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Revision Date: 14-Mar-20

Computer Applications

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
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Course Description:

A hands-on introduction to information processing using operating system and application software designed for computers and mobile devices. Covers cloud computing, presentations, word processing, and spreadsheets. Basic math and computer skills are recommended.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe the hardware components of a computer system, general functions of the operating system, and the interaction between computer hardware and applications software.
2. Describe the threat of computer malware, spyware, and phishing and demonstrate safe computing practices including file backup procedures.
3. 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.
4. Explain the function and the primary features of a word processing program and create documents appropriate for academic and business environments.
5. Design and build a spreadsheet using names, labels, tables, values, formulas, functions, and absolute and relative references.
6. Modify a spreadsheet using various copying and formatting options designed for data manipulation.
7. Use spreadsheet software to present and analyze quantitative information, to draw conclusions, and to evaluate the reliability of those conclusions.
8. Use presentation software to demonstrate proficiency in using text, graphs, organizational charts, tables, artwork, drawing tools, animation, and multimedia.
9. Identify Internet resources and search engines for effective research and retrieval of information on a specific topic.
10. Discuss legal and ethical issues related to computers and information processing, including copyright infringement and plagiarism.
11. Demonstrate an ability to access, navigate, and participate in an online learning environment.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

NOTE: No textbook is required for this section of Computer Applications. ...

IF it continues to be necessary, the instructor -- who has 30+ years experience with computers, networking, and IT -- is prepared to conduct this course online.




  • NO TEXTBOOK PURCHASE REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE. Instead, we will use links to on-line resources, as well as instructor-provided material, all posted on Canvas.
  • Other handouts and on-line materials, as needed.
  • Brief weekly internet-based research, on both common and student-selected topics.
  • Instructor-approved, student-selected research and readings leading to a final project of text, tables, and charts, using both MS Word and Excel. {See Hands-On Projects, below.}

The course is built around learning skills that can help students with all types of academic research, as well as day-to-day and work-related uses of Microsoft Word & Excel. A final quantitative research project -- with topics selected by each student with instructor approval -- will help students learn to find data and text sources through focused research, to 'crunch the numbers' and create charts or graphs in Excel, and to import them, along with research source material, into Word in order to develop a solid and professional-looking report. In addition, students will also learn the fundamentals of MLA or APA citation of sources, an essential requirement for the capstone course, Seminar In Educational Inquiry.

Topics & tasks may include ...

  • Doing Windows: Windows OS Basics
  • Navigating web-based Office 365, including Outlook e-mail and OneDrive cloud storage.
  • MS Excel: homework tracker, budget, population data, et al., along with individual data research and creating charts & graphs
  • MS Word: Résumés & cover letters, tools for term/research papers, templates, importing graphics, et al.
  • Combining MS Word & Excel for effective presentation of data.
  • Research project {see above}.


  • A portion of each class will be devoted to class discussion and/or presentations from the above material.
  • Each student will be expected to contribute from his or her internet research or other homework assignment.

Evaluation Criteria:

See 'Attendance & Homework Guidelines' on Canvas for details.

  • No tests or quizzes.
  • However, all assignments should be completed in order to pass the course.
  • The requirements of each assignment are set at B-level work, which nearly all students should be able to accomplish without difficulty.
  • Each element of the homework assignments is graded independently instead of with a single composite score, so that students can distinguish between areas of solid performance and those that could use improvement.
  • Attendance is crucial [see 'Attendance Policy,' below].
  • Late homework submissions will affect the grade.
  • The expectations and goals are not an arbitrary bar for you to clear. If you show commitment to the work and discipline in getting it done, as well as progress toward the goals of the course, you should end up with at least a B, probably better.

Grading Criteria:

  • Minimum Requirements of Assignments: Successful completion of minimum requirements of an assignment is a B grade. {See Evaluation Criteria, above, for more information.}
  • Grading System: An 'OK' on an assignment equals a B grade. Work on an assignment above and beyond minimum requirements 'tweaks' the grade up, with one or more plus [+] marks. Work on any assignment not meeting minimum requirements is indicated with one or more minus [-] signs. Late work results in a question mark [?], which is equivalent to a minus.
  • Re-Submission of Assignments: Homework assignments that are submitted on time and contain at least a good-faith attempt to complete all aspects of the assignment may be revised and re-submitted once. The new assessment will become the only grade counted for that assignment.
  • Co-operation vs. Competition: Please note that grades are not marked on a 'curve'. It is not about how well you do compared with the other students in the class. It is about how well you do compared to where you started from.
  • Required Self-Evaluation: In addition, both at the mid-term and at the end of the semester, you must submit a reasonably detailed self-evaluation, including what you think your grade ought to be, and why. Final grades will be mutually determined between student and instructor based on the criteria noted above & below.

Go for the Gold ...
Prior to the start of the semester, a point-score grid will be provided showing the various point ranges for each grade, including optional 'extra credit' activities to improve a grade. Meanwhile, as a general guide, consider the following:

  • A range: High quality work over and above minimum requirements on most assignments, and consistent effort with significant progress toward objectives.
  • B range: Solid quality work meeting minimum requirements on all assignments and consistent effort with significant progress toward most objectives.
  • C range: Minimally acceptable quality work or an occasional lapse in effort, with significant progress toward the majority of objectives.
  • D range: Marginal quality work or frequent lapses in effort, or lack of progress toward a significant portion of the objectives.
  • F [out of range]: Missed assignments, excessive absence, or failure to make progress on most objectives.
  • P/NP: P = C- or better; NP = D or F.


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.


The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is essential to meeting the objectives of the course. In that light, the following policy will apply:

  • Perfect attendance: A grade 'bump' to the next step, e.g., B+ to A-.
  • 1st miss: 'on the house', but in-class and homework assignments still due.
  • 2nd miss: 'on you'; will require additional work; may result in lower grade.
  • 3rd miss: = 20-25% of all classes; definitely requires additional work; could likely result in failing grade.
  • 4th miss: that's it for all except the most extraordinary circumstances; failing grade.
  • Late arrivals and/or early departures: are cumulative and count toward absences. A pattern of either can escalate into being counted as a missed class.

For additional details, see 'Attendance & Homework Guidelines', posted on Canvas.

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.
  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 Honesty: 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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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