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Revision Date: 23-Aug-22

Fall 2022 | CIS-1041-VR01 - Computer Applications

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Rutland
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday, 03:00P - 05:40P
Semester Dates: 09-12-2022 to 12-19-2022
Last day to drop without a grade: 10-01-2022 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-13-2022 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Hilary Ervin
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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.


  1. Provide students with class discussions, lectures, written online content, slides, demo videos, podcasts to develop knowledge of key concepts of computer applications
  2. Develop an understanding of the social and ethical impacts of information technology through reflection and in-class group discussion
  3. Weekly assignments that help students become familiar with computer hardware, software and cloud computing technologies
  4. Engaged participation in online discussions combining individual contributions and peer feedback in-class and online
  5. Utilize in lectures, written online content, slides, demo videos, podcasts to provide students with a broad survey of current issues in technology and society

Evaluation Criteria

Assignments are weighted by group:

Quizzes: 5%

Discussions: 10%

In-Class Attendance & Participation: 15%

Weekly Assignments: 20%

Final Individual Project: 25%

Group Presentation Project: 25%

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


Class Assessment


Welcome & Introduction

  • Class Learning Objectives & Expectations
  • Syllabus & Individual Assignments
  • Group Project & Presentation
  • Introductions face-to-face and in first online discussion
  • Career Assignment Introduction

Online Discussion Submission No.1 (by 11:59pm on due date)

  • Initial Submission due by Friday September 16th, 2022
  • Response post to classmates due by Sunday, September 18th, 2022

Individual Homework Assignment No. 1

    • Due in class on Monday September 19th, 2022


Introduction to Computers


Hands-On Computer Analysis

  • What is a computer?
  • The components of a computer
  • Computer software
  • Networking & Communications
  • Internet & Malware

In-Class Individual Work

  • Online Privacy & Security Awareness Activity
  • Career Aspirations & Self-Technology Assessment

Individual Homework Assignment No. 2

  • Due in Class on Monday September 26th, 2022


Introduction to Computers Cont.


Hands-on Computer Analysis

  • Computer Hardware
  • Maintain a Computer
  • Basic Trouble-shooting

In-Class Group Work

  • In-class group project topic assignments and hands on research

Online Discussion Submission No. 2 (by 11:59pm on due date)

  • Initial Submission due by Friday September 29th, 2022
  • Response post to classmates due by Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

Individual Homework Assignment No.3

  • Due in class on Monday, October 3rd, 2022



Introduction to Computer Cont.


Operating Systems

  • Introduction to Windows
  • Charms bar, Control Panel, Desktop Management
  • Organization & Management of Folders & Files

In-Classroom Individual Work

  • Complete in-class room lab assignment
  • Quiz 1
  • Scavenger Hunt

Individual Homework Assignment No. 4

  • Due in class on Monday October 10th, 2022



Introduction to Computer & Data Ethics


Computer Ethics

  • Professional & Ethics Responsibilities
  • Risks & Liabilities of Computer-based Systems
  • Computer Crime
  • Economic Issues in Computing

Online Discussion Submission No. 3 (by 11:59pm on due date)

  • Initial Submission due by Friday October 13th, 2022
  • Response post to classmates due by Sunday, October 16th, 2022

Possible Futures Workshop

  • In-class exercise
  • Accounts for 15% of Overall Participation Grade for entire semester
  • Don't Miss This Class!

Individual Homework Assignment No. 5

  • Due in class on Monday October 10th, 2022


Microsoft 365


Office 365 & Competitors

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Microsoft Access
  • Integrating Office 365

In-Class Individual Work

  • Hands on with Word (Don't forget to bring your Resume!)
  • Excel assignment

In-Class Group Work

  • Gathering Reqs.
  • Raw design

Individual Homework Assignment No. 6

  • Due in Class on Monday October 17th, 2022


Cloud Infrastructures


Computing in the Cloud

  • Where/what is the cloud?
  • Survey of Cloud Computing
  • Providers & Platforms

Online Discussion Submission No. 4 (by 11:59pm on due date)

  • Initial Submission due by Friday October 28th, 2022
  • Response post to classmates due by Sunday, October 30th, 2022

In-Class Individual Work

  • Survey of cloud computing industries
  • TBD

Individual Homework Assignment No. 7

  • Due in class on Monday, October 24th, 2022


Internet & Information Security


Digital Histories

  • Building the Internet
  • It's Component Parts
  • Being online in the World Wide Web
  • Info Sec
  • Legal & Ethical Considerations

In-Class Group Work

  • Hackathon

Individual Homework Assignment No. 8

  • Due in class on Monday, October 31st, 2022


Data Management Applications


Critical Functions

  • Cleaning data
  • Analyzing data
  • Communicating information

Online Discussion Submission No. 5 (by 11:59pm on due date)

  • Initial Submission due by Friday November 10th, 2022
  • Response post to classmates due by Sunday, November 13th, 2022

In-Class Individual Hands-On Work

  • Excel lab
  • Slide deck prep

Individual Homework Assignment No. 9

  • Due in class on Monday, November 7th, 2022


Online Research & Digital Information


Conducting Academic Research

  • Sourcing information and conducting research online
  • Citing information & verifying provenance
  • Education in the age of dis/mis -information

In-Class Individual Hands-On Work

  • Managing information sources

In-Class Group Work

  • Dev time

Individual Homework Assignment No. 10

  • Due in class on Monday, November 14th, 2022


Web Page & Portfolio Design


Building w/o A Full Stack

  • HTML & Webpage builders
  • Adding & Modifying multi-media
  • Content Generation

In-Class Individual Hands-On

  • Set up online resume/portfolio/blog
  • Add and modify text, image, video, weblinks, etc.

Individual Homework Assignment No. 11

  • Due in class on Monday, November 21st, 2022


Dynamic Content


Editing Graphics

  • Intro to Photo Editin
  • Photoshop Enviro
  • What are layers?
  • Image areas
  • Enhancements & versioning
  • Saving formats & Reqs.

In-Class Individual Hands-On Work

  • Report banner edits

In-Class Group Work

  • Post No Bills

Individual Homework Assignment No. 12

  • Due in class on Monday, November 28th, 2022


Audio & Visual Editing


Techniques & Controversies

  • Deep fakes & digital footprints
  • Basic workflows
  • Creating simple movies
  • Additional features: transitions, background audio, titles
  • Saving for web production

In-Class Group Work

  • Deep Fake Construct & De-Construct

Individual Homework Assignment No. 13

  • Due in class on Monday, November 28th, 2022


Intelligent Machines


AI Systems & ML Algorithms

  • The Wild of Our Lives
  • Sentient Machines

Ethics, Fairness & Transparency

  • Current Issues

Online Discussion Submission No. 6 (by 11:59pm on due date)

  • Initial Submission due by Friday December 9th, 2022
  • Response post to classmates due by Sunday, December 11th, 2022

In-Class Group Work

  • Dev time
  • Ethics workshop


Final Projects


Group Presentations


Final In-Class Presentations

  • Group final presentation

Individual Final Projects

  • Due by 11:59 pm on Monday, December 19th, 2022


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

A significant part of your grade in this class will be based on your participation and engagement in-class and in response to Online Discussion forums on canvas. Please review the Assessment Guide for Discussion submissions to understand how you will be assessed. To earn full credit for participation students should:

  • Read, watch and or listen to content connected to that week's learning objectives.
  • Participate in weekly Discussion forums posting your own original contribution to the prompts by Thursday at 11:59pm. Initial posts must be at least 250 words (1-2 paragraphs). In order to receive full credit please be mindful to answer all questions posed
  • Students are also required to respond to at least two (2) peer posts by Monday at 11:59pm. Response posts much be at least 75 words each and engage meaningfully with your peer’s posts.

Before engaging in on-line discussions students should read and be familiar with the courseGround RulesandCCV's Academic Integritypolicy. The Ground Rules and Integrity policy are non-negotiable, failure to adhere to either will negatively impact final grades.

Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom. Attendance in class, collaborative group work and participating in discussions are required to obtain full credit for this course. A student who posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity but failed to come to class will still be marked absent. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance. Please review CCV’s Attendance Policy for additional information.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Assignments are due at the start of class for the due date noted in the syllabus, even when you need to be absent. Please upload your assignments directly on Canvas.
  • It is your responsibility to regularly check Canvas to review weekly reading assignments, notes and materials if you have missed a class. Please reach out to me and ask any questions if this is unclear.
  • Plan to complete homework for the upcoming meeting on time and submit prior to class even if you will be absent. Being absent is not an excuse for failure to complete and hand in homework assigned for the day.
  • Late work will not be accepted, except in emergency situations. In the case if an extenuating circumstance, please communicate with me as early as possible about your need to miss class and/or an assignment.

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.