Computer Skills for the Workplace

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Classroom:              A-212

Schedule:                T/R  1:00 – 1:25 lecture, T/R  1:30 – 2:14 lab

Start/End Date:       08/20/12 – 10/11/12

Course Description

Students will gain basic hands-on experience using Windows, word processing, and spreadsheets. Activities will emphasis their application in the technical and manufacturing workplace. Windows version 7; Office version 2010.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Required Textbook and Materials

Course Requirements

Students are required to attend all classes, submit all assignments, a notebook and complete the final exam in order to pass the course.

Required Technology

Windows 7 – Operating System

When completing the Windows 7 chapters, no other operating system can be used. If you own a computer with Windows XP or Windows Vista, a different computer must be used to complete the chapter assignments on the Windows 7 operating system.  Assignments can be completed in the open computer lab,  Learning Commons, room D-201.

Microsoft Office 2010 - Application Software

Microsoft Office 2010 is the application software covered in our textbook and used for the assignments in this course. You may NOT use any other program or version to complete the assignments. The course utilizes Word which is a Word processing program, version 2010 and Excel which is a spreadsheet program, version 2010. If you do not have the program and correct version installed on your home computer, you must complete the assignments on campus.

If your home computer has Windows version XP or Windows Vista for the Operating System and Office 2010, you may use your home computer to complete the Word and Excel chapters. A different version of the operating system will not have direct impact on the application chapters; however,  you may find that the pictures in the book look different, but it will not prohibit you from completing the assignments.

Microsoft Office 2010 may be purchased at our bookstore using financial aid monies. If purchasing without financial aid money, the software may be bought from various retail stores or through an academic discount from Microsoft.

Saving Files - Flash and Network drive

If you have the software listed above on your home computer, you may work on assignments at home. In order to continue working on your files on campus computers and your home computer, you need to save your files to a Flash drive with a minimum of 1GB of space. They are available in our bookstore and most retailers.

All students will receive 200 MB of space on IVCC's network to store their files, this is identified by your K number and the letter 'U'.  The letter 'U' refers to your U-drive. Your K number can be found on your Student ID card or in Webadvisor.

Files may also be saved to the Briefcase feature in your student email account, which allows you to access these files by uploading and downloading your files whenever you log in to your email account.


A computer with Internet access is required to email assignments. If your computer does not have Internet access, you may use the computers on campus. The college has the following browsers on our computers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Respondus. Firefox and Respondus may be downloaded from the Internet for free.

Student Email Account

Every student enrolled in a college credit course, receives a student email account. Email is considered an official means of communication and the College expects students to access their IVCC email account and read their mail on a regular basis.  Email sent by the college may be time-sensitive and may require student action.

Your student email account can be accessed through IVCC’s website, and must be used to submit assignments via an attachment. Your student email account will be used to provide feedback from assignments and communicate any additional information. Therefore, you need to check your email Inbox at least once a week. Any messages sent by the student will be saved in your Sent folder. Please save ALL messages until you receive your grade for the course.  

If you are unable to login to your account, contact me immediately or the Student Help Desk in room D-201 or phone 815.224.0318 for assistance. A quick start guide with instructions is also available.


All student data files are located on the IVCC network: S:\CSP1210_StudentDataFiles. Copy this folder and all files to your USB drive. When saving files, the file naming format must match the textbook directions.

Assignments must be submitted as an email attachment by the due date. Assignments not submitted by the due date will receive a 10% deduction. Students must remain up to date with their assignments; for example, if you have not submitted assignments from chapter one, you cannot submit assignments for chapter two.

Assignment files must be saved to your network drive (K-number) or flash drive; do not save work to the computer's harddrive. Assigments must be submitted via  email attachment from your student account in order to receive a grade.

Emailing Assignments

Assignments must be submitted from the student email account. The following information must be included in the subject:
C S P 1 2 1 0 - 0 1  - N a m e   o f   f i l e and  a s s i g n m e n t    s u b m i t t i n g

In the memo area of the email, a summary of what you learned in the chapter must also be included.

After an assignment has been submitted for grading, a reply will be sent within 72 hours that includes your score and supporting comments. If the assignment scores lower than a 75%, I will ask that you redo and resubmit the assignment.

When you receive an email that specifies ***Resubmit*** in the subject of the email, please use the my comments to correct the mistakes; then, use the reply button from my email and resubmit your corrected assignment. By using this method, my original correction comments will be included in the communication between you and I, and I'll know what I asked you to correct  from the first submission of the assignment.


A one-subject notebook is required for this course. Students are required to take notes on the material covered in class and on their own for each chapter which includes vocabulary, concepts and end of chapter review material. The notebook will be collected and graded on the last day of class, prior to the final exam starting.


Instruction in this course is provided through demonstration and discussion. Practicing concepts as well as working through assignments outside of required lab time is essential to improve skills and complete the assignments. The following grading scale will be used for the final grade.

 A = 90–100             B = 80–89         C = 70–79      D = 60–69      F = 59 & less

Student Support Services

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 assessments.  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, Student Help Desk, Counseling and Project Success.  Please see me if you want to learn more about any of these options.

Financial Aid

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.

Academic Honesty

Academic Integrity is directly linked to the Core Values of Illinois Valley Community College, three of which are RESPONSIBILITY, RESPECT, and HONESTY.  It is the responsibility of each student to Respect the academic integrity of each class/course by doing their own work and by refusing to assist others in deception.  Academic dishonesty violates the academic integrity expected of all students.

Academic dishonesty violates the Student Code of Conduct. The instructor has full authority to identify academic dishonesty in his/her classroom and to impose any of the following sanctions: Failure of any assignment, quiz, test, examination or paper, project or oral presentation for the work in which the violation occurred; lower grade; involuntary withdrawal from the course or failure of the course.

Withdrawal Policy

The purpose of the withdrawal option is to allow students to make responsible decisions regarding their academic status and their ability to complete an individual course. Students will have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes. By completing the form in the Records Office or through the "Student Initiated Withdrawal" links on 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.

Instructors my also initiate the withdrawal process if the student fails to comply with the attendance requirements as outlined in the course syllabus.  All withdrawals earn a grade of “W”, which does not affect the GPA but deletes the course credits for the involved courses.
The last date to withdrawal is September 27, 2012.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all lectures and labs. In accordance with IVCC’s Handbook, attendance is taken at the beginning of each class period. Attendance is directly related to a student’s corresponding grade. If you are not able to attend class, please contact the instructor either in person, by phone, or email. I will not ask for an excuse if you miss, it is your responsibility to attend. Students that miss a quiz due to absence will not be allowed to make it up. To avoid any conflict, come to class, read the text, take tests as scheduled, turn in assignments on time and be prepared for class. If you want to withdraw from this class, see withdrawal policy.

Classroom Courtesy

Please turn off all cell phones and pagers before entering the class. No social emailing or texting during scheduled class. Students who are in violation will be asked to leave. No other applications should be open class time.  Students who are in violation will not only be asked to leave, but may also be withdrawn from class if multiple infractions occur.