Computer Concepts & Applications

Course Details

Course Number: 1013  Section Number: X10

Fall 2012

Location: Online

Days & Times:


Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Terry Griffin   
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Course Objectives
  • Introduce the role of computers in society, past and present
  • Familiarity with computer terminology across a wide variety of disciplines, building a framework for computer use in a technological world
  • Emphasis on lifelong learning and application of computers to everyday problems through software tools and online techniques
  • Applied word processing, spreadsheet applications, and presentation software

Course Expectations

Course Topics (Lecture):

·         Digital Technology

o   Digital Literacy

o   Computing Platforms

·         Hardware

o   Processing

o   Storage

o   Input/Output

·         Software

o   Acquiring Software

o   Software Licensing

o   System Software

o   Application Software

o   Managing Software

·         Internet

o   Internet Technologies

o   Web Technologies

o   Web Applications

·         Telecommunications

o   Infrastructure

o   Wireless Data Communications

o   Networks

·         Information Security

o   Machine-Level Security

o   Network Security

o   Internet Security

·         Digital Media

o   Digital Publications

o   Digital Audio

o   Digital Graphics File Formats

o   Digital Photography

o   Interactive Media       

Course Topics (Lab):

·         Presentation Software

o   Identifying components

o   Opening, viewing, creating, and editing slides

o   Creating bulleted and numbered lists

o   Increasing and decreasing list levels

o   Using spell check and the thesaurus

o   Formatting slides and presentation themes and designs

o   Inserting, selecting, deleting, and moving slides

o   Inserting, moving, and resizing clip art, pictures, and objects

o   Accessing help

·         Word Processing Software

o   Identifying components

o   Opening, viewing, creating, and editing word processing documents

o   Creating folders for document storage

o   Formatting text

o   Using spell check, grammar check, and the thesaurus

o   Setting margins and page layout options

o   Inserting ClipArt, symbols, footnotes, and objects

o   Accessing help

·         Spreadsheet Software

o   Identifying components

o   Opening, viewing, creating, and editing spreadsheets

o   Formatting cells, adjusting row height, and column width

o   Navigating worksheets and workbooks

o   Entering text, numbers, formulas, and functions

o   Displaying, printing, and hiding formulas

o   Copying formulas

o   Using relative and absolute references

o   Creating and modifying charts

o   Accessing help

Grading Standards
Category Value
Concepts Exams 30%
Skills Exams 25%
Skills Training 15%
Skills Projects 15%
Other Assignments 15%
Total 100%


Final Exam12/10/2012  12:00pm

Submission Format Policy

All assignments will be submitted using Sam2010 or D2L. 

Note: 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

No late work will be accepted.

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.

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.