CIS118 Syllabus

CIS 118 Introduction to PC Applications
Fall 2017
Course Syllabus

Section: H14 CRN: 40549
Instructor: Wayne Cook Phone: 970-690-9976
E-mail: [email protected] or
Classroom: CECFC 228 Meeting Times: MWF 8:50 AM-9:45 AM
Office: 228td> Office Hours: TR 8:50 AM-9:45 AM or
3:00 PM Please contact me first to schedule a visit.


This course introduces computer concepts and components, as well as application suite software, including descriptions of and hands-on experiences with word processing, spreadsheets, databases, operating environments and other common PC application packages.


This course covers a substantial amount of material. It is important to keep up by attending class every day. In addition, students who have minimal typing skills or who have difficulty reading may find that the amount of effort required to keep up in the course is excessive. If you have any questions about the suitability of this course for you, please discuss this with your instructor individually.

MATERIALS REQUIRED (must have by the second class session, or when the course material becomes available):

Textbook (required): New Perspectives Microsoft® Office 2016, First Course
Authors: Shaffer, Carey
Publisher: Cengage Learning

Sam Account (required):
SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) Account via Cengage Learning

Storage Media (required):
USB Portable Drive commonly called a Flash, Thumb, or USB Disk . May be purchased anywhere computer supplies are sold.

Headset (recommended):

AIMS Web Services Account (user name and password) (required):
All students must have a Web Services account since assignments may be submitted on-line through Aims Online. If you have not activated your Web Services account, you can stop by the Help desk located in the General Services building to activate your account.

Software (optional):
The course uses Microsoft® Office 2016 including Word 2016, Excel 2016, Access 2016 and Power Point 2016. To work at home, the student must have a computer with this program suite installed. The software and computers are readily available on campus in CIS classrooms or in the Computer Learning Lab in the College Center building.


Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Use Microsoft Word to create letters, memos, and other documents using appropriate formatting techniques, clip-art, word-art and tables.
  2. Use Microsoft Excel to create formatted spreadsheets using formulas, basic functions, constants, and clip-art.
  3. Use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to create charts and graphs.
  4. Use Microsoft Access to create databases, database tables, queries, reports and forms.
  5. Define the functions of a basic computer system incorporating hardware, software, and peripheral devices..
  6. Use Microsoft Power Point to create presentations incorporating graphics, animation, and sound.
  7. Define the main hardware categories in a PC and explain the most common computer concepts.
  8. Use Microsoft Internet Explorer browser and the World Wide Web to enhance the documents created in the basic office suite.
  9. Use integration to merge objects from all of the four office applications.


The following topics will be covered in the course:

  1. Essential Computer Concepts
  2. File Management
  3. Windows 10
  4. Word processing, desktop publishing and office automation features and functions
  5. Word processing – practical application
  6. Spreadsheet features and functions
  7. Spreadsheet – practical application
  8. Standard charts
  9. Applications using standard graphics
  10. Data management and databases
  11. Database – practical application
  12. Using presentation graphics
  13. Presentation – practical application


  1. Attend class – Attendance at all class sessions is expected and strict adherence to assignment due dates/cut off dates is required. Students will be asked to sign in at each class session if physically present. Admissions and Records will be notified if any student is absent from class for a continuous period of 2 weeks without contacting the instructor either via phone, email, or logging into Aims Online.
  2. Turn in the correct assignments – It is your responsibility to make sure that you complete and have ready for grading the correct assignments on or before the due date/cut-off date. If you mistakenly do the wrong assignment, you will not receive any points or credit.
  3. Submit assignments on or before the due dates/cut-off dates – Late work will not be accepted. Late work is defined as assignments which have not been submitted by the cut-off dates. See the schedule for assignment due dates and cut-off dates. Late dates (cut-off dates) are noted on the assignment schedule.
  4. This class will require at least five (5) hours per week of lab time outside of class.


Based on Total Points = 3800 (See Schedule). This is for the high school taught version of the course, where Ds will not be given for high school grades.

Total Points Letter Grade

Please be aware that your instructor may add assignments, not included in the above totals, at his/her discretion.
Note: The CIS-118 Schedule is tentative which means that the textbook tutorial assignment demonstration date(s) can be changed by the instructor.The standard syllabus policies located at apply to every course at Aims Community College. These policies are hereby incorporated into this Syllabus.

3420–3800 pts ≥90% A
3040-3329 90 %> pts ≥ 80% B
2260-3039 80 %> pts ≥ 70% C
< 2680 70 %> pts F