House Bill 2504

Spring 2013 Course Syllabus

ITSC-1401-71 - Introduction to Computers

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2013
InstructorCammack, James E.
Phone(409) 350-8068
Math and Science
Chair:Nancy Cammack
Phone:(409) 984-6378
Hours:MF 11-1 PM; Wed 11-2 PM; TR 12:15-1:45
Building:Student Center (SC)
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Course Information
Course Number10168
Course Description Overview of computer information systems. Introduces computer hardware, software, procedures, and human resources.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Office 2010 Marquee Series Vista 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:

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. 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
Major Assignments 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


Microsoft Windows 7 Assignment and Activities.

Week 4 – 2/4/2013


Internet Explorer Assignments and Activities.

Week 5 – 2/11/2013


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


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


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
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Alpha. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material

1. Maintains computer and network systems

2. Troubleshoots computer and network systems

3. Describes current trends in computer and network systems.

4. Demonstrates ethics and professionalism within the computer field

Course Student Learning Outcomes 1.        PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.

2.        Obtains general knowledge of networking and computer terms through content reading material

3.        Students demonstrate ethics and professionalism
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.

    •        Turn your cell phones to vibrate when in the classroom.

    •        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 and may impose such restrictions as he deems necessary.

    •        Missed Exams: 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. In some cases, the instructor may elect to replace the missing grade with the student’s lowest exam grade. 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 may differ 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 to complete the exam. You will not be allowed additional time you missed for being tardy.

    •        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. If you are tardy you should always check with the instructor after class to be sure you are counted present.

    •        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. Late homework assignment will not be accepted.

Additional Information
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.

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