Introduction to Computers & Applications
Jon Trosky, MSIT
is intended for students with little or no previous computer
experience. Topics presented include a survey of computer
hardware, application and systems software, data communications
and networks, the societal impacts of computers and ethics in a
To learn basic functions of computer systems, how computers do
useful work, and the computers impact on society.
In a laboratory environment, to gain familiarity with the
Microsoft Office Suite of application software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
To acquire skills in problem solving and team dynamics when
dealing with material of a technical nature.
in any subject requires regular study of the material. Prior to
class, pre-read the assigned topics and make sure you seek
clarification on any points you do not understand. As part of
your study session, include frequent reviews of older material.
Lastly, get experience by practicing techniques applicable to
the Microsoft Office applications that are presented in the
laboratory portion of this course.
TEXTBOOKS: (Optional Can be purchased at amazon.com)
Introductory Evans, Martin, and Poatsy. Pearson
Microsoft Office 2010
Gaskin, Ferrett, Vargas, and Marks. Pearson Prentice Hall
MANDATORY Flash drive
expected to attend all scheduled classes regularly and
You cannot learn if you do not attend class. You also must
participate. To participate is more than just making one comment
then saying nothing more. You are in college and your thoughts
and ideas are important to the overall success of the class.
Well-thought out comments pertinent to the topic are what earn
you points toward your final grade in this class.
You will have
a 1 missed class allowance, for any reason without
documentation, after that you will need to bring in a doctors
note to not be penalized. After 3 missed classes, your grade
will be dropped 5 points off your final average per missed class
unless made up. In accordance with college policy, any student
missing nine (9) consecutive class hours may be withdrawn from
the course by the instructor. Absences should be coordinated in
advance with the instructor. Unscheduled absences as well as
scheduled absences, however, are recorded as a missed class
relative to the attendance policy. Where applicable,
tests/labs/project must be completed prior to, or on, the
scheduled due date.
expected to show up to class on time!
Similar to the attendance policy you will be allow into the
classroom late 3 times within 5 minutes of the scheduled class
start, if you arrive later then that attendance will be marked
as an absence.
If you choose
to withdraw from this course, you must submit written paperwork
to the enrollment services. The last day to
withdraw with an automatic W. All students receiving Financial Aid should consult with
the financial aid officer before any course withdrawal, as their
aid may be affected.
- Penn State University expects that all work
produced by students will represent their personal effort.
Academic dishonesty includes but should not be limited to
Cheating on tests and exams
Sharing work with others
Stealing test material
Plagiarism Quoted material must be enclosed in quotation marks
with complete documentation indicating the source. Materials
used without direct quotation should have the source indicated
Copying any written assignment such as papers, homework, lab
Copying any electronic assignments such as papers, homework, lab
reports, programs, etc. DO NOT COPY SOMETHING FROM THE INTERNET
AND CALL IT YOUR OWN. It is very easy to get caught doing this
and suspicious papers will be checked out.
Purchase of all or part of papers, reports, workbooks, or other
statements designed to earn the students the right to make up
will be reported to the Dean of Students where a record will be
made and retained. Consequences of cheating or academic
dishonesty may include any of the following:
Receive a warning and retake the test or redo the
Ability to retake the test or redo the assignment with a
loss of points
Receive a grade of zero on the assignment or the test
Receive an F for the course
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
disabilities must first contact the Office of Disabilities
Support Service to request course
accommodations. Students are also encouraged to personally
discuss arrangements with the instructor if there is a need to
share any medical emergency information.
Please contact the educational
support center for their tutoring schedule.
The library supports the research and information needs of
the students at PSU. These materials can either be accessed
online, from home, or on the campus at the library. The
knowledgeable staff looks forward to helping all students meet
their educational goals.
grade will be based on total points earned during the
course. Note that a point from a test: is equal in weight to a
point from the project or lab. Therefore, your performance on
the project and lab assignments, which you will have a great
deal of control over, will have as much an impact on your final
grade as the points earned/lost on tests.
Total points will be determined from the
following course components:
course letter grade will be assigned based your total points
earned as follows:
If total points earned
is then final grade is
B 89 80%
C 79 70%
F 59 0 %
Makeup of a missed test or project
presentation is permitted only if student adequately proves
absence was due to circumstances beyond student's control;
burden of proof is student's responsibility.
A final grade of "I"
(incomplete) may be given only in cases where extreme
hardship prevents a student from completing the final
examination of the course. All hardship cases must be adequately
substantiated to the satisfaction of the instructor.
Cheating on any homework will result in assignment of zero (0) points
for that measurement and applied to each individual involved.
Please maintain the highest in academic & personal standards.
you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a
disability, if you have emergency medical information to share
with me, or if you need special arrangements in case of building
evacuation, please see me to discuss your needs confidentially.
This syllabus is a working and dynamic document. It may be
modified to more appropriately meet the needs and potential of
the class. You will be notified in advance of any major