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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 01-Sep-22

Fall 2022 | CIS-1041-VO09 - 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
Materials/Lab Fees: $52.00


Sarah Corrow
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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

CIS-1041-VO09 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.


We are using a tool called Ucertify, this tool allows you to access a remote desktop so you can complete the required work regards of what device you may be working on, including your phone or tablet (you may need to download an app to do this), please note that even though this is possible you will have a much better experience on a laptop.

My expectations are that you will participate in the weekly discussions and complete the application units on or before the due date. Grading is pretty straightforward, all assignments are worth 100 points and there are two grade categories, Discussions - which is weighted at 80% of your final grade, and Assignments, Applications, and Quizzes which are weighed at 20%.

Discussions will be graded based on the following rubric:

Participation and Discussion


Participation and Discussion
Participation and Discussion
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeInitial Post
The initial posting was well developed; fully addressed all aspects of the task; demonstrated thought, insight, and analysis, included connections to previous or current content or to real-life situations. Offers substantial post that meets this week's discussion length requirement.
Full Marks
Posts well developed assignment that fully addresses and develops all aspects of the task; factually correct, reflective and substantive contribution; advances discussion. Used 2 or more paragraphs to develop the idea.
Posts well developed assignment that addresses all aspects of the task, but may lack full development of concepts; repeats but does not add substantive information to the discussion. Uses 2 paragraphs.
Posts assignment that addresses some aspects of the task, but may lack full development of concepts; repeats but does not add substantive information to the discussion. Does not use 2 paragraphs.
No Marks
Creates a superficial, brief reply to the discussion prompt.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeReply Posts
Expresses opinions and ideas in a clear and concise manner with obvious connection to the discussion topic; Regularly attempts to motivate the group discussion and presents creative approaches to the discussion topic. Offers a substantial post that meets this week's length requirement.
Full Marks
Demonstrates analysis of others’ posts; extends meaningful discussion by building on previous posts. Engages with peer thoughtfully and in a way that builds on the lesson. Uses 2 or more paragraphs.
Elaborates on an existing posting with further comment or observation, but does not draw peer into a reply. One paragraph.
A superficial reply to a peer that does not engage or relate to the lesson.
No Marks
Posts no follow-up responses to others.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTimeliness
Posts to the discussion at least once initially by Thursday no later than 11:59pm (midnight) and has all reply posts completed no later than Sunday at 11:59pm with a clear effort to engage with your classmates.
Full Marks
All posts are made on time with a clear effort to engage with your classmates.
Most of your posts were made on time. For example, maybe you made your initial post by Thursday but didn't post again until 11:58 on Sunday not giving your classmates an opportunity to respond to your comments.
No Marks
Posts were not made on time. Missed the Thursday night initial post or only posts late on Sunday.
Total Points:100

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


Welcome to Week One!

Your tasks this week:

Introduce yourself to the class - this is non-graded but is required. Please tell us who you are and what your goals for this class are. What is something interesting about you? Really the sky is the limit, we are going to be spending 15 weeks together so we might as well get to know each other.

Play with uCertify, let me know if you have any questions. The tool might seem a little daunting at first but once you start using it if is very cool.

Graded Discussion - 100 points, we will be discussion objective one - Describe the threat of computer malware, spyware, and phishing and you will describe safe computing practices. Describe any changes you will make in your computing practices based on what you have learned. I expect that you will reply to at least one classmate with either a detailed comment. "I agree" is not an acceptable comment - unless you go on to explain why you agree. While I don't make it a hard deadline you should have your first post up by midnight Friday so we can have a robust discussion about what you have learned. All discussion posts are due by 11:59 pm Monday.

Assignment - 100 points, Access your CCV OneDrive (directions) and create a folder hierarchy with mock documents and share that hierarchy with me and the class. In this process you need to share files that we can edit, and that are read only.


Readings and resources can be found in our Canvas class.



Week two discussion:

This week discussion about how digital media perpetuates or disrupts systems of inequality. This topic will span this week, week three and week four. We are going to start by talking about the scientific method. You may wonder how this relates to this topic, it is preparation to help understand how research can be biased and how digital media is used to filter what we see and hear. Please view the two videos below:

Videos are posted in class site.

You have two questions to answer this week:

1. Provide misleading research based on what you learned from the "Discovering Psychology: Understanding Research". An example might be Andrew Wakefield's research on vaccinations and autism or why commercials stating 9 out of 10 dentist recommend something might be misleading.

2. Think about the ads you are currently seeing on social media, or what you see in your feeds. How is that determined? Why if I look at bird feeders on Amazon, my Facebook feed is suddenly full of ads for bird feeders?


All resources are posted in our Canvas class.


Class discussion

Start the Word Module.



This week continues our discussion of how digital media perpetuates or disrupts systems of inequality. This week you need to access the Hartness Library, find and share 3 articles of how how digital media perpetuates or disrupts systems of inequality. I want to highlight that you can also provide articles about how social media is breaking down barriers, in general humans tend to focus on the negative so I just want to remind you that we can look for the good too!

Post the links to your articles with a brief synopsis of each. You do not need to reply to classmate this week, instead use that time to prepare for next week's discussion where you will present one of your articles, pose a question about that article and lead a discussion about the article.


Access the Hartness Library to find three articles pertaining to how digital media perpetuates or disrupts systems of inequality.



Continue working on Word Modules.



Presentation week! Post one of the articles that you shared last week with a question about that article and lead a discussion about that article. I am going to ask that you use the following naming format for your post:

Your Name: Title of Article - Discussion

This will help us keep the organized.

This week I expect you participate in at least article discussions.


Articles posted by students



Continue with Word Module.


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.

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.