I. Course Description : This course uses Microsoft Office XP software to introduce the student to the most commonly used applications of microcomputers in business: word processing, electronic spreadsheets, presentation software, database management systems, Windows XP essentials, and exchange of files between applications.
II. Prerequisite : Computer background or consent of instructor.
III. Reference Textbooks/Materials :
A. Microsoft Office XP, Marquee Series. Rutosky & Segum. Published by EMC Paradigm, Copyright 2002, ISBN 0-7638-1470-9.
B. Internet Access and an E-mail account.
IV. Course Objectives : Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:
- Relate general application concepts to all types of microcomputer software.
- Demonstrate a fundamental proficiency in using word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database management programs.
- Produce documents and reports using the integration capabilities of the software.
- Demonstrate proficiency in using Windows XP.
V. Course Content :
- General application concepts
- Word processing fundamentals
- Electronic spreadsheet fundamentals
- Electronic presentation fundamentals
- Database management fundamentals
- Integration fundamentals
- Windows concepts and techniques
- Internet concepts and techniques
VI. Learning Experiences :
- Group discussion online
- Individual operation of the computer
- Assigned homework
- Textbooks, e-mail and Internet
VII. Student Evaluation : G rades will be based upon total points using the following scale:
95 - 100 = A
86 - 94 = B
72 - 85 = C
65 - 71 = D
Below 65 = F
Assignments: The students grade will be based upon:
- Textbook/homework assignments
- Proficiency quizzes
- Final proficiency exam that integrates applications
Final Exam: The Final Exam is comprehensive in nature and must be completed when scheduled.
VIII. Special Policies:
Attendance: Weekly postings will stand for attendance. Generally, a student may be dropped for non-attendance following excessive absences, as determined by the instructor. If a student plans to withdraw from the course, it is his/her responsibility to officially withdraw from the class. If an official withdrawal has not been processed through the Registrar's office by the beginning of final exams, a score of 0 will be assigned to all uncompleted work and the final grade computed in accordance with Section VII above.
Assignment Due Dates: The due date of each assignment will be posted. No late work will be accepted.
Academic Honesty: Students who engage in dishonest acts such as plagiarism or other forms of cheating in meeting the requirements of this course will be notified by the instructor that they are receiving a "0" for the assignment and/or an "F" for the course. Students who wish to appeal the decision of the instructor on a matter of dishonesty may do so under the Procedural Policy for Disciplinary Action. (Under that policy, the student is subject to suspension from college for acts of dishonesty.)
Use of College Open Labs: Students are encouraged to use the open computer lab. Modern computers with latest software versions offer an excellent environment for completion of lab assignments. Students may use only college software; no personal software is allowed in the labs. No college software will be illegally copied for personal, education, or business use. No college software or hardware may be removed from the labs. Personal, non-educational use of lab equipment and supplies is to be restricted. NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM.
Special Needs: If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and need any test or course materials provided in an alternative format, notify your instructor immediately. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your special needs.