SC140 Introduction to Computers
Fall 1998

Jesse A. Sherman -- phone: 315-265-5315 (NOT after 9p.m.) jsherman@slic.com

Office Hours: ERC MWF 10:00-11:00AM and by appointment

Class Hours: MWF 11:00-11:50 Science Center Room 336

Attendance: Required for all classes. This is a skill oriented hands-on computer lab cou rse. There will be some lecture/demonstration but a majority of the class will be hands-on workin g with tutorials and assignments. Be sure to bring your textbook, diskettes and envelopes with yo u to ALL classes. Request for excused absences should be made through the Dean of Students office or verified for illness through the Health Services office.

Text and Materials: Exploring Microsoft Office 97 Professional 6 - high density 3 �" disks for homework and exams 2- 9"X12" envelopes for homework and exams

Course Objective: To develop the basic skills in using computer software productively. The course will cover the following topics in-depth: navigating the networks at Clarkson and getting your E-mail; using Window s 95; word processing with MSWord; spreadsheet creation and use with MSExcel; database creation an d maintenance with MSAccess; creating presentations with MSPowerPoint; and using Microsoft Interne t Explorer and the internet.

Grading:
Points % Total Points Grade
14 Homeworks(best 12) 120 20.00 >536 A
Attendance 80 13.33 507-536 B+
Exam 1 100 16.67 477-506 B
Exam 2 100 16.67 447-476 C+
Exam 3 100 16.67 417-446 C
Final Exam 100 16.66 387-416 D+
--- 357-386 D
Total 600 <357 F
Exams are noncumulative and based on the text, in-class discussions, and lab work covering the assigned material. No students are excused from any exam (including the FINAL EXAM) except with a valid excuse. Exams will be hands-on testing of your computer skills and will be closed book and notes. The first three exams will be given in the class lab during class time on the dates indicated on the course outline. The FINAL EXAM will be scheduled by the university during final exam week. Makeup exams will be given only to students who have a legal excuse from the Dean of Students. All makeup exams will be given at a time designated by the instructor. It is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor ASAP when an exam is not taken as scheduled.

All homework assignments are due at class time on the day the homework is shown on the syllabus. NO HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED LATE. Planned absences (i.e. athletic commitments, job trips, etc.) Do not excuse the student from completing and handing in the assignments by the required due date. All homework assignments must be submitted on diskette along with the required print outs and written questions. Your homework assignment must be placed in an envelope with your name, class and section clearly written on it.

SC140 Introduction to Computers -- Fall 1998
Course Outline

8/31 - Course Introduction
9/2 - Essential Computing Concepts
9/4 - Prerequisites: Essentials of Windows 95

9/7 - Prerequisites: Essentials of Windows 95
9/9 - Appendix A: Win 98 / E-mail
9/11 - E-mail

9/14 - MS Word Chapter 1
9/16 - MS Word Chapter 1 DUE
1,2,3,4
Planning for Disaster
Computer Magazines
9/18 - MS Word Chapter 2

9/21 - MS Word Chapter 2 DUE
1,2,3,4
The Invitation
9/23 - MS Word Chapter 3
9/25 - MS Word Chapter 3 DUE
1,4,6, The Resume,
Copyright Infringement

9/28 - MS Word Appendix A
9/30 - WIN 95, E-MAIL, MS WORD EXAM
10/2 - Exam Review/Advanced Topics

10/3 - 10/6 - FALL BREAK

10/7 - MS Excel Chapter 1
10/9 - MS Excel Chapter 1 DUE
1,2,3,4, Portfolio Management
Microsoft Online

10/12 - MS Excel Chapter 2
10/14 - MS Excel Chapter 2 DUE
1,2,3,5, The Spreadsheet Audit
10/16 - MS Excel Chapter 3

10/19 - MS Excel Chapter 3 DUE
1,2,3,6, The Lottery
10/21 - MS Excel Chapter 4
10/23 - MS Excel Chapter 4 DUE
1,2,4,6
The Federal Budget

10/26 - Advanced Topics in MS Excel
10/28 - Advanced Topics in MS Excel
10/30 - MS EXCEL EXAM

11/2 - MS Access Chapter 1
11/4 - MS Access Chapter 1 DUE
1,2,3,5
GIGO, Microsoft Online
11/6 - MS Access Chapter 2

11/9 - MS Access Chapter 2 DUE
1,2,3,4
The Stockbroker
11/11 - MS Access Chapter 3
11/13 - MS Access Chapter 3 DUE
1,2,3
Compacting versus Compressing

11/16 - MS PowerPoint Chapter 1
11/18 - MS PowerPoint Chapter 1 DUE
1,2,3,7
Microsoft Online
11/20 - MS PowerPoint Chapter 2 DUE
1,2
Be Creative, The Annual Report

11/23 - ACCESS, POWERPOINT EXAM
11/25 - 11/29 - THANKSGIVING BREAK

11/30 - MIE Chapter 1
12/2 - MIE Chapter 1 DUE
2,5
The Concept of Cache
Security on the Web
12/4 - MIE Chapter 2

12/7 - MIE Chapter 2 DUE
2,4,5, Tax Time
12/9 - MIE Appendix A&B
12/11 - Advanced Topics

12/14-12/18 - FINAL EXAMS