Course Syllabus


Fluency With Information Technology

 CS 1000


All Sections


Fall 2013




Course Coordinator and Facilitator:  Mr. Ron Miller, Computer Science Instructor


Office: Kohrman Hall 2230

Office Phone:  387-5659

Office Hours:                      Monday                                Wednesday                                           Friday

                                11:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.                  11:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.      10:00 a.m. -- 11:00 p.m.

                                  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                     2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.             1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


                            WMU WebMail:

                                       Web Page:

            Go! Technology In Action:

  Go! With Microsoft Office 2010:


Lab Instructor:                                                                                   Office:                                                                  


Office Hours                                                                                       BroncoMail:                                                                       


Lab Section Number:                                                                        Lab Room:                                                          


Texts and Materials:


Required for Lab and Lecture:

Miller, Ron; Fluency with Information Technology Course Manual, My Course Pack, Kalamazoo, MI, 2013.


Required for Lecture:

Evans, Alan; Martin, Kendall; Poatsy, Mary Anne; Go! Technology In Action, (Introductory-9th Edition), Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2012.


iClicker Remote Transmitter, Classroom Response System, Pearson Education, Inc., 2012.


Required for Lab:

Gaskin, Shelley; Ferrett, Robert L.; GO! With Windows 7 (Getting Started), Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2012.


Gaskin, Shelley; Lawson, Rebecca; GO! With Internet Explorer 9.0, (Getting Started), Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2012.


Gaskin, Shelley; Ferrett, Robert L.; Vargus, Alicia; McLellan, Carolyn; GO! With Microsoft Office 2010 (Volume 1), Prentice Hall-Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2012.


3-4 CD RW Disks and 1 Flash Drive.


Optional for Project and Course:

Chiras, Daniel D.; Essential Study Skills for Science Students, Brooks/Cole, A Division of Thomson Learning, Inc., Pacific Grove, CA, 2000.

CS 1000 Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Students taking CS 1000 are expected to achieve the following course objectives and learning outcomes:


  1. Language Development/Concepts -- Define and utilize information technology terms so you can converse with professionals about computing and communications technology in your future career.
  2. Computer Competency -- Demonstrate a variety of techniques in computer applications so you can transfer your knowledge and experience to learning other computer programs in the future.
  3. Systems Design/Development -- Compare hardware specifications, program requirements and systems design so you can make intelligent decisions when buying or upgrading your own computer system and software, or when providing user inputs for redesigning your employer’s system.
  4. Critical Thinking Skills/Learning Strategy -- Apply critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities to real life issues involving controversies from the use of information technology.


Lecture and Lab Registration

NOTE:  You should be registered for both a lecture section and a lab section for this course.  All lab sections meet twice a week on MW or TR for 50-minute sessions in your assigned Kohrman Hall computer lab.


Lecture Times/Places:                      Day                Time                              Building                        Room

                                                                        MW                10-10:50 a.m.              Kohrman Hall              Room 3301




Course Requirements - ALL Sections                Points                Percent

Lab Assignments (10)......................................................................... 325               28.26

Lab Proficiency Tests (6)................................................................... 275               23.91

Lecture Quizzes (12*)......................................................................... 100                  8.70

Lecture Participation Points.............................................................. 100                  8.70

Midterm Examination........................................................................ 100                  8.70

Final Examination.............................................................................. 150               13.04

Performance Task 1.............................................................................. 25                  2.17

Performance Task 2.............................................................................. 75                  6.52


Total Possible.................................................................................... 1,150             100.00


* A total of 12 lecture quizzes will be given during your lab sessions and each quiz is worth 10 points.  Any points earned above the 100 points will be counted as extra credit.



Lab Attendance (Possible Bonus Points)............................. 0-25


Grading Scale - ALL Sections

                Points                              Grade                   Percent

                1035-1,150                          A                        90-100

                977.5-1034                        BA                      85-89.9

                920-977                               B                       80-84.9

                862.5-919                          CB                      75-79.9

                805-861                               C                       70-74.9

                747.5-804                          DC                      65-69.9

                690-747                               D                       60-64.9

                Below 690                           E                      Below 60


General Information and Course Policies

1.       As your instructor and course facilitator I will try to assist you in meeting your learning goals for this course.  You will, therefore, be expected to have read the scheduled material before lecture and be prepared to raise questions about concepts for which you would like more understanding.  Additional material over the course of the semester (between 30-40%) beyond what is included in the textbook readings will be incorporated into lecture class discussions.  In this class you will be expected to participate in active learning, critical thinking, problem solving, and project design to enhance your knowledge of important computer terms and information technology concepts. In other words, you will learn Fluency With Information Technology through active participation and interaction with your instructors, fellow students and the computers.


2.       The Performance Tasks are designed to help YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT EFFECTS OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY on you and society.  These tasks will involve reviewing selected research, in-class discussions and individual assignments.  The performance tasks will provide interesting learning experiences and critical thinking about real life encounters with the use of information technology in America and the world.


3.       The Lecture Quizzes will include questions from the extra lecture discussion material and associated lecture textbook readings.  Your lab instructor will determine the schedule for taking the Lecture Quizzes, which will be given electronically in a lab session the week following coverage of the material in lecture.  It is YOUR responsibility to take the quizzes in class on the day they are given by your lab instructor.  ONLY students with valid documented excuses can make-up quizzes without any deductions.  Any attempt to do quizzes outside of class unless monitored by your lab instructor will be detected and result in a zero for the quiz.


4.       Your lab instructor will announce the specific due dates of the Lab Assignments.  Lab instructors will collect your electronic files on student CDs along with printed copies of assignments for grading because many of the computer techniques can only be seen on a monitor.  Lab assignments are specifically designed to help you prepare for the Proficiency Tests.


5.       The Proficiency Tests involve actual performance of skills using the computer, and they are designed so most students can complete them within one lab period.  Students who study and practice the computer techniques taught in lab class by doing the homework assignments generally do very well on the Proficiency Tests.  You MUST take Proficiency Tests during the scheduled lab class because ONLY students with valid documented excuses will be permitted to make-up Proficiency Tests without any deductions.


6.       Each lab instructor will notify you of the following policy regarding point deductions for unexcused late assignments.  Grades of both unexcused late Lab Assignments and make-up Lecture Quizzes or Proficiency Tests will be reduced according to the following schedule: 1 Week Late – 20 % reduction; 2 weeks Late – 50% reduction; 3 Weeks Late – 100% reduction.


7.       About 80% of the questions on the Midterm Exam and Final Exam will depend on the ratio of the lecture discussions material as compared to the assigned reading material, and the other 20% of the questions on the Midterm Exam and Final Exam will be from your lab work.  Make-Up Midterm Exams will be given full credit ONLY under extreme, extenuating circumstances with appropriate documentation.  Illnesses will be excused ONLY with written documentation from a doctor.  Funeral attendance also must be documented.  Requests for make-up of a Midterm Exam must be made within a reasonable time of the scheduled date.  The score of anyone taking an unexcused make-up Midterm or Final Exam may be reduced by up to a maximum of 25% of the total points on the exam at the discretion of the instructor.


8.       Participation Points (based on lecture attendance and correct answers to iClicker questions) is the only other anticipated possibility for bonus points in this course.  Be especially aware of additional content provided in lectures (non-textbook material), special lab assignment instructions, due dates, exam schedules and other announcements given during class sessions.  ONLY students with documented excused absences will be allowed to make-up Participation Points.  If you do miss lecture or lab sessions, YOU are responsible for obtaining any changes in assignment and test schedules as well as the lecture notes on the additional covered material.  Instructors will NOT repeat the complete lecture or lab discussions for you, although they will help you outside of class to understand the material you missed.


9.       Open Tutoring Lab hours have been scheduled in the Kohrman Hall Computer Lab 2213 on the following Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for students needing extra help. At least one lab teaching assistant will be available in Computer Lab Room 2213 during these scheduled hours.


        Open Tutoring Lab Schedule

                                September            13, 20, 27                              November            1, 8, 15, 22

                                October                 4, 11, 18, 25                          December             6


10.    The last day to withdraw from classes is:  November 4, 2013


11.    Students who simply fall behind and do not complete the course work without valid documented excuses should NOT expect to receive an "Incomplete" grade.  “I” grades are reserved only for special documented cases where extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student prevent the student from completing the course during the semester schedule.


12.    Helpful hints for doing well in this course:


·         Attend and actively participate in all lecture and lab discussions.

·         Do assigned reading BEFORE lectures and labs.

·         Complete assignments on time.

·         Always ask questions when you don't understand a computer concept, skill or technique.

·         Take advantage of your instructors' office hours, especially those held in CS 1000 computer labs.

·         If any unforeseen problems arise (personal or academic) that adversely affect your progress in CS 1000, do NOT wait until you get too far behind to do something about it.  Talk to your lab instructor immediately and/or contact Mr. Ron Miller, the coordinating instructor, for possible assistance.

·         SAVE copies of ALL assignments (especially graded copies) and your CD files until you receive your final grade in the course. It's also a good idea to keep backup files and printed copies of every assignment you hand in until you receive the graded copy and CD back from your lab instructor.


13.    If necessary, during labs you are encouraged to QUIETLY help other students keep up and understand computer techniques being presented by your lab instructor.  You might also form a study team outside of class to practice computer techniques, however, YOUR ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL WORK.  Students who duplicate or permit duplication of assignments will be guilty of academic dishonesty (See Policy 13 below.).  You can be expelled from class for copying assignments or cheating on quizzes, tests and exams, in addition to being reported to Office of Student Judicial Affairs for violating the Academic Honesty Policy as defined in the Western Michigan University Undergraduate and/or Graduate Catalogs.


14.    ACADEMIC HONESTY: The WMU Student Code Book (pages 4-5) states:


"Dishonesty - including but not limited to:


                a. Cheating, fabrication, forgery, multiple submission, plagiarism, complicity, or other forms of academic dishonesty.  (These violations are defined by the academic community, recommended by the Faculty Senate, adopted by the Board of Trustees and are described in the Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs.  The procedures for adjudicating this type of violation are also contained in the catalogs.)"


According to the WMU 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog (pages 274-276):


"CHEATING is intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids or other devices or materials in any academic exercise". Examples:  Using notes during a closed book exam and using the services commercial term paper companies.


"FABRICATION is the intentional invention and unauthorized alteration of any information or citation in an academic exercise.  Falsification is a matter of altering information while fabrication is a matter of inventing or counterfeiting information for use in any academic exercise or University record.  Forgery is defined as the act to imitate or counterfeit documents, signatures and the like."  Examples:  Citing a quote as coming from a book when it actually was taken from a book review and inventing addition data on the basis of one experiment sample.


"MULTIPLE SUBMISSION is the submission of substantial portions of the same work (including oral reports) for credit more than once without authorization from instructors of all classes for which the student submits the work."  Example: Submitting a modified paper originally done for one course as new work for another class without authorization by both instructors.


"PLAGIARISM is intentionally, knowingly, or carelessly presenting work of another as your own (i.e. without proper acknowledgement of the source). The sole exception to the requirement of acknowledging sources is when ideas, information, etc., are common knowledge."  Examples:  Submitting someone else's direct quotations, paraphrases, borrowed facts, computer application files, programs or printouts as your own.


"COMPLICITY is intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty."  Examples: Knowingly allowing another to copy exam or test answers and taking a test for another person.


“COMPUTER MISUSE is the use of software to perform work which the instructor has told students to do without the assistance of software.”  Examples: Using the Internet to simply print duplicate search results of others and unauthorized use of email during lab sessions.


Be assured that no instructor of this course will tolerate academic dishonesty in any form.  Academic dishonesty of any kind will, at the minimum, result in a grade of zero on the particular assignment or exam.  Flagrant Academic Dishonesty also will be reported to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs on an Academic Dishonesty Charge Form for review and judgment.  Other possible consequences may result in a failing grade in the course and/or dismissal from the University.  In the case of plagiarism, the person who ALLOWS his/her work to be copied will be judged equally as guilty (of complicity) as the person who copied the work.


Special Remarks

CS 1000 is an introductory computer/communications course.  It assumes students have some prior knowledge and experience with computers and telecommunications. The intent of this course is NOT to make you a computer expert, but to help you acquire a basic understanding of the Fluency With Information Technology concepts, terms, hardware, and software.  In most cases, students who think they know almost everything about the computer concepts and applications taking in this course often do not do as well as those students who apply themselves to learning as much as possible about computers and their use, regardless of their previous knowledge and experience.  Therefore, what YOU learn in this course directly depends on the effort and study YOU put into it.


CS 1000 Final Exam Schedule

Lecture Class                  CRN         Exam Day          Date                         Time                                        Room

MW    10-10:50 a.m.      40650               T                 Dec. 10            8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.          Kohrman Hall Rm 3301