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Abstract: Syllabus - Spring 2006 DESCRIPTION/OBJECTIVES Through lecture, recitation, Web-based media, textbooks, and hands-on experience, CGS2100, Micro Applications for Business introduces students to the latest digital technologies and computer applications used in businesses and life. The successful completion of this course satisfies FSU's Computer Competency Requirement. Lecture Topics * Computer Based Information Systems o Information Concepts o Information Systems used in Business o Systems Development o Business Organization Concepts o Information Systems in Organizations and Competitive Advantage o Information Systems Personnel and Careers * Hardware o Computer Processor Components and Operation o Bits, Bytes and Data Representation Schemes o The Use of Digitizing in Computers o Integrated Circuits and Processing o Storage Technologies o Peripherals o Computer System Types and Cost/Performance * Software o Operating Systems and Utilities o Survey of Business Application Software o Survey of Programming Languages and Translation * Data Management o Databases and Data Modeling o Database Management Systems o Business Database Applications * Telecommunications and Networking o Telecommunications Networks and Media o Computer Networks and Network Processing o Internet Technologies and Services o Intranets, Extranets, and Networking Implementation Technologies o The World Wide Web * Electronic Commerce o E-Commerce Applications o Implementation Technologies * Transaction Processing Systems o The Transaction Processing Cycle o Enterprise Resource Planning * Information and Decision Systems o Decision Making and Problem Solving Processes o Management Information System o Decision Support Systems o Group Decision Support Systems and Executive Support Systems * Specialized Business Systems o Overview of Artificial Intelligence o Expert Systems o Virtual Reality * Systems Development o Systems Development Participants and Planning o The Systems Development Life Cycle * Security, Privacy, and Ethics o Computer Waste and Mistakes o Computer Crime o Privacy o Health Concerns Recitation Topics * Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows * Email * Web Research * Word Processing with Microsoft Word * Microsoft Office and the Web * Numeric Analysis with Microsoft Excel * Database Management with Microsoft Access * Presenting with Microsoft PowerPoint * Application Integration By the end of the semester, students will: * demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic computer concepts such as computer hardware, software, architecture, and networking * demonstrate understanding of Information Concepts, Computer-Based Information Systems, and their application in the modern business environment * demonstrate understanding of Data Management and Database Systems * demonstrate understanding of Networking Technologies and Applications in the modern business environment * demonstrate understanding of Electronic Commerce * demonstrate understanding of Business Decision Making and Problem Solving * demonstrate understanding of the Development of Business Information Systems * demonstrate file management techniques in the MS Windows environment * demonstrate skills related to email use * demonstrate skills involved in web-based research * demonstrate working knowledge of word processing with MS Word * demonstrate working knowledge of spreadsheets with MS Excel * demonstrate working knowledge of database management with MS Access * prepare a presentation with MS PowerPoint * demonstrate methods of sharing information between Office applications CONDITIONS FOR ENTRANCE INTO CGS2100 * Students who have taken CGS2060, Computer Literacy, are not eligible for credit in CGS2100. * If both CGS2060 and CGS2100 are taken in the same semester, the student will receive credit for only one of the two courses. ALTERNATIVE COURSE OPTIONS We recognize that our students have varying amounts of computer skills and may be familiar with some or all of the concepts presented in this course. For this reason we present the following option: * CGS2100 Webbased: This option was created for students who are already comfortable with computers, and are interested in taking the class on-line. It requires only three trips to campus: one for orientation, and two to take exams. The Webbased option requires the purchase of the same materials as the classroom option. Assignments, training, and practice exams are all provided via the Web. Students follow a detailed weekly agenda also provided on the Web. Four instructors maintain regular business hours to assist webbased students through in-person conference, phone support, email support, and chat room/discussion board communications. Find out more and access the on-line registration form at INSTRUCTORS Mr. Daniel Chang 106 MCH, Office Hours: TBA Teaching Assistants Teaching assistants hold office hours in the 315 MCH computer lab according to the schedule posted at and can also be contacted at the email address posted on the class Website under "Teacher Info" on the course menu. MATERIALS Students are responsible for purchasing the following materials within the first two days of class: The CGS2100 Course Pack which includes: * Textbook: "Fundamentals of Information Systems, 3rd Edition ", Stair/Reynolds, Course Technology Pub. * Software: "SAM 2003 Assessment & Training 3.0 Student Edition with CD" which includes an important keycode for registering the software and taking online tests. * USB Flash Drive Since these are brand new versions of the book and software, used textbooks are not an option. Purchase all your materials bundled together in the course pack at FSU and Bill's Bookstores, or directly from the pulisher ( Students will be unable to do course work or take exams without the above listed course materials. Students who fail to purchase these materials or purchase them later than the first week of class will be responsible for the consequential effects on their grades. The instructor will not provide accommodations for students who do not purchase these materials. You will be unable to use SAM software that has been used by any other student. USED SAM keycodes are useless. GRADING/EVALUATION Points Activity 80 Assignment 1: Word Processing 80 Assignment 2: Spreadsheets 80 Assignment 3: Databases 60 Assignment 4: PowerPoint 50 Recitation Attendance/Participation (see Agenda for point earning days) 50 Skills Exam 1: Windows & File Management 100 Skills Exam 2: Microsoft Word 2003 100 Skills Exam 3: Excel 2003 100 Skills Exam 4: Access 2003 100 Skills Exam 5: PowerPoint 2003 100 Lecture Exam 1 100 Final Exam 1000 Total Possible Points Add up your points earned then use the chart below to calculate your letter grade. 900 - 909 A- 910 - 1,000 A 800 - 809 B- 810 - 879 B 880 - 899 B+ 700 - 709 C- 710 - 779 C 780 - 799 C+ 600 - 609 D- 610 - 679 D 680 - 699 D+ 000 - 599 F The points you earn over the duration of the semester determine your final letter grade. No additional point earning activities will be provided for students who, at the end of the semester, realize that they have fallen short of their desired grade. Nor will we review and haggle over old assignment and test grades during the last weeks of the semester with students trying to boost their final grade. Issues with assignment grades must be dealt with within two weeks of the posting of the assignment grade, and issues with test grades must be dealt with immediately following the exam. Please don't email the instructors at the end of the semester asking for points. GETTING HELP Beginning the 2nd week of the semester, and continuing until finals week, TA Recitation Instructors are available to assist students with their assignment work in the 315 MCH computer lab according to the schedule at Instructor contact info is accessed using the "Teacher Info" link on the course Website. For questions regarding assignments and recitation matters, email your recitation instructor or visit any one of our recitation instructors during the help hours. For questions regarding lecture class and CGS2100 in general contact Mr. Chang. Students learn application skills in recitation class and by working through on-line training. Students will be provided assistance with their assignment only after they have completed the on-line training. Office hours and help hours are not intended to replace the independent work required to learn the skills. TA's will respond to student email within 24 hours Mon - Fri. It is appreciated when students look up answers for themselves on our class Website prior to emailing a question to the teacher. WHERE TO WORK In order to do your assignments, you will need access to a PC with the following software: * For Assignment 1, Microsoft Word * For Assignment 2, Microsoft Excel * For Assignment 3, Microsoft Access * For Assignment 4, Microsoft PowerPoint We are teaching Office 2003. Students without a PC or without Office 2003 should do their work in the 315 MCH computer lab. The Office 2003 software is available to purchase in the FSU bookstore. Students that opt to do their work on their own computer accept the responsibility for their computer's proper functioning. PC problems that inevitably arise will not be accepted as an excuse for late assignment submissions. If PC problems occur at home, students should complete their work on campus. Back up you assignment files to portable storage to avoid the heartbreak of hard drive crashes. POLICIES We hope this class is a fun and enriching experience for everyone. When working with large groups such as ours, it is important to be clear about what is expected of students and provide some guidelines for behavior so that everyone is assured of the same educational advantages. Attendance & Behavior * Attendance is required and expected for lecture and recitation classes. o Reasons to attend Lecture + keep up-to-date on important class announcements and reminders + obtain a deeper understanding of textbook topics + learn about important technologies and concepts not presented in the textbook + obtain insight into items that will be on the tests + earn extra credit points only available to students in attendance + students who regularly attend lecture are more likely to meet with success when asking the teacher for favors o Reasons to attend Recitation + obtain hands-on, guided, practice in preparation for assignment work + take exams --all exams are given in recitation class, missing an exam without an excuse can drop your final grade a full letter + earn attendance points (5% of your grade * Students that miss class without an acceptable and documented excuse forfeit all of the above advantages. * Email from students who habitually miss class without an acceptable excuse may go unanswered. * Arrive on time, stay to the end; students must be present and engaged from the beginning to the end of class to be considered "in attendance" and deserving of any participation, or extra credit points. * Students are responsible for any information presented in class, even when absent. It is the student's responsibility to find out what was missed if unable to attend. * Students must attend recitation class at its scheduled time and will not be allowed to sit in any other recitation class. Students may be allowed to attend a different lecture class (the large class in FLH) if approved by lecture instructor. * Cell phone use is prohibited in the classroom. * Students participating in disruptive and/or distracting behavior (conversing with friends, loud snoring) during class time will be asked to leave. Students who miss class must present official documentation for the absence to the instructor if they wish to find out what they missed, make up quiz, extra-credit, or attendance points, or have late penalties overlooked. Acceptable documentation includes official letters from a doctor or university administrator, obituary or dated literature from a funeral in the case of the passing of a loved one. Students may, upon notifying his or her instructor, be excused from class to observe a recognized religious holy day of his or her faith. NO INCOMPLETES WILL BE GIVEN FOR THIS COURSE. Assignments * There will be a 25% point penalty per recitation class for late assignments. * Assignments are accessed from our course web site (click Assignments on the menu). * Assignment due dates are listed on the Course Agenda located on our course web site (click Weekly Agenda on the menu). * Assignments are submitted electronically using the form provided with the assignments on our web site Instructions provided on the Assignments page. o Students are responsible for confirming that an assignment is submitted successfully with the submitted file in working order by following the instructions accessed by clicking the Assignments link on the Web site o Submitted assignment files found to be corrupt and unopenable, will require re-submission with late penalties. o Students are responsible for regularly checking their grades on-line to confirm that assignments were received and graded. * Assignments will NOT be graded if submitted to the instructor on disk, printout, or as an email attachment. * Feedback and grades for assignments will be posted to the on-line gradebook within one week of submission. Students may access grader feedback by clicking the assignment score in the gradebook. o Questions, concerns, or complaints regarding graded assignments should be addressed to your recitation instructor at recitation time, or during office hours within two weeks of the posting of the assignment grade. After two weeks the score becomes permanent even if the student does not agree with it. o Students should keep a copy of their assignment files until final grades for the course are posted and you are satisfied that your score is accurately recorded. * Assignment files that are created with any application other than Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, or PowerPoint) for Windows will receive a zero. This includes files created with Microsoft Works and Word Perfect. * Files created with earlier versions of Microsoft Office, or Office for Mac, that cannot be opened with Microsoft Office 2003 will require re-submission with a late penalty. * Assignments that contain content that anyone would find offensive (including profanity, vulgarity, insults, violence, or sexually explicit language) will receive a zero and the student responsible may be brought up on charges of violation of FSU's Conduct Code. * No assignments will be accepted after Sunday, April 16. Cheating Always begin your assignments from a new, blank document file. We consider it cheating when a student starts an assignment from some other student's assignment file, or copies portion of another student's file. * Cheating Penalties : o First Offense: ALL students involved are given zeros on the assignment o Second Offense: An "F" for the course and formal charges against ALL students involved There are no innocent participants in cheating incidents. Students who leave their assignment work available for others to access either on a private or public computer, intentionally or accidentally, will be considered accomplices to cheating should someone else use their work and submit it as their own. * DON'T SAVE YOUR HOMEWORK FILES ON FSU COMPUTER LAB COMPUTERS. USE A PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICE. * DON'T LEAVE YOUR ASSIGNMENT FILES ON YOUR OWN COMPUTER IF SHARING YOUR COMPUTER WITH ANOTHER STUDENT IN THE CLASS. * Assignments are designed in a manner that requires every student's files to contain unique and different data. If two or more students submit work with the same, or portions of the same data, and/or if file properties are the same, it is evidence that cheating has taken place. * Two or more students working together on an assignment is considered cheating. An assignment submission is intended to be a measure of one students ability. * Be warned! Special software will be used that compares every electronically submitted assignment file to all other submitted files to determine if the file was copied from another student. * Sometimes cheating is not detected until after students have submitted several copied assignments. In such cases the first copied assignment is considered the first offense, the second copied assignment, the second offense, and so on. * Students caught communicating during exams will be asked to leave and forfeit the exam. Exams * Your SAM keycode is located in the SAM pamphlet included in your course pack. You will need your keycode by your 2nd recitation class where you will use it set up your SAM account for training and testing. * Test dates are listed on the Course Agenda accessed from our course website. * All exams (except the final exam) are taken on computer during regularly scheduled recitation classes. * Students should prepare for their exams by taking practice exams using the SAM software. Click SAM on the menu to access detailed instructions. * Tests are delivered in electronic format in class over the computer network. If there is power, network, or server failure during an exam, the exam may be rescheduled for another time. * Exam scores are displayed upon completion of each exam. Students who wish to contest an exam score must do so by speaking to their recitation instructor in class immediately following the exam. Test scores cannot be contested after the student leaves the classroom the day of the exam. * Makeup Exam Procedure o Makeup exams must be scheduled within two weeks of the original exam date. After that time the student will automatically receive a zero for the exam regardless of the excuse for missing the exam. o Make-up exams must be approved and scheduled by the recitation (lab) instructor. Make-up exams are taken in recitation class during "help sessions". o Only students with official documentation for their absence will be allowed to make-up a missed test. Acceptable documentation includes official letters from a doctor or university administrator, obituary or dated literature from a funeral in the case of the passing of a loved one. Communication Students are responsible for class announcements sent to their FSU email accounts, and posted to the class website, as well as those made in lecture and recitation class. Besides regularly attending class, and visiting the class website, students are expected to check their email on their FSU account ( at least twice a week. * You may have your email forwarded from your FSU garnet account to some other account using the form at Make sure to test your mail forwarding to confirm that it works! * If you forget your FSU garnet email password or have difficulty with webmail phone 644-8502. * Students will familiarize themselves with our course Web site, accessed from your Campus Website at Students are also expected to check the course agenda, announcements, and grades on the course website weekly. FSU's Academic Honor Code & Student Conduct Code Students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Code ( based on the premise that each student has the responsibility to: 1. Uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in the student's own work, 2. Refuse to tolerate violations of academic integrity in the University community, and 3. Foster a high sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the University community. Students are expected to uphold the Student Conduct Code ( that applies the principles found in the "Statement on Values at Florida State University" by promoting responsible freedom for all students. In particular note that any "conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive campus, educational or working environment for another person." will not be tolerated in this class. Students with Disabilities Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should: 1. Register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC). 2. Bring a letter to the instructor from the SDRC indicating you need academic accommodations. This should be done within the first week of class. (This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.) For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the Assistant Dean of Students:, Disabled Student Services, 08 Kellum Hall, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4066, (850) 644-9566. © 2001 Florida State University,
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