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Lakeland University



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INSTRUCTOR: Professor Luis Poza

EMAIL: poza@japan.lakeland.edu

CLASS TIMES: T/TH 3:25 ~ 5:10

OFFICE HOURS: By appointment (via Zoom)

CLASS LOCATION: Online; if allowed, Eltz Media Center (5F of the Eltz building)

TEXTBOOK: Online materials at http://cps.luj.tokyo

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A survey course of modern computer concepts and applications. The course relates computer concepts to the elements of an information system. Generalized overview of computing hardware, software, data management, computing systems and procedures, critical thinking about an application of online resources, and using computing technology to effectively participate and succeed in college. Hands-on usage of word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphics, desktop publishing, operating systems, online course technologies, and the internet. Prerequisites: None. This course does not qualify for credit in the computer science major or minor.

OBJECTIVES: Students in the course will demonstrate:

  1. Exhibit an understanding of applications of Computer Systems, the Internet, and the World Wide Web,
  2. Express knowledge of the basic components of a Computer System,
  3. Exhibit understanding of the operating system of a computer,
  4. Use a browser to search the internet and research a given topic,
  5. Demonstrate a proficiency in MS Word,
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of MS PowerPoint to create and edit a presentation using clip art and incorporating media,
  7. Demonstrate a proficiency in the use of MS Excel to create a worksheet using formulas, functions, and formatting.

COURSE STUDY MATERIALS: You will have two main sources of material: the web site (http://cps.luj.tokyo) and the lectures. NOT ALL MATERIAL is covered in each part; for example, some information might ONLY be in the web site, but not the lecture. You will be responsible for ALL materials, so make sure to read all the web site pages carefully, and to take thorough notes during lectures! In addition, some chapters will be online only, with questions & discussions in class.

PERSONAL MATERIALS: You should use Google Docs and/or a USB flash drive to back up any files you may need. Don’t forget to back up your data regularly.

TESTING: Some of your tests will be given on web pages. You will fill out the web page forms to take the test; when you click on the "Submit" button at the end, your answers will be sent to the teacher by email. The teacher will send the answers back to you by email. Other tests will be performed on your classroom computer using Office Suite applications.

There will be small quizzes given at the beginning of some classes. These quizzes are based on the assigned reading. They will be calculated as part of your Chapter Test score.

I do NOT give make-up tests. If you miss a test for any reason, you will receive a "0" score. At the end of the semester, I remove the lowest score for each student. As a result, if you miss one test due to illness, this will excuse the missed test.

ATTENDANCE: You are expected to attend every live session. There are 11 weeks (22 sessions) of regular classes this semester, so missing only a few days will make you miss a great deal of information and study. You are allowed only three (3) absences due to illness without penalty. The 4th absence will mean your grade will go down one full letter (i.e., an "A" will become a "B", a "BC" will become a "CD"); the 5th absence will mean your grade will go down TWO full letters (i.e., an "A" will become a "C"). On the 6th absence, you will automatically FAIL the class.

Sleeping in class is not permitted. If you fall asleep in class, it will be counted as an absence.

You are also expected to arrive on time. If you enter the class more than 3 minutes after class start, I will mark you as "Late." If you are late three times, I will count that as a full absence. Regardless of the reason for your absence, if you miss a class, it is your responsibility to catch up on material. Absence is no excuse for missed assignments. If technical difficulties are making it difficult for you to attend class on time, contact your professor and Student Affairs right away.

PREPARATION: Students will be expected to have read the appropriate materials BEFORE each class. Do NOT expect to be able to walk in unprepared and learn everything from the lecture; you must also PARTICIPATE and ASK QUESTIONS during the lecture.

Most of the assignments will require work outside of class time in order to be completed. You can work as groups to help each other on the projects, but the assignments which you hand in must be your own work. Please refer to the Student Handbook on matters regarding copying and plagiarism.

EVALUATION (GRADING) CRITERIA: Grades will be based on examinations on reading and lectures, laboratory work, class participation and attendance.

GRADING: Final grades will be assigned according to the scale:

A:92.5% - 100%
AB:87.5% - 92.4%
B:82.5%- 87.4%
BC:77.5% - 82.4%
C:72.5%- 77.4%
CD:67.5% - 72.4%
D:60%- 67.4%
F:below 60%

GRADE WEIGHTING: The following work will be worth these percentages of your final grade:

Project (Adobe CS Practice): 10%
Quizzes (for reading): 10%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
Chapter Tests and quizzes: 40%

LEARNING CENTER: Students are encouraged to use the Learning Center to obtain assistance from peer tutors. The center is available to any student who would like assistance. Since it is a service paid for out of student-tuition fees, students should try to avail themselves of this service. This center now available online.

E-MAIL: Students will be expected to check email every day, including weekend days (when possible). You can set up the account on a smartphone to make that easier. I may send assignments and other information on non-class days. For this class, you will have an LCJ Mail account, but you may forward the LCJ Mail account email to your regular account.

TAPING AND RECORDING OF CLASSES: The instructor may do recordings of this class. Dissemination, broadcast, or transmission for non-personal, non-academic use will result in a disciplinary action.

Any recordings of this class can only be used for the student’s personal educational use. Students are not permitted to copy, publish, or redistribute audio or video recordings of any portion of the class session to individuals who are not students in the course or academic program without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded. Distribution without permission may be a violation of educational privacy law, known as FERPA as well as certain copyright laws.

NETIQUETTE: Your instructor and fellow students wish to foster a safe online learning environment. All opinions and experiences, no matter how different or controversial they may be perceived, must be respected in the tolerant spirit of academic discourse. You are encouraged to comment, question, or critique an idea but you are not to attack an individual.

Our differences will add richness to this learning experience. Please consider that sarcasm and humor can be misconstrued in online interactions and generate unintended disruptions. Working as a community of learners, we can build a polite and respectful course atmosphere.

CODE OF CONDUCT: Students in all classes at Lakeland are expected to behave as adults and follow the basic rules of conduct in academic courses. They include the following rules:

All students must:

  • Check your Lakeland email account at minimum once a day. This is not optional. All Lakeland students are expected to do this.
  • In the live sessions, we strongly encourage you to keep your computer’s camera turned on. This will help your professor gauge your engagement with the material, and will contribute to the communal atmosphere of the session.
  • When taking a test, it is a school rule that you must remain at your desk until all students are finished, or the class time comes to an end.
  • When you contact the teacher by email, include your name and class section in the email Subject line. Be sure that the message is as detailed as possible.
  • Keep the class syllabus with your class material that you bring to class every day and refer to it when necessary. You are required to read your syllabus and know all of its contents. If you ask the teacher a question which has the answer in the syllabus, your teacher will tell you to check the syllabus.

LAKELAND UNIVERSITY FINAL EXAM POLICY: It is university policy that all courses must meet during final exam week and at their scheduled period. Instructors may use the final exam period for giving final exams, discussing final papers, or conducting other instructional activities.

ASSESSMENT: Data may be collected from time to time in this course to assist the course instructor and/or Lakeland University in assessing student learning outcomes. For questions about academic assessment initiatives at Lakeland, please contact Dr. Margaret Albrinck, Provost (albrinckm@lakeland.edu), or see the Lakeland University catalog and website.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: If you have a need for disability-related accommodations or services, please contact Maya Hirabara for the form. Lakeland University will provide reasonable and effective accommodations and services to students when such requests are made in a timely manner and are accompanied by appropriate documentation in accordance with federal, state, and University guidelines.

COUNSELING: LUJ employs a professional counselor, who visits the school once per week to assist students experiencing stress, emotional problems, family issues, school-related pressure and other stress-related issues. Students should try to make an appointment in advance as the counselor’s time is limited. There is no stigma to visiting the counselor to seek help, and she maintains strict confidentiality on what she is told.

CHANGES TO SYLLABUS: The course syllabus will change as may be required. Mr. Poza may schedule one or possibly two extra class sessions that MUST be attended by all students. These would include special study sessions. You will be notified of the dates in advance.

COURSE SCHEDULE: The following schedule is tentative, and it will likely change according to the performance and needs of the class.

Note: Over the course of the semester, some chapters will be assigned for reading only (no lecture). Quizzes will be given for all written material, and there will be questions on these topics in the Midterm and Final Exams.

Week Topics Notes
Week 1 Course Overview; Hardware
Week 2 Hardware
Week 3 Software
Week 4 Software
Week 5 The Internet
Week 6 The Internet Midterm Exam (Tuesday, June 30)
Week 7 Computer Issues  
Week 8 Computer Issues, Microsoft Word  
Week 9 Microsoft Word, Excel  
Week 10 Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint  
Week 11 Microsoft PowerPoint