House Bill 2504

Spring 2014 Course Syllabus

BCIS-1305-01 - Business Computer Applications

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2014
InstructorCammack, James E.
Phone(409) 350-8068
Math and Science
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381
Hours:8-9 AM MWF; 11-12 MW; 8-9:30 AM TR; 10:45-11:45 TR
Building:Student Center (SC)
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Course Information
Course Number10638
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
Required Textbooks Textbook The books for this class are bundled under the ISBN # 9781285932927 and include: Microsoft Office 2013: Illustrated Fundamentals (Textbook ), SAM 2013 Assessment, Training, & Projects (Printed Access Card) w/ Mind Tap Reader (eBook), Microsoft Office 365 (180-day trial) Printed Access Card, and Microsoft Windows 7: Illustrated Essentials (Textbook) Materials: For On-Campus Students: You will need headphones or ear buds to hear course audio. For Online Students: If you are enrolled in the online course, you will also need access to a web camera with audio capability. Many laptop computers already have a camera installed. It is also possible to use your smart phone as a web cam. I will provide more details on this later. A suitable web camera should cost $10-$15 (at places such as Wal-Mart or Best Buy). Computer and Software: You will need to have access to a computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8 and which has Microsoft Office 2013 installed on it. Microsoft Office 365 (180-day trial) is included with the textbook bundle for this purpose. There is also an alternative for students to obtain the full Office 365 at a significantly reduced cost. Computers with Windows 7 and Office 365 capability are also available on campus and other places (see Lab Access below) Login and Student ID: For password and login help, call Kenneth Lisby, 984-6150. Lab Access: there is a computer lab in the LSCPA 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 student id). A valid Student ID is required in order to use open lab facilities available on the Lamar campuses. Data Storage: You will need to store your data. If you are enrolled in the online course, you may store the data on your personal computer. If you are enrolled in the on-campus course, you will need to be able to access your data both in the classroom and outside of class, so, you should purchase a minimum 2GB flash drive for this purpose. If you are an advanced user, you may instead opt for an online data storage service, such as Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, or Dropbox, or, you may even elect to use your smart phone for data storage.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between participation and college success. You should log into this course daily. The instructor reserves the right to drop you from the class if you fail to log in regularly and/or do not submit course work in a timely manner on multiple occasions. For online students, inactivity for more than 7 days could result in you being dropped from the class. Let me know if you foresee a necessary time of inactivity. For students enrolled in an on-campus class, the instructor reserves the right to drop you from the class if you miss more than 5 hours of class. In the Content section of your Blackboard interface, you will see folders. All assignments,

quizzes, and exams must be completed in the week assigned. Because you have an entire week to complete everything, late work will not be accepted. In addition, there are no makeups for assignments, quizzes, or exams. If you have technical issues you should contact me early. Technical problems on the due date are NOT an excuse for turning in assignments late. You should start early enough on your assignments so that, if you do experience problems, we can work them out prior to the due date.

Course Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade Trainings/Discussions – 5% Assignments/Projects- 35% Video Presentations – 10% Exams - 50%

Final Exam Date May 2, 2014 - 8:00 AM
Major Assignments Course Introduction

Creating and Distributing Multimedia Presentations

Working in the Cloud (Google Drive and Google Apps)

Window 7 & File Management

Microsoft Office 2013

Word Creating a Document

Word Enhancing a Document

Word Adding Special Elements to a Document

Excel Creating a Worksheet

Excel Using Complex Formulas, Functions, and Tables

Excel Working with Charts

PowerPoint Creating a Presentation

PowerPoint Polishing and Running a Presentation

Working in the Cloud (SkyDrive)

The Internet

Additional Technology Topics
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates *** All assignments for each week are due by 5 p.m. on Friday ***

Week Date Topic

1 1/13/2014 Course Introduction, Syllabus Review, PSLO Alpha Pretest, Introduce Yourself;

2 1/20/2014 1/20/14 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday observed - no classes Working in the Cloud (Google Drive and Google Apps)

3 1/27/2014 Creating and Distributing Multimedia Presentations Understanding Essential Computer Concepts

4 2/3/2014 Unit A (supplement) Window 7 & Unit B: File Management

5 2/10/2014 Unit C: Microsoft Office 2013; Word Unit D: Creating a Document Word Unit E: Enhancing a Document

6 2/17/2014 Word Unit F: Adding Special Elements to a Document

7 2/24/2014 Feb 26 Last day to drop or withdraw without academic penalty Excel, Unit G: Creating a Worksheet

8 3/3/2014 Excel, Unit H: Using Complex Formulas, Functions, and Tables 3/10/2014 March 10-13 Spring Break - no campus classes - library open

9 3/17/2014 Excel, Unit I: Working with Charts

10 3/24/2014 PowerPoint, Unit M: Creating a Presentation; PowerPoint Unit N: Polishing and Running a Presentation; PowerPoint Design

11 3/31/2014 Working in the Cloud (SkyDrive)

12 4/7/2014 Internet and Mobile Technologies

13 4/14/2014 April 16 Last day to drop a course or withdraw from all classes with penalty April 18 Good Friday – no class; library open Internet and Mobile Technologies

14 4/21/2014 Additional Technology Topics

15 4/28/2014 April 30 Last class day Spring Semester – Additional Technology Topics; PSLO Alpha Posttest Note this is a short week and assignments will be due before the regular Friday deadline.

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 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.
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.

    Policies (for students enrolled in on-campus classes only)  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. For example, the instructor may elect to replace the missing grade with your lowest exam grade. Requests for makeup exams or other arrangement 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 may differ substantially from that of a regularly scheduled.  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 5 hours of class.  Tardiness is not acceptable. You are required to be on time. If you are tardy, however, 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.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


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


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