1.     Instructor Information:

a.     Name                                Mr. Charles Kwiatkowski

b.     E-mail address                  charles_kwiatkowski@ivcc.edu


a.     Office hours                       Monday           2:45-5:00

                                          Tuesday          2:45-5:00

                                          Wednesday     2:45-5:00

                                          Thursday         By Appointment Only

                                          Friday              By Appointment Only


Note: Office hours may be held in A330, D109A, or D109B. Check my webcam to see where I am on any particular day.


b.     Contact information           Charles Kwiatkowski

                                          A Building, Room 330


                                          815 North Orlando Smith Road

                                          Oglesby, IL 61348

                                          +1 (815) 408 0876


2.     Course description

A course for many different majors planning to transfer to a four-year institution. Computer concepts, terminology, equipment, system analysis and design; management information systems; and applications are surveyed. Business application skills in the microcomputer areas of spreadsheet, database, word processing and presentation are emphasized. Use of e-mail and the world wide web are used throughout the course. Lecture, 3 hours.

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: 3


3.     Course Meeting Times
None, this is an online courseHowever, this is not a self-paced course. Assignments and exams MUST be completed by the due dates detailed in Blackboard. There is a schedule at the end of this document to let you know when you should be working on these topics.


4.     Expected learning outcomes

·        Explain the purpose of the basic components of a personal computer.

·        Be able to identify different types of software and their uses

·        Be able to identify contemporary uses of the Internet, as well as risks and precautions.

·        Be able to create a Word document with set margins, page numbering, citations, and a bibliography.

·        Be able to create an Excel spreadsheet with various formulas, formatting, and charts

·        Be able to create an Access database with multiple, linked tables, queries, forms, and reports.

·        Be able to create a professional looking Powerpoint presentation with graphics, sounds, and animations.


5.     Disability statement:
If you need support or assistance because of a disability, you may be eligible for academic assistance accommodations through the Disability Services office.  Stop by office B-204 or call Tina Hardy at 815.224.0284 or Judy Mika at 815.224.0350.
Additionally, In an effort to create a classroom environment that maximizes the success of all students, I encourage you to make me aware of any barriers that may inhibit your learning.  Feel free to speak to me at any time about concerns or questions you may have about assignments, activities, or exams.  The college provides several support services for students who have barriers to learning.  They include, but are not limited to:  Disability Services Office, Writing Center/Peer Tutoring, Counseling Center, and Project Success.  Please see me if you want to learn more about any of these offices.


6.     Attendance Policy

Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) mandates students attend all class meetings. This includes both lecture and lab. Attendance *may* be taken in the form of a pop quiz, so bring a pencil (or pen) and paper with you to every class. These pop quizzes exist primarily to provide me an assessment of how well you are grasping the course material. Quizzes may be given at the start or end of lecture so be punctual.

IVCC grants the number of credit hours for a class are based on how long you are you are actually in the class. Accordingly, you are expected to attend for the full class meeting time. I have been known to give a quiz at the end of class without a prior announcement. You may be marked as absent if you leave with being excused.

If you come in late and miss roll call, remind me that you were late BEFORE we leave class that day, preferably before I leave the lectern. Failure to do so will result in you being marked absent for that day. As much as I care about you and your education, I cannot remember whether or not you arrived late after class has ended (ie the next class meeting).

We may do assignments during class. If you miss that class, you will NOT be able to make it up. 

Timely completion of assignments is considered part of attendance. You may be dropped if you miss multiple class meetings or assignments.

Note: You will be called upon in class. Be prepared to answer questions on the current topic and the current reading material. This is part of your obligation.


7.     Assessment of student learning.

Students are assessed by homework, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Both exams will include a short answers section, and several hands on questions.


8.     Grading:  The grading of the course will fall into 2 categories:


a. Homework

This is where you will develop and apply your knowledge relevant to the topic. There shall be about 1 homework per chapter. The amount of points will vary according to the topic, but shall be about 50 points per chapter, on average.


b. Exams

There shall be 3 exams during the course

Exam 1 will cover Computing Concepts, Chapters 1-4, and 6.

Exam 2 will cover Word and Excel

Exam 3 will cover Access and Powerpoint


Each exam shall be worth about 200 points.


Final grade by percentage of possible points

90-100% A

80-89% B

70-79% C

60-69% D

< 60%   F

Note: Grades are not rounded up or down. Example: if you end up with an overall course grade of 89.99%, you have earned a B.


9.     Withdrawal policy

According to IVCC, you may withdraw from this course with instructor permission.

You may withdraw from this course for any reason you like. I shall not shame you nor chide you for dropping the course, but I may inquire why.


Effective Summer 2011, students have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes. By completing the form in the Records Office or through the form located within WebAdvisor, the student is authorizing IVCC to remove him/her from the course. Entering the student ID number serves as the student’s electronic signature. IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructor’s discretion.


Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid. It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructor or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for that particular student. More detailed information is available at www.ivcc.edu/admissions and selecting the menu item for Withdrawals on the left side of the page.


Note: Just because you stop showing up for class does not grant you a grade of I (incomplete) or W (withdrawn). You must promptly contact me in order to receive a grade of I or W.


For 16 week classes in Spring 2012:

·        Tuesday, January 24 is the last day for refund.

·        Monday, April 9 is the Last Day for Student Withdrawal


Personal advice: Education is not a race. There is no shame in strategic retreat. Drop the class in which you are performing the worst in, not the one you like the least. Always aim to keep your grade point average high as it will take you farther than how long it took you to complete your degree/certificate/program.


10.  Cell phone and text messaging policy.

Calculators, PDA's, Cell Phones, laptops, iPods, and other electronic devices are not allowed during exams and quizzes unless otherwise specified. Failure to comply with these rules will result in ejection from the exam and a grade of F for the exam.


11.  Financial aid statement
Withdrawal from a course can affect financial aid.  Students who receive financial aid should see an advisor in the financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course.


12.  Plagiarism statement/academic honesty

Policies regarding cheating may be found under the heading of “Academic Integrity” in the IVCC Student Handbook.  Students should become familiar with these policies and abide by them. 

Furthermore, don't even think about cheating. Cheating is not tolerated at all.  Although I encourage you to collaborate and discuss ideas and concepts from this class with others, you are responsible for your own work. A common example of cheating is when several students work together on an assignment, typically short-answer questions, and submit answers as a group without EACH individual working on his/her own individual answer.

Another common example of dishonesty is Googling short-answer questions to find answers. This is not an exercise in learning. It is cheating and laziness, pure and simple. The bulk of the answers may be found in the text. Others you should have from TAKING NOTES during lecture. Be warned that I rewrite questions for the exams in order to catch people who simply Google for answers. You WILL be sorry.


When you cheat, you insult my intelligence.


13.  Any classroom rules

No classroom rules, as this is an online class, There is a Three strikes policy.


Three strikes

If you have 3 unexcused absences of any combination class activity, (HW, quiz, lecture, etc.) your may be dropped from the class. Just because you stop showing up for class does not grant you a grade of I (incomplete) or W (withdrawn). You must promptly contact me in order to receive a grade of I or W.


14.  Outline of assignments for the semester

            There shall be approximately 20 assignments, 1 per chapter.

            Homework covering Chapters 1-4, and 6 shall consist of short answer questions, as well      as a short essay.

            Homework covering Word, Excel, Access, and Powerpoint shall consist of hands-on             exercises.       


15.  Hints on how to be successful in the course

·        Read the book before lecture.

·        For Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access, be sure to do the chapter exercise BEFORE attempting the homework. It is to your advantage. Read the steps CAREFULLY when doing so.

·        Start homework early and keep working until 100% complete. It is IMPOSSIBLE to accurately predict how much debugging is necessary. Waiting until shortly before the assignment is due is a recipe for failure.


16.  Required text and materials


Pkg Se Cmptr + Bind In Card Pac,


ISBN 1-1115-2799-7

Edition 1


17.  Additional Resources


·        1GB (min) Flash Drive. This can be used for other classes too.


18. Other information


·        LATE ASSIGNMENTS.  Each assignment will be given a due date and time.  You MUST turn in the assignment before that date and time.  This semester, I will accept only ONE late assignment ONE day late (One day = 24 hours), only with prior permission.   No penalty will be assessed for this late assignment.  ALL other late assignments will be given a zero.  There are no exceptions.  There are no “acceptable excuses” for late assignments.  Please budget your time so that you are not doing homework at the last minute and you allow “buffer time” for when the technology is not working correctly or other “life emergencies” occur.

·        Microsoft (MS) Office 2010 is used for the assignments in this class.  You may not use any other package or any other Microsoft version to do your homework.  Any assignments submitted using a different package or different version will be given a zero.  MS Office 2010 includes Word, Excel, Access, and Powerpoint.  It is available in all of our open labs for you to use to complete your assignments.  You may purchase MS Office 2010 through theultimatesteal.com .

·        Students are expected to come to class having read the assigned chapter and the previous class meeting notes.

·        I do extensive communication via the Internet and Blackboard.  Blackboard announcements and email will be used.  You are REQUIRED to ensure your correct email address is entered into your Blackboard profile. Additionally, you are required to ensure your phone number(s) are correct.


18. Important Dates for Spring 2012 Semester

January 3 (T) Staff return

January 9 (M) In-service for Faculty

January 10 (T) CLASSES BEGIN

January 16 (M) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (College closed)

January 24 (T) Last day for refund for 16-week classes

February 1 (W) Deadline to Apply for Spring Graduation

February 20 (M) Presidents’ Day (College closed)

March 5 (M) Project Success Registration begins for Summer and Fall

March 6 (T) Grading Day—no classes

March 23 (F) Development Day (no classes)

March 26-March 29 Spring Break for faculty and students (no classes)

March 30 (F) Spring Break for faculty, students & staff (College closed)

April 3 (T) Online registration begins for Summer

April 4 (W) In-person registration begins for Summer

April 5 (R) Phone/fax/mail registration begins for Summer

April 9 (M) Last day for student withdrawal for 16-week classes

April 11 (W) Online registration begins for Fall

April 12 (R) In-person registration begins for Fall

April 13 (F) Phone/fax/mail registration begins for Fall

May 2, 3, 8, 14 (WRTM) Evening Semester Exams

May 7, 8, 9,10 (M-R) Day Semester Exams

May 16 (W) Final Grades due in Records Office at 10 am

May 19 (S) Semester Ends/Commencement


19. Topics Covered

This schedule is tentative and subject to change. Actual assignments and due dates will be posted in Blackboard.


Chapter 1, Intro to Computers & the Internet

Chapter 2, Computer Hardware

Chapter 3, Computer Software

Chapter 4, Computer Networks

Chapter 6, Network & Internet Security & Privacy

Exam 1 Covering Chapters 1-4, and 6

Chapter 10, Creating a Document

Chapter 11, Formatting a Long Document

Chapter 12, Enhancing a Document

Chapter 13, Creating a Workbook

Chapter 14, Formating a Workbook

Chapter 15, Working with Formulas & Functions

Chapter 16, Inserting and Formatting Charts

Exam 2 Covering Word and Excel

Chapter 17, Creating a Database

Chapter 18, Maintaining and Querying a Database

Chapter 19, Creating Forms and Reports

Chapter 20, Creating a Presentation

Chapter 21, Enhancing a Presentation

Chapter 22 Integration

Exam 3 covering Access and Powerpoint