Software for Personal Computing

Syllabus (Summer 05-3)





TIME: M & W 2:30 - 4:15pm 

INSTRUCTOR: Lark Berfield

Phone: 624-8464
Office: 6150 Sennott Square
Office Hours: By Appt



bullet The O'Leary Series: Microsoft Office XP

Note - You will need to purchase AT LEAST 3 - 3.25" High Density diskettes for use in this class.


This course is an introductory course intended for students who are non-computer science majors and have little or no knowledge about or experience working with personal computers. Students who are already very familiar with personal computers and the software applications that are covered in this class should take a more advanced course.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the Windows operating system and the use of several software applications selected from the principal areas of applications for personal computing. By the end of the term, you should be able to:

bulletDescribe the basic parts of a computer (both hardware and software), their basic functions, and how they interact.
bulletLog into, work with files and directories on, and run applications on a computer running a Microsoft Windows 95/98/XP operating system.
bulletCreate, design, and modify document, electronic spreadsheet, database, and presentation files using applications in the Microsoft Office tool suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).



20% Homework , 15% Labs, 15% Quizzes, 25% Midterm Exam, 25% Final Exam


This course is divided up into 5 sections: General Computing and Windows Operating System, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft PowerPoint. For each section, there will be scheduled computer labs, which you will be expected to complete.  There will a homework assignment for each section.

Late Policy: Unless stated otherwise, all assignments are due at the beginning of class.   For each day that an assignment is late 10% of the total possible points will be deducted from the grade.

bulletAssignments more than one week late will not be accepted.

Extensions:  Extension will only be granted before an assignment is due and only under extraordinary circumstances.

Homework grading : Each homework assignment will be worth 30 points. The following scale shows the letter grade corresponding to the total points earned for homework assignments. The letter grade will be the overall grade for the homework portion of the final grade for the class.

 Lab grading: Labs will be worth 20 points for each completed lab. While some labs may be challenging, most will be very basic and an easy way to pick up points. There will be NO makeup labs, except in extraordinary circumstances!


There will be five announced quizzes.  Your lowest quiz score will be dropped, and the remaining quiz scores will be averaged together to get the quiz portion of your grade for the class.  There will be no makeup quizzes.  If you miss a quiz, that quiz grade is the one that will be dropped.


There is a midterm and a final exam scheduled for this class.  Both exams will be in-class, closed book exams.  No makeup exams will be offered unless you have a documented medical excuse.

Tentative Grading Scale:
                90-100%    A
                80-89%      B
                70-79%      C
                60-69%      D
                59 & below F



bulletYou should check the class web site,, regularly for announcements regarding class and assignments.
bulletIf you are absent from a lecture, you are responsible for learning what was covered, and obtaining any notes or handouts given in class. All class handouts are available on the class website unless stated otherwise.
bulletIt is usually better to e-mail me rather than call because I am always around a computer but not always my phone.