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Revision Date: 14-Mar-23

Spring 2023 | CIS-1041-VT01Y - Computer Applications

In Person Class

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

Location: Brattleboro
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday & Thursday, 09:00A - 11:45A
Semester Dates: 03-21-2023 to 05-04-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 03-13-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 04-08-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Hilary Ivy
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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.


  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:

In-Class Attendance & Participation: 25%

Weekly Lab Assignments: 25%

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

Introduction to Computers


Welcome & Introduction

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

Hands-On Computer Analysis

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

Hands-on Computer Analysis

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

Operating Systems

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

Session 1: Tuesday March 21st,2023

Individual Lab Assignment No. 1

    • Due 11:59 pm on Monday March 27th, 2023

In-Class Individual Work

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

In-Class Group Work

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

Session 2: Thursday March 23rd,2023

Individual Lab Assignment No. 2

Individual Lab Assignment No.3

Individual Lab Assignment No. 4

  • Due 11:59 pm on Monday March 27th, 2023

In-Classroom Individual Work

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



Introduction to Computer & Data Ethic

Internet & Information Security

Cloud Infrastructures


Computer Ethics

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

Digital Histories

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

Computing in the Cloud

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


Session 3: Tuesday March 28th, 2023

Possible Futures Workshop

  • In-class exercise

Individual Lab Assignment No. 5

  • Due 11:59 by Monday April 3rd, 2023

Session 4: Tuesday March 30th, 2023

In-Class Ethical Hacking Exercise

  • Hackathon

Individual Lab Assignment No. 6

  • Due by 11:59pm Monday April 3rd, 2023



Microsoft 365


Office 365

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

Session 5: Tuesday April 4th, 2023

Individual Lab Assignment No. 7

  • Due by 11:59pm Monday April 10th, 2023

In-Class Individual Work

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

In-Class Group Work

  • Gathering Reqs.
  • Raw design

Session 6: Thursday April 6th, 2023

Individual Lab Assignment No. 8

  • Due by 11:59pm Monday April 10th, 2023

In-Class Individual Work

Hands on with Powerpoint



Data Management Applications


Critical Functions

  • Cleaning data
  • Analyzing data
  • Communicating information


Session 7: Tuesday April 11th, 2023

In-Class Individual Hands-On Work

  • Excel lab

Individual Lab Assignment No. 9

  • Due by 11:59pm on Monday April 17th, 2023

Session 8: Thursday April 13th, 2023

In-Class Group Work

  • Storytelling with Data

Individual Lab Assignment No. 9 cont.

Due by 11:59pm on Monday April 17th, 2023



Online Research & Digital Information


Conducting Academic Research

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

Session 9: Tuesday April 18th, 2023

Individual Lab Assignment No. 10

  • Managing information sources

Session 10: Thursday April 20th, 2023

Field Work - Group Project

  • Dev time with your group

Individual Lab Assignment No. 11

  • Due by 11:59 on Monday April 24th, 2023


Dynamic Content

Audio & Visual Editing


Editing Graphics

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

Techniques & Controversies

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

Session 11: Tuesday April 25th, 2023

In-Class Individual Hands-On Work

  • Report banner edits

In-Class Group Work

  • Post No Bills

Individual Lab Assignment No. 12

  • Due by 11:59pm on May 1st, 2023

Session 12: Thursday April 27th, 2023

In-Class Group Work

  • Deep Fake Construct & De-Construct

Individual Lab Assignment No. 13

  • Due by 11:59 on Monday May 1st, 2023


Intelligent Machines

Final Projects


AI Systems & ML Algorithms

  • The Wild of Our Lives
  • Sentient Machines

Ethics, Fairness & Transparency

  • Current Issues

Group Presentations


Session 13: Tuesday May 2nd, 2023

In-Class Group Work

  • Dev time
  • Ethics workshop

Session 14: Thursday May 4th, 2023

Final In-Class Presentations

  • Group final presentation

Individual Final Projects

  • Due by 11:59 pm on Monday May 8th, 2023

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 group work. To earn full credit for participation students should:

  • Read, watch and or listen to content connected to that week's learning objectives.
  • Complete individual and group lab work
  • Participate in and make meaningful contribution to group projects
  • Submit individual final project and portfolio materials.

Before engaging in discussions students should read and be familiar with the course Ground Rules and CCV's Academic Integrity policy. 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. 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 by 11:59 pm the Monday after class. 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 the labs even if you will be absent. Being absent is not an excuse for failure to complete and hand in homework assigned for the day.
  • Please avoid handing in work late, 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.