Syllabus
Business Computer Applications

Business Computer Applications

BCIS-1305

Spring 2011
01/18/2011 - 05/15/2011

Course Information

Section 019
Laboratory

Peggy Foreman
pforeman@austincc.edu

Section 019
Lecture
MW 11:35AM - 1:20PM
SAC1 1208
Peggy Foreman
pforeman@austincc.edu

Office Hours

No office hours have been entered for this term

Course Requirements

 

Pre-requisite:  Reading and writing skills as determined through ACC policy and demonstrated by a passing score on an ACC assessment test or TASP test or TASP equivalent.

Course Subjects

BCIS 1305 BUSINESS COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (3-3-1). Computer terminology, hardware, software, operating systems, and information systems relating to the business environment will be covered. The main focus of this course is on business applications of software, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, and business-oriented utilization of the Internet.

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

Course Objectives/ Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gain familiarity with the concepts and terminology used in the development, implementation and operation of business computer applications.
  2. Explore various methods that Information Technology can be used to support existing businesses and strategies.
  3. Investigate emerging technology in shaping new processes, strategies and business models.
  4. Achieve hands-on experience with productivity/application software to enhance business activities.
  5. Accomplish projects utilizing business theories, team work, Internet resources and computer technology.
  6. Work with simple design and development tasks for the main types of business systems.

Complete Syllabus text

The syllabus for this class is posted in Blackboard.

 

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER STUDIES AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

BCIS 1305—Business Computer Applications

Section 21919 – Spring 2011

                       

Instructor:  Peggy Foreman

Office:  South Austin Computer Lab

Office Hours:  Mondays from 11:00 to 11:30am

E-mail:  pforeman@austincc.edu

Course Description:    BCIS 1305 BUSINESS COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (3-3-1). Computer terminology, hardware, software, operating systems, and information systems relating to the business environment will be covered. The main focus of this course is on business applications of software, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, and business-oriented utilization of the Internet. Fee: $12 Skills: E( )

Pre-requisite:  Reading and writing skills as determined through ACC policy and demonstrated by a passing score on an ACC assessment test or TASP test or TASP equivalent.

Approved Course Text:  Information Systems Essentials, third edition, Haag and Cummings, McGraw-Hill Irwin, 8th edition. (ISBN- 978-0-07-337676-3, MHID 0-07-337676-7)

Marquee Series Microsoft Office 2007 Brief Edition, Rutkosky, Seguin and Rutkosky, EMC Paradigm, 2008. (ISBN-13 978-0-76382-959-9)

Instructional Methodology: This course will have both lecture and lab each week.  If the students are unable to finish the assigned lab work within the lab time, they are expected to work at the CIS open computer labs or use their personal computers to complete their assignments.

Course Rationale:   This course is designed to teach students the theoretical approach to information technology and management information systems within a business/computer science environment. Practical business computer applications will emphasize word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software, and electronic commerce of the Internet. Since this course is designed to transfer into a bachelor degree program, check with your degree plan as to what computer science course your college requires.

Course Objectives/ Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gain familiarity with the concepts and terminology used in the development, implementation and operation of business computer applications.
  2. Explore various methods that Information Technology can be used to support existing businesses and strategies.
  3. Investigate emerging technology in shaping new processes, strategies and business models.
  4. Achieve hands-on experience with productivity/application software to enhance business activities.
  5. Accomplish projects utilizing business theories, team work, Internet resources and computer technology.
  6.  Work with simple design and development tasks for the main types of business systems.

Scans Competencies:   Competencies have been identified that are relevant to the level of instruction in the community college environment. These competencies reflect the knowledge and skills employees need to succeed in any occupation. This course will expose the student to the concepts and application of the following competencies:

  • Students select relevant goal-related activities, rank them in order of importance, allocate time to these activities, and understand, prepare and follow schedules.
  • Students acquire and evaluate information.
  • Students organize and maintain information.
  • Students interpret and communicate information.
  • Students use computers to process information.
  • Students contribute to group effort.
  • Students work well with men and women from diverse backgrounds.
  • Students know how social, organizational and technological systems work and operate effectively with them.
  • Students understand overall intent and proper procedure for setup and operation of equipment.
  • Students locate, understand, and interpret written information in prose and in documents such as manuals, graphs, and schedules.
  • Students receive, attend to, interpret, and respond to verbal messages and other cues.
  • Students specify goals and constraints, generate alternatives, consider risks, and evaluate and chooses best alternative.
  • Students recognize problems and devise and implement plan of action.
  • Students organize and process symbols, pictures, graphs, objects, and other information.
  • Students use efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills.
  • Students discover a rule or principle underlying the relationship between two or more objects and apply it when solving a problem.
  • Students exert a high level of effort and persevere towards goal attainment.
  • Students believe in own self-worth and maintain a positive view of self.
  • Students demonstrate understanding, friendliness, adaptability, empathy, and politeness in group settings.
  • Students assess self accurately, set personal goals, monitor progress, and exhibit self-control.
  • Students choose ethical courses of action.

Grade Policy:Students will be graded on a cumulative grade point system.  Each test, quiz, exercise and project has a maximum possible point a student can earn.  The following list of the possible points.

 

 Grade Components

Possible Points

Total Points

EXAM 1

100 points

100 points total

EXAM 2

100 points

100 points total

EXAM 3

100 points

100 points total

12 Chapter Quizzes

10 points each

120 points total

4 Group Projects

Points vary

200 points total

12 Microsoft Office 2007 Exercises

15 points each

180 points total

Final Exam (optional)

100 (optional)

 

TOTAL

 

800points 

A letter grade will be assigned based both on concepts and practical application. Exams, quizzes, and lab projects will be a part of the grade.  An overall grade will be assigned on the following grading scale: 

720 – 800 points                        A

640 – 719 points                        B

560 – 639 points                        C

480 – 559 points                        D

    0 – 479 points                        F

Early Start Students:ACC’s grading policy is to issue a letter grade based on a student’s calculated grade using the percentages stated in this syllabus.  The final grade will be recorded as a letter and no numeric equivalent will be assigned.

Course/Class Policies:

Academic Integrity: A student is expected to complete his or her own projects and tests.  Students are responsible for observing the policy on academic integrity described in the Current ACC Student Handbook, under “Student Discipline Policy, Section C”.

“Acts prohibited by the college for which discipline may be administered include scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating on an exam or quiz, plagiarizing, and unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing outside work.  Academic work submitted by students shall be the result of their own thought, research or self-expression.  Academic work is defined as, but not limited to tests, quizzes, whether taken electronically or on paper; projects, either individual or group; classroom presentations, and homework”. 

The penalty accessed will be in accordance with the current ACC Student Handbook policy. See http://www.austincc.edu/handbook/policies4.htm  for more information.

Incomplete: A student may receive a temporary grade of “I” (Incomplete) at the end of the semester only if ALL of the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. The student is unable to complete the course during the semester due to circumstances beyond their control.
  2. The student must have earned at least half of the grade points needed for a “C” by the end of the semester.
  3. The request for the grade must be made in person at the instructor’s office and necessary documents completed.
  4. To remove an “I”, the student must complete the course by two weeks before the end of the following semester.  Failure to do so will result in the grade automatically reverting to an “F”.

 Freedom of  Expression Policy: It is expected that faculty and students will respect the views of others when expressed in classroom discussions.

Attendance / Withdrawal Policy: Students are expected to attend classes and will be held responsible for all material covered in class.  Regular attendance helps ensure satisfactory progress towards completion of the course. 

 It is the student’s responsibility to complete a Withdrawal Form in the Admissions Office if they wish to withdraw from this class.  The instructor may withdraw students from this class if their absences exceed 10% of the total number of class meetings.  The last date to withdraw for this semester is set by the registrar and is April 27, 2010 for the fall semester.  It is not the responsibility of the instructor to withdraw the students from their class even though the instructor has the prerogative to do so under the above listed circumstances.

 ALERT: New state law for new students. No more than six course withdrawals throughout your undergraduate education, regardless of how many colleges you attend. Students who entered college before fall 2007 are not affected. Ask a counselor for details.

 ACC Holidays: ACC Board sets the holidays and breaks for the college.  The college does NOT observe the same holidays and days off as AISD, RRISD, etc.  High schools have many days off during the semester that ACC does NOT observe.  If your high school is closed and ACC is not, you are expected to attend your ACC class and you are still responsible for due dates and assignments.  Refer to the ACC Academic Calendar for a complete list of dates for this semester.

 Student Files – Privacy: The information that a student stores in his/her student volume on the ACC network may be viewed by their instructor for educational and academic reasons.

 Students with Disabilities Policy:

 “Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities.  Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes.  Students are encouraged to make this request three weeks before the start of the semester.  (Refer to the Current ACC Student Handbook)”

 Communication: The ACC online Blackboard system http://acconline.austincc.eduwill be used as the official communication system during this semester.  Lecture notes, handouts, changes to course schedule or assignments and your grades will be posted on this system.  All students are expected to check this system on a regular basis.  A brief orientation will be provided during the first class laboratory period.  For information on how to log onto Blackboard 8.0, visit the following site http://irt.austincc.edu/blackboard/stlogin.html.

 Personal Devices:The classroom is a learning environment and should be treated as such.  Cell phones, iPods, MP3/iPOD players, and other personal entertainment devices can be a distraction to the teacher and other students.  As a courtesy to everyone in the classroom, students are expected to turn off the ring on cell phones and turn off music devices during lectures.  Personal music devices may be used during labs but on if the volume cannot be heard by other students or the instructor.  Students may not accept or place phone calls or text messages during class. 

Tentative Course Outline and Schedule

 

Week

Lecture

Laboratory Activities

1

Course Introduction

Lab & Blackboard Orientation

2

Chapter 1: The Information Age in which You Live

 

Chapter 2: Strategic and Competitive Advantage

[Assign Group Project 1]

Word Section 1

3

Extended Learning Module A: Hardware

 

Extended Learning Module A: Software

Word Section 2

4

Module B: World Wide Web / Internet

Present Group Project 1

Word Section 3

5

EXAM 1: Chapters 1-2, ELM A & B

Chapter 3: Databases and Data Warehouses

[Assign Group Project 2]

 

Access Section 1

 

6

Extended Learning Module C: Design Databases

Access Section 2

7

Chapter 4: Decision Support and Artificial Intelligence

Module D: Decision Analysis with Spreadsheet Software

Access Section 3

8

Module D: Decision Analysis with Spreadsheets (continued)

Chapter 5: Electronic Commerce

PowerPoint Section 1

 

9

SPRING BREAK

 

10

Present Group Project 2

Review EXAM 2 (Chapters 3, 4, 5, Modules C & D)

PowerPoint Section 2

 

11

EXAM 2: Chapters 3, 4, 5, ELM C & D

Chapter 6: Systems Development

[Assign Group Project 3]

Excel Section 1

12

Chapter 6: Systems Development  (continued)

Chapter 7: IT Infrastructures

Excel Section 2

13

Module E: Network Basics

Chapter 9: Emerging Trends and Technology

Excel Section 3

14

Review Exam 3 Chapters 6, 7, 9 and Module E

Present Group Project 3

[Assign Group Project 4]

Integrating Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

15

EXAM 3: Chapters 6, 7, 9 and Module E

Work on Group Projects

16

Work on Group Project 4

Work on Group Projects

17

Present Group Project 4

Optional Comprehensive Final Exam

No Lab

Note: The instructor has the prerogative to change the course schedule as required.  Students are expected to read and study the assigned material, per the course schedule, BEFORE each class, this includes the laboratory assignments and group projects!!