Business Computer Use  IS-120


Term: Winter 2015
Instructor: Paul Lecoq
Office Hours: Hours listed  otherwise by appointment only
Office Locale: 18-129A
Office Phone: (509) 533-3793
Website: (refer to this often)
Class Times: Th F  5:30 pm - 8:30 Bldg 18 Room 218


Textbook Required:

Materials Required:
3 Ring Binder (or other organizer)  for Handouts
Flash drive

Methods of Instruction:
This course will be a mixture of hands on, lecture, and research. The student will be exposed to a variety of subjects through the use of multimedia, the Internet, and interaction with other students.

Course Description:
This introduction to computing course will teach the skills and knowledge necessary for a person to be “computer literate”. This course will acquaint the student with computer terminology; problem solving techniques; what a computer does and how it does it; programming principles; and software applications packages in spreadsheets, databases, word processing, and graphics. Numerous laboratory exercises are performed in an open laboratory environment.

Quizes:   Approximately one quiz will be given per week. These will occur during the first five minutes of class. I will drop the lowest quiz --
There will be no make-up Quiz.

  • Quality of Work
    When homework is turned in, the following is assumed:
    · Easily readable
    · no coffee stains or crumpled pages
    · correct spelling and grammar (up to 10 points per assignment for these items)
    · after 1 week, a 10% penalty per week will be applied.

Attendance Policy
Students are expected to attend classes and be prompt so as not to interrupt once the class is underway. We understand that foul weather can cause unexpected delays, but please try to be considerate of your classmates.
If you are absent, borrow someone's notes and go over what we covered.  If you still don't understand, then see me.  Don't expect me to repeat everything we did in class individually for each person who is absent. 

I will take roll at least one time per week. 

 Learning Outcomes:
1. Work independently in the computer environment, observe computer screens for details.
2.  Look for sources of help in computing software by using help tools
3.  Complete projects in a timely manner
4.  Use computer terminology accurately and understand use of terms in advertising, technical literature, etc.
5.  Act ethically in a computer environment. Understand the harm of viruses, computer theft, etc.
6.  Utilize self-paced learning software
7.  Realize that much of computer learning is by trial and error
8.  Understand word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphical and internet processes and concepts.
9.  Students will learn the basis for computer operation, numeric and character coding schemes, binary mathematics, and  computer architecture.
10. Students will learn that computing is an ever changing discipline that requires continual study.

Grading Policy
Grades are based on a combination of quizzes, exams,  homework assignments and a project  created in Visual Basic. Below is a table of the grade legend that will be used. You are also expected to have an email account which you check on a regular basis for class updates.

Percentage Grade Numeric Grade Letter Grade
93 – 100 3.8 – 4.0 A
90 – 92 3.5 – 3.7 A-
87 – 89 3.2 – 3.5 B+
84 – 86 2.9 – 3.1 B
81 – 83 2.6 – 2.8 B-
78 – 80  2.3 – 2.5 C+
75 – 77 2.0 – 2.2 C
71 – 74 1.6 – 1.9 C-
68 – 70 1.3 – 1.5 D+
65 – 67 1.0 – 1.2 D
62 – 64 0.7 – 0.9 D-
<= 61 0.0 – 0.6 F

Buddy Policy
I encourage students to have a “buddy” in each class. This is someone with whom you can work, discuss reading assignments, test your ideas, and bolster each other’s spirits. However, please take note of the conditions listed below.

1) Any student who, for the purpose of fulfilling or partially fulfilling any assignment or task required by the faculty as part of the student’s program of instruction, shall knowingly tender any work product that the student fraudulently represents to the faculty as the student’s work product, shall be deemed to have cheated. Cheating shall be cause for disciplinary action.

2) Any student who aids or abets the accomplishments of cheating as defined in subsection 1) of this section, shall also be subject to disciplinary action.

Any student who presents the words or ideas of another in direct quotation, indirect quotation, or close paraphrase, must provide acknowledgement. Failure to do so shall constitute plagiarism. Plagiarism shall be cause for disciplinary action.

Misuse of Computer Privileges
Access to computer facilities is a privilege granted to CCS students, staff and faculty and to those who arrange special rental permits. Computers may not be used for personal financial gain. Unauthorized access, use, and/or experimentation can result in permanent loss of computer privileges, probation, suspension, expulsion, requirements to make financial restitution, a fine, and/or imprisonment.

Current Assignments for Course:
Grade based on the following:
  These assignments will be assigned in class
Word Processor 50
 Internet 40
 Excel 50
Data Base 50
Data base letter 30
Power Point 30
Web Page 50
Visual Basic 100
 quizes  100
1 Exams  100
In class final 300
Total 1000

Note: Subject to changes announced in class.
Exam dates are announced approximately one week in advance and posted on the website.


Weekly schedule of events.

Complete reading before week noted!



Reading Assignments


5 Jan

Overview - everything in microcosm
CPU, processing, 
Word Processor

WWW World Wide web


12 Jan

World Wide Web

Business software


3 WF

21 Jan *

Computer components

4 WF

26 Jan

Operating Systems
Systems & applications software

Communications & Networks
Internet & WWW



2 Feb

Data Base Management


  Data Base

Data base letter


9 Feb

Power Point

  Power Point
7 WF

18 Feb

web Page development

Info systems & syst. development

E-Commerce Web Page


23 Feb




2 Mar



Visual Basic


9 Mar




16 Mar


Final exam