House Bill 2504 Spring 2013 Course Syllabus ITSC-1305-01 - Introduction to PC Operating Systems
Spring 2013 Course Syllabus
ITSC-1305-01 - Introduction to PC Operating Systems
|Instructor||Cammack, James E.|
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|Course Description||Introduction to personal computer operating systems including installation, configuration, file management, memory and storage management, control of peripheral devices, and use of utilities.|
Text: Alan Evans; Kendall Martin; Mary Anne Poatsy, Complete: Technology in Action, Ninth Edition, Prentice Hall. ISBN-10: 0132838737 ISBN-13: 9780132838733
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). The computers in MMED 149 and 150 are also available during normal business hours. For access you will need to sign in with Karon Jackson in the departmental office.
Handouts and Online Modules: Additional handouts, online content will be required. Instructor will provide information on obtaining this material.
Student ID a valid Student ID is also 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
Accounts: you may be required to create accounts and/or register for various online services, such as a YouTube, Facebook, flickr, or Google account. After completion of required projects, you may delete these accounts if you desire.
Data Storage: You will need to store your data files and be able to access them in the classroom and outside of class. We will use online data storage services, such as Google Drive or Dropbox.
Ear buds/headphone: you will need a set of ear buds or headphones to use in class
|Attendance Policy||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. Late work will not be accepted.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Assignments/Projects: 20%, Exams: 80%
80% of your grade is determined from exams. 20% of your grade is determined from quizzes, projects, and other assignments. Note: to pass this course, you must have a minimum of a 70 average on quizzes, projects, and other assignments. The instructor will determine which projects and class assignments are to be graded. Not every project or class assignment turned in will necessarily be recorded for a grade.
|Final Exam Date||May 2, 2013 - 8:00 AM|
Using Technology to Change the World
Technology In Focus: The History of the PC
Looking at Computers: Understanding the Parts
Using the Internet: Making the Most of the Web’s Resources
Technology In Focus: Ethics
Application Software: Programs That Let You Work and Play
Online Apps: Using Google Drive and Google Apps
Online Apps: Using Sky Drive and Microsoft Web Apps
Using System Software: The Operating System, Utility Programs, and File Management
Understanding and Assessing Hardware: Evaluating Your System
Networking: Connecting Computing Devices
Technology In Focus: Under the Hood
Digital Lifestyle: Managing Digital Data and Devices (Mobile Computing)
Securing Your System: Protecting Your Digital Data and Devices
Selected Topics in Technology
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Date Week Topic
1/14/2013 Week 1 Welcome-Class Outline and Syllabus
Chapter 1: Using Technology to Change the World
Technology In Focus: The History of the PC
1/21/2013 Week 2 Monday, January 21--MLK Day
Chapter 2: Looking at Computers: Understanding the Parts
1/28/2013 Week 3 Exam 1: Chapters 1 & 2
Chapter 3: Using the Internet: Making the Most of the Web’s Resources
2/4/2013 Week 4 Technology In Focus: Ethics
Chapter 4: Application Software: Programs That Let You Work and Play
2/11/2013 Week 5 Exam 2: Chapters 3 & 4
Online Apps: Using Google Drive and Google Apps
2/18/2013 Week 6 Online Apps: Using Skydrive and Microsoft Web Apps
2/25/2013 Week 7 Online Apps: (continued)
Exam 3: Online Apps
3/4/2013 Week 8 Chapter 5: Using System Software: The Operating System, Utility Programs, and File Management
3/11/2013 March 11-14 Spring Break - no classes
3/18/2013 Week 9 Chapter 6: Understanding and Assessing Hardware: Evaluating Your System
3/25/2013 Week 10 Exam 4: Chapters 5 & 6
Chapter 7: Networking: Connecting Computing Devices
March 29--Good Friday
4/1/2013 Week 11 Technology In Focus: Under the Hood
Chapter 8: Digital Lifestyle: Managing Digital Data and Devices (Mobile Computing)
4/8/2013 Week 12 Exam 5: Chapters 7 & 8
Chapter 9: Securing Your System: Protecting Your Digital Data and Devices
4/15/2013 Week 13 Selected Topics in Technology
4/22/2013 Week 14 Selected Topics in Technology
4/29/2013 Week 15 Selected Topics in Technology
Last day of classes is Wednesday, May 1
Final Thursday, May 2, 2013, 8:00 - 10:30
Final Exam (Exam 6: Chapter 9 & Selected Topics in Technology)
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Utilizes basic software development terminology and concepts.
2. Applies a software-development process to develop and troubleshoot a software product.
3. Creates computer graphics for inclusion into a software product.
4. Demonstrates ethics and professionalism within the computer field
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material. PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills
2. Install, configure, and maintain the operating system; perform basic file management operations; organize and allocate primary and secondary storage; access and control peripheral devices; and run utilities.
|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 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.|
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.
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and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate
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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.
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minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.
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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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