Meeting Times and Places
Section A Mondays 12:00 - 01:50 PM Instructor: Prof. Adelaida A. Medlock Room: Randel 329
Section B Mondays 03:00 - 04:50 PM Instructor: Prof. Adelaida A. Medlock Room: PISB 106




Prof. Adelaida Alban Medlock


Shine Thomas & Jon Schuck


University Crossings - Room 107


University Crossings - Room 147







Shine Thomas:

Jonathan Schuck:

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Office Hours

Mondays 10:00 - 11:50 AM; and by appointment

Office Hours

Department of Computing Phone:
Department of Computing Fax:
Department of Computing Location:

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

Course Description, and Objectives

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.

Students completing this course should be able to:


NONE -- we will use the online notes posted in Blackboard Learn

Course Content

Week of September 21

Course Introduction
Living in a Digital World:

Terminology, types of computers, information processing cycle

Week of October 5

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

Week of October 19

The system unit, I/O devices, storage, network adapters

Week of October 26

System Software, Application Software, file management

Week of November 2

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

Midterm Exam
Week of November 2

Date: Wednesday November 4, 2015
Time: 8:00 to 8:50 AM
Room: PISB 120

Week of November 9

Presentation Basics: Creating interesting, engaging presentations
Building a website: Tools to created an elegant professional looking website

Week of November 16

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

Week of November 23

Spreadsheets, Part 2:
Selecting and creating the charts

Week of November 30

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

Week of December 7

Final Exam
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Room: TBA

Special Note

Monday September 28 -- Papal Visit
Monday October 12 -- Columbus Day Holiday
No lecture or lab on these two weeks

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
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 available in the Student's Handbook

Please also read this section:

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, let it be clear that if you electronically (or otherwise) copy another person's work and submit it as your own you are in violation of this policy.

Students found in violations of the Academic Honesty policy will receive a zero for the questionable assignment/exam, and a letter reduction on the final grade for the course. In addition, a Drexel University Alleged Academic Misconduct Report will be filed for each occurrence of Academic Dishonesty. On the second occurrence a student could be failed for the course. 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:

Class Disruption Policies

From page 117 of the student handbook, Disruption is defined as:

"Conduct that a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interfering with the normal functioning of a class, clinical setting, co-op setting, residence hall or other setting is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, repeatedly leaving and entering a classroom without authorization, making loud or distracting noises, persisting in speaking without being recognized, repeatedly dominating online discussion boards or forums, or resorting to physical threats or personal insults. Students are responsible to comply with a request from a professor, instructor, supervisor, or other official regarding appropriate behavior.

Additionally, conduct that interferes with, impairs, or obstructs the orderly conduct, processes and functions of the University or which may adversely and unreasonably impinge on the legitimate interest of others is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, excessive noise, public intoxication, loud or indecent conduct, interference with the ability of others to enter, use, or exit any University facility, service, or activity, intentionally interfering with the freedom of expression or movement of others, interfering with University activity such as teaching, research, recreation, meetings, and public events, physical violence, reasonable apprehension of harm, or threat of violence against oneself or others."

Students disrupting the lecture and/or lab will be asked to stop the disruptive behaivor. If they do not stop, the student will be asked to leave the classroom (and if they don't, public safety will be called to help), and a formal complaint will be filed with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

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, tablets, and other devices to class should turn the sound off. Start-up and shut-down music, dialogue and error alerts, and instant messaging sounds, etc., 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 announcements 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.