House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

ITSC-1401-78 (Intro to Computers)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorCammack, James E.
Phone(409) 350-8068
Business and Technology
Chair:Michael Trahan
Telephone:(409) 984-6378
Hours:by appointment
Room #:n/a
Course Information
Course ID #10179
Course Subject-Number-SectionITSC-1401-78
Course TitleIntro to Computers
Course Description Overview of computer information systems. Introduces computer hardware, software, procedures, and human resources.
Course Prerequisites POFI 1201 or keyboarding and mousing skills or consent of instructor.
Required Textbooks Office 2010 Marquee Series Vista Edition, by Rutkosky, et al, Course Technology, ISBN # 978-0-76383-771-6

Learning Objectives The student will identify the components of a computer system; demonstrate basic understanding of commonly used applications; explain the impact of computers on society; explore computer careers; identify fundamental programming structures; and demonstrate proficiency in basic operating system functions.
Major Assignments For each section of the book, you will do the following:

1. Read the assigned chapter in your textbook. Most chapters contain a tutorial exercise which you complete as you read the chapter.

2. Read lecture notes for chapter on class web site.

3. Review PowerPoint presentation slides if desired.

4. Complete Knowledge Check at end of chapter and then submit on class web site.

5. Complete Skills Review and Skills Assessments following the directions in the textbook and the special directions listed in the chapter link under the Course Content icon on the class web site.

6. Submit your Skills Review and Skills Assessments following the directions given under the Submitting Assignments icon on the course homepage.

7. Complete the Chapter Review on class web site.

ITSE 1401 Class Schedule, Cammack

Dates and assignments are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.

Date        Day        Topic

1/18/2011 Tuesday        Class Policy/Introduction/Logon Procedures

1/20/2011 Thursday Information Technology Essentials

1/25/2011 Tuesday        

1/27/2011 Thursday Exam Information Technology Essentials

2/1/2011        Tuesday        Windows 7 Section 1

2/3/2011        Thursday        

2/8/2011        Tuesday        Windows 7 Section 2

2/10/2011 Thursday Exam Windows 7

2/15/2011 Tuesday        Internet Explorer 8.0

2/17/2011 Thursday        

2/22/2011 Tuesday        Exam Internet Explorer 8.0

2/24/2011 Thursday Word Section 1

3/1/2011        Tuesday        Word Section 2

3/3/2011        Thursday        Word Section 3 & 4 (selected topics)

3/8/2011        Tuesday        Spring Break -no class

3/10/2011 Thursday        

3/15/2011 Tuesday        Exam Word

3/17/2011 Thursday Excel Section 1

3/22/2011 Tuesday        

3/24/2011 Thursday Excel Section 2

3/29/2011 Tuesday        

Note: Mar. 31—Final day to drop or withdraw from classes

3/31/2011 Thursday Excel Section 3 & 4 (selected topics)

Note: Apr. 6—Last day to drop or withdraw from semester

4/5/2011        Tuesday        Exam Excel

4/7/2011        Thursday        PowerPoint (selected topics)

4/12/2011 Tuesday        

4/14/2011 Thursday Exam Powerpoint

4/19/2011 Tuesday        Access Section 1

4/21/2011 Thursday        

4/26/2011 Tuesday        Access Section 2

4/28/2011 Thursday        

5/3/2011        Tuesday        Access Section 3 & 4 (Selected Topics)

5/5/2011        Thursday        Exam Access

5/6/2011        Friday        Working with Google Docs

5/7/2011        Saturday        

5/8/2011        Sunday        

5/9/2011        Monday Selected Topics

5/10/2011 Tuesday        Selected Topics

May 11-18 Final Exams Final Exam will cover Google Docs and other selected topics

Discussion Topics none

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. If you are allowed to take the exam, you will only have the timeframe remaining in the class available to complete the exam. You will not be able to make up the time you missed for being tardy.

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.

You should attend every class meeting. The instructor reserves the right to drop you from the class if you miss more than 6 hours of class.

Tardiness is not acceptable. You are required to be on time. Once the class is in progress, the instructor reserves the right to deny access to the classroom or impose other penalties.

Missed quizzes will each be recorded as a zero. No makeup quizzes will be given.

You are responsible for completing and submitting all assigned homework when due and for being prepared for each class meeting. This applies even if you were absent for the previous class meeting. No late homework assignment will be accepted.

Determination of Final Grade Exams                                                 80%

Projects and Class Assignments, Quizzes                20% (must have 70 average to pass--see Important Notes below)

IMPORTANT NOTES: To pass this class, you must have a minimum of a 70 average on projects, class assignments, and quizzes which the instructor grades. The instructor will determine which projects and class assignments are to be graded. Not every project or class assignment will be graded. However, the student is expected to complete every assignment. On certain projects and class assignments, the project or assignment is expected to be 100% correct when turned in. Therefore, these projects and class assignments typically will not be graded on a “percentage correct” basis, but rather “pass/fall.” The instructor may allow some errors (at his discretion), but, in general, if there are excessive errors, the instructor will assign a fail grade for the assignment.

Final Exam Date May 17, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Campus Policies
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Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

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;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

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.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American 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.

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