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Business Computer Information Systems 1A

Course Description

Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen individual performance in the workplace and in society and to make a successful transition to the workforce and/or post-secondary education.  Students apply technical skills to address business applications and emerging technologies.

Required Course Materials

Stepping Through Office XP With Business Applications Introductory, Upper Saddle Creek, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004. (ISBN 0-13-036301-4)
Student must have access to a Windows PC with Microsoft Word and Excel. Although we do not endorse Microsoft products, it is necessary to focus the course on specific skills using only these applications. Students using a Mac or other platform in this course may need to substitute certain applications and interpret course instructions so they apply to the substituted applications in order to be successful.

Course Lesson Organization

Objectives. The objectives for each lesson will help you focus your efforts. They indicate the concepts and skills you must understand or master when you complete the lesson.
Reading Assignments. Each lesson specifies the selections that must be read.
Introduction. The Introduction section of each lesson provides key terms and concepts that give you background for the lesson.
Self-Assessment Activities. These activities help to build your knowledge and skills and to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses. Some activities direct you to Internet sites with supplemental material for the lesson. All activities prepare you for the graded assignments and for mastering course materials.
Graded Assignments. Each assignment provides information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. Most assignments will be submitted online and graded by your instructor. Some assignments will be computer-graded. The average of your assignments counts as 50 percent of your course grade. The Final Examination counts as the other 50 percent. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 70 percent of your graded assignments have been completed, graded, and returned to you.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the lessons. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better.
Format: Multiple-choice.
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: Computer-graded answer sheet provided, #2 pencil required.

Course Outline

Total Number of Lessons: 3
Total Number of Activities: 9
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 7
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 7

Lesson 1: Business Communications
 Activity 1: Introducing Word
 Activity 2: Formatting Documents
 Activity 3: Working with Tables, Graphics, and Columns
 Activity 4: Collaborating with Others
Graded Assignment 1
Graded Assignment 2
Graded Assignment 3

Lesson 2: Desktop Publishing
 Activity 1: Describing Your Previous Experience
Graded Assignment 4
Graded Assignment 5

Lesson 3: Business Financials
 Activity 1: Introducing Excel
 Activity 2: Formatting and Printing Worksheets
 Activity 3: Tapping the Power of Excel
 Activity 4: Manipulating Cells, Worksheets, and Workbooks
Graded Assignment 6
Graded Assignment 7

Updated 04/24/08


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