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CSC 105 Syllabus

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

January 11, - May 6, 2005 Spring Term 2005

Lecturer : Mr. Val Manes MWF 11.00 – 11.50am
Classroom Building, Room 107

Office : McLaury 309 Office phone : 394-6079

Office hours : TBD – see schedule on office door Email :

Course Name: Introduction to Computers

Credits: 3
Text:; Office 2003, Introductory Concepts and Techniques by Shelly, Cashman and Vermaat, 2004. Discovering Computers
2004, A Gateway to Information by Shelly, Cashman and Vermaat, 2003.
Course Description: Overview of computer applications with emphasis on word processing, spreadsheet, presentation tools
and internet based applications. May not be used as credit toward an engineering or science degree (except Interdisciplinary
Sciences and Associate of Arts).
Prerequisites. None.
Course Delivery: This course will be presented as an on-campus lecture with class discussion and lab exercises.

Class Attendance is expected. Excessive absence may make it difficult for students to achieve expected levels of performance.
Keep up on the reading and doing the work, as new concepts are built upon previous material.

Homework When collected, all homework assignment MUST have your name, date, and assignment in the upper left corner
of the homework assignment, or as indicated in the particular assignment. Multiple sheets must be stapled together and all
pages identified by name. All homework is due at the beginning of class on the date indicated.

Makeup’s. Makeup exams will be given ONLY if the student calls the Math and Computer Science office at 394-2471
BEFORE the exam is scheduled to begin and has a legitimate reason. Leave your name, message and time of call on the
answering machine in the office is closed. If you must miss a test for a legitimate reason, I will gladly arrange for a makeup.
If you miss a test without a legitimate reason, I will gladly give you a zero. Please do not be offended if I ask you for
documentation for an excused absence.

Cheating. If you cheat on a test or assignment, you may fail the course. At the very least. you may get a negative score on that
test or assignment since cheating is worse that doing nothing. Discussing a problem with other students is a valuable learning
tool, copying someone else’s work is not.

Course evaluation. Grades for this course will be based on a simple average of all graded labs, tests, and a comprehensive
final. Grades will be assigned as follows.

A - 93 to 100 C - 73 to 82.9
B - 83 to 92.9 D - 63 to 72.9
F - Less than 63

Student Outcomes. A student who successfully completes this course should, at a minimum:
1. know the difference between hardware and software
2. be able to identify the hardware components of a computer, including knowing the meaning of
the specifications for the components
3. know the function of the operating system
4. be able to execute basic operating system commands, such as creating folders and files,
deleting files, copying files, searching for files, and saving files to a variety of storage devices
6. know how programs and data are stored and retrieved (bits, bytes, and ASCII)
7. know the basic terminology of computers
8. be able to search the world wide web
9. be able to create a PowerPoint presentation
10. use Microsoft Word to create documents. The emphasis will be on formatting commands
commonly required in technical writing courses.
11. use Microsoft Excel to create spreadsheets and charts, using formats, formulas, and linking multiple tabs

ADA Statement: Students with special needs or requiring special accommodations should contact me or Ms. Jolie McCoy, 394-
1924 at the earliest opportunity.

Tentative Schedule. The following is intended to be an approximate guide to the topics we will cover and the amount of time
that will be devoted to each topic. The topics or the time on each may vary slightly to accommodate the class but the exams
will be given when scheduled. Changes, if any, will be communicated during the scheduled class periods.

Week Topic Text

1 1/12 Email, Overview computers

2 1/17 Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL

1/19 Windows Explorer, File Structures Discovering Computers, Ch 1

3 1/24 Computer Hardware Discovering Computers, Ch 4

4 1/31 Operating Systems, Applications Discovering Computers, Ch 8

5 2/7 Operating Systems, Applications Discovering Computers, Ch 8


6 2/14 WORD Office 2003 Enhanced - WORD

7 2/21 Presidents Day - NO CLASS

2/23 WORD Office 2003 Enhanced – WORD

8 2/28 WORD Office 2003 Enhanced - WORD


9 3/7 – 3/11 SPRING BREAK – NO CLASS

10 3/14 PowerPoint Office 2003 Enhanced – PowerPoint

11 3/21 PowerPoint (Presentations) Office 2003 Enhanced – PowerPoint

3/24 Easter Break No Class

12 3/28 Easter Break No Class

3/30 EXCEL Office 2003 Enhanced – EXCEL

13 4/4 EXCEL Office 2003 Enhanced – EXCEL

14 4/11 EXCEL Office 200 Enhanced – EXCEL

15 4/18 EXCEL Office 2003 Enhanced – EXCEL

16 4/25 EXCEL Office 2003 Enhanced – EXCEL


Final exam: May 3, Tuesday, 12-1:50 p.m.. The final exam will be comprehensive.