CSCI 104: Essential Computing I
Class Syllabus - Summer 2009

I. General Info:

Professor: Mr. David Tucker
Office Location: Doucette Hall, Room 203 (3rd office on left)

Office Hours:
Every day before class, 9:00 - 10:00

Office Phone: (814) 732-2550
E-Mail Address:

Course Web Page:
Note: Check the site frequently for up-to-date information.

Class Meetings: Hamilton Basement

NOTE!! -each class is equivalent to 1 and 1/5 weeks of class during the regular semester, so we will be busy!

II. Catalog Description of Course:
This course familiarizes students with the interaction of computer hardware and software. Emphasis is placed on the application of microcomputers, the use of productivity software (word processing, spreadsheet management, file management, and presentation software), Internet applications, and electronic mail applications. Students with credit for CSCI 100 may not take this course to fulfill degree requirements.

Additional Information:

III. Course Textbook:

Microsoft Office 2007 Plus Edition by Grauer, Publisher Prentice Hall

IV. Course Objectives:

Successful completion of the course will be based upon the following objectives:

V. Required Materials:

  1. Course texts. - don't share with anyone in the class, you'll both need it at the same time.
  2. Flash drive.
  3. A continual supply of printing privileges on the computer science lab server.
  4. E-mail and knowledge/willingness to learn how to use it.  This could be a show stopper!!  Make sure you are comfortable with e-mail before taking any exam.

VI. Assessment and Evaluation:

A. Homework/Projects: 
There will be homework assigned during the session. Homework MUST be completed and demonstrated to me by the exam of that topic. No later!!

Missing class is not an excuse for not turning in your assignment!!!

B. Examinations: 
We will have 4 exams, throughout the semester and a cumulative final exam. The exams will consist of written questions and/or "hands-on" activities, at the discretion of the instructor.
  The dates will be posted in advanced so don't miss that day!

The exams will be on:

  1. Concepts
  2. MS Word 2007
  3. MS Excel 2007
  4. MS PowerPoint 2007

VII. Derivation of Final Grades:

Weights for Determining the Final Grade:
Homework -  45%
Exams - 55%

The final score will be converted to a letter grade using the following scale:
90 < score < 100 A
87 < score < 89 B+
80 < score < 87 B
77 < score < 80 C+
70 < score < 77 C
60 < score < 70 D
0 < score < 60 F

Incomplete grades will be assigned only if proper documentation is presented and the student has a passing grade in the course at the time of withdrawal (very rare). Borderline grades will be assigned at the discretion of the instructor usually based on attendance. All assessment is based on results as it is unfair for the instructor to subjectively evaluate effort for each student in the class.  Note that only assignments that were assigned and graded by me will be used in determining your final grade.

Special Note:  I do not grade on effort or circumstances, I only grade on results! -- Treat taking this course as you would a very important job, does your boss pay on effort, NO!

VIII. American Disabilities Act Statement:
Any student who has a physical or learning disability which requires special accommodations should make an appointment to discuss this with the instructor.

IX. Academic Integrity:
You alone are responsible for your work.  Any student found to be cheating or plagiarizing with respect to any component of the course will be subject to immediate failure from the course.  This course is particularly susceptible to cheating.  Please don't!  You are on your honor to turn in assignments that only you created.  In addition cheating does not help you learn the material & prepare for the exam.  You cannot pass this class on homework points alone!

X. Additional Comments:
It is the instructor's intention to provide an environment that is relaxed and academically stimulating. You will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in the lecture.  

As far as attendance goes, I will take roll and if you haven't missed more than one week's worth of classes you will receive extra consideration if you fall on the border when I determine your final grade, if you miss more than a week's worth then you will get your raw score.  Note that high performance in a any class is linked with consistent attendance and good effort.  I do expect you to attend all classes and you are responsible for knowing about any announcements or assignments made during class. If missing a class is unavoidable, the student is expected to catch up on the lecture notes either from the web or ask a class mate,  there may have been an announcement.  As I like to say - if you are going to take a class then take it, if not then don't waste our time.

Please do not use office hour time to make-up excessive unexcused absences. This course is taught in a lecture/laboratory style. While the instructor is lecturing, it is EXPECTED that no one will be working on the computers. It's rude and disruptive to both other students and the instructor. Additionally, a good bit of time may be given for in-class work on the computers. Students are expected to use this time wisely, while the instructor and lab assistant are present to assist. Additionally, you should set several hours aside each week when you can come to one of the labs (or use an adequate home system) to finish the laboratory problems.

Please keep your notes, and homework sets, neat and organized. It is imperative that you gain access to a computer containing Microsoft Office 2007 and allow yourself some time outside of class to complete your assignments. (The computer labs have his software)

XI. Course Schedule
is on the course web page