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Lakeland University



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INSTRUCTOR: Professor Luis Poza

EMAIL: poza@japan.lakeland.edu

CLASS TIMES: W/F 1:00 ~ 2:30 (Section 1); and W/F 3:00 ~ 4:30 (Section 2)

OFFICE HOURS: T/TH 3:30 ~ 4:30; W/F 5:00 ~ 5:30; also by appointment

CLASS LOCATION: 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 have a USB FLASH MEMORY device and use Google Drive. USB Flash Memory sticks can be bought for about 500 yen for 8 GB capacity. You should buy one which looks and feels strong; the cheapest ones can break more easily.

Don’t forget to back up your data regularly; I specifically advice using:

  1. Google Drive (it is always available, practically no chance of lost data); and/or
  2. A USB Flash Drive (handy for quick access without upload/download or logins)

Copy your data to one or more backup locations every day or two. I do not accept anything being forgotten, lost, or broken as an excuse for late work.

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 MS Word and PowerPoint.

There may 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 class. There are 12 weeks (24 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 are more than 3 minutes late arriving in class, I will mark you as "Late." If you are late three times, I will count that as a full "Absence."

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.

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.

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%

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.
  • Come to class with required text(s), notes, and completed assignments.
  • Be in your seat and ready to begin class when the official class time begins. Working on or printing out assignments does not justify lateness.
  • Repeated lateness due to train delays will not be accepted as an excuse. If your train is sometimes late, do what I do: come to school at least an hour early. This gives you time to prepare for class, and to be on time if there is a train delay.
  • If you need to eat or go to the bathroom, do so before class begins (also not an excuse for lateness). Emergency bathroom breaks are allowed in mid-class, but you must come back immediately. Smoking, snacking, or eating breaks are not allowed.
  • When taking a test, it is a school rule that you must remain in the classroom 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.

Students must not:

  • Eat in class. Snacks and meals are prohibited in the NIC Media Center. (A drink, with a lid, is acceptable.)
  • Use electronic devices without permission. By the time the class begins, you must put away devices and headphones, and turn off cell phones and set them to silent mode. Texting is not allowed in class for any reason.
  • Sleep. (Sleeping students are considered absent.)
  • Leave the classroom during tests or other graded assignments.
  • Use vulgar or inappropriate language, including off-topic comments.

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 pick up a form from Maya Hirabara on the sixth floor. 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.

LEARNING CENTER: Students are encouraged to use the Learning Center to obtain assistance from peer tutors. This center is now located in the library. 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.

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 Hardware, Software
Week 4 Software
Week 5 Software
Week 6 The Internet Final Exam (Friday, June 15)
Week 7 The Internet  
Week 8 Computer Issues  
Week 9 Computer Issues, Microsoft Excel  
Week 10 Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint  
Week 11 Microsoft PowerPoint  
Week 12 Microsoft Word