ISM 110-15 Business Computing I – Fall 2014

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Bryan School of Business and Economics
Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
ISM 110-15 Business Computing I – Fall 2014
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ISM 110 -15
Business Computing I
Maureen Nowak Allen
Ph.D. students: Vishal Uppala and Weian Wang
By email appointment online via webinar session, phone
or skype
(336) 684-1005
Lab: Bryan 221 (preferred)
Weian Wang
Vishal Uppala
By appointment online via webinar session or phone
Required Textbook and Supplies:
myITlab access + eTexts (Exploring Office 2013 Volumn 1 and Technology in Actions)
by Alan Evans, Kendall Martin, Mary Anne Poatsy.
Prentice Hall, 2014, ISBN 9780133815689
This bundled package is available at the bookstore.
(1) It may be economical to buy the bundled package which includes both myITlab access code
and eTexts as the cumulative cost of each might be more than the bundled package price.
(2) myITlab includes eTexts. You can purchase paper books (in addition to the eText) from
(3) If you bought just the paper textbooks online without myITlab then you need purchase
myitlab access code separately on the myitlab website.
(4) Do not purchase the brief edition of Exploring Office 2013 Volumn 1 if you choose to use the
paper textbook. The brief edition has only a few of the necessary chapters.
(5) The class will use Windows operating system and Microsoft Office 2013.
Software and Hardware Requirements:
(1) Windows 8. Mac users view Blackboard/Course Documents/Myitlab for more information;
(2) Microsoft Office 2013 Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint); 90-day trial version of MS Office
2013 are available for free on the Microsoft website;
(3) Chrome (prefered), Internet Explorer or Firefox;
(4) Adobe Acrobat Reader;
(5) Headphones (should be used if working in a lab);
(6) A flash drive of at least 1GB for data backup.
2.0 GPA; Open to freshmen and other students seeking an introduction to computer usage.
Course Description (as in UG Catalog):
Develops skills using microcomputer applications including electronic mail, word processing,
graphics, spreadsheets, and network functions.
Relationship to Other Coursework:
In today’s highly competitive job market, every college graduate needs computer proficiency. ISM 110
introduces the student to fundamental microcomputer tools that firms use to function effectively. The
objectives of this course are to provide the student with a general understanding of computer systems
and to develop some basic competencies with common business software applications. These
competencies will include:
Understand microcomputer terminology and operations,
Use electronic mail, understand Internet concepts, and implement effective online
Employ the Windows operating system,
Productively use microcomputer software for word processing, business graphics, and
electronic spreadsheets.
Concepts covered
Understand the desktop; Manage windows; Identify Windows accessories;
Working with settings and software; Perform a search; Get help.
Access the Internet and look up information on the UNCG Home Page;
the course website and elsewhere; Save information to a file; copy
graphics to use in Microsoft applications; Understand and apply
Copyright law.
Use i-Spartan to send and read e-mail; Attach files to e-mail; Open and
save attachments sent to you; Understand and use CC, BCC, and forward;
Create and use mail folders.
Begin and edit a document; customize Word; use features that improve
readability; view a document in different ways; prepare a document for
distribution; modify document properties; apply font attributes; format a
paragraph; format a document; apply styles; insert and format objects;
insert a table; format a table; manage table data; enhance table data;
create a mail merge document; complete a mail merge; use a writing style
and acknowledge sources; create and modify footnotes and endnotes;
explore special features; review a document; track changes; share and
collaborate on document.
Explore the Excel window; enter and edit cell data; create formulas; use
auto fill; display cell formulas; manage worksheets; manage columns and
rows; select, move, copy, and paste data; apply alignment and font
options; apply number formats; select page setup options; preview and
print a worksheet; use relative, absolute, and mixed cell references in
formulas; correct circular references; insert a function; insert basic math
and statistics functions; use date functions; determine results with the IF
function, use lookup functions, calculate payments with the PMT
function; create and maintain range names; use range names in formulas;
select the data source; choose a chart type; move, size, and print a chart;
add chart elements; format chart elements; apply a chart style and colors;
modify the data source, create and customize sparklines; freeze rows and
columns; print large datasets; design and create tables; apply a table
style; sort data; filter data; use structured references and a total row;
apply conditional formatting; create a new rule.
Use PowerPoint views; type a speaker note; save as slide show; plan a
presentation; assess presentation content; review the presentation; insert
media objects; add a table; use animations and transitions; insert a
header or footer; run and navigate a slide show; print in PowerPoint;
create a presentation using a template; modify a presentation based on a
template; create a presentation in Outline view; modify an outline
structure; print an outline; import an outline; reuse slides from an
existing presentation; use sections; examine slide show design principles;
modify a theme; modify the slide master
Instructional Methodology:
Audio PowerPoint presentation, myitlab skill-based training, hands-on labs.
ISM110 is not an online course. The lab sessions meet once a week. You are required to attend the lab
sessions every week until you master the use of the myITlab system and successfully complete the
skill-based training by yourself.
Performance Evaluation and Grading:
Grades in the course will be based on tests and myitlab assignments. The course grade will be
calculated using the following weights:
Windows Quiz
Internet Quiz
Concepts Quiz
Word 1 Training
Word 1 Quiz
Word 1 Skill-based Exam
Word 2 Training
Word 2 Quiz
Word 2 Skill-based Exam
Word 3 Training
Word 3 Quiz
Word 3 Skill-based Exam
Word 4 Training
Word 4 Quiz
Word 4 Skill-based Exam
Excel 1 Training
Excel 1 Quiz
Excel 1 Skill-based Exam
Excel 2 Training
Excel 2 Quiz
Excel 2 Skill-based Exam
Excel 3 Training
Excel 3 Quiz
Excel 3 Skill-based Exam
Excel 4 Training
Excel 4 Quiz
Excel 4 Skill-based Exam
Powerpoint 1 Training
Powerpoint 1 Quiz
Powerpoint 1 Skill-based Exam
Powerpoint 2 Training
Powerpoint 2 Quiz
Powerpoint 2 Skill-based Exam
Word Unit Exam
Excel Unit Exam
Powerpoint Unit Exam
Midterm Concept Exam
Final Concept Exam
The grade scale is based upon percent of points earned and is as follows:
> 98 = A+
60-62%=DBelow 60=F
Focus on your total PERCENT of points earned rather than the letter grade on a specific
Assignments are submitted in myITlab on the due date and time. Assignments submitted late will
receive no credit. You are free to work ahead to better accommodate your schedule. Complete
assignments on time. Each assignment is due NO LATER THAN THE SPECIFIED TIME. The date
stamp on electronic submissions will be considered to evaluate if an assignment is late. Expect the
network to crash, the labs to be overcrowded and your car’s battery to die the night before a major
assignment is due. Plan for disasters. Do not procrastinate on the assignments. You are expected to
meet commitments in this course in preparation for meeting commitments on the job. Failing to meet
your commitments on the job and in this course carry meaningful consequence. Your Instructor may post
an answer key on myitlab for some assignments. Proofread your work against the answer key. Learn to spot and
correct your own errors.
You may improve your score by correcting and resubmitting your assignment as long as the
resubmission arrives prior to the due date. In the office, should you prepare a report and give a draft to
your supervisor to read and the supervisor finds errors, you will need to correct your errors. This class
also affords you the chance to find and correct your errors and improve your grade. Because the learning
in this class is cumulative, you will need to work past due assignments in order to develop the skills
needed in subsequent chapters.
The assignments and tests are delivered through myITlab online, you must have a functioning internet
connection, know your usernames and passwords and be able to connect to and remain connected to the
Concept Exams and Unit Exams: All concept exams and unit exams will be delivered through
myITlab. If for any reason, you must miss a test, you must notify the instructor in advance and
reschedule the test in advance of its scheduled date. No makeup examinations are offered for any
reason. In the event of an acceptable excused absence, the weight of the missed test will be transferred
to the final examination. The concept exams are multiple choice exams. Unit exams are designed to let
students demonstrate their problem solving skills using the simulated Microsoft applications. Skip
questions if you do not know them. Make sure to submit your exam before time expires.
Posting Grades: The ISSCM Department does not give grades over the phone or post them on doors.
You can check your grades on Genie.
Professors are not authorized to troubleshoot personal computers. Students will utilize the
Technology Support Center (Forney 101) to resolve technical issues. Students may be required to use
the labs, (SuperLab located in Jackson Library or Bryan labs located in Bryan 209, 211 or 221) if
repeated computer issues arise.
Windows 8 and Office 2013 are installed on labs computers (Superlab and Bryan labs). You must use
the username and password of your UNCG account to login the lab computers.
The Moodle announcement board will be the primary communication tool for the course. For security
reasons, students are required to use their UNCC email account when sending emails to the
instructor/professor. Emails sent from personal accounts may not be answered.
Include the following on the email subject line: a specific subject (example: Word Training 1
Academic Integrity Policies:
University students conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic integrity.
Academic misconduct includes all forms of cheating, such as illicit possession of examinations or
examination materials, forgery, or plagiarism. Students will not make, borrow, or “share” copies of their
assignments or files with other students. Plagiarism is presenting as one’s own work, that work which
is, in whole or in part, the work of another person or persons without giving proper credit to the
appropriate source. This includes submitting work done by another, as one’s own work. Helping one
another is allowed, but copying, even electronically, is cheating. This practice is against the UNCG
Honor Code and defeats the purpose of this course. No credit will be received for shared work, and other
penalties may be imposed. UNCG’s Academic Integrity Policy (AIP) can be downloaded from
Oral and Written Communication Content:
Each student has been assigned a UNCG account. Students will be expected to activate their accounts
and to learn to use electronic mail (iSpartan). Myitlab has a separate mail utility. The instructor
probably checks the myitlab email once a month or even more rarely. Students are required to use
their UNCG iSpartan email account when sending emails to the instructor/professor. Emails sent
from personal accounts may not be answered for security reasons.
Failing to read emails (or the announcement board) will not be an acceptable excuse for missing critical
information. Please read the instructor’s emails before sending him/her an email because s/he may have
answered your question in an email/announcement sent to the class.
Disability Services:
If you have any type of learning or physical disability, please contact the UNCG Office of Disability
Services in Suite 208 EUC. You must register/petition with them first. The Disability office will contact
us once your request is approved.
Important Dates:
Check the website at
Tentative Schedule:
The specific due dates for the trainings, quizzes and exams will be located in the
calendar dates of MyITLab. Check each calendar date with alarm clocks as that
indicates something is due. The schedule is tentative and is subject to changes by instructor.
Please check the Blackboard and MyITLab announcements for updates to the schedule.
Getting Stared
with ISM110
Aug. 18
 BB->Course Documents->Myitlab
Aug. 20
Aug. 22
 Windows End of Chapter Quiz
Aug. 25
TIA Chapter 3 eText
PowerPoint Presentation
Audio PowerPoint Presentation
Replay Video Part 1
Replay Video Part 2
Try This Video
Sound Byte: Finding Information on the Web
Sound Byte: Welcome to the Web
Aug. 27
TIA Chapter 7 eText
PowerPoint Presentation
Audio PowerPoint Presentation
Sound Byte: Connecting to the Internet
Sound Byte: Securing Wireless Networks
Sound Byte: Installing a Home Network
Aug. 29
 Internet Quiz
Windows OS
Sep. 1
Sep. 3
Sep 5
Work Due
Register a myitlab account
Enroll in the myitlab course
Windows Companion Website
Windows Powerpoint Presentation (slides to download) Windows Quiz
Windows Audio Powerpoint Presentation
Internet Quiz
Have a Nice Labor Day!
TIA Chapter 9 eText
Chapter 9 PowerPoint Presentation
Chapter 9 Audio PowerPoint Presentation
Sound Byte: Protecting Your Computer
Sound Byte: Installing a Firewall
Sound Byte: Managing Computer Security with
Windows Tools
 Sound Byte: Surge Protectors and USBs
TIA Chapter 5 eText
Chapter 5 PowerPoint Presentation
Chapter 5 Audio PowerPoint Presentation
Sound Byte: Customizing Windows
Sound Byte: File Management
Sound Byte – Hard Disk Anatomy Interactive
Sound Byte – Letting Your Computer Clean Up After
 Concepts Quiz (from the topics above)
Concept Quiz
Sep. 8
Word 1
 Word 1 Training
Sep. 12
 Word 1 End of Chapter Quiz
 Word 1 Skilled-based Exam
Sep. 15
 Word 2 Training
Sep. 19
 Word 2 End of Chapter Quiz
 Word 2 Skilled-based Exam
Sep. 22
Excel 2
Word 3 companion website
Word 3 Powerpoint Presentation (slides to download)
Word 3 Audio Powerpoint Presentation
Sep. 24
 Word 3 Training
Sep. 26
 Word 3 End of Chapter Quiz
 Word 3 Skilled-based Exam
Sep. 29
Word 4
Excel 1
Word 2 companion website
Word 2 Powerpoint Presentation (slides to download)
Word 2 Audio Powerpoint Presentation
Sep. 17
Word 3
Word 1 companion website
Word 1 Powerpoint Presentation (slides to download)
Word 1 Audio Powerpoint Presentation
Sep. 10
Word 2
Word Unit
Word 4 companion website
Word 4 Powerpoint Presentation (slides to download)
Word 4 Audio Powerpoint Presentation
Oct. 1
 Word 4 Training
Oct. 3
 Word 4 End of Chapter Quiz
 Word 4 Skilled-based Exam
Oct. 5
Study for the Word Unit Exam and Midterm Exam
Oct. 8
 Word Unit Exam
Oct. 10
 Midterm Concept Exam
Oct. 13
Have a Nice Fall Break!
Oct. 15
Oct. 17
 Excel 1 End of Chapter Quiz
 Excel 1 Skilled-based Exam
Oct. 20
Oct. 22
 Excel 2 Training
Word 1 Training, Quiz and
Skill-Based Exam
Word 2 Training, Quiz and
Skill-based Exam
Word 3 Training, Quiz and
Skill-based Exam
Word 4 Training, Quiz and
Skill-based Exam
Word Unit Exam
Midterm Concept Exam
Excel 1 companion website
Excel 1 Powerpoint Presentation (slides to download)
Excel 1 Audio Powerpoint Presentation
Excel 1 Training
Excel 2 companion website
Excel 2 Powerpoint Presentation (slides to download)
Excel 2 Audio Powerpoint Presentation
Excel 1 Training, Quiz and
Skill-based Exam
Excel 2 Training, Quiz and
Skill-based Exam
Oct. 24
 Excel 2 End of Chapter Quiz
 Excel 2 Skilled-based Exam
Oct. 27
Excel 3
Oct. 29
 Excel 3 Training
Oct. 31
 Excel 3 End of Chapter Quiz
 Excel 3 Skilled-based Exam
Nov. 2
Excel 4
Excel Unit
 Excel 4 Training
Nov. 7
 Excel 4 End of Chapter Quiz
 Excel 4 Skilled-based Exam
Nov. 10
 Excel Unit Exam
Nov. 12
 eText
 PowerPoint 1 companion website
 PowerPoint 1 Powerpoint Presentation (slides to
 PowerPoint 1 Audio Powerpoint Presentation
 PowerPoint 1Training
Nov. 14
 PowerPoint 1 End of Chapter Quiz
 PowerPoint 1 Skilled-based Exam
Nov. 17
 eText
 PowerPoint 1 companion website
 PowerPoint 1 Powerpoint Presentation (slides to
 PowerPoint 1 Audio Powerpoint Presentation
Nov. 19
 PowerPoint 1 Training
Nov. 21
 PowerPoint 1 End of Chapter Quiz
 PowerPoint 1 Skilled-based Exam
Nov. 24
 PowerPoint Unit Exam
Nov. 26
Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 28
Happy Thanksgiving!
Dec. 1
 Final Concept Exam
Unit Exam
Final Concept
Excel 4 companion website
Excel 4 Powerpoint Presentation (slides to download)
Excel 4 Audio Powerpoint Presentation
Nov. 5
PowerPoint 1
PowerPoint 2
Excel 3 companion website
Excel 3 Powerpoint Presentation (slides to download)
Excel 3 Audio Powerpoint Presentation
Excel 3 Training, Quiz and
Skill-based Exam
Excel 4 Training, Quiz and
Skill-based Exam
Excel Unit Exam
PPT 1 Training, Quiz and
Skill-based Exam
PPT 2 Training, Quiz and
Skill-based Exam
PowerPoint Unit Exam
Final Concept Exam
Fall 2014 Academic Calendar
August 8, Friday
Undergraduate academic suspension appeals deadline
August 11–15, Mon.–Fri.
Orientation, advising, and registration for all students based on student population
and classification
August 11, Monday
Fall semester opens
August 13, Wednesday
State of the Campus Address
August 18, Monday
Classes begin, 8:00 a.m.
August 18–22, Mon.–Fri.
Late registration and schedule adjustment
August 22, Friday
Last day to change course(s) or course section(s) without special permission
August 22, Friday
Financial aid satisfactory academic progress appeals deadline; hours locked for
financial aid purposes.
August 22, Friday
Last day to drop course for tuition and fees refund
August 25, Monday
Deadline for graduate students to apply to graduate in December 2014
September 1–30
Undergraduate students declare or change major in September.
September 1, Monday
Labor Day holiday. Classes dismissed; offices closed.
September 5, Friday
Final deadline for undergraduates to apply to graduate in December 2014
October 5, Sunday
Founders Day
October 10, Friday
Last day to drop course without academic penalty
October 10, Friday
Instruction ends for Fall Break, 6:00 p.m.
October 15, Wednesday
Classes resume after Fall Break, 8:00 a.m.
Oct. 15–Nov. 18, Wed.–Tues.
Spring semester and summer session advising for continuing students, by
October 24, Friday
Final date for December doctoral candidates' oral examinations
Oct. 27–Nov. 18, Mon.–Tues.
Spring and Summer 2015 registration for continuing students
October 31, Friday
Deadline for undergraduates to apply to student teach during Fall 2015
November 7, Friday
Deadline for filing dissertation and original signature pages with the Graduate
November 17, Monday
Deadline for filing thesis with the Graduate School
November 25, Tuesday
Instruction ends for Thanksgiving holiday, 10:00 p.m.
December 1, Monday
Classes resume, 8:00 a.m.
December 1, Monday
Last day of classes
December 2, Tuesday
Final date for complete clearance of December graduate degree candidates.
Deadline for final submission of thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School.
December 2, Tuesday
Reading Day
December 3–6, 8–10, Wed.–Sat.,
Final examinations
December 11–12, Thurs.–Fri.
Final exam makeup days
December 11, Thursday
December Commencement, Greensboro Coliseum
Approved by the Faculty Senate 3.6.13. Approved by the Chancellor 3.28.13. Amended 10.11.13.