Required Materials 
 Course Format 
Course Syllabus
Jeff Oakes
CS 110    Introduction to Computers , Fall 1999

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Office Hours: MW 5pm in D205.  Other times available by appointment.

 Required Materials:
The required texts.
1.  The computer literacy book titled, Computer Concepts,  3rd edition by Parsons and Orf
2.  The computer Lab book titled , Exploring Office 97 by Grauer and Barber.
Accessories.   You will also need to purchase 3 high density diskettes. (3 1/2 inch, 1.44Mb)  All software is available in the University’s network.  You do not have to purchase any software.

a. To gain an appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of current computers.
b. To understand the parts of a computer and how they function and operate.
c. To combat the mystique of computers and, hence, to be comfortable talking about and working with them.
d. To examine the impact of computers on organizations and society.
e. To become familiar with Microsoft Windows 95.
f. To learn the basics of some productivity software packages: namely, Word, Excel, and Power Point.
g. To experience the Internet by exploring the world wide web using Internet Explorer and Netscape Communicator as well as creating your own home page.
h. To create, respond, delete and read e-mail using the University’s VAX system.

a. Three examinations, a final exam,  one brief paperless paper, and lab/homework assignments.
b. Writing Content:  One paper will be written during the semester.  This paper as well as each assignment will be graded for content as well as correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.  Work will be returned if deemed unacceptable.
c. Computer Use:  The University’s network will be used for all computer work.
d. Attendance:  Failure to maintain consistent attendance can make it impossible to obtain course objectives which is likely to negatively impact a student's grade.

 Course Format:
This course is composed of lectures supplemented by lab and class discussions.  Lectures will clarify, emphasize and expand upon readings in the text as necessary to reinforce the material.  Significant learning will also take place through work on in class computer assignments.  In class computer instruction will take place at least once a week.

3  Examinations  45%  
Technical Paperless Paper  20%
Assignments and quizzes 20%
Participation    5%
Final Exam (cumulative) 10%

The way I determine your grade is that I enter all of each students assignment, test, participation, and extra credit scores into a spreadsheet.  I use the NORMDIST function to determine rank and class percentile.  This is  a 'normal curve'.  Then I assign letter grades approximately as the picture suggests, those with the worst grades fail, those with  the best grades get an A, and so forth.  The actual boundaries are set as I examine the overall class performance and general realization of objectives.

In other words, I grade on the curve, based on total points earned during the semester.

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