CS 110 – Introduction to Computers

Fall 2018


Instructor: Lynn Thibodeau

Email Address: thibodeau@hartford.edu

Phone: (860)768-5497

Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:00 - 11, and by appointment in Dana 341.



Required Materials and Textbooks:

Computer Concepts 2016 Introductory, text – Parsons

Microsoft Office 2016, Illustrated Projects, workbook – Cram

University of Hartford email address

USB drive


Course Description

This is a computer concepts, fluency, and skills focused course designed for non-science majors.  Computer concepts refers to building fundamental knowledge about the components of a computer and how they work, digital representation of information including data, sound, graphics, and video, and the foundations of communication and network infrastructure.  The course will form a basis for problem solving skills that evolve and adapt as technology advances.  Students will also master advanced skills in word processing, spreadsheet creation, and presentation software, among other applications.  Previous computer experience is not expected. Not open to Computer Science majors. 



          To understand the parts of a computer and how they function and operate;

          To form a basis for problem solving skills that evolve and adapt as technology advances;

          To examine digital representation of information including data, sound, graphics, and video;

          To create a fluency with foundations of communication and network infrastructure;

          To master advanced skills in word processing, spreadsheet creation, and presentation software, among other applications.



a.       There are several hands-on assignments and exams throughout the course. All work must be your own or it will be graded as a zero and reported as an infraction of the University’s Academic Honesty policy. 

b.      Assignments and exams are due on the date given in class; late work will not be accepted without prior permission.  Ask if you need the help.

c.       I will expect that you do the reading in advance of the start of class.

d.      The University’s network will be used for all computer work.  Assignments are to be done using Microsoft Office 2016.  No other programs will be accepted. 

e.       Attendance is required.  Failure to maintain consistent attendance can make it impossible to obtain course objectives and may negatively impact a student's grade.


Course Format:

This course is composed of lectures supplemented by class discussions and hands on practice of the material.  Your participation in the discussions is a key ingredient to your success in this course.  Lectures will clarify, emphasize and expand upon readings in the text as necessary to reinforce instruction.  Significant learning will also take place through work on in-class computer assignments and guided lessons.



Exams:  There are two (2) traditional content exams in this class, both will be proctored and held during class time.  Word and Excel exams will also be proctored and on class time, but the PowerPoint is a take-home exam.  This is 5 total exams worth 100 points each.  Make-up exams will not be given except in extremely extenuating circumstances, and when arranged in advance.  Again, the University’s Academic Honesty policy is strictly enforced.


Homework:  There are several Blackboard based homework assignments this semester.  Each assignment must be submitted by following instructions posted on Blackboard.  There are 4 Discussion Board posts and a self-assessment email that are worth 5 points each.  A longer assignment called “Buying a Computer” is worth 20 points alone.


Arduinos:  We will complete, mostly in class, a series of labs using the Intel Arduino microprocessor. They intend to tie together basic concepts from lectures in the course in a practical manner.  While labs will be completed in groups, the questions from each lab must be answered individually and submitted in a timely fashion after the completion of the lab.  Participation in labs will be graded as well as the quality of the answers to the questions.  If you are not present for the lab, you will not get credit for answering the questions.  These labs are worth 100 points.


Office Projects: The workbook assignments will be comprised of 5 module-based assignments using a workbook and the Microsoft Office suite of programs.  Electronic submissions are due at the end of the day (11:59 pm) on the date given.   Each module is worth 20 points, totaling 100 points together.


Participation/Daily work:  Class attendance, preparation for classes, class discussions and completion of assignments are obvious duties expected of students.  In addition, students are responsible for any work missed should an absence occur.  sRegular class attendance is expected and excessive absence may result in withdrawal from a course.  An excessive amount of absences is defined as 10 or more missed classes.  There are 100 points possible for participation.



Email & Blackboard:

Course materials will be made available through Blackboard at http://blackboard.hartford.edu and on the class web site. Every important announcement will be made in class.  Routine announcements will be made available on Blackboard or via email.  I will frequently connect with you using the email address established on Blackboard.  It is your responsibility to make sure that the email account set here is the one you check regularly and that the Inbox for that email is not rejecting incoming mail.  You are responsible for all announcements and expectations explained on Blackboard, via email and during class.  Please not to rely solely on Blackboard.


Class Cancelations:

Please note that when the campus is closed preventing a class from meeting at its scheduled time, I may opt to conduct classes or provide assignments online.  Students should plan to check Blackboard and their email regularly on such days to learn of any alternate arrangements.  When or if I am absent and preventing a class from meeting at its scheduled time, I notify the class as soon as possible and provide assignments online via Blackboard.