Lake-Sumter Community College Course Syllabus

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Lake-Sumter Community College Course Syllabus

Course / Prefix Number

CGS 1100

Course Title:

Business Computer Applications




6:30 - 9:15 pm




Spring 2010

Mon. Jan. 9 to Mon. April 30, 12

Course Catalog Description:

This course develops professional skills in the use of microcomputer business software. Students will survey and use application programs including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software and web browsers. Additional activities will include the understanding of basic computer concepts, how to use computers in today’s business and academic world and how to access information on the World Wide Web. Students may only receive credit toward a degree for one of the following: CGS 1530, CGS 1100, or OST 1854.


Ms. Joan Johnson

Contact Information:


Home #: 352-793-8386

Leave msg with name, number & latest time at night to call.

Office Location:


Office Hours:

We can meet before or after class, or by specific arrangements.

All students are required to use LakerMail for official college e-mail communications.

See the college webpage for instructions on activating LakerMail.



Textbook and Other Course Materials:

Exploring Microsoft Office 2010, Volume 1
ISBN-10: 0136122329
ISBN-13:  9780136122326

Publisher:  Prentice Hall, Copyright:  2011

Students need a flash drive/USB drive for file storage.
Student Data Files

Required student data files can be found:

  • On the CDs provided with the student’s textbook;

  • On the LSCC M: Drive available in LSCC computer classrooms/labs, Libraries and Learning Centers; or

  • At the website

Technology and Online Computer Access Requirements:

Students must have access to a computer with Microsoft Windows 7.0, Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) and Internet connectivity. If you do not have a computer that meets these requirements, LSCC computer labs in our campus Libraries and Learning Centers provide all of the necessary programs needed to complete the work for this course. No other software packages may be utilized to complete course assignments (i.e. Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Works, WordPerfect, or Microsoft Office for Mac).
It is the student’s responsibility to have an alternative plan if their main computer system fails or encounters technical issues that prevent the completion of required assignments by the specified due date (i.e. – complete work on-site at a campus library or learning center, have a secondary computer available, etc.). Computer hardware, software and/or printer problems are not acceptable excuses for incomplete or late assignments.

Course Objectives:

(what the course will do)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to use computers and application software to efficiently and effectively complete common academic and business tasks. Instruction will be based on best practices in the utilization of the applications as defined by the software developer.

  1. Students will understand and use safe computing practices.

  2. Students will utilize and demonstrate understanding of appropriate terminology as it relates to basic computer concepts.

  3. Students will use an operating system to perform basic tasks including file management, Aero desktop experiences and customization to increase work productivity.

  4. Students will read and respond to e-mail using appropriate professional etiquette.

  5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the academic and social implications of the Internet and other electronic resources in regards to social, ethical and legal issues.

  6. Students will create a variety of word-processing documents including memos, letters and multi-page reports using MLA and/or APA styles.

  7. Students will create appropriately formatted spreadsheets and charts.

  8. Students will demonstrate understanding of the structure of databases. Students will design and create basic tables, forms, queries, and reports.

  9. Students will create a presentation to deliver information to an audience.

  10. Students will integrate applications.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) Assessed in this Course:

(what the students take with them beyond this course)

The student …

  • Effectively applies word processing skills appropriate for academic assignment and/or career needs. (GE)

  • Effectively applies spreadsheet skills appropriate for academic assignment and/or career needs. (GE)

  • Effectively applies software application skills appropriate for academic assignment and/or career needs. (GE)

  • Effectively applies Internet searching techniques utilizing a web browser to effectively access electronic information resources appropriate for academic assignment and/or career needs. (C)

  • Actively uses and demonstrates understanding of appropriate terminology as it relates to computer hardware, software and technology topics. (C)

  • Effectively performs specific tasks within an operating system to demonstrate file management and customization skills necessary for academic assignment and/or career needs. (C)

  • Effectively demonstrates an understanding of the academic and social implications of the Internet and other electronic resource available with today’s technology in regards to social, ethical and legal issues. (C)

(GE designates General Education Competency SLOs, C indicates course-level SLOs)

Academic Integrity:

The successful functioning of the academic community demands honesty, which is the basis of respect for both ideas and persons. In the academic community, there is an ongoing assumption of academic integrity at all levels. There is the expectation that work will be independently thoughtful and responsible as to its sources of information and inspiration. Honesty is an appropriate consideration in other ways as well, including but not limited to the responsible use of library resources, responsible conduct in examinations, and the responsible use of the Internet. (See college catalog for complete statement.)

Important Information for Students with Disabilities:

Any student with a documented disability who requires assistance or academic accommodations should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities immediately to discuss eligibility. The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) is located on the Leesburg Campus, but arrangements can be made to meet with a student on any campus. An appointment can be made by calling 352-365-3574 and specific information about the OSD and potential services can be found at, then go to “Quick Links” and click on Disability Services.

Privacy Policy (FERPA):

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of a student’s education records. In order for your information to be released, a form must be signed and in your records located in the Admissions/Registrar’s Office.

Attendance / Withdrawal Policies:

Punctuality, attendance and class participation are essential for success. Students are responsible for ALL materials discussed in class. If you are late or absent, it is YOUR responsibility to get class notes, handouts and lab assignments.
Attendance will be taken at each class meeting. Assignments will be collected at the beginning of the class. Late assignments will not be accepted. Work missed due to absence, tardiness and/or early departure may not be made up. Assignments can be emailed to the instructor when student is absent.
If you wish to withdraw from the course, you must go to the Admissions Office and submit the formal course withdrawal form by the withdrawal deadline. If you do not complete the course and do not formally withdraw, you will receive a failing grade.

Withdrawal Deadline:

Friday, March 23, 12 by 4:00 pm

Methods of Evaluation:


Windows, Office Fundamentals and Special Topics 15%

Word 25%

Excel 20%

PowerPoint 10%

Access 15%

Final Exam 15%

Policy on Submission of Work

All homework is to be completed and turned in at the beginning of class on the date it is due. Homework will not be accepted after this time. If you must be absent from class, you may email your assignments to the instructor prior to the start of class to receive credit.
Do not wait until the last minute to prepare and print your assignments. Software and printer problems are not acceptable excuses for incomplete assignments.
Any student not present at the time of a quiz, test or other in-class activity will receive a zero for that activity unless arrangements are made with the instructor prior to the class. Exceptions should be discussed with the instructor individually. An email request should always be made to show documentation of the request and approval.
It is the student’s responsibility to read each assigned chapter before coming to class. Questions on quizzes and final exam will come from the textbook chapters as well as from in-class discussion and additional assignments. Students will not be permitted to use their book or class notes on quizzes, tests or exams.


If you cheat, some or all of the following actions will be taken:

  • The first instance will result in a zero on the grade involved and may result in a failing grade for the course. The second instance will result in a failing grade for the course.

  • A report of the incident may be forwarded to the Dean of Student Affairs. The Dean may file the report in your permanent record and/or take further disciplinary action.

  • Refer to college catalog for full statement on Academic Integrity.

Grading Scale:

Grading Scale

900 - 1,000 points = A Superior Achievement

800 - 899 points = B Above-Average Achievement

700 - 799 points = C Average Achievement

600 - 699 points = D Below-Average Achievement

0 - 599 points = F Failing Work

Course Calendar:

See Attached

Classroom Rules and Policies:

  • Be respectful of your instructor and fellow classmates at all times.

  • As a courtesy, please do not talk, type, or print while the instructor is talking to the class or when a student is asking a question that pertains to the class.

  • Do not “surf” the Web, check email or visit social networking sites during class, unless directed to do so by your instructor.

  • Do not bring laptops or other electronic devices to class as these items will not be permitted to be on or used during class.

  • Turn off cell phones, pagers, and texting devices. If you are anticipating an emergency contact during class, please speak with the instructor prior to class regarding the situation.

  • The use of any cell phone or texting device during an exam will be presumed as cheating (refer to the cheating policy). Utilizing device during lecture will result in student being required to submit a 900 word essay on etiquette in the classroom.

  • Refrain from bringing food and drink into the classroom.

Violence Statement:

Lake-Sumter Community College has a policy of zero tolerance for violence as stated in College Board Rule 2.17. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with Board Rule 2.17.

Syllabus Disclaimer:

Information contained in this syllabus is, to the best knowledge of this instructor, considered correct and complete when distributed to the student. The instructor reserves the right, acting within policies and procedures of Lake-Sumter Community College, to make necessary changes in course content or instructional techniques without prior notice or obligation to the student.

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