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Course : Computer Concepts and Applications

Course Number
CMPS 1013
Section Number
Fall 2021
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
  • Gain factual knowledge of computers and the associated terminology
  • Learn the basic principles of the discipline of computing
  • Obtain hands-on and in-depth experience with MS Office 2016
  • Demonstrate the ability to use computers in both a business and personal setting
  • Awareness of current events and social impacts of computing
  • Utilization of the Internet for research and reporting of information

GRADING Information

      3 TECHNOLOGY NOW Exams          30%                                    A    100-90

      3 MS OFFICE Exams                  30%                                  B      89-80

      Assignments (Email, Projects, Essay)      35%                                   C      79-70

      SAM Training (3 assignments)                  5%                                     D      69-58

Follows standard grading policy:

90-100 A;   80-89  B; 70-79 C; 58-69 D; 0-57 F

Course Participation

Because there is no class to attend, attendance is defined as participation; that is, turning in an assignment or completing an exam.  Something is due every Thursday!  Inactivity at any time during the semester will constitute non-participation and can lead to an instructor-initiated drop. If you foresee an extended period of non-participation, please notify me.  If you drop the course, your official “last day of attendance” will be the last date on which you submitted an assignment or completed an exam.

Class Participation The University expects regular attendance by students in each course. Class attendance is useful to the student as a means of acquiring knowledge and clarification, and is a prerequisite for class participation. Class participation is the active engagement in questions and answers, taking part in analyses of business situations, and contribution of comments in class sessions. (See the MSU Student Handbook Class Attendance Policy.)

Computer Based Training Assignments::  Lab training is through the online system SAM 2019. Lab assignments may be done on your own time, but strict deadlines for completion must be met to receive full credit.    

Computer Based Exams: There will be three on-line exams over the Microsoft application skills covered during the training assignments, Word, Excel and PowerPoint and three on-line exams on lecture material. These timed exams must be taken online at the scheduled time.

Missed--Make-up Work: A comprehensive exam covering the online textbook Technology Now and a comprehensive exam covering Word-Excel-PowerPoint are available at the end of the semester to cover two missed or low grades. The Technology Now make-up can replace a missed or lower Technology Now exam grade. The Office make-up exam can cover a missed or lower grade on Office exam or project. The make-up exams are not required but are highly recommended. ~~ No other make-up work is allowed. A grade of zero will be recorded for work that is not submitted by the posted deadline. 

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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