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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 03-Aug-23

Fall 2023 | CIS-1041-VO05 - 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: 09-05-2023 to 12-18-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-25-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-06-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Marsha Kuhn
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Deb 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 and internet skills are required.

Essential Objectives

1. 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. 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 uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2023 textbook details will be available on 2023-05-03. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

CIS-1041-VO05 Link to Textbooks 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.

Evaluation Criteria

The grading criteria are as follows:
Participation in discussion forums - 25%
Weekly Assignments and Quizzes- 35%
Final Exam: 20%
Capstone Project: 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


Getting acquainted with LabSim and the course.


Getting Started on how to use LabSim.





On-line safe computing practices and file management, including cloud storage.




Videos, readings, lab assignments.



Digital communication and evaluating online communication.


LabSim and websites.


Video, readings, and lab simulations.


  • An Introduction to Microsoft Office and Word
  • Creating documents and Using the Clipboard
  • Modifying fonts
  • Formatting paragraphs

LabSim and websites


Videos, readings, and lab assignments.



In Word:

  • Formatting pages
  • Editing documents
  • Inserting illustrations and other elements.

LabSim and websites.


Videos, readings, and LabSim assignments.



In Word:

  • Creating and formatting tables
  • Using Themes, Styles, and Templates
  • Managing references

LabSim and websites.


Videos, readings, and LabSim assignments.



In Word:

  • Managing headers, footers, and sections.
  • Using Office collaboration features
  • Using Macros

LabSim and websites


Video, readings, and LabSim assignments.


  • Introduction to Excel
  • Creating and Managing Workbooks
  • Organizing and Entering Data
  • Changing Properties and Printing Worksheets

LabSim and websites.


Videos, readings, and lab assignments.



In Excel:

  • Formatting cells
  • Entering simple formulas
  • Using advanced functions

LabSim and websites


Videos, readings, and LabSim assignments.



In Excel:

  • Displaying data in charts
  • Organizing data in tables
  • Summarizing complex data

LabSim and websites.


Videos, readings, and LabSim assignments.


  • Introduction to PowerPoint
  • Creating and managing presentations
  • Formatting textual content
  • Designing slides

LabSim and websites.


Videos, readings, and LabSim assignments.



In PowerPoint:

  • Using the Slide Master
  • Formatting SmartArt and shapes
  • Formatting tables and charts

LabSim and websites.


Videos, readings, and LabSim assignments.



In PowerPoint:

  • Formatting pictures and other media
  • Applying animations and transitions
  • Delivering presentations

LabSim and websites.


Videos, readings, and LabSim assignments.



Final project



Final exam


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

Full participation requires active and thoughtful engagement in class each week. The following habits and skills are important. You'll have the opportunity to self-assess and receive instructor feedback on each of these areas at the mid-point and the end of the semester.

  • Complete all of the week's reading and assignments in a timely manner
  • Listen to others attentively and with an open mind
  • Positively contribute to class discussions and activities
  • Ask questions and seek help when you need it
  • Challenge yourself to do your best work

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • All assignments must be completed by the due date or there will be a penalty of 10 points. Assignments completed more than 1 day late will receive a grade of -0-. I realize that there may be extenuating circumstances where you may not be able to get an assignment submitted in a timely manner.If you need an extension for an assignment, e-mail me at marsha.kuhn@ccv.edu before the assignment due datewith an explanation as to why the extension is needed and a suggested extension date. It isup to my discretion as to whether you will be granted an extension. Requests for an extension after the due date will not be granted.
  • You are responsible for making sure you submit the correct assignment. I suggest you create folders for each weekly assignment and name yourassignment according to assignment instructions. This will help reduce the possibility of submitting the wrong assignment. It will be up to my discretion as to whether you will be allowed to resubmit an assignment if the wrong assignment is submitted. There will be a 10-pt. deduction for a resubmitted assignment.
  • Assignments must be submitted in the format requested. We are using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for this course, so assignments are to submitted in those formats.Assignments submitted in other formats will not be accepted and a grade of -0- will result. It will be up to my discretion as to whether you will be allowed to resubmit an assignment that is submitted in the wrong format. There will be a 10-pt. deduction for a resubmitted assignment. If you need Office 2019, there is information under Software/Hardware Requirements on how you can obtain a free copy of Office 2019.

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.