MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE | KENDALL | ENTEC | PROF. BALLINGER |
  CGS 1060 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications - Kendall Campus
    School of Engineering and Technology
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August 27, 2012
       
 CONTENTS
  CONTACT INFORMATION


Contact Information

Course Description
Textbook and Supplies
Computer Access

Attendance
Grading System

Fall Schedule of Activities (updated 08/27/12)
     Monday/Wednesday Class

Download Fall 2012 Syllabus
    
printable format (PDF file)

Download Grade Keeper
    workbook (Excel file)

Course Competencies
Learning Outcomes

Academic Calendar
Withdrawal and Incomplete
Academic Dishonesty Procedure
Student Code of Conduct

Steps to success!

 

a computer user

 

 
INSTRUCTOR:
Prof. Greg Ballinger
OFFICE:  
6150
TELEPHONE:
(305) 237-2879
EMAIL: 
gballing@mdc.edu

EMERGENCY NUMBERS:
      CAMPUS SECURITY: (305) 237-2100
      M-DCC EMERGENCY HOTLINE: (305) 237-7500 (Hurricane and Weather Warnings)

INSTRUCTOR OFFICE HOURS: See Prof. Ballinger's Home Page

E-MAIL AND PHONE MESSAGES: Be sure to include your name (not just your e-mail address!) and your class in every email and phone message.  I try to respond within 2 business days to all e-mail. Remember that e-mail is NOT guaranteed delivery. If you do not receive a response, it may be necessary to leave a phone message. All course email will be sent to your myMDC.net mail box. Send email to the address above; DO NOT use MYITLAB email.

EnTec STUDY CENTER (Rm. 9103) : The Study Center in Room 9103 provides computers access for EnTec students. You will be asked to provide a current MDCC ID and validated schedule when you enter the Study Center.

School of Engineering and Technology Home Page:  http://entec.mdc.edu

   
  COURSE DESCRIPTION
 


This is an introductory level course that satisfies the College’s computer competency requirement. Students will learn essential computer concepts and skills as well as knowledge of how to use current software applications. Topics include word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software, email, Internet, and legal and ethical issues concerning the use of computers and the Internet.

No previous experience or course prerequisites are required.  Detailed course competencies are available here at http://faculty.mdc.edu/gballing/CGS1060/CGS1060 Competencies.pdf
   
  TEXTBOOK & SUPPLIES (FALL 2012) (Required by the second class)
 


TEXTBOOK AND SUPPLIES (Required by the second class)

THIS INFORMATION IS FOR THE KENDALL CAMPUS CLASS ONLY-- PLEASE CHECK WITH VIRTUAL COLLEGE FOR INFOMATION ABOUT VIRTUAL COLLEGE SECTIONS OF CGS1060

  • Skills for Success with Microsoft Office 2010, Volume 1, Second Edition textbook
  • Skills for Success with Computer Concepts, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, and Windows 7 customized textbook
  • MyITLab software student access code for Microsoft Office 2010 (valid for 12 months)   

All these items are sold together in the MDC Kendall bookstore in a single bundle under ISBN# 9781256710578

Recommended Supplies:  One (1) USB Flash Drive to copy required data files

     
    COMPUTER ACCESS
   

The Study Center in Room 9103 provides computers access for students in this and other EnTec courses. If you choose to use your own computer, you will need internet access, Microsoft Windows and Office 2010 to complete the out of class assignments and extra-credit. Broken computers and “internet down” are not valid excuses! You can use the EnTec Study Center computers.

     
    some icon ATTENDANCE
   
This is a hands-on course and you must be in class to succeed. Roll will be taken at the start of each class – if you are late you will be counted absent. One of the required lab hours is included in our regularly scheduled class time. You are expected to spend at least one additional hour per week in the labs.  It is the student's responsibility to obtain the information missed during an absence.
     
    GRADING SYSTEM
   


Performance Exams:   Each performance exam consists of multiple tasks that measure your skills in a Microsoft Office application.  The textbook may be used for reference but there will be a time limit for completing the exam.

Objective Exams:   Each objective exam consists of 20 to 30 questions.  No books or notes may be used.

Exam Makeup Policy: Only one missed objective exam and one missed myitlab performance exam may be made up.  Missed exams can only be made up during the final exam time. No retakes of exams are allowed.  No exceptions will be made

Online Trainings:   Complete at home prior to class. There are MyITLab interactive online trainings for each chapter for Word 2010, Excel 2010, Access 2010 and PowerPoint 2010.

In-Class Assignments:   These are short projects that will be completed, submitted and graded in class. There will be at least one for each Microsoft Office application chapter. The online trainings will prepare you for these assignments.

Homework Projects: There will be 4 required homework projects. Late homework will NOT be accepted.

GRADING PERCENTAGES AND SCALE:

Assessment

Number

Weight

Hands-On Performance Exams:

5

45%

Objective Exams

5

20%

Homework Capstone Projects

4

20%

In-Class Assignments

many

15%

The grading scale for exams and final semester grade is:
      A = 100-90, B = 89-80, C = 79-70, D = 69-60, F = 59 or below

Extra Credit: Complete Online Trainings before coming to class. There are 16 MyITLab interactive online trainings, one for each chapter for Word 2010, Excel 2010, Access 2010 and PowerPoint 2010. Each training successfully completed before its matching class is worth ½ point of extra credit.

     
    TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
   


Monday/Wednesday Fall 2012 Class <- click to view

"Putting off an easy thing makes it hard.  Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible."
-- George Claude Lorimer

     
    COURSE COMPETENCIES
   

  Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate general knowledge of computer concepts.
  • demonstrate knowledge of a personal computer operating system.
  • demonstrate knowledge of word-processing software.
  • show knowledge of spreadsheet software and its uses.
  • demonstrate the ability to create presentations using presentation software.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the ethical use of computers.
  • demonstrate an understanding of basic computer security practices.
  • demonstrate proficiency in using the internet.
  • demonstrate proficiency in using internet email.
  • show knowledge of database software and its uses.

Detailed course competencies are online at http://faculty.mdc.edu/gballing/CGS1060/CGS1060 Competencies.pdf

     
    clickboard icon MIAMI DADE COLLEGE - GENERAL EDUCATION LEARNING OUTCOMES
   

Purpose: Through the academic disciplines and co-curricular activities, General Education provides multiple, varied, and intentional learning experiences to facilitate the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills and the development of attitudes that foster effective citizenship and life-long learning. As graduates of Miami Dade College, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
    In this course, you will create Word and PowerPoint files that reinforce your writing skills.
  2. Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data.
    In this course, you will process numerical data using Excel.
  3. Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.
    In this course, you will be creating projects that will require you to creatively format and lay out a document, spreadsheet, and presentation.
  4. Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.
    In this course, you will learn how to locate information on the Web more quickly and identify those sites that are reliable.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives.
    This outcome is not reinforced in this course.
  6. Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities.
    This outcome is not reinforced in this course.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society.
    In this course, you will learn about the laws/licensing for computer software and consider various ethical issues that have arising with the expansion of the Internet.
  8. Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.
    This entire course will improve your understanding of home and business computing, focusing on both concepts and real-world exercises.
  9. Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.
    This outcome is not reinforced in this course.
  10. Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment.
    This outcome is not reinforced in this course.
     
    ACADEMIC CALENDAR
   


The college academic calendar is available at http://www.mdc.edu/academic_calendar/. View this web page to determine the last day to drop with a grade of W and other important information.

     
    WITHDRAWAL & INCOMPLETE
   


If you decide to withdraw, it is your responsibility to do so by the date listed in the calendar above. If you stop attending this class, you may be dropped from the course without notice and your record may show a grade of WI (Instructor Withdrawal). All students that are listed on the final grade report will receive a final grade. At all times your registration status is your responsibility.

An "Incomplete" grade or “I” grade is only available at the discretion of the instructor as a result of a documented emergency that prohibits your completing the course. You will be only considered for an incomplete grade if it is beyond the course withdrawal date and you are passing the course at the time of the request.

     
    ACADEMIC DISHONESTY PROCEDURE
   


Students are to work individually during exams. Talking or helping each other during an exam is prohibited and may result in the implementation of the following Academic Dishonesty Procedure. If a student is caught cheating on any exams or work related to the class, the student will receive only one warning before the dishonesty procedure becomes effective. This procedure will be one of the following: (1) a lower grade for the course, (2) a grade of F for the course, or (3) removal from the course.

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Please carefully review the Academic Dishonesty policies in the Student's Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

     
    STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
   


Please carefully review the Student Code of Conduct in the Student's Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

     
    STEPS TO SUCCESS!
   


Steps to Success
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