COT 151-Introduction to Microsoft Word
using Microsoft Word 2002
Spring 2006 - 3 credits - Class Syllabus - Interactive to Elko - Ely - Winnemucca

Instructor:

Cindy Hyslop

e-mail:

Use email through WebCT

Office:

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

Room:

Elko HTC 107 - Ely  GBC 108 - Winnemucca WCC 110

Date & Time:

Monday - Wednesday 11:00 to 12:15

Text:

  • Microsoft Word 2002, by Rutkosky, 2002 edition. ISBN# 0-7638-1405-9 
  • 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 Microsoft Word 2002 software. This software is available for students to use in GBC campus computer labs; you can also purchase the software at an academic discount through the Follett bookstore on the Elko campus (775/753-2270).
  • Or you can purchase through other means. As a student, you are eligible for an academic discount so be sure to use that eligibility!
  • Academic Superstore is another good place to find academic pricing for all kinds of software. (Word 2002 is included as part of the Microsoft Office XP suite of software.)

GBC 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. Prerequisite: COT 101 or 30 words per minute keyboarding skill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Course Performance Objectives

    

     Learning in this class will involve:

·      Lecture

    

     Attendance

You must attend class regularly if you intend to obtain the full benefit of instruction. I keep attendance records and you must notify me in advance if you expect to miss a class. If you do not notify me, your absence will be recorded as unexcused. The college catalog states that a student who has an excessive number of absences may be dropped from a course. In general, unexcused absences in excess of the number of credits to be earned in the course is considered excessive.

Unless authorized before class all cell phones must be turned off during 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.

 

      Assignments

Exercises in each chapter will be assigned.  If they are complete, the student will earn full credit.  If any are incomplete or missing, the student will earn credit for what was completed. 

   §         All assignments are due before class on the day assigned through the Assignment Drop Box.

§         In case of absences, arrangements must be made ahead of time with the instructor.

§         Late assignments will be graded, and then reduced 10 points per day they are late. 

§         Your name and assignment name must be on all assignments: if it is not 15 points will be deducted from the grade.

How many points are assignments worth?

P    Bulletin board postings are worth 100 points each.

P    Each end-of-chapter assignments are worth 100 points. Points deducted for errors will vary depending on what work is required for each assignment.

P    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.

      You will also do and send in Unit Performance Assessments (PAs) after completion of Unit One, Unit Two, and parts of Unit Three.

P    Point values for individual quiz questions and quiz totals will vary depending on how many questions there are per quiz. No quiz is worth more than 100 points.

P    WebCT's Quiz feature automatically grades your quiz answers. This automatic grading is often incorrect because it is very picky about things like capitalization, spacing, exact words, etc. Therefore, I always review every one of your quizzes answer by answer, and make sure you earn appropriate credit for your answers. So, don't panic if WebCT comes up with some dreadful grade for a quiz--check your quiz grade after a couple of days, and you'll probably see an improvement in the grade once I've had a chance to look it over.

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

              The Assignment Dropbox link is available at the left-hand side of the WebCT window.

Every week...

·         Each student must read and post a reply to the current Discussion Board Topic. Get to the Bulletin Board the left-hand-side menu. When posting a reply, be sure to use the Reply or Quote button, not the Reply Privately button, so everyone in the class can read comments from all students. A new discussion topic will be posted each Tuesday.   Check how the Discussions are graded under Course MaterialsDiscussion Topic Rubric Grading.

·         Students must check:

o        the Assignments link (accessed through the class homepage)

o        the Class E-mail (on the Navigation menu on the left-hand side of the WebCT window)

o        the Quizzes link (under the Quiz link on the homepage or through the Navigation menu on the left-hand side of the WebCT window) Quizzes are timed.

·         All Weekly Assignment course work must be completed and sent in to me through the Assignment Dropbox before class starts on the due date.

·         It's my intention to have your assignments graded and back in the Assignment Dropbox by the next class period.

·         Your graded assignments in the Assignment Dropbox will have brief comments from me in the Comments area with each attached graded assignment. You should open each graded assignment to see more detailed comments.

Some FYIs...

·         When instructions in the book direct you to print your work, that is optional, and only for your benefit, because the textbook-based work I get from you will be the computer files you create and send through the Assignment Dropbox.

·         As the class progresses, you can check your progress at the My Grades link. Get to this link from the class website homepage.

·         If, for some reason, you feel that you cannot complete the course, you must officially withdraw from the class by the course drop deadline. This is done by contacting GBC Admissions & Records at 775-753-2102 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.

 

GRADING

Grading in this course is based upon the following:
 

Bulletin Board Discussion  (postings should reflect thought & insight)

15%

Online Quizzes

15%

Weekly Chapter Assignments

40%

Unit 1 Performance Assessments

10%

Unit 2 Performance Assessments

10%

Unit 3 Performance Assessments

10%

How to name your assignments and file names?

When doing end-of-chapter assignments and PAs to turn in, type your name at the top of or somewhere near the beginning of each assignment, also - this is very important, and failure to put your name on your assignments will deduct 15 points from your assignment grade. The reason behind this is that I receive the same assignments from each student. For some assignments you could use the Header option to put in you Name.

When do I get my graded assignments back?

 

Percentage     Letter Grade

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 Withdraw           W

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

All assignments are to be completed on an individual basis. That means you each do your own work. Period. 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 dropped from the class.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Useful Textbook Information

1.      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).

  1. Before beginning Unit One, 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Computer Lab Rules

 Final Notes

Don’t let yourself get behind!  Once we begin, we will cover several concepts in each class.  If you are confused about any particular concept, please let me know immediately.

 You will be learning a tremendous amount of material in this course.  For some, all of this new information may be overwhelming.  Be patient.  You are here to learn and I am here to facilitate your learning.