Determine the appropriate devices and software for a variety of tasks and how to accurately convey information, thoughts, and ideas.
10. Demonstrate appropriate prompt engineering when working with generative AI applications for text and media.

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 is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

CIS-1041-VO03 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

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.

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


Communications, introductions, computer basics, learning style assessments


Computer basics readings

Learning styles

using zip files

Lessons from LearnFree.com



Word 1 assignment



Managing Files and folders, WORD document creation


LearnFree.com lessons


Document creation

File and Folder Management exercise



Cloud Computing


Assigned readings for cloud computing


Create Google and One Drive accounts

Share files with instructor

Forum on Internet safety



A variety of topics and assignments


Information about formatting and paginating documents.

Links to readings about EXCEL


Creating documents with page and sections breaks

Work with cells and sheets

Forum: safe searching and evaluating digital information.



Foundations of spreadsheet creation

Plagiarism forum


Linked readings to prep for plagiarism quiz


Start of two week EXCEL assignment

Plagiarism quiz



Formulas and functions in EXCEL

Writing a business letter

Forum topic: The digital divide


Writing a business letter instruction with examples

Finding online resources relating to Community Colleges and the digital divide


Submitting an EXCEL spreadsheet

Submitting a business letter

Participation in the forum discussion.



Creating charts from EXCEL spreadsheets and starting with PowerPoint

Other online reading for more help

LearnFree PowerPoint challenges

Internet link for more tips on slide formatting.


LearnFree lessons


Initial chart submission

Personal PowerPoint presenttion



.Another set of Chart exercises. a forum about diversity, equity, inclusion and bias and some ways to check for errors before submitting work.


Online links to Chart creation topics

A video about checking for errors in spreadsheets

Directed reading in the topics of diversity, equity, Inclusion and bias


Week one of a two week forum about diversity, equity, inclusion and bias.

Discussion about error checking

Starting work on the major Chart assignment, and a check in requirement.



Complete discussion posts from last week's topic, create a presentation from a WORD document, and a chance to make up a missed lesson without penalty


Document creation instructions


Finish required forum postings

Create a presentation from a WORD document

Submit missing assignment, or you may resubmit an assignment where you did not get a good grade



Data filtering and sorting

An ESCEL quiz


Two LearnFree lessons


Create an analysis from an EXCEL spreadsheet ( a two week assignment)

Take the EXCEL quiz



Technology discussion forum and completion of Technology store assignment.


Nothing required


Forum posting

Completion and submission of Technology Store analysis



A personal EXCEL experience and creation of a PPT about the music you love.


Linked readings about PowerPoint techniques


PowerPoint about your favorite music

Your personal EXCEL learning experience



Form Letters


Two sets of instructions to choose from for your learning


Mail Merge (the assignment)

You may access the Final Exam instructions this week.



Assignment of the Final exam requirements

A required check in on the final by the end of the week

Forum: options for office software


Internet search ideas, including how to get close to what you are actually looking for when the internet seems to just want to sell you things.


Work of the Final assignment

Post in the forum



Complete the Final documents




Finish up your final work.


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.