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CA103 - Intro to Microcomputers - Syllabus
Rvsd Office hrs & BE 319 Lab Schedule

Professor:  Kathy Moore - Business, Computers, & Economic Development Division - Office - BE 228
kmoore@avc.edu - phone 661-722-6378 - FAX 661-722-6372
Office Hrs: MW 11:30 to Noon, and 4:30 – 5 pm

SUMMER 2010 - Mon & Wed - noon - 4:30 pm - BE 324 - CRN 51091 - 3 units / 4 hrs - 8 wks 6/14-8/6/2010
                   --------- Supplemented with Online course material and tasks

This CA103 section is an Honors Option Course.  See Kathy for info.

AVC Web Site: http://www.avc.edu  and http://myavc.avc.edu
AVC Course Info Site:
AVC Online Learning Info Site: http://avconline.avc.edu/info/student/

Concept Text's Publisher's Student Online Companion = www.scsite.com/dcf2010  CoursePort: Register & LogIn  http://login.course.com 

HOT LINKS to sections of this SYLLABUS PAGE:
Textbook / Data Files Download link / Supplies / Software Requirements
Course Description, Advisories & Performance Objectives
Methods of Presentation & Grading – weighted average method
Assignments - Participation - Email requirements - AVC Labs
Computer Classes & Open Labs Rules & Schedules 
General Information = COMMUNICATE!!

Two textbooks bundled & shrink wrapped at AVC Bookstore, ISBN 1-4354-7943-2, new $202.60 + tax or used $151.95 + tax
Or you can buy them separately at other sources - http://avconline.avc.edu/info/student/System.htm#UsedTextbooks


CA103_SU2010_DiscComp2010_16969565146636144381509523340628464504.jpg (1) -- TEXTBOOK with CONCEPT CHAPTERS -- Discovering Computers 2010: Living in a Digital World, Fundamentals, 6th Edition, Shelly/Vermaat, ISBN-10: 0-495-80638-2, ISBN-13: 978-0-495-80638-7, © 2010

--- Main text site   -   http://www.cengagebrain.com/tl1/en/US/storefront/US?cmd=catProductDetail&ISBN=9780495806387&cid=APL1  -

--- Publisher textbooks prices: Buy Textbook: $99.49 - Rent 60-days $48.49 – eTextbook 6 mo: $55.49 - eChapters: $7.49 (ea) – Download Chapter 1 FREE

--- Publisher's Student Online Companion = CoursePort:  www.scsite.com/dcf2010 - Register & LogIn



CA103_SU2010_MSO2007_491730806202459305310071712251501066057.jpg (2) - LAB MANUAL with MS Office COMPUTER CHAPTERS – Microsoft® Office 2007: Introductory Concepts and Techniques, Premium Video Edition, 1st Edition, Shelly/Cashman/Vermaat, ISBN-10: 0-324-82684-2, ISBN-13: 978-0-324-82684-5, © 2010

-- Main MSO 2007 text site:  http://www.cengagebrain.com/tl1/en/US/partnerMkt/US?cmd=CLHeaderSearch&fieldValue=0324826842    or      http://www.cengagebrain.com/tl1/en/US/partnerMkt/US?cmd=catProductDetail&ISBN=978-0-324-82684-5

·         --- Publisher textbooks prices: Buy Textbook: $118.49 – eTextbook 6 months: $65.99 - eChapters: $7.49 (ea) – Download Chapter 1 FREE


·         Publisher's Student Online Companion site - no registration or log in required:


·         Publisher instructions to download Student Data Files - http://cengagesites.com/academic/?site=3136&section=11

·         Or, in AVC BE Building Labs, you can download Student Data Files, PDF or Excel Working Papers, PowerPoint presentation files from the  I: Instructional Material server- Open the BE folder, then the kmoore folder, then the folder for your course.

o   Student Share server is only available from AVC BE labs

SUPPLIES - required:

·         Bring completed assignments, two textbooks, USB device, & paper/pen/pencil EACH DAY

o    One USB Flash Drive if you have a home computer to back up

1.      Keep backup files to your home hard disk drive

2.      Or have a second USB Flash Drive to backup files if you are using public labs

o    Link to USB Storage usage info

o    Pen or pencils, and paper


·         For details about software, Free/Cheap ISPs, Browser Settings, refer to System Requirements - Use Browser BACK button to return to this page.

·         Windows version XP or Vista or 7 Operating System; 

·         Microsoft Office 2007 - Professional - integrated suite of applications complete installation
-- Use of other operating systems or application suites is allowed, but you are responsible for learning differences and working around incompatibilities with text instructions.
-- I recommend that you use AVC Open Labs if your computer does not have appropriate software;

·         ANTIVIRUS / ANTISPYWARE SOFTWARE Symantec Norton Antivirus, or other reliable software, with passive installation and frequent updates;

·         RELIABLE Internet Access 
If using AOL or CompuServe, you may have problems.
- Refer to FREE & CHEAP ISPs (dial up) to install and use at home when you need to work online;

·         Netscape Navigator browser - recent version;

·         Microsoft Internet Explorer browser - recent version;
--- refer to Browser Settings to work online;

·         Web-Based Email that supports attachments (e.g., Yahoo.com )

·         Windows XP or Vista or 7 or WinZip or other ZIP file compression software

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·         This course is designed to teach the first-time computer user the features of a microcomputer, how a microcomputer operates, and how to select a microcomputer that best fits individual needs. Students will learn how to use the major features of popular software applications, including word processors (MS Word), spreadsheets (MS Excel), database managers (MS Access), presentation managers (MS PowerPoint), and Internet browsers. This course includes "hands-on" operation of a microcomputer. No prior computer experience is needed.  No prior computer experience is needed.  This is not a programming class.

** NOTE: AVC has THREE introduction to computers courses:

1.      Business majors who have completed ACCT 201, with a grade of "C" or better, and are planning on transferring to a university, are advised to take CA 221.

2.      Computer-oriented majors should consider CIS 101.

3.      This course, CA103, is for all others.


·         Eligibility for ENGL 099, READ 099 and MATH 100 --  Basically, you must be able to read, write and do math at college level to succeed.

COURSE PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

·         Discuss the major uses of a microcomputer

·         Operate a personal computer in a “hands-on” mode

·         Describe the major software applications and their uses

·         Use the operating system (Windows) to perform major tasks such as making backup copies, copying files, and organizing disk storage

·         Use word processing software to write papers and letters

·         Use spreadsheet software, including the design of and entering formulas and charting

·         Use database management software

·         Use presentation management software

·         Identify and discuss devices used for input and output

·         Identify and discuss the components of the system unit, how main memory stores programs and data, and the sequence of operations that occurs when instructions are executed

·         Explain storage operations and identify and discuss the various types of secondary storage

·         Discuss the Internet, networking, and communications

·         Use a browser to search the Internet and the World Wide Web

·         Discuss the legal and ethical aspects of copying software

·         Discuss the proper care, cautions, and the use of microcomputers

·         Discuss emerging software and technologies.


·         Textbook, lectures, discussions, group activities, demos, publications, online web resources, and Email are used.

·         For your success, participation in class is necessary (worth 10 % of your grade) and thorough preparation is vital.

·         All assignments must be completed on time to maintain the flow of learning and structure of files.

·         Quizzes, unannounced, may be used to evaluate the level of preparedness of the class.


·         AVC offers various programs to assist student learning. Included are Learning Center, Tutoring, Disabled Student Services, Equal Opportunity Program and Services (EOP&S), Financial Aid, Career Center, Job Placement, Child Care, Re-Entry, Transfer Center, Veterans, GAIN, and counseling. For more info, ask Kathy or visit the departments.

Our goal is to provide you with the most beneficial and successful education opportunities.
Your duty is to work diligently to achieve all those benefits and successes.

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METHODS OF EVALUATION: EVERYONE starts semester with 100 % = A !!!!

Student participation / Discussions / E-Mail =

10 %

Concepts Chapters assignments /

15 %

Lab Manual "hands on" computer assigned work =

25 %

Special Computer Projects (4 @ 5 % each)

20 %

1 MidTerm and 1 Final Exam @ 15 % each =

30 %

Weighted Average Semester Grade Total =
     The weight percentages are used to calculate the semester grade.
     This method is NOT basic average = your points / total points


FYI, example, your GPA is calculated using the weighted average method

100 %

GRADING RANGES: 100 thru 90 = A ; 89 thru 80 = B ; 79 thru 70 = C ; 69 thru 60 = D ; < = 59 = F
















ASSIGNMENTS are listed in the Calendar.  Due Dates <= Calendar date shown.

·         ► Submit Chapters' Assignments BEFORE Date Assigned, Be ready to discuss chapters info.

·         ► Submit Chapters' Assignments + Extra Credit "Learn it Online" <= Exam DUE Date

·         ► Submit MS Office Projects & Special Projects & Exams <= DUE Date


Participate in classroom and online activities.  Ask questions. Assist others.

Email is important in this class, and it's critical that you set up SUBJECT as follows:
CA103 - Yourlastname - Reason for email message
AND always include a brief message AND your First and Last names in the body of the message

PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS.   COMMUNICATE in a timely & professional manner!!
            Penalty -20% per class meeting for late work - nothing accepted over two class meetings late
Keep files backed up!!!         
Keep files backed up!!!                Keep files backed up!!




OPEN LABS: Schedules posted outside each lab - AVC Student ID Card required.

- - - - - - LABS CLOSED for all school holidays:

Business & Computer Studies Division OPEN LAB: 

- - BE319 ----Mon – Noon - 7 pm & Tues – Wed 10 am – 3 pm & Thurs Noon – 7 pm


All AVC Registered Students OPEN LABS:

- - BE317 ---- Mon & Tues & Wed & Thurs - 10 am - 2 pm, & Closed Fri--Sun

- - BE320 ---- Mon & Tues & Wed & Thurs - 8 am - 8 pm, & Closed Fri--Sun

- - AVC Palmdale ----  Mon & Tues & Wed & Thurs - 8 am - 8 pm, & Closed Fri—Sun  ( ?? )


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·         Discuss questions or problems with Kathy.

·         Act with maturity and consideration for all others.

·         Attend all classes, be alert, participate in all activities, and be prepared.

·         Tell Kathy if you have learning or physical disabilities.  Work with Disabled Students Services for evaluation and a support plan.

·         You may be eligible for additional tutoring, note-takers, longer time for exams, special furniture and/or equipment, etc.

·         You are expected to have all assigned work completed and handed in on or before the due date.

·         Bring completed assignments, two textbooks, USB device, & paper/pen/pencil EACH DAY.

·         Late work – 50 % during first two weeks late, no credit after two weeks late, unless agreement with Kathy for limited extension.  COMMUNICATE!

·         Nothing will be accepted after more than two class meetings late or after Final Exam, unless you have communicated in a timely manner, and we have made arrangements for an extension. No makeup quizzes or exams are given.

·         Discuss planned absence for business travel or military service with instructor BEFORE absence.

·         Provide documentation for the pending absence, such as travel information from your employer or military orders.

·         Assignments and exams scheduled during the absence must be completed PRIOR to the absence to receive full credit.

·         For an unplanned absence to be excused, you or someone you designate MUST get a message to Kathy within 48 hours of the absence:

·         Email, OR leave note at Kathy's Office OR at Business & Computer Science Division office OR at AVC Mail Room Drop Box (first floor of BE bldg), OR call Kathy's Voice Mail.

·         You are responsible for voluntary withdrawals. You may be dropped for >= two unexcused absences. Two late arrivals/early departures = one unexcused absence.

Be responsible for yourself and for your education. Hopefully you registered for this course with the intention of successfully completing it and gaining new knowledge to meet your goals. Communicate your needs, seek out all possible assistance as needed, and take charge of your future.

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In your AVC Student Handbook, please read the following requirements for which you are responsible:

·         AVC Americans with Disabilities statement

    • Reasonable Accommodation: If you have a legally protected disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or California discrimination law, and you believe you need reasonable accommodation to participate fully in this class, please make an appointment to see me during my private office hours to discuss your need."

·         AVC Academic Honesty Policy

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For more information please use following Links graphic - not a link:



Download Files Instructions  and USB Storage usage info

Special Projects

Computer and Business Web Resources 

Submit Assignments as Attachments / Using File Compression


Kathy's Courses Welcome Page

CA103 Welcome Page

Email: kmoore@avc.edu

Last Updated 6/25/2010
By K E MOORE   Copyright 2009