ITEC-1001: Introduction to Micros (Online)

Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Clemetee Whaley

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email cwhaley@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website

InstructorWebsite

Instructor Office

Macon Campus, Thornton Building, Room 309

Maxine Smith Center, room 214A

Instructor Phone

(901) 333-4516

(901) 333-6066

Department Fax

(901) 333-4496

Department Phone

(901) 333-4140

Course Information
Course Description

Students will learn essential computer concepts, terminology and software skills needed to succeed in today's information society along with legal and ethnical issues concerning the use of computers and the Internet. An integral part of the course provides hands-on experience with the operating system, file management, and current application software including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and email. Keyboarding skills recommended.  

Student Learning Objectives
  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of computer terminology, concepts and skills using the World Wide Web.
  2. Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of Windows XP & file management concepts.
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of introductory concepts and commands in Microsoft Word 2007.
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of introductory concepts and commands in Microsoft Excel 2007.
  5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of introductory concepts and commands in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.
Prerequisites

The official prerequisite is basic Keyboarding skills and completion of alldevelopmental course work.

Corequisites

Since this is an online course, students should be familiar with using a computer to receive email using attachments, and locate files saved on the computer.

Instructional / Learning Methods

This course will require students to complete the hands-on step-by-step exercises in the textbook as part of the weekly assignments. Students have access to instructional videos, podcasts, and more technical resources to enhance the topics covered and provide methods for students to demonstrate the knowledge learned in the hands-on exercises. Students are also required to participate in a weekly discussion.

  • SAM2010 (Skills Assessment Manager) This tool contains training, quizzes, hands-on exercises, and projects on the Office 2010 applications. Students "'must"' have a SAM2010 access code to use this material. A code comes bundled in a new textbook purchased from the Southwest bookstore.
Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

The textbook bundle in the Southwest bookstore includes the following items:

  • CMPTR, First Course Publisher: Cengage, Course Technology ISBN-13: 9781111527990
  • SAM 2010 Assessment & Projects 6.0 access code - ISBN-13: 9781111667375
  • 180 day trial subscription to Microsoft Office 2010 (Not available elsewhere)

All items above are bundled together at the Southwest bookstore. The ISBN of the bundle in the Southwest bookstore is: 0495965499. To make sure you get all portions of the textbook bundle, you should purchase it new at the Southwest Bookstore. The cost is $180.00

If you elect to purchase your textbook and materials separately from other sources, you are responsible for:

    • Purchasing your textbook for $94.95.
    • purchasing a SAM2010 access code for $81.49. SAM2010 is required for all assignments. Purchase it here: http://tinyurl.com/buysam2010. This is an instant access code that will provide access to it immediatly after making the purchase. You should be at your computer when making the purchase. SAM2010: In order to access the assignments in SAM2010, you must create an account using the access code that you purchased in the textbook bundle or online. When you create your account, you will be asked for this Institutional Code: T2032673.
    • access to Microsoft Office 2010 which is required for completing homework assignments and tests. You may purchase the professional version for $79 at http://theultimatesteal.com.
  • A USB Drive is required for saving files.

 

Additional Text

None

Hardware Requirements
  • Computer and processor: Pentium III 500 MHz or higher Processor
  • Memory: 512 megabyte (MB) RAM or higher
  • Graphics: SVGA graphics (1024 x 768 / 32-bit color) with 64 MB minimum graphics memory
  • Hard disk: 2 gigabyte (GB); a portion of this disk space will be freed after installation if the original download package is removed from the hard drive.
  • Drive: CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Display: 1024x768 or higher resolution monitor

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software applications required for this course are:

  • Application Software: Microsoft Office 2007 Professional (180 day trial comes bundled with a new textbook.) Instructions are available in the course materials on how to purchase the full version of Microsoft Office for $60.00.
  • Assessment Software: SAM 2007 (comes bundled with a new textbook.) Instructions are available in the course materials on how to purchase SAM2007.
  • EMERGE for Computers.
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack (SP) 2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, or later operating system

Other:

  • Adobe Flash Player 8 will be required for Windows XP systems, while Adobe Flash Player 9 will be required for Windows Vista systems. 
  • Current Anti-Virus protection installed on your computer system.
  • A reliable Internet connection
  • Southwest Email account

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • Firefox 3+
  • Opera 9+
  • Safari 4+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

All lab assignments, tests, discussions, and quizzes will be graded and count toward the final grade.

Grade will be computed as follows:

  • 50% - Lab Assignments
  • 40% - Tests
  • 10% - Discussions
Grading Scale

93-100

83-92

73-82

65-72

0-64

Testing Procedure / Policy

A test will be given after each Unit in EMERGE. Currently all of the tests are administered online. Students will be required to demonstrate a sufficient level of understanding through multiple choice, true/false, matching, and/or application projects.

All tests are taken in PAWS and/or SAM2007.

Each test will be available several days for your convenience. A time limit may be imposed on each test.

Make-up Tests: No make-up tests are allowed for undocumented reasons. If something significant in your life happens during the testing period, you must provide written documentation supporting the reason. Make-up tests will only be given when the documentation has been received. Make-up tests are not given to improve on a previous test grade.

Major Assignments

All lab assignments are posted on the course site. Each lab assignment contains instructions and a due date. All assignments must be submitted on or prior to the published due date.

SAM 2007:

SAM stands for Skills Assessment Manager and is used to assess students’ skill level in Office 2007. Office 2007 runs in a simulated environment within SAM. All quizzes, project lab assignments and tests will be completed using SAM 2007.

Lab assignment grades are NOT posted immediately upon submission in PAWS. However, you will receive immediate feedback from most of the hands-on activities required as lab assignments. Normally assignments grades are posted within a week after the due date has passed. If your assignment has not been graded within a reasonable amount of time, please email the instructor in PAWS.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Each student is responsible for completing the assignments in a timely manner. If you wait until the day assignments are due before getting started, you will have problems.  It is called Murphy's Law. Under normal circumstances a certain amount of technical difficulties and misinterpretations are expected.  When you are working under a tight deadline it may not be possible for you to get your problems solved before the due date especially if you start on the assignment the day it is due. You can not complete this class in your "spare" time. I suggest you set aside 3 to 4 days a week, preferably 2 to 3 hours per session, for attending this class.  By attending I am referring to, reading the weekly announcements, reading the Course Content pages, reading the textbook and completing the hands-on assignments, completing activities in SAM2007, reading the online pages and taking the self study quizzes on the EMERGE with Computers site, and participating in discussions.

Some of you will have to really make yourselves sit down at a certain time each day and read the material and textbook and complete the assignments. If you tell yourselves that you can do it tomorrow, you will find that tomorrow is 2 weeks later and you are 2 weeks if not more behind on the assignments. And that is usually when frustration and panic sets in.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Students are required to participate in a Weekly Discussion. A minimum of 2 substantial posts are required each week from each student. To satisfy the two posts, students must start at least one Discussion thread per week and respond to at least one other student. The Discussion must occur before Thursday of each week. This is to give other students time to respond to your individual discussions.

Each post is required to be a significant post. Just agreeing or disagreeing with a student is not a post. Neither is asking a question. Usually, significant posts are at least 100 words in length and require some information from the textbook, personal experience, online resources, etc. If the information in your discussion was obtained from a website, please provide the website address in your post.

Grading for Weekly Discussion:

1 significant post by Thursday & respond to at least one student = 100 points 1 significant post after Thursday & respond to at least one student = 75 points 1 significant post by Thursday & respond to no students = 50% 0 significant post by Thursday & significant response to at least one student = 50% No significant posts = 0%

The instructor will determine if a post meets the criteria of a significant post.

Just cutting and pasting content from the web is not a significant post. However, commentary on the web content and including the URL can be a significant post.

Weekly Discussions cannot be made up.

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
My.Southwest Support

When experiencing problems with My.Southwest, you may need to submit a Student Technical Support Request.

When requesting help please provide as much information as possible, such as, your name and a full detailed explanation of the problem.

If you are experiencing difficulty with this Web site, please contact your instructor.

Online Course Support

Many problems can be solved by making sure your browser settings are correct. Visit the PAWS Online Orientation - and run the "system check" to check your browsers compatibility.

For technical support call the Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule Windows and Office 2007 Unit I:             Exploring the Basics of Windows Managing Files Browsers and Email Basics Unit II:             Creating a Document in Word 2007 Editing and Formatting a Document Creating a Multiple-Page Report File Management Unit III:            Getting Started with Excel 2007             Formatting a Workbook             Working with Formulas and Functions             Integrating Word & Excel Unit IV               Creating a Presentation in PowerPoint 2007             Applying and Modifying Text and Graphic Objects   EMERGE with Computers: Concepts:             Digital Technology Hardware Software Internet Issues:                  Intellectual Property Digital Life
Student Services
Student Services Links
Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an F grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an F for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center - Nabors Auditorium, Room 100 (Mac), Room 108 (PC)
  • Bert Bornblum Library (Mac and PC) - Available during Library hours only.

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319
  • Parrish Library - Available during Library hours only.

Gill

  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Whitehaven

  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.