University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Bryan School of Business and Economics
Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
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ISM 210 - Business Computing II
Course Syllabus for Fall 2014
Business Computing II
Mr. Wiley Brown
392 Bryan Building
Mon & Wed 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Others times by appointment
Textbook and Supplies:
 Our text is a modified version of Exploring Office 2013, Pearson Education
o Print copy of the text with myITlab access code (only available at the bookstore)
- ISBN # 9781269686792
o E-text with myITlab access code
 from the bookstore- ISBN # 0133775070
 or you can purchase directly from
 Flash drive.
 Microsoft Office 2013 Professional (includes MS Access)- needed if working on
assignments from home
Course Description:
Business Computing II covers advanced techniques in the use of microcomputer
applications, including spreadsheets, database systems, and linkage between
applications. Students study how end-user applications are managed and contribute to
The objectives of this course are to provide the student with a detailed understanding of
computer systems and to develop some advanced competencies with common business
software applications. These competencies will include:
(a) Understand microcomputer terminology and operations,
(b) Employ current Windows operating system,
(d) Productively use word processing, business graphics, databases and
spreadsheet software.
Relationship to Other Coursework:
Business Computing II expands the student’s proficiency of using advanced
microcomputer tools. This platform will be expanded in subsequent course work
 SCM 304 (Managing and Organizing Projects)
 ISM 318 (Database Systems Sequence)
 ISM 452 (Design of Management Information Systems)
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Course Topics
Lab Assignments Objectives:
Use Windows 7 and 8 to demonstrate file management skills, backup
Operating System skills and safe, secure computing skills.
Productively use Access to construct, maintain and edit databases. Use
Access to create and print multi-level (aggregated) reports, modify dB
structure, define relationships between tables and dB files, create Select
queries. Specify query conditions, calculated fields and use comparison
operators and functions. Group queries and reports by appropriate
level. Exchange data between Access and other data sources. Pivot
query data and create charts.
Productively use Excel to plan and construct a spreadsheet with cell
reference formulas and functions such as the IF function. Create a
spreadsheet with relative and absolute cell references. Use cell notes to
document formula logic. Attractively format worksheet data. Use Excel
to create professional charts. Recognize which chart types optimally
represent data types. Employ advanced Excel features (Conditional
Formatting, Subtotals, PivotTables and Pivot Charts, Create and use
named ranges, Employ Excel Tables and Filtering).
Integrate between the MS Office products seamlessly. Recognize the
appropriate tool for the task.
Documentation Understand how to responsibly and effectively document work.
Troubleshooting Understand the responsibility of communicating effectively with endusers, through help-desk interactions and procedures manuals. Become
aware of general troubleshooting questions and techniques.
Class Format
Lectures, class demonstrations, tutorial-style lab assignments.
 at least a C in ISM 110
 at least a C in MAT 115
Lab assignments:
A variety of assignments on each application will be allocated. Some assignments may
be counted as a grade, other assignments are for students to complete as practice.
These range in scope and difficulty. The intent is for students to use the practice
assignments as needed to prepare for the graded assignments and exams. Because
time management skills are essential to survive, students are free to decide the amount
of individual practice necessary to master an application.
 Exams will be administered only once. If a documented emergency develops
and you miss an exam, there may be an alternative, at the discretion of the
o If you know that you will not be able to take the exam during the normal
scheduled period ahead of time, you must take the exam before the
scheduled time. Please let me know as soon as possible if this is the case.
o If you do not know ahead of time that you will miss a test, you may at the
discretion of the instructor schedule a makeup exam.
 Please note: Questions asked during the exams will be addressed in a manner
that does not give students an advantage; therefore sometimes I might not be
able to give you a complete answer.
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If you are late to class and there is an exam in progress, you will not be given
additional time to complete the exam.
ONLY the programs necessary to complete the test should be open. if you have
instant messenger, e-mail, etc. open during the test, you will receive a zero.
Final Exam: Students will complete a class project in lieu of a final exam. The
class project utilizes both MS Excel and Access and will display the students
understanding of class concepts.
Assignment Descriptions:
Grader Projects- To complete the grader projects you will be given 2 files. One
file is a word document with instructions for the assignment and the second file
is the starter file (either excel or access) that you will work with and then upload
through myITlab to be graded. Make sure not to share these files as myITlab
generates a special code and will flag files that do not coordinate with the one
that you have been given. You will be allowed multiple attempts before the due
date on grader assignments to bring up your grades.
Exercises- These assignments use web based software that is created to
resemble MS Excel or MS Access. You will be given prompts and are expected to
follow and understand what is being asked. The software will give immediate
feedback on your attempt and will provide grades at the end of the assignment.
You will also be allowed multiple attempts before the due date on exercises to
increase your grades.
End of chapter quizzes- These assignments are 10 question multiple choice
questions from a given chapter and can also be attempted multiple times.
Exams- will consist of application based problems from the material covered and
will be timed. Students are to work alone on exams but may use other
resources such as notes, the book, and the internet. Please study properly for
these exams as the time allotted does not allow students extra time to search for
Performance evaluation:
The course grade will be calculated using the following points:
You will have a grader project, exercise, and end of chapter quiz for each chapter that is
covered in this class. Please refer to the tentative schedule for more details.
Final Grading Scale
98 -100
BAssignments Total:
Excel Exam
Access Exam I
Final Project
Below 65
Course Total:
Posting Grades: Grades in the ISSCM
Department are NOT posted and are NOT given over the phone. You may check your
grades on Genie within 2-3 days after the final exam.
Chapter Assignments
Grader Project
End of Chapter Quiz
Other Misc. Assignments
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Written Communication Content:
Information Systems involves a dynamic environment with constant attention to
changes. Effective and professional written communication is stressed through the
required assignments.
E-mail: Each student has been assigned an e-mail account by the IRC.
Students will be expected to activate their e-mail accounts and to use electronic mail.
An excellent way to receive help on homework assignments is for students to attach the
file in question to an e-mail and send it to the instructor.
Technology Applications:
Technological advances in computing are addressed throughout the course.
Ethical Perspectives:
Computing is a tool employed to manage information during decision-making.
The importance of ethical decisions will be addressed. Legal constraints imposed by the
PNPI statutes are also covered.
Global Perspectives:
Globalization coverage is limited to international computing practices. It will
vary from semester to semester.
Honor Code Policy:
Discussing your assignments with other students can be a valuable learning resource;
however, each student is expected to do their own original work. University students
conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic integrity.
Academic misconduct for which a student is subject to penalty includes all forms of
cheating, such as illicit possession of examinations or examination materials, forgery, or
Students will NOT make, borrow, or “share” copies of their assignments or files with other
students, even with previous ISM 210 students. 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. Please understand that the myITlab Grader
monitors and flags integrity violations automatically.
Students are not to work together on the timed exams!
-A tentative class schedule will be posted on Blackboard
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