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Computer Concepts and Applications

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2011
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
BO 320 & DB 306
Days & Times

BO Room 320 T, 8:00  &  DB Room 306 R 8:00

Dr. Tina Johnson PhD (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

This course is designed as a first course in computing and is intended for non-CS majors.  The intent is to provide a broad-based knowledge of computers, their applications, and their intrinsic roles in major areas in contemporary society.  The lab provides extensive preparation in MS Office.   

Course Expectations

Text:    1. (online) Emerge with Computers Version 3.0 via CLMS Printed Access Card, Baldauf

               2. (online) SAM 2010 ATP, v 2.0, Course Technology

               3. (optional) Picture Yourself Learning Microsoft Office 2010, Koers

Software:  SAM 2010 ATP Assessment, Training and Projects v2.0 for Microsoft Office 2010.  The SAM access code is bundled with the CLMS Emerge access code for the required e-textbook at the MWSU Bookstore – and is cheaper than buying them separately. All training and testing will be administered through the SAM and Emerge websites; therefore, it is not possible to pass this course without purchasing the access codes.  Used access codes will not work with this software.

Additional Material:   A USB stick will be necessary for saving lab documents.  Avoid using a U3 Cruzer stick as these do not always work in the labs.

Grading Standards

Lecture Exams (3)                            30%

Lab Exams (3)                                   30%

Assignments                                      30%

Group Project                                    10%

Final Exam 12/08/2011 8:00
Submission Format Policy

All assignments and tests will be submitted through Emerge (lecture portion) and SAM2010 (lab portion).

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

Assignments will be accepted late up to one week after the due date with a penalty of 5 points per day.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar and the MSU Undergraduate Bulletin for university policies on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student rights and activities.

Other Policies


Disability Policy:  In accordance with the law, MSU provides academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities.  Students with disabilities must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided.  The DSS office is located in Clark Student Center, Room 168, phone 397-4140.

Counseling Center:  MSU offers personal, group, career, and academic counseling.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of these free services by contacting the Counseling Center: 

   Corner of Hampstead and Louis J. Rodriguez Drive, 397-4618,

Course Content:  The material includes text reading assignments, lectures, videos, and homework.  Students are responsible for all material regardless of attendance. The lab is a required portion of the course.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at