IS 101 - Introduction to Information Systems - Online
Fall 2007, 3 credits

Online Class Syllabus

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


Cindy Hyslop


Contact me by email through WebCampus


Room 128  - 775 -753-2307 (voice mail)

Check office hours on WebCampus Homepage


Fluency with Information Technology: Skills, Concepts, and Capabilities, 2/E  - ISBN: 0-321-35782-5  Order online or available at the Great Basin College Bookstore. - Order online or available at the Great Basin College Bookstore.


This class requires that you use Microsoft Office:  Word - Excel - PowerPoint - Access - FrontPage.  If you do not have these - you will have to go into one of the Great Basin College computers labs. 

Student Responsibilities:

  • Be able to access the class website through WebCampus.

  • Have and maintain Internet access throughout the semester.

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

  • If you have computer or Internet problems you must find some alternative solution:

    • GBC computer lab, Library, or friend is a few suggestions

  • 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.

Catalog Description: 

Introduction to computer-based information systems management including:  hardware/software relationships, business applications usage, system theory, current technology, networking, the Internet, computer security, and privacy issues.

Welcome to IS 101, Introduction to Computer Information Systems. To meet the demands of today's world and to adapt to future technology advancements, individuals must use technology as a tool for organization, communication, research, and problem solving.  To help you become effective users of today's technology and place them on the path of lifelong learning.  Fluency covers three types of knowledge: Skills, Concepts, and Capabilities. 

  1. Skills consists of competence with contemporary computer applications;

  2. Concepts are the fundamental principles upon which information technology is founded, including basics ideas relating to information, computers, databases, and networks;

  3. Capabilities is the ability to apply reasoning in complex situations, which allows students to master higher-level thinking in the context of information technology. 

Major Class Objectives:

The objectives for this class are to provide students with a working knowledge of technology, primarily computers, as used in modern society and the essentials of both computer hardware and software use in the workplace will be covered.  Some topics that will be covered in this class include:

  1. How computers can augment and enhance many traditional human activities, but rarely, if ever, replace such activities;
  2. Computers and networks as communications medium, e.g. the Web and email;
  3. Enhancing both quantitative and qualitative information analysis, e.g. information systems are useful for collecting, organizing, and analyzing data but only if the assumptions behind the data are understood and the formulas used in their correlation are accurate;
  4. An essential of understanding the complex relationships between computer hardware and software;
  5. Ethics and confidentiality when collecting, analyzing, and using personal information, e.g. database use and privacy issues;
  6. Intellectual property rights, e.g. patent, copyright and fair use doctrine;
  7. Health ramifications of computer use, e.g. carpel tunnel syndrome, eye strain, and possibly long term problems;

Upon Successful Completion of this class a student will be able to:

  1. Illustrate the relationships between computer hardware, applications, and operating systems
  2. Demonstrate computer and network usage as communications tools
  3. Demonstrate and critically evaluate computers and the Internet in information analysis
  4. Discuss ethical and privacy issues relating to computer use in the business environment
  5. Discuss benefits and risks relating to computer use in the work place
  6. List and define computer technology related careers and career requirements

This class uses Discussion Topics, but includes a significant hands on component in which computers are used to complete

Projects, Quizzes, Research Paper and a Presentation.  If you do not have Microsoft Word 2002 to complete your

assignments then save files as a “rtf” (Rich Text File).  For the Presentation you will have to use MS PowerPoint 2002.

Chapter Information Covered in the Class - Check the Class Schedule for more information


1. Terms of Endearment: Defining Information Technology

2. What the Digerati Know: Exploring the Human-Computer Interface

3. Making the Connection: The Basics of Networking

4. Marking up with HTML: A Hypertext Markup Language Primer

5. Searching for Truth: Locating Information on the WWW

6. Searching for Guinea Pig B: A Case Study in Online Research


7. To Err is Human: An Introduction to Debugging

8. Bits and the "Why" of Bytes: Representing Information Digitally

 9. Following Instructions: Principles of Computer Organization

10. What's the Plan? Algorithmic Thinking

11. Sound, Light and Magic: Representing Multimedia Digitally


12. Computers in Polite Society: Social Implications of IT

13. Fill in the Blank Computing: Basics of Spreadsheets

14. Getting to First Base: Introduction to Database Concepts

15. A Table with a View: Database Queries

16. HAI! Adventure Database: Case Study in Database Design

17. Shhh, It's a Secret: Privacy and Digital Security


18. Get with the Program: Fundamental Concepts Expressed as JavaScript

19. The Bean Counter: A JavaScript Program

20. Thinking Big: Abstraction and Functions

21. Once Is Not Enough: Iteration Principles

22. The Smooth Motion: Case Study in Algorithmic Problem Solving

23. Computers Can Do Almost {Everything, Nothing} Limits to Computation

24. Commencement: A Fluency Summary



The student will communicate with the instructor through WebCampus e-mail and the Discussion Board.  Students will be encouraged to communicate with each other through WebCampus Email and the Discussion Board.

                                     I check class WebCampus Email and Assignment Drop Box on Monday and Thursday.

                                              Assigned assignments will be sent to me through the Assignments through WebCampus.

Grading and Attendance:  

This class will be for a letter grade. This class is intensive and requires attendance and work to be completed each week. 

It is good practice to check your WebCampus class at least twice a week.


Percentage     Letter Grade

94-100              A
90-93                A-
87-89                B+
83-86                B
80-82                B-
77-79                C+
73-76                C
70-72                C-
67-69                D+
63-66                D
60-62                D-
<60                   F

or less or W=Official Withdrawal if done before the withdrawal deadline. There is no curve in this grading scale.


To determine your final course grade, all assignment grades will be calculated on a percentage scale and then recorded as the corresponding grade point value and letter grade as shown above. The most significant assignments include: a Research Paper using MS Word, Presentation using MS PowerPoint, Quizzes, Projects, and Discussion Topics.  You will receive guidance in the construction and delivery of one Research Paper and one PowerPoint Presentation.  The four Quizzes will be composed of questions from your book. Each quiz, may be composed of multiple choice, true/false, matching, fill-in-the-blank or short answer questions. Each student must complete his/her assignments, individually. If two or more students turn in the same assignment or collaborate on a test, punitive measures as described in the Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Members of the University Community will be enforced. 

The worst part of an online class is procrastination!!!


Anyone not in communication with me for any two-week period (without prior approval) will have an F grade recorded for the class.  I hope we can keep these occurrences to a minimum since your input is vital to the dynamic of this class and to your grade.  You may be able to continue participating in class while on vacation. 


Grading will use + and - on assignments, tests and the final, recorded grade. Some times, and for very good reasons, a student is not able to finish a class, and needs to withdraw from the class. A grade of W (withdrawn) will be recorded for anyone who formally withdraws by meeting with the instructor and filling out a withdraw form. A grade of F will be recorded for anyone who simply does not participate any more. It is important to realize that for any one withdrawing from the class, the difference between earning an F and a W on the official class recording is the process of meeting with the instructor.

After week 12:  Anyone not withdrawn from the class will receive a grade based on the entire semester's Research Paper, Presentation, Discussions, Quizzes and Exams.



Anyone Plagiarizing any information in this class will receive a "F" 

immediately in the class. Read the information about Plagiarism under Course Materials. This includes Discussions, Research Paper, and Presentation.



Check the under Course Schedule Information for due dates:  the schedule of Reading Assignments, Quizzes, Discussion Topics, a Presentation, and a Research Paper due dates are found on the homepage of WebCampus.

Research PaperWorth 20% of your grade

·        Your Research Paper is a topic concerning “some aspect of technology” (computers) in the workplace.

·        Topic description has to be posted in the Discussion Area (in your group) through WebCampus  for approval by Wednesday, September 19 by midnight.

·        Check under “Research Paper Information” for more information and the Research Paper Rubric Grading.

·        The Research Paper will be due on Wednesday, October 3rd – no late Research Papers will be accepted. 

·        When the Research Paper is completed it will be turned in through WebCampus in the Assignment  – located on the left hand side of the screen under Course Content.

Presentation Worth 20% of your grade

·        Your PowerPoint Presentation is a topic concerning “some aspect of technology” (computers) in the workplace.  

·        Your Presentation may be related to your Research Paper.. 

·        Topic description has to be posted in the Discussion Area (in your group) through WebCampus  for approval by October 25, by midnight.

·        Check under “Presentation Information” for more information and the Presentation Rubric Grading.

·        You have to use Microsoft PowerPoint for this assignment. 

·        The Presentation is due by November 22, no late presentations will be accepted.

·        When the Presentation is completed it will be turned in through WebCampus in the Assignments – located on the left hand side of the screen under Course Menu.

Discussion Topics:   Worth 20% of your grade

The Discussion Board is a vital part of this class.  Under Discussion Information on the WebCampus Homepage is the Rubric Grading and how Discussions work.  Make sure you check this area out.   Discussions are due by midnight – always on Wednesday. Wikeapedia is not a valid resource when I ask you to include Websites.


      Quizzes: Worth 20% of your grade

·        Check under Course Schedule Information for the Four quiz due dates.

·        All quizzes are due no later than the date listed by midnight -  no late quizzes will be allowed.

·        You have one hour to complete the quiz and all have approximately 30 questions (multiple choice &  True/False).

·        Grades for quizzes are not automatically displayed on WebCampus. 

·        Once the quiz date has passed I will go in and correct the quiz. 

·        When doing the quizzes WebCampus doesn’t know if you have misspelled a word – I always go in and check the answers.

Assigned Projects:   Worth 20% of your grade

If you do not have the software you will have to go to a Computer Lab to complete these assignments.