CS 110 – Introduction to Computers

Spring 2018

 

Instructor: Lynn Thibodeau

Email Address: thibodeau@hartford.edu

Phone: (860)768-5497

Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:30, 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. 

 

Objectives:

          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.

 

Expectations:

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.  Confirmation of receipt will be emailed.  If you don’t get an email, assume I didn’t get an assignment.

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

d.      b. 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.

 

Grading:

Exams:  There are 6 exams in this course: 4 practical exams and 2 more traditional exams.  2 of the exams are take-home exams, and 4 will be proctored in class.  All are weighted equally.  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:  In-class assignments and homework will be averaged and weighted to count as the 7th exam.  The workbook assignments will be comprised of several module-based assignments using a workbook and the Microsoft Office suite of programs.  Workbook assignments are worth 10 points each.  Buying a Computer assignment is worth 25 points.  There are also 4 discussion posts and an email assignment that are worth 5 points each. Each assignment must be submitted by following instructions posted on Blackboard. Electronic submissions are due at the end of the day (11:59 pm) on the date given.

 

Participation:  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.  Attendance is counted as a part of your class participation grade.  Regular 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.  This score is treated as an 8th exam.

 

Email & Blackboard:

Course materials will be made available through Blackboard at http://blackboard.hartford.edu and on the class web site. Every important announcements 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.