DEPARTMENT OF TECHNOLOGY

SYLLABUS
COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS 1013

CATALOG LISTING:
1013 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 3 hours credit. Survey of industry; introducing automated data processing with effects on business and society; and survey of hardware and software. Lecture 3 hours.

EXPANDED COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Required for computer information systems (CIS) majors, the course also serves those interested in becoming computer literate. For CIS majors, the course is listed as a concurrent offering with COBOL I.   

Upon completion of the course students should:PROGRAM OBJECTIVE:
...have a basic knowledge of copyrights and ethical behavior SLO1
...have a basic knowledge of how to use software packages SLO2
...have a fundamental vocabulary of computing terms SLO2

LAB EQUIPMENT:
IBM Compatible microcomputers are available in various computer laboratories across campus. The main Academic Computing Laboratory is located in Burch Hall.

REQUIRED TEXT:
Gaskin, Ferrett, Vargas, Marks; GO! with Office 2007 Getting Started; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-157250-8

Evans, Martin, Poatsy; GO! Technology in Action; 5th ed., ISBN-13: 978-0-13-513720-8

SUGGESTED REFERENCES:
College Dictionary
Style Guide for writing

CREDIT: Three hours upon successful completion of course.

TESTS:
Four exams are to be given: Three exams during regularly scheduled class time and one final exam at the end of the course. Exams are to cover both the main text material and material related to the software applications. Exams are to be closed book.

ATTENDANCE POLICY:
All students are expected to attend class and to arrive on time. Make-up for an exam to be missed must be approved before the scheduled time of the exam. Make-up exams will be given at the convenience of the instructor and may be more difficult than the regular exam. All assignments/projects are to be turned in at the assigned time on the date due or they are worth zero (0) points.

WRITING ASSIGNMENTS: 
I. WRITING ASSIGNMENT -- TAKING NOTES
    EXPLANATION: Throughout your career you will find yourself in a situation where you must listen to someone, such as a computer user, and be expected to return to your office and "remember" exactly what the user wanted. Taking good notes is critical to understanding and learning.
    CLASS ASSIGNMENT: You are expected to take notes during class lectures.
    EVALUATION: The instructor may include the review of some part of your notes in the course grading scheme. Spelling and grammar are not considerations in this exercise. Organization and completeness will be important.
    AUDIENCE: Yourself

II. WRITING ASSIGNMENT -- VARIOUS WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
    EXPLANATION: One of the most important assets an employee can possess is the ability to communicate via memos and reports. In many cases, the employee is judged based on the quality of written communication produced by the employee.
    CLASS ASSIGNMENT: You are to prepare various forms of written communication. Topics will be assigned by the instructor. The form of communication to be used as well as instruction on how to prepare these will be provided by the instructor at the appropriate time.
    EVALUATION: Each piece will be judged based on content, structure, and flow, as well as spelling and grammar. All products must be prepared using a computer software. HANDWRITTEN COMMUNICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED! 
    AUDIENCE: As assigned by the instructor. 

GRADE COMPOSITION: POINTS
3 regular exams (100 ea) 300
Final exam 100
Quizzes 30
Projects in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Email, Internet, etc. (points vary by assignment)  200
TOTAL 630


GRADE SCALE: (POINTS)
A: 567 -- 630 (90%)
B: 504 -- 566 (80%)
C: 441 -- 503 (70%)
D: 378 -- 440 (60%)
F: 000 -- 377
I: Incomplete (emergencies only)
W: Withdrawal -- NOTE: The instructor does not have the authority to withdraw the student from the class.