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Introduction to Computer Science
Spring 2008 Syllabus
St. Ambrose University
(subject to revision)


Class Notes

Syllabus quick links: Course Objectives, Texts, Supplemental Material, Basis of Grade

1. Course Information
Days & Times:
Office Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
Cosgrove, Rm 24.
3 hours
Dr. Richard Jerz
408 Ambrose Hall
See link.  Others by appointment
2. Catalog Description
Survey of computer systems, the role of the computer in different disciplines. Applications covered include an office suite (word processing, spreadsheet, and database), web browsing, and Internet research.
3. Course Objectives
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

1. Identify the major components of a computer system and explain their function.
2. Use an operating system (Windows XP) to control the operation of the computer.
3. Use the MS Office 2007 products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
4. Operate email and file transfer software.
5. Understand the impact of computer technology on society and academic disciplines.
6. Appreciate and display ethical and professional responsibility in the work place.

4. Texts
"Technology in Action," Evans, Martiin & Poatsy, 4th ed., Prentice Hall, 2008.
ISBN 0-13-148905-4
"Microsoft Office 2007: Introductory Concepts and Techniques; Windows XP Edition," G. B. Shelly, T.J. Cashman, and M.E. Vermaat, 2008.  ISBN 1-4188-4327-4.
5. Supplemental Readings and Resources
You will need Blackboard: https://blackboard.sau.edu/.  See the Information Technology (IT) department if you need a login id and password.  Here is IT's Quick Start guide.

We will be using Microsoft Excel.  This is available on all campus lab computers.

You should consider having a method or device to backup your computer files, such as a flash drive.

6. Basis of Grade
A:93-100, B+: 87-92, B:80-86, C+: 77-79, C:70-76, D:60-69, F:0-59
Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

The Student Success Center provides tutoring for this course, free of charge, if needed.

Attendance: Attendance is required. Let the instructor know (by phone or email) if you are unable to attend. You get 3 points for each class you attend, 1 point if you notify me ahead of time, and 0 points if you are absent and do not let me know.

Homework (Assessments):  Homework will be periodically assigned and may include skills assignments, content from the texts, and identification of hardware components.

Projects: Weekly projects are from the Shelly/Cashman book.  In general, we will do one project each week and most projects can be completed in class.  However, if you do not complete the project in class, you will need to complete the project outside of class. When finished, you should email your work to the instructor.  If you finish your project ahead of time, attendance in class can be excused with instructor consent.

You are expected to do each project on your own, however, you can discuss projects with other students and seek each others help.  If you submit work from someone else, you will lose credit for all projects for the the semester.  In other words, you will receive a zero for 50% of your grade.  As you might see, it is better to submit your own work, even if it is not totally complete, than plagiarizing someone else's work.

Exams: There will be three exams covering topics from both books.

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