CSC 105 Introduction to Computers Course Syllabus

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Prefix, Number, and Title:

CSC 105 Introduction to Computers

Credit Hours:

3 credits

University Name:

Dakota State University

Academic Term/Year:

Fall 2017

Last day to Drop and receive 100% refund:

August 31, 2017

Last day to Withdraw and earn a grade of 'W':

November 3, 2017

Course Meeting Time and Location:

Section D30 - Internet

Instructor's Contact Information:

Name: Christopher J. Olson
Office: East Hall Room 104B
Phone: 605-256-5688 (office) 605-256-5165 (secretary)
Office hours: Virtual - *see Description of Instructional Methods --- Physical - please email for appointment
Email address:

Course Description:

Catalog Description:

Overview of computer applications with emphasis on word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation tools and Internet-based applications using Microsoft Office 2016.

Course Prerequisites:

Technology Skills:

Word processing, Internet Desire2Learn, and electronic mail. Students will be required to use email for communication. Desire2Learn will be used to deliver course materials and weekly assignments, as well as serve as a communication tool between students and faculty.

Voice recognition software is not needed for this course, but narrated video tutorials will be provided to show how all lessons and assignments can be completed by controlling the computer using voice recognition.

Course Prerequisite:


Description of Instructional Methods:

Students will be given lab assignments, quizzes, and exams through an online medium. Students should expect to login to the Desire2Learn site several times a week. Students must be motivated to stay on task and complete the coursework without benefit of lecture sessions. Keeping up on viewing the assigned online lessons will be absolutely necessary for completing the labs (assignments) on time.

Because this is an online class delivered through Desire2Learn, it is crucial that you have reliable access to the Internet on a regular basis. You should have a backup plan if needed, as the inability to connect to the Internet is NOT a valid excuse for missing a submission deadline.

I will be available most afternoons and evenings to answer questions. Email is my preferred form of communication and I check regularly throughout the day. While I cannot guarantee you an immediate answer to your inquiry, I will always do my best to reply in a timely manner. It is unlikely that you will ever have to wait more than a day for a response.

Course Requirements:

Required Textbook And Other References:

Shelly Cashman Microsoft® Office 365 & Office 2016: Introductory, 1st Edition
by Vermaat/Freund/Hoisington/Last/Pratt/Sebok/Starks
Copyright 2017
ISBN-10: 1305870018
ISBN-13: 9781305870017

Textbook purchasing options:

Required Software:

Optional Software:


Attendance Policy:

Attendance is expected through Desire2Learn and the submission of assignments, quizzes, and tests. You will not be successful in this course without regular participation and attendance through Desire2Learn.

ADA Statement:

If you have a documented disability and/or anticipate needing accommodations (e.g., non-standard note taking, extended time on exams or a quiet space for taking exams) in this course, please contact the instructor. Also, please contact Dakota State University's Disabilities Office by calling 605-256-5121 or emailing as soon as possible.  The DSU website contains additional information and the form to request accommodations found at  (Students must log into the DSU portal to access this page.)  You will need to provide documentation of your disability. The Disabilities Office must confirm the need for accommodations before officially authorizing them.

Academic Integrity Policy:

Cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty run contrary to the purpose of higher education and will not be tolerated in this course. Please be advised that, when the instructor suspects plagiarism, the Internet and other standard means of plagiarism detection will be used to resolve the instructor's concerns. DSU's policy on academic integrity (DSU Policy 03-22-00) is available online.

Penalties for Violating Academic Integrity

Depending on the severity of the violation, students will face one or more of the penalties below:

Freedom in Learning Statement:

Students are responsible for learning the content of any course of study in which they are enrolled. Under Board of Regents and University policy, student academic performance shall be evaluated solely on an academic basis and students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study. It has always been the policy of Dakota State University to allow students to appeal the decisions of faculty, administrative, and staff members and the decisions of institutional committees. Students who believe that an academic evaluation is unrelated to academic standards but is related instead to judgment of their personal opinion or conduct should contact the dean of the college which offers the class to initiate a review of the evaluation.

Communication and Feedback:

Preferred Email Contact Method:

Please use a regular email account to send messages to Please avoid using D2L Mail for this course.

Email Response Time:

I strive to answer email inquiries as soon as I can. You should never have to wait more than 24 hours to receive an answer to an email question. If a day passes and you haven't received a reply, it would be good to contact me again in case I didn't receive the original message.

Feedback on Assignments:

Assignment scores and feedback are usually posted within a day of the deadline.

Course Goals:

Chapter Topics

Computing Concepts

Word 1: Creating, Formatting, and Editing a Document

Word 2: Creating a Research Paper

Word 3: Creating a Business Letter

PowerPoint 1: Creating and Editing a Presentation

PowerPoint 2: Enhancing a Presentation

Excel 1: Creating a Worksheet and a Chart

Excel 2: Formulas, Functions, and Formatting

Excel 3: Worksheets, Charting, and What-If Analysis

Access 1: Databases and Database Objects

Access 2: Querying a Database

Access 3: Maintaining a Database

Web Design

Evaluation Procedures:


Submission Quantity Points per Submission Total Points
Lab Assignments 12 25 300
Quizzes 11 10 110
Tests 3 65 195
DSU Tech Exam 1 45 45
TOTAL - - 650

Grading Scale:

% of Points Letter Grade
90 - 100% A
80 - 90% B
70 - 80% C
60 - 70% D
below 60 % F

Make-up Policy for Missed Submission Deadlines:

Please do not ask for an extension on an assignment, quiz, or test, especially the day it is due or, even worse, after the submission deadline has passed.

Last date and time to submit coursework:

The class officially ends Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 5 PM. All coursework must be completed before that time. No exceptions.

Tentative Course Outline:

The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments in the course outline to better meet the needs of the students.


Week Chapter Labs Quizzes Tests Due Date
Week 1 Introduction to CSC 105   Quiz 1   Tue - 08/29/17
  Computing Concepts   Quiz 2   Tue - 08/29/17
Week 2 Word 1: Creating, Formatting, and Editing a Document Lab 1     Tue - 09/05/17
Week 3 Word 2: Creating a Research Paper Lab 2 Quiz 3   Tue - 09/12/17
Week 4 Word 3: Creating a Business Letter Lab 3 Quiz 4   Tue - 09/19/17
Week 5 PowerPoint 1: Creating and Editing a Presentation Lab 4     Tue - 09/26/17
Week 6 PowerPoint 2: Enhancing a Presentation Lab 5 Quiz 5   Tue - 10/03/17
Week 7 Word and PowerPoint Test     Test 1 Tue - 10/10/17
Week 8 Excel 1: Creating a Worksheet and a Chart Lab 6 Quiz 6   Tue - 10/17/17
Week 9 Excel 2: Formulas, Functions, and Formatting Lab 7 Quiz 7   Tue - 10/24/17
Week 10 Excel 3: Worksheets, Charting, and What-If Analysis Lab 8 Quiz 8   Tue - 10/31/17
Week 11 Excel Test     Test 2 Tue - 11/07/17
Week 12 Access 1: Databases and Database Objects Lab 9 Quiz 9   Tue - 11/14/17
Week 13 Access 2: Querying a Database Lab 10 Quiz 10   Tue - 11/21/17
Week 14 Access 3: Maintaining a Database Lab 11 Quiz 11   Tue - 11/28/17
Week 15 Access Test     Test 3 Tue - 12/05/17
Week 16 Website Design and DSU Tech Exam - CSC 105 Lab 12   Tech Exam Tue - 12/12/17

Additional Information:

Modifications to the Course:

The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments to this syllabus during the course of the semester in order to better meet the needs of the students.