Essentials of computing I
Spring 2011

Subject to Change: This page was last edited on: 04/28/2011


January 18th

Official EUP Calendar

General material you should know:

Some common links:
My web page
Math/CS Home
Edinboro Univ.



January 20th


February 1st


Jan 21- Last Day to Drop a Class at Hamilton Hall

Jan 23rd - Last Day to Drop a Class using S.C.O.T.S.

Computer Concepts
  • The PC hardware environment
  • The Windows operating system and system utilities
  • Overview of Computer Science
    • Software/Programming
    • Internals of a Computer
    • Operating Systems
    • Networks
    • Internet
  • Computer Literacy
  • E-Mail

Assignment 1:Using Windows Explorer - show me a good directory structure of your flash drive for this semester.  This will include directories for each course, topics, and assignments.

  • On the root of your flash drive make a folder for each course you are currently taking
    • Within the folder for this class, make folders for:
      • Concepts Homework
      • MS Word
      • MS PowerPoint
      • MS Excel
      • Webpage
  • Put the homework file you made for the purchase of a laptop in the concepts homework folder.
  • Within the MS Word folder make folders for:
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 3
    • Chapter 4
  • Do a print screen of your directory structure showing the folders, paste it into MS Word, print and turn in .
  • Due Feb. 1st

Assignment 2. You have $700 to buy a laptop, go to and customize a laptop for this price or less. Using MS Word give a short reason why you chose the processor, RAM size, Hard-drive size and if you got a CD Burner or not and any other special options.
Print the listing from the web site and attach the word document to it.

Due: Feb 1st

3. Exploring your computer system worksheet - Not Assigned

Sample exam

Exam 1 - Computing Concepts - Thursday Feb 3rd

Lecture Notes:

Windows XP

Notes on Concepts

Feb 8th


Feb 24th

Begin Working with Microsoft Word:


We will use the  MyIT Lab on-line assignments. 

Website :

course code for the 9:30 class is: CRSAB4Q-625065

course code for the 11:00 class is: CRSABKB-625067

Exam 2 - March 1st

Sample Exam

Discount on MS Office 2007 for Students

Talk about what Microsoft Word is and what it is used for.

I want to remind students about the use of Ctrl X, C, & V.  These are Cut, Copy & Paste respectively.  You may find this method of Cut & Paste much faster and easier.

Lecture Slides:



Computer related Current Events


March 1st


March 17th


Web Page:

 - Internet/Web Browsing
 - Web Page Development

\\eup\dfs\webdir\d123456t\index.htm <- this is a sample of what you would use to open up the index file.  What will change is the name of the file.  In this case it's index.htm, but your 2nd page might be page2.htm

The sample URL will be:


In case you want to work from home -> A link to Tech & Comm.'s explanation on how to edit your page from home.

Do this hands on Exercise

Note!! -> Step 4, number 3

      1. The path will be


This is the old place to publish, now publish to \\eup\dfs\webdir\username

Note!! -> the last step "Please refer to this page. " to view an example page, the link is broke go here

Some Notes

Web Page Assignment - e-mail the URL to me by March 17th


Internet 1

Check out the Web Page FAQs


If you need an FTP Client, you can right-clilck and "save target as" for the WS-FTP program here


March 22nd


April 14th


Apr 01 Last Day to Withdraw (11:59 p.m. using S.C.O.T.S.)

No class March 7 - 11; Spring break.



We will use the  MyIT Lab on-line assignments. 

Website :

Excel exam April 19th  - will be open book, know how to use functions such as  average, sum, if, vlookup, pmt, etc.  Also how to format the spreadsheet, using currency, wrap text, colors, bold.  Adding Charts. You'll e-mail me your solution.

Know the if and some simple math, as in the percent increase or decrease.  Simple multiply, weighted average.

Know the material in this tutorial Excel Basics

Sample Exam

Better one


April 21st


April 28th



Begin working with PowerPoint:

Homework due on April 28th

Sample Exam

We'll have the PowerPoint exam integrated into the final exam.



For on-line help check out the Microsoft tutorial

Final Exam - Comprehensive, hands-on, based on Word, Excel & PowerPoint

Notes about the Final Exam

9:30am Class -> your final is Thursday @ 8:00am to 10:00am
11:00am Class -> your final is Tuesday @ 10:15am to 12:15pm



Important Dates:

Assignment 1 & 2 are due February 1st
Quiz 1 (Concepts) February 3rd
Exam 2 (MS Word)

All MS Word Homework on MyITLab is due that day.

March 1st
Web Page Due March 17th
Exam 3 (MS Excel)

All MS Word Homework on MyITLab is due that day.

April 19th
PowerPoint Due April 28th
Final Exam

9:30am Class -> your final is Thursday @ 8:00am to 10:00am

11:00am Class -> your final is Tuesday @ 10:15am to 12:15pm