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Victoria V Stoddard
T INST 100
Tacoma Campus

Fluency in Information Technology

Introduces skills, concepts, and capabilities necessary to effectively use information technology. Includes logical reasoning, managing complexity, operation of computers and networks, and contemporary applications such as effective Web searching and database manipulation, ethical aspects, and social impacts of information technology. Not available for credit to students who have completed TCSS 142.

Class description

Course Goals o Components of a computer o The Internet o The components of the system unit o Input devices o Output devices o Storage devices o Operating systems and utility programs o Database Management o Various types of computer software o Application Software o Business Software o Graphics and Multimedia Software o Software for Home, Personal and Educational Use o Communication Software o Utility Programs o Application Software on the Web o Communications and networks o Computer Security, Privacy, and Ethics Course Performance Objectives - Understand the role of the Central Processing Unit CPU), memory, and operating systems and how they manage and interact with hardware and software. • Gain the ability to create and manage files using MS Office applications; customize the Windows XP environment, use operating system utilities to perform maintenance and troubleshooting tasks; customize and use the Internet Explorer 6 browser. • Research computer topics and perform complex searches on the World Wide Web; understand the basics of E-commerce • Understand the role of computer in business, school, home and all aspects of our lives. • Know how to address issues of ethics, privacy and security. • Identify different categories of computers and types of software. • Identify the basic components of the system unit, input, output, and storage devices • Understand computer and Internet nomenclature.

Student learning goals

o File Management using Microsoft Windows

o Microsoft Word

o Microsoft Excel

o Microsoft PowerPoint

o Microsoft Access

o The Basics of VBA (Visual Basic for Applications)

General method of instruction

Labs Labs are an important component of this course. Lab work will be assigned weekly and will require students to work on computers outside of class time to complete the assignments. The details of each lab will be defined within at least one week of when it is due. All labs are expected to be complete and turned in by the due-date. If you will be missing class on the date the lab is due, it is your responsibility to get the lab to me by the due date. After that date the grade will reflect 10 points off for every day it is late. Exceptions are taken on a case by case basis.

Projects The completion of three assigned projects is required. These projects will consist of using Microsoft Word to create a research paper (MLA format of at least two pages), a project working with Microsoft PowerPoint, and a project working with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The details of each project will be defined within at least one week of when it is due. All projects are expected to be complete and turned in by the due-date. If you will be missing class on the date the project is due, it is your responsibility to get the project to me by the due date by email, my mail box on campus or by another student. After that date the grade will reflect 10 points off for every day it is late. Exceptions are taken on a case by case basis. Exams The completion of 4 quizzes are required. Students’ attendance on exam dates is mandatory.

Homework Homework is assigned weekly and requires the student to read the assigned chapters and to complete the associated exercises. Homework assignments are expected to be complete by the due date. Exceptions are on a case-by-case basis. No homework assignments will be accepted a week late.

Completed assignments must be typed and spell-checked. Answers to assignment questions are to be written in your own words. Outside sources must be cited when used.

Printouts must include your name and numbered assignment on the top of the first page with additional pages stapled to the first page.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Grading Policy: Grading and Evaluation: Grades in the course will be determined as follows:

Homework: 20%

Labs: 20%

Projects: 20%

Participation: 10%

Exams: 30%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Victoria V Stoddard
Date: 09/27/2010