Survey of Computer Information Systems
James Q. Jacobs, Instructor
HOLIDAYS: Jan. 19 Observance of M L King Birthday, Feb. 16 Observance of Presidents' Day, Mar. 15-21 Spring Recess, MCC Calendar. Last day for withdrawal without Instructor's signature is March 5th. Last day student withdrawal accepted is April 26th.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Overview of computer information systems, fundamental computer concepts, and programming techniques. Hands-on experience with selected business software and one programming language.
ASSESSMENT: Grades will be based on completion of assignments, quality of projects, quizzes and objective testing. Evaluation: The letter grade you earn in the class will be based upon your performance as follows: Quizzes 30%, Assignments 50%, Final Test 20%. All assignments and assessments will be worth a specific number of points. A makeup quiz will be offered at the end of semester, and the makeup score will replace your lowest quiz score if you have not missed a quiz. Your total points at the completion of the course will determine your grade. The scale is as follows: 100 - 90% = A, 90 - 76% = B, 76 - 60% = C, 60 - 50% = D, 50 - 0% = F. You are responsible for keeping an electronic copy of all work you turn in. If requested, you must turn in your work in electronic form, or you will not receive the corresponding points.
MATERIALS: Electronic storage media. Be sure
to backup your own work.
COMPUTER LABS: You will need an MCC student ID card to access the Computer Labs. Some classes and all quizzes and the final test will be held in the Computer Lab. Always carry your ID to campus, so class can move to lab unannounced.
ATTENDANCE: Attendance will be recorded at the beginning of classes. Students are expected to attend all class meetings and to arrive on time. Each class builds on previous topics. More than four absences may result in being dropped from the course. Any excused absence must be arranged with the instructor in advance.
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: Instruction will be a combination of lecture, discussion, lab, hands-on tutorials and assessments. You should read the text topics before lectures in class. The amount of time you spend on exercises and reading should be about six hours per week. Feel free to help one another. However, you must do all your own work. You are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the learning process. A creative and enjoyable environment is a better learning environment. If, for some reason, you are not enjoying this class, please bring it to my attention.
ACADEMIC ETHICS: While I encourage cooperative and collective learning, you are responsible for completing your own work. Any form of academic dishonesty or its facilitation may be subject to discilinary action. Anyone plagiarizing will receive a failing grade. For the full institutional policy statement, see the Student Handbook. You are responsible for knowing the details of the policy. Student Handbooks are available on campus.
POLICIES: The policy of the Maricopa Community Colleges is to provide an educational, employment and business environment free of unwanted sexual harrassment. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action. For Institutional Policy see the Student Handbook. You are responsible for knowing the details of the policy.
COMPUTER USE: You are responsible for knowing the General Computing Guidelines and Computer Users Guidelines, the standards and rules governing computer use of the Computer Labs on the campus. Violation of the Standards may result in your account termination and disciplinary action.
FOOD OR DRINK: Do not bring food or drink into the computer areas or the classroom.
DISABILITIES or SPECIAL NEEDS: If you have a disability, including a learning disability, and wish to discuss any accommodations you may need, please see me after class, during my scheduled lab time, or e-mail me. You can also contact the Disability Resources and Services Office.
If any adjustments must be made to this syllabus, the changes will be provided in writing. Slight changes in the Assignments page will be made online and announced in class, rather than in writing.
I. Development of computer information
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