Syllabus For


CS 150

(8-Week Format)

Instructor: D. DeFalco

Adult Degree Program (ADP)



The first assignment is assigned now and is due the first class.

Please read the section Assignment One below as soon as possible.

You must attend the first scheduled class session.

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JU students are expected to adhere to the highest standard of academic honesty.  Plagiarism, which is defined as the use of someone elseís words or ideas without an appropriate acknowledgment, and other acts of dishonesty in taking examinations or in the performance of academic assignments are regarded by the faculty as major offenses which merit stern disciplinary action.  All incidents of academic dishonesty are reported by the faculty member first to the chair of the division or equivalent academic unit in which the alleged infraction occurred.  If satisfactory resolution is not attained, the matter will be referred to the dean of the appropriate college.  Should either the student of the faculty member be dissatisfied with the deanís decision, the matter may be appealed to the Faculty Grievance Committee.  Incidents of academic dishonesty and the resolution shall be reported to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for record-keeping purposes.


Dewey DeFalco

(904) 762-1932

Faculty Web Site:



Students will learn to enhance their personal productivity and problem solving skills using end-user tools including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and Internet tools.  Students will study the operating system, learn how to use e-mail and access information on the Internet.  The course also provides a working knowledge of the current version of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).  Students will attain fundamental computer literacy by the completion of the course.


No prior computer course is required.  However, this accelerated course presumes some previous computer experience.  Some typing and English grammar skills are expected, as the student will create written reports and make oral presentations during the course.  You must attend the first class.  Students who miss the first class must contact the registrarís office to drop the course before the deadline which currently is the end of the first week.

Course Objectives

To satisfy the core curriculum requirements, the course assumes that students must:

         Be able to use software productivity tools effectively on a personal computer.

         Appreciate the legal, ethical, and societal issues related to information technology.

         Become intelligent consumers of information technology.

         Be conversant in the language of computers and information technology.

         Have a clear understanding of the limitations of technology and the ability to assess the benefits and risks of applying technology to a problem.

         Be able to communicate both locally and globally using technology.

Course Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Use the basic features of Windows, identifying the desktop elements.
  • Launch applications.
  • Perform basic file management tasks.
  • Use Help for Windows and all applications.
  • Create, edit, format, and enhance:
    • word processing documents.
    • spreadsheet worksheets.
    • presentations.
  • Deliver a presentation orally.
  • Integrate productivity files from several applications.
  • Identify and use services on the Internet including e-mail and Web browsers.
  • Create a simple Web page.
  • Identify technology solutions appropriate for specific tasks.
  • Discuss societal implications of using technology the legal, ethical, and.
  • Identify appropriate tools for technological situations.

Students will not gain an in-depth expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  However, they will acquire the basic working knowledge to be able to use these applications proficiently.  Students will be able to master these applications by devoting extra time to exploring the advanced techniques contained in the textbook tutorials on an individual basis.


View Larger Cover ImageRequired Materials

Text:  Exploring Microsoft Office 2003, by Grauer, Prentice Hall.  Please purchase your book several days before the start of the term since a lessons is assigned to be submitted the first day of class.


In the electronic version of this syllabus, you can click the image at left for a larger picture to open in your browser.

Software:  Students are required to have full time access to Microsoft Office on your computer.    If you do not have Office, you are expected to do homework assignments on campus in the library or computer lab.  Students are also required to know the library ( or lab hours of availability to go do assignments there if you do not have Office or in case your computer crashes. Technical difficulties are not an excuse for late assignment since JU provides state of the art facilities which are available late into the night and on weekends.

ADP Component

WebLesson: Each week, class will be held for five hours, three hours in a campus classroom and two hours outside of the classroom, to make up for the lack of ďcontactĒ hours that results from adopting an 8 week, 3 hr/wk in-class format.  Student must have Internet access because each week the two-hour out-of-class activities will be conducted on a JU Blackboard virtual class web site.  Also known as the WebLesson, each week students are to log in to JU Blackboard, visit the course web site, and follow instructions given by the instructor in class or on the web site.  If done properly, you should spend at least two hours per week outside of the classroom but in contact with: the instructor; his/her posted material, or; an instructor directed discussion with fellow classmates.  This is in addition to weekly homework or term projects.  It is part of the required five classroom or contact hours.  To do this effectively, all students should take the WebLesson Orientation starting at, which will direct you to the Blackboard login and a site containing the Orientation Lesson.  Should you need additional help, contact Mr. D. DeFalco at for WebLesson help.

Optional Materials

Notebook, thumb (jump) drive (or floppy disks)

Full time availability of a PC type computer (not a Mac) at home, work or in a JU lab.


Attendance: You must attend the first class.  Students who miss the first class must contact the registrarís office to drop the course before the deadline which currently is the end of the first week.  If you miss two classes during the term, your grade will be reduced one letter grade even if you complete the assignments.  Should you miss three classes, your maximum grade will be a D and if you miss four classes your grade will be an F.

Due Dates: Assignment One is due the first class and must be turned in then to get any credit.  Subsequent assignments are due weekly but will be accepted one class late for half credit.  The final assignment will not be accepted late.

Workload: The accelerated pace of this course requires a minimum of twelve hours per week outside of class.  All assigned readings and tutorials must be completed before the start of the next Class.

Class Projects: Individual class projects will be completed during each Class.  The final project will include creating a PowerPoint presentation that the student will deliver during the final class Class and may involve doing it with a group.

Competencies: A set of competencies will be addressed each week. These competencies specify the skills we expect the student to study and attain during the preceding week.  Facilitators will specify in each Class which of these competencies will be covered during the Class and which the student is expected to attain independently.  Students will be tested for all competencies listed.  All references to printing in the text and elsewhere can be substituted by e-mail or upload to a class web site instead as designated by the instructor.

Group Term Project: Each student will be made part of a study group that will be required to produce a project in the form of a PowerPoint show to be presented by all group members on the last day.

Assignments: Homework assignments will be given each week.  They may involve textbook exercises or ones the teacher assigns in class.  Homework assignments are in addition to the WebLesson which are extensions of the class assignments.  These assignments will be given during the class session with the exception of the first assignment below due the first class.



Read the chapter called Getting Started beginning on P. 889.  The multiple choice quiz at the end of the chapter shows the answers on the second page.  For each question, pick a wrong answer and, in one sentence, explain why it is wrong.  Type your answers in a word processor or write them on a piece of paper.  This assignment must be submitted at the start of the first class to be counted for a grade.  It will also be discussed during the first class.

Students should check the instructorís web site at and their JU email regularly especially before the start of the term as it will be used for various announcements.  Should you want another email address to be used, email the instructor from that address.

Tentative Course Schedule

Due Wk




Introduction, setup, and computer concepts Windows



Word I

Chs 1 & 2


Word II

Chs 3 & 4


Midterm Exam Excel I

Chs 1


Excel II

Ch 2 & 3


Excel III and Presentation Preparation

Ch 4



Chs. 1 & 2


Final Exam and Presentations


*These homework assignments are in addition to the WebLesson.  The WebLesson is the ADP Component and is part of the class lesson.  Be sure you do your homework AND the WebLesson each week.


Two Tests          60%

Assignments:        30%

Class Participation  10%


90-100%        A

80-89%          B

70-79%          C

60-69%          D

<60%  F

Grading Criteria for Written Assignments

Expected writing skill should be at the level of a first year college student.  Each paper should use the ďdefine, describe and demonstrateĒ format.  That is, define the topic, describe how it is done or executed, and demonstrate its uses with examples.

Grading Criteria for Group Assignments

Students are required to participate and contribute to a group project.  It is each group memberís responsibility to respond to each other.  Each group member should research his or her assigned area agreed upon by the group.  Violation of any one of these will reduce the memberís grade for the project one letter grade for each violation.  Assessment will be based on anonymous evaluation by other group members as well as observations made by the instructor.

Make-Up Exams

ť     Makups will only be available for midterm and final exams, not quizzes.  Availability for other tests is at the instructorís discretion.

ť     Missing of the original exam must be for extenuating circumstances.

ť     Instructor must be notified immediately by e-mail of the student's reason for requesting a make up.

ť     Should the instructor agree, the test must be taken within two weeks of the original date the other students in the class took it.  The student should message the instructor as to the date the makeup will be taken

ť     For onground classes, makeups exam will be proctored, closed book tests.  For online classes, the test must be taken alone.  All makeup tests will be much harder than the original.

ť     Grading will not get the same curving adjustment made to the original test.

ť     Judgment for these policies will be at the discretion of the instructor.

ť     Exceptions to these rules can be made only by direct agreement with the instructor.

Incomplete Grade

ť     Must be as a result of an event of major proportions that occurs during the second half of the term.  Notify your instructor immediately.

ť     The student must be passing the course at the time of the event and when the request for the Incomplete is filed.

ť     The event must fall into one of the following categories:

o       Personal illness or injury involving a doctor, hospital or clinic.

o       Serious illness or death of an immediate family member.

o       Natural disaster: hurricane, flood, tornado or earthquake.

o       Personal catastrophic event for which the student is a victim and that would be highly distracting for a period of more than two weeks.

ť     Incompletes will not be granted for trivial reasons or simply because the student got behind on the work.

ť     Judgment for these policies will be at the discretion of the instructor.

ť     Exceptions to these rules can be made only by direct agreement with the instructor and may require approval of college administration.

This literacy quiz is not part of the syllabus but is to help students determine their own level of computer literacy.Answer the questions on the left then score yourself after answering all the questions.Instructions follow at the bottom.





1. My email address is: ___________________.

0 if none, 3 if correct


2. The most email attachments I have done is:

††††††††††††††† A. None.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B. One.

††††††††††††††† C. Two.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† D. Three or more.

A. 0.B. 1.C. 2.D. 3


3. The web site for our school is: __________________.

0 if you donít know, 3 if correct


4. I have owned and personally used my computer for:

††††††††††††††† A. Donít own one.†††††††††††††† B. One year.

††††††††††††††† C. Two years.††††††††††††††††††††††† D. Three+ years.

A. 0.B. 1.C. 2.D. 3


5. I play games on my computer:

††††††††††††††† A. Never.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B. Once.

††††††††††††††† C. Occasionally.†††††††††††††††††† D. Frequently.

A. 0.B. 1.C. 2.D. 3


6. I have used online banking for:

††††††††††††††† A. Never.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B. Just started.

††††††††††††††† C. 6 months.††††††††††††††††††††††††† D. Over 6 months.

A. 0.B. 1.C. 2.D. 3


7. I send and receive emails:

††††††††††††††† A. Never††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B. Weekly.

††††††††††††††† C. Almost daily.††††††††††††††††††† D. Several times/day.

A. 0.B. 1.C. 2.D. 3


8. I use a computer at work:

††††††††††††††† A. Never.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B. Sometimes.

††††††††††††††† C. Daily††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† D. Continuously.

A. 0.B. 1.C. 2.D. 3


9. An Intel Pentium Processor is like the computerís:

††††††††††††††† A. Brain.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B. Storage.

††††††††††††††† C. Printer.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† D. Monitor.

3 points for correct answer.See below.


10. I have purchased things online:

††††††††††††††† A. Never.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B. Once.

††††††††††††††† C. More than once.††††††††††††† D. Many times.

A. 0.B. 1.C. 2.D. 3


11. I have used the Word table function.

††††††††††††††† A. Yes.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B. No.

A. 3.B. 0.


12. I have burned data, music or photos to a CD or DVD:

††††††††††††††† A. Yes. ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B. No.

A. 3.B. 0.


13. Count the number of peripherals you have used:

print document, digital camera, print photo,

save to floppy or thumb drive, play music

One point for each.


14. I upload and download from the Internet:

††††††††††††††† A. Never.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B. Once.

††††††††††††††† C. Occasionally.†††††††††††††††††† D. Frequently.

A. 0.B. 1.C. 2.D. 3


15. I constructed a PowerPoint show:

††††††††††††††† A. Never.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† B. Once.

††††††††††††††† C. A few times.†††††††††††††††††††† D. Many times.

A. 0.B. 1.C. 2.D. 3



Total Points



Question 9 answer is A.This is a self scoring test, so be brutally honest.If you score more then 40 points, you are computer literate enough to take CS150.If you score between 35 and 40 points, you are marginal.If you score less then 35 points, you need to arrive at least an hour early to the first class and plan to stay late as well.Though the additional hours are not required, if you donít take advantage of this additional instruction, you may have trouble getting a high grade.