SC140 Introduction to Computers -- Fall 1997

Prof William J. Mein -- 7-365 -- 268-2383 --

Office hours: Mon 1:30pm-3:00pm, Tues 8:30am-9:20am, Wed 2:00pm-3:30pm, and Thur 8:30am-9:20am. Office hours are only in effect on regularly scheduled class days. That is, they are not in effect during breaks or final exam week. If you cannot make any of these hours, see me before/after class so we can make arrangements for you.

General: This course is sub-divided into four sections. Each section will concentrate on a specific topic with some overlap. The sections are word processing, www, spreadsheets, and data analysis. Each section will emphasize using the computer as a tool to accomplish tasks which normally use that tool. The format is two recitations per week, each of which is 1.25 hours in duration.

Text: The text ordered for the course would not be available until a few weeks into the course; essentially after the first section is over. Therefore, we will go without a text. Most modern software packages have extensive help facilities. We will use those to help us.

Grading: Each section is one-fourth of the course credit and therefore is worth 25% of your total grade. Each section grade consists of one exam and homework. The exam will count 15% and the homework counts 10%. The final exam period will consist of optional project presentations.
Exams: Exams are in class. The only accepteable excuses for missing exams are those from an office of the university (Dean of Students, Health Services). One makeup exam, in the evening during the week before the last week of classes. It will replace any missed exams during the semester.
Homework: It is due when class meets. None will be accepted after class. If you plan to miss class for some reason, be sure to give your homework to someone to hand in for you; or, better yet, hand it in early.
Presentation: You may select to do a presentation to raise your grade. The presentations may be by a single person or groups of not more than three. We will discuss the format and content in more detail in class.

Attendance: This is essentially a hands-on course. The best way to learn the material is to do it. Therefore, you should plan to come to class every day. If you do not come to class, you are still responsible for getting any assignments or notices made in class--an excuse from an office of the university does not relieve you of this requirement.

Academic integrity: The type of work done in this course lends itself nicely to working together and you are encouraged to do so. However, any homework handed in and examinations are to be strictly your own work. Any work handed in by you, that is, not your own will receive a sanction. The minimum sanction will be an F for the homework or exam.

You should find the material presented in this course useful in a number of the other courses you take. The more confident you become, the easier it will be in those other courses.