Meeting Times and Places
Lecture:
Section A Tuesdays 09:30 - 10:50 AM Instructor: Prof. Adelaida A. Medlock Room: Randel 327
Section 001 Thursdays 06:30 - 09:20 PM Instructor: Prof. Adelaida A. Medlock Room: Korman 117

Labs:


Instructor

Instructor:

Prof. Adelaida Alban Medlock

Office

University Crossings - Room 107

Phone

215-895-2672

Email

aalban@CS.Drexel.edu

Home Page

http://www.cs.drexel.edu/~aalban/CS161

Office Hours

Thursdays 04:00 - 06:00 PM; and by appointment


CS Dept. Phone:
CS Dept. Fax:
CS Dept. Location:

(215) 895-2669
(215) 895-0545
University Crossings, Suite 100


Course Description, and Objectives

Description:
Introduction to the computer as a tool for productivity and communications. Provides fluency in the use of industry-standard software for professional communications and presentations, data analysis, and telecommunication. Introduces automation and programming to enhance the effective use of computers and computer applications.

Objectives:
Students completing this course should be able to:


Prerequisites
NONE

Text
 

Computer Concepts
Denise Seguin
Paradigm Publishing, 2013.
ISBN: 978-0-76385-181-1


Course Content

Session
Topics

Textbook Readings

1

Course Introduction
Living in a Digital World:

Terminology, types of computers, information processing cycle

Chapter 1

2

Using the Internet:
Networking and digital Communication
Locating and evaluating information on the Internet/Online Research

Chapter 2

3

Hardware:
The sytem unit, I/O devices, storage, network adapters

Chapter 3

4

Software:
System Software, Application Software, file management

Chapters 4 and 5

5

Midterm Exam Section A -- Tuesday April 29 during lecture.
Midterm Exam Section 001 -- Thursday May 1 during lecture.

Chapters 1 - 5

6

Social Implications of digital communication:
Using the Internet to communicate, computer security and privacy

Chapters 6 and 7

7

An HTML Primer:
Basic html, text formatting, images, links, tables, lists

Online notes

8

Word Processor:
Collaboration and Tracking Changes, formatting a research paper

Online notes

9

Spreadsheets, Part 1:
Automating calculations: Formulas, Functions, cell referencing

Online notes

10

Spreadsheets, Part 2:
Charts

Online notes

11

Final Exam - Section A
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Room: TBA

 

11

Final Exam - Section 001
Date: Thursday June 12
Time: 6:30 PM
Room: Korman 117

 



Grade Distribution

Grading Matrix

Labs Exercises: 50%
Mid-term Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%

Grading Scale

A+ 97 - 100
A 93 - 96
A- 90 - 92
B+ 87 - 89
B 83 - 86
B- 80 - 82
C+ 77 - 79
C 73 - 76
C- 70 - 72
D+ 65 - 69
D 60 - 64


Grading Policies
Labs
Your lab grade is based upon your attendance in lab and the completion of  assigned individual lab projects. Each lab period you will be given a assignment which must be completed  in class.  During class time you may consult with other students or the TAs if you need help on the lab. All lab assignments will be posted on Drexel Learn. There you will find instructions for each lab, along with questions that you must answer. Assignments MUST be done in lab, and demonstrated to the lab instructor. You will submit your answers through Drexel Learn as well.

 

Special Circumstances.
Your instructors do appreciate that unforeseeable and/or uncontrollable personal issues or other circumstances may arise during the term that may make it difficult or impossible for you to complete assigned work and/or exams on time. However, it is your responsibility to inform your instructor concerning your circumstances as soon as possible when such circumstances arise and certainly before the end of the term. If you know you in advance that will miss a lab, you can reschedule with the instructor. DO NOT DO THE ASSIGNMENT AND EMAIL IT. We get way too many students trying to cheat this way. If you are caught cheating, you may fail the course. This decision will be made by the lecturer.

Academic Honesty

The university's Academic Honesty policy is in effect for this course. This policy is availabe in the Student's Handbook http://www.drexel.edu/studentaffairs/community_standards/studentHandbook/.

Please also read this section: http://www.drexel.edu/provost/policies/academic_dishonesty.asp

Please also carefully read the Computer Science Department Academic Integrity Policy, which is in effect for this course. This policy can be found at http://drexel.edu/cs/academics/undergrad/policies/academic-integrity/.

You must be the sole original author of all assignments and examination solutions in their entirety, unless the instructor explicitly instructs you otherwise in written directions on an assignment or exam. In addition, be clear that if you electronically copy another personís work and submit it as your own you are in violation of this policy and could be failed for the course on the first occurrence. Do not let this happen to you.


Other important Academic Policies

In addition to the course policies listed on this syllabus, the following Univesity policies are in effect in this course:


Cell Phones, Laptops, etc.

Classroom Policy

Use of cell phones during class is disruptive to other students and the instructor. If you must bring your phone to class, make sure you turn the ringer off. If you need to take or make a call, quietly leave the room. Students who bring laptops to class should turn the sound off. Start-up and shutdown music, dialogue and error alerts, and instant messaging sounds are disruptive.

Exam Policy

Cell phones, laptops and other electronic devices can be used to communicate with people and access Internet sites. Thus using any of these items during an exam is in direct violation of the academic honesty policies of Drexel University. Any use of a cell phone, laptop, or any other electronic device during an exam is considered an act of cheating. Students are advised not to bring these items to exams to avoid misunderstandings. If you must bring any of these items with you to the exam, turn it off and keep it in your book bag. You may not make a call, receive a call, or otherwise keep any of these items "in plain sight."


Course Change Policy

The instructor may, at her/his discretion, change any part of the course during the term, including assignments, grade breakdowns, due dates, and schedule. Such changes will be communicated to students via the annoucements tool in Blackboard Learn, as well as announcements during the lecture. Students are encouraged to regularly check BlackBoard Learn for such changes and other important course announcements.