COT 151 - Introduction to MS Word

 Using Microsoft Word 2003 - 3 credits

Fall 2007- August 27 - December 7

Please read completely through this syllabus and print it for future reference.

Instructor:

Cindy Hyslop

e-mail:

Use WebCampus email.

Office:

High Tech Center - Room 128 775-753-2307(voice mail)

Date - Time - Room:

August 27 - December 7 - 7:00 - 9:30 -  HTC 107

Text:

 

 Microsoft Word 2003, by Rutkosky, 2003 edition.

The textbook can be purchased with a credit card at the online bookstore, by calling the Elko campus bookstore at 775/753-2270, or by ordering online directly or, from the publisher, EMCParadigm. 

Software:

For this class you need to have access to Word 2003.

Great Basin College catalog course   description:

An introduction to Microsoft Word, a word processing software; including learning the following features: ruler; toolbars; dialog boxes; cut, copy, and paste; autocorrect; spell check; template documents; columns; outlines; merge; clip art; graphics; text art; and tables.

Student Responsibilities:

Be able to access the class website through WebCampus. Contact the Technology Help Desk 753-3511 if you do not yet have your user name and password.

     Have and maintain Internet access throughout the semester.

     Have and maintain all software used in the class throughout the semester.

     Have and maintain a virus-free computer throughout the semester.

     Have knowledge of Windows and file handling.

An important note about online classes:

     Do not assume that online classes are easier than traditional "face-to-face" classes.

     Online classes can actually be more difficult than traditional classes. They require constant motivation and self-direction on the part of the student.

     You are responsible for reading, studying, asking questions, completing assignments, being organized, and staying on schedule.

 

Course Performance Objectives

Course Performance Objectives

 

Chapter Structure

Each chapter contains these features:

Methods of Instruction:

         Watching online chapter overview presentations

         Reading the text

         Doing the in-chapter, step-by-step exercises in boxes with light green backgrounds ("Green Exercises" or GEs) as you go through the chapters

         Doing specified assignments at the end of each chapter that you will send in each week.

         Online bulletin board discussions

         Asking questions when things don't make sense.

 

Assignments:

 

Every week students are responsible for...

     Reading/printing and completing each week's assignment: the Weekly Assignments link is accessed through the class homepage

     Reading the assigned text

     Doing the in-chapter, step-by-step exercises in boxes with shaded green backgrounds

      Doing specified assignments at the end of each chapter that you will send in each week through the Assignment Dropbox (there's detailed information about the Assignment Dropbox a few paragraphs below)

     Students are responsible for keeping track of assignments turned in and grades earned.

 

o    All Weekly Assignment course work must be completed and sent in to me through the Assignment Dropbox by the due date and time specified (Wednesday at midnight). Once a Weekly Assignment's due date and time has passed, the link will no longer be available.

o    It's my intention to have your assignments graded and back to you in the Assignment Dropbox by the Friday after the Wednesday they're due. Sometimes you'll get them back earlier than that, sometimes later, but always after the due date. If it's going to be later than Friday I'll let you know by WebCampus email.

 

How do you know which work is mine?

When doing assignments,  type your initials before the assignment name when saving the document.  This is very important, and failure to put your initials and naming your assignment correctly will cost 15 points from your assignment grade.   Example: clhC01SA01.doc

            

              

             Discussion Topics:

Reading and posting a reply to the Discussions Board Topics. You get to the Discussions Board Topics on the left-hand-side Navigation menu. When posting a reply to a Discussions Board Topic, be sure to use the Reply button, not the Reply Privately button, so everyone in the class can read all postings.

    

         Class Email

Checking the Class E-mail (on the left-hand side of the WebCampus window).  I will be sending messages during the semester reminding students about due dates. Asking questions when things don't make sense: ask me or other students through WebCampus email or Discussions Board

 

         Grading

 

Bulletin Board Discussion

     Bulletin board postings are worth 100 points each.
   (postings should reflect thought & insight)

20%

Weekly Chapter Assignments

Each end-of-chapter assignments are worth 100 points.

Points deducted for errors will vary depending on what work is required for each assignment.

50%

Unit 1 Performance Assessments

Each set of Unit Performance Assessments (PAs) is worth 100 points.

Points deducted for errors will vary depending on what work is required for the set of PAs.

10%

Unit 2 Performance Assessments

Each set of Unit Performance Assessments (PAs) is worth 100 points.

Points deducted for errors will vary depending on what work is required for the set of PAs.

10%

Unit 3 Performance Assessments

Each set of Unit Performance Assessments (PAs) is worth 100 points.

Points deducted for errors will vary depending on what work is required for the set of PAs.

10%

 

 

 

                                                           

       Computer Time

Approximately six hours per week of computer time outside of class is recommended for successful completion of course requirements.

             Useful Textbook Information

     Make sure you have a Student CD in the back of your textbook--you will use files on this CD for your assignments throughout the book (or, you can download the Student Data Files from the textbook website).

     Before beginning, be sure to read the "Introduction" at the front of the book on pages vii, viii, and ix. This introduction gives you an overview of the book's layout and logic, which helps in working through all the information presented.

     Information about becoming certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS certification) is provided on page x. GBC is an authorized MOS testing center if this is something you'd like to do upon completion of this class.

     If you'd like a refresher about computer hardware and working in the Windows format with Word, the "Getting Started" section on pages xi-xxiii is informative.

 

Academic Integrity

All assignments are to be completed on an individual basis. That means you each do your own work. If two (or more) students turn in work that has been done by only one person, each student involved earns a zero (0) for the assignment(s). If it happens a second time, each student involved will be given a "F" for the class.

 

If, for some reason, you feel that you cannot complete the course, you must officially withdraw from the class by the course drop deadline by contacting Admissions & Records at 753-2102, and completing the Course Withdraw Form.

Officially withdrawing results in a "W" on your grade report. The "W" is not used in computing your cumulative GPA; it will appear on your transcript and be permanent. If you do not officially withdraw, your grade will be based on the work you have completed averaged with zeros for work you have not completed.