Introduces computing fundamentals from the past into the future, utilizes key applications to solve practical problems, and explores the benefits and risks of living online. Designed for the student who is already computer literate with the MS Office applications, e-mail, and the Internet and focuses on applying this literacy to practical IT applications. Provides a foundation to pursue an IT pathway and helps prepare students for the IC3 certification. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Recommend: basic computer skills equivalent to CAS 133 or BA 131. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).

Credits:
4.00

Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 40039

From the Instructor:
This course is co-taught by Marty Murray and Susan Norris.

CIS120 introduces computing fundamentals from the past into the future, utilizes key applications to solve practical problems, and explores the benefits and risks of living online.Designed for the student who is already computer literate with the MS Office applications, e-mail and the Internet and focuses on applying this literacy to practical IT application. Provides a foundation to pursue an IT pathway and helps prepare students for the IC3 certification.
Course Specific Requirements:

Personal Skills Needed to Complete this Class:

  • Time management skills
  • Self-motivation
  • The ability to meet deadlines
  • The ability to learn by reading (the majority of the homework in this class requires reading)
  • The willingness to read and re-read all material in the course; once is often not enough; skimming is dangerous
  • Good Netiquette (please check out this website)
  • Communication skills (if you are having a problem, please ask for help immediately)
  • An open mind

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and analyze computer hardware, software and network components to manage and change operating system settings, install and remove software and hardware and to make intelligent purchase decision.
  • Apply systems development, word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation software techniques to solve basic information systems problems.
  • Design business web pages using current xhtml coding standards.
  • Use relational database systems to organize data for efficient access and maintenance.
  • Analyze compression techniques and file formats to determine effective ways of securing, managing and transferring data.
  • Use technology ethically, safely, securely and legally.

Course Prerequisites

Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.

Recommend: basic computer skills equivalent to CAS 133 or BA 131.

This class is NOT a computer literacy class and applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Web browsing and email will NOT be taught. However, it is expected that you already know how to use these applications; assignments will require them. If you do not know how to use the applications, it is highly recommended that you take either CAS133 or BA131 prior to taking CIS120. If you choose not to do this and you do not know the applications, it will be your responsibility to learn them on your own prior to completing an assignment.

Some assignments in this class require the downloading and installing of software from the Internet. If you do not like to download software from the Internet for any reason, your options are to use a student lab at one of the PCC campuses or to withdraw from the class.

Required Text: Computer Concepts

The bookstore has the ISBN's listed for this class:

  • 978-1-285-16176-1 -- This is for the textbook only. It is all that is required for the class. It does not include CourseMate.
  • 978-1-285-71333-5 -- This includes the text and the online access to CourseMate. When this bundle is purchased, CourseMate is less than $5.00. Past students have said that CourseMate is fun and helpful.
  • 978-1-285-16278-2 --- This is for CourseMate Only. If you purchased a used text and wanted to access the online CourseMate material, you could buy this ISBN to get an access code.

Hardware and Operating System Requirements:

PC: System that supports Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8.

Mac: Intel Based Mac with OS X.

Regarding a Mac, it is strongly advised that your Mac be able to run Windows based applications. This can be done by having any of the following installed on your Mac and which allow Windows based applications to run on it: Parallels, Boot Camp (comes with Mac OS Leopard or Snow Leopard), VM Fusion or VirtualBox (OpenSource). Microsoft Office 2008 or 2011 for the Mac will run on the Mac; however, neither includes MS Access. OpenOffice can be downloaded and used in place of the Microsoft Office applications. It provides rough equivalents to MS Office 2003 Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Base, which is the Access 2003 equivalent in OpenOffice will allow you to create tables, relationships, queries, forms and reports; however, it is not nearly as functional as MS Access and in some cases is unreliable. MS Access 2003, 2007, 2010 or 2013 can be downloaded for free from the Microsoft DreamSpark site, but only to a Windows XP or later environment (this includes Macs running Parallels, Boot Camp, or VM Fusion).

NOTE: VirtualBox, Win 7, MS Access and MS Visio can be installed for extra credit in assignment 3. All of these are free to download from the Microsoft DreamSpark system.

Broadband Internet Connect is STRONGLY recommended.

Linux is not supported. OpenOffice will run on Linux machines, but constraints noted above apply. If you choose to take this class on a Linux based PC, support will rest on your shoulders.

Software Requirements:

PC Users:

  • Word-Processing, Presentation, Spreadsheet and Database Software
    • MS Office 2010 or 2013
      • MS Office 2013 Professional is also available at PCC Bookstores at education prices.
    • OpenOffice Office Suite can be used in place of MS Office
  • Diagramming Software

Mac Users:

  • Word-Processing, Presentation, Spreadsheet and Database Software
    • MS Office 2008 or 2011-- Does not include Access for Database
    • OpenOffice Office Suite can be used in place of MS Office
  • Diagramming Software

BOTH PC and Mac Users:

  • Current Browser supported by Desire2Learn
  • FileZilla for file transfers between your PC and PCC student server
  • Java
  • Zip program for compressing files
  • Additional software will be downloaded as part of some assignments
  • Assignment 3 includes the only extra credit option in this class. For the extra credit, you will install the following:
    • VirtualBox
    • Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 or Windows 8
    • Microsoft Access 2010 or 2013
    • Microsoft Visio 2010 or 2013
    • All of the above are either OpenSource software or part of the Microsoft DreamSpark system which means there is no cost to download and install.
    • Though the installation of these can be time consuming and do require at least 2 GB of installed memory, this option can be rewarding to learning about virtualization and easily installing/uninstalling software for this class. If you are thinking of a career in IT and/or are working towards a computer related degree, or planning to continue to CIS121, it is strongly recommended that you take advantage of this option.

Activities, Assignments and Assessments

Assignments

  • Assignment 1 -- Internet & Computer History
  • Assignment 2
    • xhtml-based web pages with links
    • Hardware, software, numbering systems, computer people
  • Assignment 3
    • Downloading, Installing and Using Software
    • Project Management with Gantt Charts
    • Flowchart diagram
    • Data Compression
    • Extra Credit Option
      • Install VirtualBox in existing Windows or Mac OS environment
      • Install Windows 7 Professional SP1 or Windows 8 in VirtualBox
      • Install MS Access 2010 or 2013 in Windows virtual machine
      • Install MS Visio 2010 or 2013 in Windows virtual machine
      • Other software installed in assignment 3 could also be installed in the Windows virtual machine.
  • Assignment 4
    • SDLC Presentation
  • Assignment 5
    • Two table database with relationships
  • Assignment 6
    • IT Careers, Computer Future, Ethics
    • PDF Files

Evaluation of Assignments/Assessments

Grades are based on six assignments, two graded discussions, a midterm exam and a final exam results, and the quality of your participation in class discussions. We typically score assignments as they come in, but in the worst case will send feedback on assignments and post grades within one week after the due date. Be sure to look at your dropbox and quizzes after they have been graded in order to receive feedback.

There are two graded discussions in this class. To receive maximum points for each of these graded discussions, you are required to make quality posts on at least 3 different days during the discussion period. This can easily be achieved by making an initial post, responding to at least one classmate's post and either making another post or replying to another's post.

Check the class calendar for availability of these graded discussions. There are other discussion threads available in the class, such as one for each assignment. These are not the graded discussions and you are not required to make posts to these.

This class includes 7 practice quizzes which are not graded. It is to your benefit to take these quizzes as they will help you to prepare for the midterm and final exams, which are graded.

Grading Criteria:

Activity Points each Total
Introduction 5 5
Orientation Completion Quiz 5 5
Discussions (2) 10
20
Assignments (6) 20
120
Exams (2) 25
50
200

Grading Scale:

Letter Grade Total Final Points
A at least 181 to 200
B at least 161 and less than 181
C at least 140 and less than 161
D at least 120 and less than 140
F <120

Student Labs

Student labs are available at Cascade, Rock Creek and Sylvania Campuses.

There is also a a student lab for CIS/CS students only lab at Sylvania in the TCB building. Lab monitors can offer some tutoring assistance and all MS Office programs are installed. For lab schedule and additional information see: http://spot.pcc.edu/computers/

The computers on campus have sufficient software to complete the course. The student is not required to purchase or download any software to complete the course.

Web Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the Technical Requirements for this delivery mode.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
Registration:
To register, you need the CRNs (ex. 22398) of your selected classes.
Fees:
Please note that for many courses, additional fees may apply.
Textbooks:
To find textbooks, you need the CRN, Campus, Term & Course Number (ex. BA101).
  CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
 
WEB » 40039 - 22-Sep-2014 thru 13-Dec-2014
Instructor: Susan G Norris
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
For information, contact Sylvania
 

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