House Bill 2504 Spring 2013 Course Syllabus BCIS-1305-75 - Business Computer Applications
Spring 2013 Course Syllabus
BCIS-1305-75 - Business Computer Applications
|Instructor||Cammack, James E.|
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|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|
Office 2010 Marquee Series Windows 7 Edition, by Rutkosky, et al, Course Technology,
ISBN # 978-0-76383-771-6 . You will need to have access to a computer running Windows Vista or Windows 7 and that has Microsoft Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2010 installed on it. Microsoft Office 2010 can be purchased at a discount at the following website: http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/office/default.aspx. There is also free “trial” software available from Microsoft.
Student ID a valid Student ID is required in order to use open lab facilities available on the campus and to gain Internet access for outside class assignments. For Password and Login help call Kenneth Lisby, 984-6150.
Lab Access: there is a computer lab in the library which is available during normal library hours. You may also check with the Port Arthur Public Library for computer access. Also, you may use the computers at Lamar University Library in Beaumont (you will need your current id).
Data Storage You will need to store your data and programs and be able to access them both in the classroom and outside of class. You should purchase a minimum 2GB flash drive for this purpose. If you are an advanced user, you may instead use an online data storage service, such as Google Drive, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, or Dropbox.
|Attendance Policy||Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Should a student be absent for an exam, he/she will be required to take a makeup exam at the instructor convenience. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule the makeup exam. Should a student miss a class, it will be his/her responsibility to make up the work on his/her own time. All projects are due on the date assigned, even if the student is absent that day or prior to the assignment due date. Late work will not be accepted. The instructor reserves the right to drop you from the class if you miss more than 6 hours of class.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Assignments 20%, Exams 80%
80% of your grade is determined from exams. 20% of your grade is determined from quizzes, challenges, and other assignments. Note: to pass this course, you must have a minimum of a 70 average on quizzes, challenges, and other assignments.
|Final Exam Date||May 8, 2013 - 8:00 AM|
Week 1 Course Introduction, syllabus review, Information Technology Essentials
Week 2 Information Technology Essentials (continued)
Week 3 Windows 7
Week 4 Internet Explorer and Internet Topics
Week 5 Word, Section 1: Creating and Editing a Document
Week 6 Word, Section 2: Formatting Characters and Paragraphs
Week 7 Word Section 3: Formatting and Enhancing a Document
Week 8 Word, Section 4: Formatting with Special Features
Week 9 Excel, Section 1: Analyzing Data Using Excel
Week 10 Excel, Section 2: Editing and Formatting
Week 11 PowerPoint: Preparing a Presentation
Week 12 Google Drive and Apps
Week 13 Google Drive and Apps
Week 14 Additional Technology Topics
Week 15 Additional Technology Topics
Week 16 Additional Technology Topics
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
***All assignments for each week are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday***
Week 1 – 1/14/2013 – Information Technology Essentials Hardware and Software
Week 2 – 1/21/2013 – Information Technology Essentials (part 2)
Note: Monday, Jan 21 MLK day, no classes
Week 3 – 1/28/2013
EXAM 1-- IT ESSENTIALS
Microsoft Windows 7 Assignment and Activities.
Week 4 – 2/4/2013
EXAM 2 -- WINDOWS 7
Internet Explorer Assignments and Activities.
Week 5 – 2/11/2013
EXAM 3 -- INTERNET EXPLORER
Word Section 1, Assignments and Activities, Challenge Assignment
Week 6 – 2/18/2013 Word Section 2, Assignments and Activities, Challenge Assignment
Week 7 – 2/25/2013 Word Section 3, Assignments and Activities, Challenge Assignment
Week 8 – 3/4/2013 Word Section 4, Assignments and Activities, Challenge Assignment
March 11-14 Spring Break - no classes
Week 9 – 3/18/2013
EXAM 4 WORD
Excel, Section 1, Assignments and Activities, Challenge Assignment
Week 10 – 3/25/2013
Excel Section 2, Assignment and Activities, Challenge Assignment
Note: March 29--Good Friday--no classes
Week 11 – 4/1/2013
EXAM 5 EXCEL
PowerPoint: Preparing a Presentation
Week 12 – 4/8/2013 Google Drive and Apps
Week 13 – 4/15/2013 Google Drive and Apps
Week 14 – 4/22/2013
EXAM 6 PowerPoint and Google Drive/Apps
Additional Technology Topics
Week 15 – 4/29/2013
Additional Technology Topics
Note: Last day of classes, Wednesday, May 1
Week 16 May 2- May 8 Final Exam (Exam 7) -- see Final Exam Schedule (above) for your exact date and time
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.
PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Alpha. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material
1. Obtains general knowledge of information technology terms through content reading material. (PSLO 2; PSLO Alpha) Measures: written/online exams over textbook readings; pre/post test
2. Obtains general knowledge in use of computer systems and use of general business use software (PSLO 1) Measures: embedded test questions; hands-on exercises and exams
3. Obtains general knowledge on troubleshooting basic computer hardware and/or software problems(PSLO 1) Measures: embedded test questions; hands-on exercises; case scenario questions/exercises
4. Describes current trends in computer and network systems. (PSLO 1 and PSLO 2) Measures: case scenario exercises
5. Demonstrates ethics and professionalism within the computer field (PSLO 6) Measures: embedded test questions; case scenario questions/ exercises
6. Collaborate and discuss trends and issues relating to current information technology topics (PSLO 4) Measures: discussion boards
|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.|
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue 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 210D, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6251.|
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 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
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.
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.
The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.
This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
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.|
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