IS 201
Computer Applications

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Textbook: MS Office Pro XP

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Vital Questions

When are assignments due? Check the class schedule for due dates. Assignments are due at the beginning of the period. No printing is allowed once class begins.
What if I am absent? The assignment due date is firm, regardless of if you are absent on the due date. The one and only way to get an extension on the due date is to talk to, call or email, the instructor and ask for an extension ahead of time.
Can I turn in late assignments? Yes. Each week an assignment is late, its worth drops 5 points (3 points if late a partial week). Since most assignments are worth 20 points, this means after 3 weeks late, the assignment won't be worth enough to bother turning in. The late assignment is graded and the result reduced the 5, 10 or 15 points. All late assignments must be turned in no later than the test for that particular software.
Do I need to be in class every day? If you know the material being taught that day, perhaps not. The schedule is fairly explicit on what will be taught. Students come into this class with a wide range of prior knowledge. If you know that material, you don't need to come to class. Be aware that all due dates must be met and students must be present to take tests. If you are in doubt of your knowledge, however, it is better to attend class.
What if I am absent the day of a test? Tests can be made up, and must be made up before you return to class. If you miss the day of the test, make it up before the next class period. If you come to class without having made up the test, it will be too late and you won't be able to make up the test. Contact the instructor to schedule the make-up test.
Can I do extra credit to improve my grade? Yes, if your average is below a C and if you have turned in all assignments. It does no good to do extra credit if you are not turning in regular assignments.
when can I see my average grade? Cumulative grades will be shown after each test. 

Course Description:
   Computer Applications teaches the most popular, integrated software used in the business world. Microsoft Office contains the tools most needed in business. There will be extensive hands-on activities. Keyboarding skills are a definite help during the class. The software used will be MS Office 2002.

Catalog Description:
IS 201 Computer Applications (3)
An introduction to the most commonly used microcomputer business software with emphasis on operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, database management, presentation software, and software integration. Substantial hands-on work provides practical experience using this software. Recommended co requisite: IS 101 (if working toward a COT degree). (Formerly COT 203, Microcomputers in Business).

 Course Outcomes:
   At the end of the course, each student should be able to:

1. Use a computer as an effective tool. /a,b,c
2. Use Windows XP to maintain files. /a,c
3. Use Word to produce letters, reports, etc..  /a,b,c
5. Use Power Point to produce business presentations.  /a,b,c
6. Use Excel to build spreadsheets and charts.  /a,b,c
7. Use Access to build and search databases and produce
            reports. /a,b,c
8. Integrate data between the different office software.  /a,b,c

These goals will be measured using a combination of:

a. Turn in completed documents, workbooks, databases and slide shows solving business-oriented problems.
b. Take hands-on subject tests.
c. Take hands-on quizzes.

Student Evaluations:
The four course tests may be composed of multiple choice, true/false, matching, fill-in-the-blank or short answer questions, but are mainly hands-on problems. Each test will be graded on a points system.

Class and Instructor Information:

Spring  2006

Revision date: Nov. 21, 2005

Credits: 3

Instructor: Larry Hyslop

Office: High Tech Center- 132

Office hours: M-W,F 10-11

Great Basin College

1500 College Pkwy.

Elko, NV 89801

Phone: 775-753-2305 (office) 

753-8095 (home, before 7pm

738-8771 (college fax)


Note: I check my email M-F only.








This is a full semester class requiring considerable time spent on the computer each and every of the 15 weeks. If you are not prepared to work this schedule, do not continue with this class.

Instructional Methods:
The class will be taught using explanations and demonstrations of new commands and concepts. Following this, assignments will be given using these new commands and concepts. Most of the class time will be spent on the computer.

The assignments will consist of exercises from the instructor, from the Internet and the textbook. Each assignment will be graded on a points system. The assignments can be completed on your own time, and will require substantial time spent in the computer lab to complete.

Students should keep all returned assignments until they have seen cumulative grades.

Each student must complete his/her assignments, individually. If two or more students turn in the same hard copy 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. See the General Catalog, P. 115, Section 6.3.

Cumulative grades will be determined as follows:
 100-98 A+
  97-93 A
  92-90 A-    Worth:
  89-88 B+    Assignments: 80%
  87-83 B                 Tests: 20%
  82-80 B-        
  79-78 C+
  77-73 C
  72-70 C-
  69-68 D+
  67-63 D
  62-60 D-
  <60   F
A. Cumulative grades will use + and -.
B. Some times, and for very good reasons, a student is not able to finish a class, and needs to withdraw from the class.
  1. Through week 12:
            a. A grade of W (withdrawn) will be recorded for anyone who formally withdraws by meeting with the instructor and
               filling out a withdraw form.
            b. A grade of F will be recorded for anyone who simply does not come to class any more.
            c. 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.
  2. After week 12:
            a. Anyone withdrawing will receive a grade based on all semester assignments, including those missed.
C. Extra credit may be earned if your grade is currently a D or below.
D. Before doing anything regarding this class, please consult with me. It is my job to assist you in making class decisions.

During the class, your completed work may be displayed for the benefit of the entire class. If this bothers you, please notify me in writing during the first week of class.

Special Needs:
Any student with a disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak either with me or with the College Counselor, as soon as possible to arrange for appropriate accommodations.

Study Tips:
Be prepared to spend the time needed on the computer. Do not allow yourself to get behind. If something is not understood, find time to meet with your instructor. Use the text book as a resource.