Computer Concepts and Applications

Course Details

Course Number: 1013  Section Number: 103

Fall 2013

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 343

Days & Times:
M W 10-10:50am
Lab F 10-10:50am (on selected days)

Course Attachments

Syllabus  Syllabus-20130111-134700.pdf

Calendar  Calendar-20130820-145112.pdf


EMERGE 4.0 & SAM2010 - 2 CODES
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MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Catherine V. Stringfellow   
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Course Objectives

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. 

  • Understand the role of computers in society, past and present
  • Gain familiarity with computer terminology across a wide variety of disciplines, building a framework for computer use in a technological world
  • Demonstrate an understanding of lifelong learning and application of computers to everyday problems through software tools and online techniques
  • Learn to apply word processing, spreadsheet applications, and presentation software to business and other real-life problems (MS Office 2007)

Course Expectations

Grading: Points from the various evaluation components will be assigned as follows:

            Orientation Exercises                      5%
            Lecture Exams (3)                            30%
            Lab Exams (3)                                   30%
            Projects (8)                                         35%
               Internet, Presentation, and
               SAM 2010 Projects                                              
            SAM 2010 Training Assignments   Extra Credit:  Add % of 10 points to Lab Exams up to 100%
            Attendance/Participation                  1 % will be deducted for each unexcused absence in excess of the allowable three absences.

Grading Standards

Follows standard grading policy:

90-100 A;   80-89  B; 70-79 C; 60-69 D; 0-59 F

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

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.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection 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 Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

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.)

Other Policies

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.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.