Syllabus - Fall 2012 Honors 495F
Week 1 Intro, What's in the box
Take a computer apart, dissect it, put it back together and log on! Not Magic!
Week 2 User Fundamentals
Basic need to know information about using technology
Week 3 Software & Code
Which is it and how to work with them
Week 4 Internet & Security
Information to be a smart (and safe) user of technology.
Week 5 Word processing
More than just typing.
Week 6 Spread sheets
Uses and applications for spreadsheets in academics and work
Week 7 Databases
What exactly are they? What and how can you get information from them and to them?
Week 8 Visualization & Graphics
Pixels? Resolution? vector vs. raster? and more…
Week 9 Presentation methods
Color, best practice, approach and styles
Week 10 Mobile Devices
More than just telephones - Scanners, GPS, Wi-Fi, Connectivity Issues, etc.
Week 11 ScholarWorks@Umass Amherst
What you need to know when publishing and using reference databases
Week 12 Digital Living
Digital Footprint, Cognitive Surplus, Psychological issues
Week 13 Last class Final Test
Information Sheet Computer Competency Certification
- Professor: Patricia Galvis Assmus - Office: FAC 445
- Intructor Assistant: Dennis Spencer
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office Hours: by appointment (sign-up sheet on office door -FAC 445)
- Other times available by personal arrangement
This course is meant to acquaint you with the basics of computers and their use, such that your work in any field will be more successful and easier to accomplish. The material covered will provide you with an understanding of the functions and possibilities available to you through technology.
Except for when there is a guest presenter, each class meeting will consist of two parts. The first part is instruction and/or demonstration of the respective module's content. The second half is used for testing on the material presented on that day. At the end of the semester there will be an overall/comprehensive exam given. Beyond this you will need to submit feedback on each module through testing website. It is important that you attend all classes. All modules must be completed within 24 hours of presentation date to count towards your grade.
Your input and suggestions will be of great importance. So...please participate, ask questions, give comments and be here on time.
Grading will consist of points for each module completed during class (5 points each = total 50 points; if submitted at later time but within 24hrs one point will be deducted for each occurrance),
final test (40 points), participation in feedback/comments/etc. (10 points).
Certification is attained by completing the final test with 28 (out of 33) correct answers.
Website for all information, modules, tests, survey and input forms: www.cccumass.us
University policy as it regards academic honesty, plagiarism, ethical and legal behavior, copyright infringements and class attendance will be followed and observed. Policy regarding disability accommodation and rights will also be observed. Full text is available at the UMass Dean of Students website. Please notify me of any issues as soon as they arise and of disability needs within the first two class meetings of the semester.