QM130: Introduction to computers

 
 

Course description

Course Objectives

Textbook

Course outline

Grading

Grade distribution

Policies

 

 

Course description

This course provides students with a basic information technology background in order to understand tradeoffs in computer for effective perosnal use and in a business environment. It also provides the student with the basic understanding of the concepts and issues related to computers and computer systems as well as hands-on experience. Microsoft Windows and MS Office software will receive particular emphasis (in labs).

 

Course Objectives

At the end of this semester, you (student) should have a clear understanding of how personal computers work. You should also be able to identify various hardware and software components of computers as well as their use in business.  You will also be able to effectively use the Microsoft Office software package for your business needs

 

Textbook

T. O’Leary and L. O’Leary, Computing Essentials: Introductory 2012, McGraw Hill, 2012. CE 2012 iPhone Application (Optional)

               

 

 

2-   Gary B. Shelly, Thomas J. Cashman, and Misty E. Vermaat, Microsoft Office 2007. Introductory concepts and techniques- enhanced edition. (For Project Windows, Word, Power Point and Excel)

Course Outline

Subject/Chapter Topics
Chapter 1 - Introduction, IT, The Internet, and you Information systems, People, Software, Hardware, Data, Connectivity, the wireless revolution, the Internet and Cloud Computing
Chapter 2 - The Internet, The Web, e-Commerce The Internet and the Web, Access, Communication, Search tools, e-Commerce, Cloud Computing, Web Utilities
Chapter 3 - Basic Application Software Application Software, Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Database Management Systems, Presentation Graphics, Integrated Packages, Software Suites
Chapter 4 - Specialized Application Software Specialized Applications, Graphics, Audio/Video, Multimedia, Web Authoring, Artificial Intelligence, Cell Phone Apps
Chapter 5 - System Software System Software, Operating Systems, Desktop Operating Systems, Mobile Phone Operating Systems, Utilities, Device Drivers
02/07/2012  Midterm (5:00 – 7:00 PM) (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)
Chapter 6 - The System Unit System unit, Electronic Data and Instructions, System Board, Microprocessor, Memory, Expansion Slots and Cards, Bus Lines, Ports, Power Supply
Chapter 7 - Input & Output

Input Devices: Keyboard, Pointing Devices, Scanning Devices, Image Capturing Devices, Audio-Input Devices Output Devices: Monitors, Printers, Audio-Output Devices; Combination I/O devices

Combination I/O devices
Chapter 8 - Secondary Storage Storage, Hard Disks, Optical Discs, Solid-State Storage, Cloud Storage, Mass Storage Devices
Chapter 9 - Communications & Networks Communications, Communication Channels, Connection Devices, Data Transmission, Networks, Network Types, Network Architecture, Organizational Networks
Chapter 10 – Privacy, Security, and Ethics Threats to privacy, how can we secure systems, how actions of users affect society, and what are the standards of moral conduct
29/07/2012 Final Exam (11:00 – 1:00 PM) (Chapters 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10)

 

Important Class Dates

Event Date
Midterm (5:00 – 7:00 PM) (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) 02/07/2012
MS Word Exam (Lab ???) 08/07/2012 (Revision 04/07/2012)
MS Excel Exam (Lab ???) 15/07/2012  (Revision 10/07/2012)
Final Exam (11:00 – 1:00 PM) (Chapters 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10) 29/07/2012

 

Grading

 

Activity Grade (%)
Presentation 100

Quizzes (3 quizzes, drop lowest quiz)

100

Midterm

200

Labs: Word (150 Points) and Excel (150 points)

300

Final

300

Total

1000

 

Grade distribution

Range

Grade

>= 950

A

900-949

A-

870-899

B+

830-869

B

800-829

B-

770-799

C+

730-769

C

700-729

C-

650-699

D+

600-649

D

<= 590

F

 

Zero Tolerance for Nepotism (No Wasta)

By registering for this class, you agree to abide by all its regulations including the zero tolerance of nepotism. By agreeing to this rule, you understand that your grade will be decreased a full letter grade (that is: goes from an “A” to a “B” for example) if anyone (family, friends, etc.) attempts to influence your grade (with or without your knowledge)

Wild Card

  • This wild card can be submitted instead of a doctor’s note, the passing of a loved one, or any other personal excuse - no questions asked.
  • It will allow you to make up the work for a quiz, an exam, a paper or a presentation or removal of one absence (it is your decision completely).
  • You have one shot at using your wildcard !! USE IT WISELY.
  • In the unfortunate case you decided to use your wild card you must fill out a form found on the IS website within one week. Make sure to stamp the form at the QMIS department, and give it to your instructor. In case you can’t find your instructor, place the stamped form in his/her mail box (only the form not your wildcard)
  • Make sure to bring your Wild Card with you when you are going to make up the work. This is your authorization so without it, you will not be allowed the make-up.
  • But, NOTE: THE WILD CARD DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FINAL EXAM. YOU MUST ATTEND THE FINAL EXAM.  FAILING TO ATTEND THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN AN “FA”, with or without the wild card
  • YOU MUST BRING THE WILD CARD TO THE FINAL EXAM!!! that means that you held on to the Wild card until the end and you will earn a bonus of moving up a grade to the next level.  An example would be moving a B+ to A- and so on.
  • An “F” grade will only move up if you have earned at least 570 points (570 + a wildcard = D).
  • If you lose your physical wildcard, you will not earn the grade up. Keeping it safe is your responsibility.

Policies

  1. Students should check the website for class information regularly, you are responsible for any information posted on the website

  2. You are responsible for knowing these policies

  3. . “I didn’t know” is not an excuse
  4. Each student should turn off his/her mobile/pager at the beginning of class

  5. You will be expected to arrive in time and to remain in class until the end. If you must arrive late or leave early please inform before 24 hours.

  6. No Cheating. Be on time for the lecture (remember, class starts at 10:40 AM, not 10:45)

  7. Absence for more than 7 hours results in 0 [attendance]

  8. At the beginning of each lecture, I will take attendance, anyone coming after that time will be considered as absent

  9. Absence with a valid excuse will still count as an absence

  10. Each student is allowed three absences (no questions asked), after that, each absence will result in an automatic deduction of 5 points per extra absence from your overall grade

  11. Make-up Quizzes and Exams: No Makeup quizzes or Exams will be given, except with the use of the Wild card

  12. If you are a special needs student (have any disability), please inform your instructor

  13. After a grade (related to q quiz, an assignment or a project) is posted, you will have one week to discuss your quiz/project/presentation or absence with your instructor.  After that week, the grade is final. The final grade is not subject to this rule

  14. For the final exam, the final grades will be posted after 48 hours of your final exam

  15. Negotiation of the final grade is neither accepted nor discussed

 

Cheating

All of the following acts will be considered as cheating:

  • Presenting work that you copied from someone else as yours

  • Talking to others during exams or quizzes

  • Looking over someone else's exam during the exam or quizzes

  • Using your mobile phone during exams or quizzes (regardless of what are you using it for)

  • Communicating with anyone else during any quiz or exam

  • Presenting work that you copied from the internet or a book as yours.

  • Any text that you would want to include in your work needs to be referenced as follow: ….. "The latest version of the Microsoft Office release has built in support for web enabled features" (Microsoft Office Demystified, John Davis, 2004, Prentice Hall press, page 243) ……..

  • Referencing an internet site example (referenced text is in italic):

    ….  "DHCP servers assign a unique IP address whenever a new computer or device is connected" (http://www.tcpip.org/dhcp.html)
  • Punishment for cheating is as follows (from the university guidelines): Students will be given an F for ALL of their classes for that semester. Also students can be denied class registration for the next semester