SC 140:Introduction to Computers
Course Syllabus -- Fall 1999

Instructor: J. Sherman
Office: SC333
Phone: x2376

CLASS HOURS: MW 1:00-2:15 T/TH 8:00-9:15 9:30-10:45 Science Center Room 336

OFFICE HOURS: T/TH 1:00-4:00 and by appointment

ATTENDANCE: Required for all classes. This is a skill oriented hands-on computer lab course. There will be some lecture/demonstration but a majority of the class will be hands-on working with tutorials and assignments. Be sure to bring your textbook, diskettes and envelopes with you 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 Windows 95; word processing with MSWord; spreadsheet creation and use with MSExcel; database creation and maintenance with MSAccess; creating presentations with MSPowerPoint; and using Microsoft Internet Explorer and the internet.

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. HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT 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 printouts and written questions. Your homework assignment must be placed in an envelope with your name, class and section clearly written on it.


AUG 30/31 - Course Introduction; Essential Computing Concepts

SEP 1/2 - Prerequisites: Essentials of Windows 95

SEP 6/7 - Win 98 / E-mail / INTERNET

SEP 8/9 - MS Word Chapter 1

SEP 13/14 - MS Word Chapter 1 DUE: 1,2,3,4 Planning for Disaster Computer Magazines

SEP 15/16 - MS Word Chapter 2

SEP 20/21 - MS Word Chapter 2 DUE: 1,2,3,4 The Invitation

SEP 22/23 - MS Word Chapter 3

SEP 27/28 - MS Word Chapter 3 DUE: 1,4,6, The Resume, Copyright Infringement, MS Word Appendix A



OCT 6/7 - Exam Review: MS Excel Chapter 1

OCT 11/12 - MS Excel Chapter 1 DUE: 1,2,3,4, Portfolio Management, Microsoft Online

OCT 13/14 - MS Excel Chapter 2

OCT 18/19 - MS Excel Chapter 2 DUE: 1,2,3,5, The Spreadsheet Audit

OCT 20/21 - MS Excel Chapter 3

OCT 25/26 - MS Excel Chapter 3 DUE: 1,2,3,6, The Lottery

OCT 27/28 - MS Excel Chapter 4

NOV 1/2 - MS Excel Chapter 4 DUE: 1,2,4,6 The Federal Budget


NOV8/9 - MS Access Chapter 1

NOV 10/11 - MS Access Chapter 1 DUE: 1,2,3,5 GIGO, Microsoft Online

NOV 15/16 - MS Access Chapter 2

NOV 17/18 - MS Access Chapter 2 DUE: 1,2,3,4 The Stockbroker

NOV 22/23 - MS Access Chapter 3 DUE: 1,2,3 Compacting versus Compressing


NOV 29/30- MS PowerPoint Chapter 1 DUE: 1,2,3,7 Microsoft Online

DEC 1/2 - MS PowerPoint Chapter 2 DUE: 1,2 Be Creative, The Annual Report

DEC 6/7 - MIE Chapter 1 DUE: 2,5 The Concept of Cache, Security on the Web

DEC 8/9 - MIE Chapter 2 DUE: 2,4,5, Tax Time

12/13-12/17 - FINAL EXAMS