This course is designed as a first course in computing and is intended for non-CS majors. The intent is to provide a broad-based knowledge of computers, their applications, and their intrinsic roles in major areas in contemporary society. The lab provides extensive preparation in MS Office. Schedules, assignments, etc. can all be found and printed from the course web site.
Grading: Points from the various evaluation components will be assigned as follows:
Follows standard grading policy:
90-100 A; 80-89 B; 70-79 C; 60-69 D; 0-59 F
Projects: All assignments are to be done individually and are due at the beginning of class. Late homework assignments are accepted up to one week only with a penalty of 10%.
Computer Based Training Assignments:: Lab training is through the online system SAM 2010. Lab assignments may be done on your own time, but strict deadlines for completion must be met to receive full credit. Credit for the training (up to 10 points depending on % of tasks done) will be added to Lab Exams up to 100%.
Computer Based Exams: There will be three on-line exams over the Microsoft application skills covered during the training assignments, Word, Excel and PowerPoint and three on-line exams on lecture material. These timed exams must be taken in the computer lab during the regular time.
Make-up Policy: One make-up exam is allowed per semester. The makeup exam will be provided the week following each exam. This make-up exam session will be held on Friday the week following the exam during class time in the Dillard Building Computer Lab, Room 306. Students must notify their instructor if they will be unable to take the exam at the regular time and plan to attend the make-up exam session.Because students taking the make-up exam will essentially have an extra week to prepare, these exams will be longer and more difficult that the regularly scheduled exams. Students are strongly discouraged from missing the regularly scheduled exams!! If a student misses a makeup exam, he or she will receive a zero for the exam.
Attendance: You are required to attend all class lectures. If you miss a lecture, it is your responsibility to obtain notes from a fellow student. Office hours are not meant for individual lectures. Attendance will be taken throughout the semester at the discretion of the instructor. 5%of the grade is for attendance - 1 % will be deducted for each unexcused absence in excess of the allowable three absences.
Class Participation The University expects regular attendance by students in each course. Class attendance is useful to the student as a means of acquiring knowledge and clarification, and is a prerequisite for class participation. Class participation is the active engagement in questions and answers, taking part in analyses of business situations, and contribution of comments in class sessions. (See the MSU Student Handbook Class Attendance Policy.)
Computer Lab: Please refer to the computer lab policiesin the MSU Student Handbook.
Disabilities : It is the student’s responsibility to contact the faculty member and/or the Services for Students with Disabilities in a timely manner to arrange for appropriate accommodations.
Behavior "All students enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment." (See the MSU Student Handbook Standards of Conduct)
Plagiarism: Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any evidence of plagiarism will result in no credit for that assignment for the first offense. The second offense will result in an F in the course.