CIS 101 Using Computers: An Introduction

3 Credits

Prerequisite: None

Instructor: Diane Kerr

Voice Mail: (630) 942-2800 x51978 E-Mail: (Preferred)

Course Description

This course is a study of the use of computer productivity tools for the individual. Topics include; computer environment concepts, hardware, application and system software, and computer applications. Hands-on use of microcomputer applications including windows-based spreadsheet, word processing, database and information access are incorporated in student projects.

Course Material

1. Computer Concepts - Illustrated Standard Edition by Parsons and Oja

2. Using Microsoft works 4.0 for Windows 95 Bundled with Surfing for Success in Bus. Internet Guide by Glenn T. Smith and Richard T. Christoph

3. One 3.5 high density formatted diskette.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course the student should be able to :

1. Identify the essential components of the computer system.

2. Understand the differences between applications and system software.

3. Use the basic features of Windows 95.

4. Using Works, create a word processing document, create a spreadsheet file and manipulate a database.

5. Use a Web browser to access the Internet.

Requirements and Assignments

1. Read the assigned material prior to the class and always bring you disk and books to class.

2. Assignments are to be done individually, but help may be obtained from other students and the instructor. All assignments must include the following: your name, the name of the text, and the name of the lab or the assignment. The assignments are due the day of the exams. Assignments turned in late will receive half credit maximum. Assignments will not be excepted more than 2 class sessions late. If you cannot attend on the days the assignments are due, you may turn them in early or place them in my mailbox in IC2070.

3. Tests- There are 3 tests. Makeup tests will only be allowed for valid reasons. I must be notified PRIOR to a test in the case of a makeup.

4. Any cheating (on assignments or tests) will result in a grade of zero for the course.

5. A student may withdraw from class at any time up until (see me). After that date you must get written permission to withdraw from you instructor and take that to registration before the quarter ends.


Your grade will be based on the number of points earned during the quarter. There is a total of 300 points possible:

3 Tests 50 points each 150 points

6 Labs 5 points each 30 points

6 Tutorials 10 points each 60 points

6 Exercises 10 points each 60 points

Your grade will be assigned as follows:

A = 90% (270-300 points) B = 80% (240-269 points)

C = 70% (210-239 points) D = 60% (180-209 points)

F = fewer than 180 points

Week Topic Reading Homework
1 Introduction Essential Computer Concepts; Software and Multimedia Applications OP A1-A27 OP B1 - B29 SC 1-9 OP A31 Mouse Lab #1 Keyboard Lab#1
2 Files and Data Storage Intro to Windows 95 OP D1-D28 SC 11-30 OP D31, D32 Using Files #1 &2 Windows Lab#1&2
3 Exam 1 Intro to Word Processing Computer Architecture SC 31-64 OP E1-E26 SC 51-63 Tutor SC 64 Exercises 3-1, 3-2
4 Working with Documents SC 67-84 SC 86-102 Tutor SC 103 Exer 1-4
5 Advanced Word Processing SC 109-126 SC 127-142 Tutor SC 143 Exer 5-2
6 Exam 2 Catch up    
7 Intro to Spreadsheets SC 147-165 SC 166-180 Tutor SC 180 Ex 6-1
8 Using Spreadsheet Functions SC 185-197 SC 199-209 Tutor SC 209 Ex 7-1A
9 Intro to Databases SC 275-291 SC 292-302 Tutor SC 303 Ex 10-2A
10 Intro to e-mail and the Internet OP F1-F32 OP F35 E-mail Lab #1 OP F35 Interne Lab#1,2
11 Data Security Exam 3 OP G1-G25  

OP = Oja/Parsons SC = Smith/Christoph

This syllabus may change depending on the amount of time needed to cover a specific topic. Changes will be announced in class. It is the studentís responsibility to be aware of these changes.

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