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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 10-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | 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: 01-24-2023 to 05-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Jennifer Mroczko
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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 10/11 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 course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.



This course will cover fundamental use of computer software applications and a multitude of important technology basics and knowledge. Teaching methods will include lectures, web research, class discussions, presentations, and hands-on exercises and projects. Canvas, an online course management tool, will be used to distribute class material, facilitate class communications such as important announcements, e-mail, discussions, and to collect assignments. Preparation for class is important. Students will have both reading and computer work assigned for the topics covered. It is important that these assignments are completed each week in order to participate effectively. You are learning the 2016/2019/365 version of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Mac versions of the software will not be taught.

The course will use various internet resources and library sources. Students will also use the discussion board. Participation is mandatory.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria:
Graded components of the course and their weights:

  • Homework (HW) - 60%
  • Current Technology Topic (CT) - 10%
  • Discussion Board (DB) - 10%
  • MS Office Final Project (FP) - 20%

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


Introductions, Computer Basics

Computer Software,
Operating Systems, Hardware

  • Course Description and Syllabus
  • Intro Computers
  • Windows/File Management
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Software
  • Operating Systems
  • The Cloud
  • Introduction
  • Send me a message using CCV e-mail address
  • Confirm access to MS Office 2016/2019/365 (Please seeImportant Noteunder Textbooks and Software regarding the 365 version available as part of e-mail. Downloading 2016/2019 version is highly recommended for full features to complete all assignments).
  • Complete discussions
  • Short Quiz(zes)
  • Summarize this week's readings/activity topics


Hartness Library and Internet Research

  • Hartness Library
  • Internet Research
  • Library Quiz(zes)
  • Research a subject using both Hartness Library and Internet Research
  • Determine a Current Technology Topic and share it in the discussion (you will research, present, and moderate in assigned discussion week)


Web Page, Computer Ethics

  • Digital Citizenship
  • Digital Citizenship Assignment
  • Create a Web Page
  • Discussion: Note your Assigned Current Technology Topics week, confirm in the discussion, and prepare for it


MS Word, Security

  • Computer Security (part 1)
  • MS Word Tutorials
  • Word 1 - Basic Formatting
  • Word 2 - Cover Letter w/Table
  • Complete discussion


MS Word, Security

  • Computer Security (part 2)
  • MS Word Tutorials
  • Short Quiz(zes)
  • Word 3 - Resume using Template
  • Word 4 - Flyer using SmartArt and Graphics
  • Discussion: Technology Topics


MS Excel

  • MS Excel Tutorials
  • Excel 1 - Basics
  • Excel 2 - Formulas
  • Discussion: Technology Topics


MS Excel

  • MS Excel Tutorials
  • Excel 3 - Advanced Formulas
  • Excel 4 - Cell References
  • Discussion: Technology Topics


MS Excel

  • MS Excel Tutorials
  • Excel 5 - Functions
  • Excel 6 - Sorting and Filtering
  • Discussion: Technology Topics


MS Excel

  • MS Excel Tutorials
  • Excel 7 - Charts
  • Excel 8 - Conditional Formatting
  • Discussion: Technology Topics


MS PowerPoint

  • MS PowerPoint Tutorials
  • PowerPoint 1 - Basics
  • PowerPoint 2 - Pictures, Shapes, Animations
  • Discussion: Technology Topics


MS PowerPoint

  • MS PowerPoint Tutorials
  • PowerPoint 3 - Adding Video
  • PowerPoint 4 - Adding Audio
  • Discussion: Technology Topics


Intro to Coding

  • Code.org - Learn to Code (using Block-Based Coding)
  • Flappy Code
  • Classic Maze
  • Dance Party
  • Discussion (optional): Coding Assignment Issues


Final Project

  • Word/Excel/PowerPoint
  • Final Project: Plan Your Dream Vacation (research and design using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Discussion (optional): Dream Vacation Questions


Final Project

  • Word/Excel/PowerPoint
  • Final Project Due: Plan Your Dream Vacation (research and design using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

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

Attendance Policy:

Attendance and participation are of critical importance in this class. Please notify me if you have circumstances that prevent you from participating.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late Work Policy:

Our weeks run from Tuesday - Monday. All weekly assignments must be submitted into Canvas by the end of the day Monday. Due to their interactive nature, discussions cannot be submitted late. Late assignments will be penalized. A 20% penalty is assessed for each day after the due date. Should you submit a late assignment, it is your responsibility to notify the Professor via e-mail; otherwise, the zero grade will remain. No Week 14 or 15 assignments will be accepted late.

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.