House Bill 2504

Fall 2011 Course Syllabus

BCIS-1305-01 - Business Computer Applications

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2011
InstructorGaspard, Beverly C.
Phone(409) 984-6307
Business, Math, and Science
Chair:Percy Jordan
Phone:(409) 984-6335
Hours:MW 8:30-9:00, 10:30-11:30, MW 10:30pm-11:30pm, TT 9:00-9:30, 11:45-12:30, F 9:00-12:30
Building:Educational Annex (EDUC)
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Course Information
Course Number90080
Course Description This course teaches students computer terminology, hardware, software, operating systems and information systems relating to the business environment. A focus of this course is on business applications of “off-the-shelf” software, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics and business-oriented utilization of the Internet.
Course Prerequisites Basic skills competency in reading, writing and math.
Required Textbooks New Perspectives on Microsoft Office 2010 First Course

1st Edition by Shaffer, et al

ISBN-10: 053874653X, ISBN-13: 9780538746533

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and

college success. A student with three absences may be dropped from class.

Course Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade Exams 80% Assignments 20%

Final Exam Date December 13, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Major Assignments WEEK OF        ASSIGNMENT        DATE DUE

(scroll down for a list of the Exams)                 

22-Aug        ECC-34 Review Questions        08/26/11

29-Aug        FM-20 Case 1 (See instructions in WebCT)        09/02/11

05-Sep        BEB-URL RSS Posting         09/09/11

12-Sep        OFF-31 Review (follow WebCT instructions)        09/16/11

12-Sep        WD-49 T1 C3        09/16/11

19-Sep        WD-103 T2-C1        09/23/11

26-Sep        WD-155 T3-C1        09/30/11

10-Oct        EX-53 T1-C3        10/14/11

17-Oct        EX-109 T2-C1        10/21/11

24-Oct        EX-165 T3-C2        10/26/11

24-Oct        EX-166 T3-C3        10/28/11

07-Nov        AC-43 T1-C1 & AC-99 T2-C1        11/11/11

14-Nov        AC-159 T3-C1        11/18/11

28-Nov        PPT-56 T1-C1        11/30/11


05-Dec        PPT-111 T2-C1        12/05/11

WEEK OF        EXAM        DATE DUE

22-Aug        ECC        08/26/11

22-Aug        WIN        08/26/11

29-Aug        FM        09/02/11

05-Sep        BEB        09/09/11

12-Sep        OFF        09/16/11

12-Sep        WD-T1        09/16/11

19-Sep        WD-T2        09/23/11

26-Sep        WD-T3        09/30/11

03-Oct        WD-T4        10/04/11

03-Oct        WORD HANDS-ON EXAM

Section 20-10/5 21-10/5 01-10/6 73-10/6

10-Oct        EX-T1        10/14/11

17-Oct        EX-T2        10/21/11

24-Oct        EX-T3        10/28/11

31-Oct        EX-T4        11/01/11


Section 20-11/2 21-11/2 01-11/3 73-11/3

07-Nov        AC-T1        11/11/11

07-Nov        AC-T2        11/11/11

14-Nov        AC-T3        11/18/11

21-Nov        AC-T4        11/23/11


Section 01-11/22 73-11/22 20-11/23 21-11/23

28-Nov        PPT-T1        11/30/11

05-Dec        PPT-T2        12/05/11

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates WEEK OF        TOPIC

22-Aug        Introduction to Course

22-Aug        Essential Computer Concepts

22-Aug        Exploring the Basics of Microsoft Windows 7

29-Aug        Managing Your Files

05-Sep        Internet - Browser and E-Mail Basics

12-Sep        Getting Started with Microsoft Office 2010

12-Sep        Word Tutorial 1: Creating a Document

19-Sep        Word Tutorial 2: Editing & Formatting a Document

26-Sep        Word Tutorial 3: Creating a Multiple-Page Report

03-Oct        Word Tutorial 4: Desktop Publishing and Mail Merge

10-Oct        Excel Tutorial 1: Getting Started with Excel

17-Oct        Excel Tutorial 2: Formatting a Workbook

24-Oct        Excel Tutorial 3: Working with Formulas and Functions

24-Oct        Excel Tutorial 3: Working with Formulas and Functions (continued)

31-Oct        Excel Tutorial 4: Enhancing a Workbook with Charts and Graphics

07-Nov        Access Tutorial 1: Creating a Database

07-Nov        Access Tutorial 2: Building a Database & Defining Table Relationships

14-Nov        Access Tutorial 3: Maintaining and Querying a Database

21-Nov        Access Tutorial 4: Creating Forms and Reports

28-Nov        PowerPoint Tutorial 1: Creating a Presentation

05-Dec        PowerPoint Tutorial 2: Adding & Modifying Text and Graphic Objects

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Reading:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.

Writing:Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Speaking:Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.

Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.

Critical Thinking 1:Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.

Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.

Computer Literacy 1:Uses computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information.

Computer Literacy 2:Demonstrates an understanding of the limits, problems, and possibilities associated with the use of technology.

Intercultural Competence 1:Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.

Intercultural Competence 2:Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.

Intercultural Competence 3:Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 1. Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups.

        a. demonstrates thesis clarity

        b. organizes information

        c. uses support

        d. presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression

2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.

        a. identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values, perspectives, or practices)

        b. interprets works of human expression within cultural context

        c. shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others

3. Uses critical thinking skills

        a. identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed)

        b. differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation

        c. constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences

        d. uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion

4. Demonstrates technology literacy

        a. locates needed information using the appropriate technological tool or device

        b. displays organizational skills with the use of technology

        c. presents information using the appropriate technological tool or device

5. Transfers to a baccalaureate program

        a. Exhibits student contact hours completed at LSC-PA

        b. Number of AA majors who graduate

        c. Number of AA graduates who request transcripts sent to other universities

Course Student Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate an understanding of and terminology associated with computer hardware, operating systems, storage media, file management, security threats, and business usage of the Internet

2. Demonstrate an understanding of Microsoft Office Word 2010, including document formatting, working with text and graphics within the document, creation and uses of tables, desktop publishing, and use of mail merge.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of Microsoft Office Excel 2010, including entering data, formatting the workbook, working with formulas and functions, and creating charts and graphs.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of Microsoft Office Access 2010, including database design and maintenance, relationships between tables, creation of queries, forms, and reports and importing data from other Microsoft Office applications.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010, including presentation planning, use of themes, utilization of animation with text and graphics, implementation of transitions, printing formats, and modification of the Slide Master.

Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information ACADEMIC POLICIES:

• If you are absent and miss an exam, you will receive a grade of zero unless the instructor agrees to give you a makeup exam or make other arrangements. Requests for makeup exams are granted only if you have an exceptional reason for missing an exam--such as a medical emergency or death in the family.

• Only one missing exam grade may be made up. All other missed exams will be recorded as a zero. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate arrangements for a makeup. Approval for the makeup should be cleared with the instructor prior to the date of absence. If this is not possible, the student must ask for such approval the first day upon returning to class.

• The format of a makeup exam often differs substantially from that of a regularly scheduled exam.

• If you are tardy for any exam or quiz, you will be allowed to take the exam or quiz only with the instructor’s approval.

• Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty. These policies will be strictly enforced.

• No assignment will be accepted after its assigned due date unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.

Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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