CSCI100: Intro to Computers

Updated 2019-02-18

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Final Test:

8:00 class: Monday, May 6, 2019, 8:00 to 9:50.
9:00 class: Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 8:00 to 9:50.
All students are expected to take the final at the time scheduled for their class. Make travel plans accordingly.

Day #09. Wednesday, 2/13/2019. XL 7. Databases: Pivot Tables, Pivot Charts

·        First test is Monday, 2/18/2019.

·        Interesting tech: Amazon Go (video). Amazon Go opens Chicago store 9/17/2018 (news story).

·        New Windows clipboard

·        Excel Resources.

Homework due Wednesday, 2/20/2019:

·        Pivot tables. Iowa Football. Instructions are in the Data File.

Review for test:

·        Practice test. Spreadsheet solution. Video solution: part 1, part 2.

Earlier classes are below…













Day #11. Wednesday, 2/20/2019. XL 8: 3D Workbooks

·        Test scores.

·        Check your grade.

·        Interesting tech: Raspberry Pi 3.

·        Excel Resources.

Homework due next class:

·        3D Workbooks: Southern Region Sales. Instructions. Excel File.

Day #10. Monday, 2/18/2019. Excel Test 1

·        Test

Day #08. Monday, 2/11/2019. XL 6. Logical Functions

·        First test is Monday, 2/18/2019.

·        Interesting tech: Ambulance drones

·        Excel Resources.

·        Sample File.

Homework due next class:

·        Logical functions: Buying olive oil. Instructions. Data file. (Spring, 2019)

Day #07. Wednesday, 2/06/2019. XL 5. Charts

·        Interesting chart: 200 countries, 200 years

·        Excel Resources.

·        Sample file.

Homework due next class:

·        Charts. Create your charts from scratch.

Day #06. Monday, 2/04/2019. XL 4. Databases: Sorting and Filtering

·        Interesting tech: Seeing AI

·        Check grades.

·        Excel Resources.

·        Sample file: Advising.txt

Homework due next class:

·        Sorting and filtering: All-time baseball hitting leaders. Directions are in the workbook.

Day #05. Monday, 1/28/2019. XL 3. Formulas with Absolute/Mixed Cell References

·        Useful Chrome extension

·        Check grades.

·        Excel Resources.

·        Sample file. Budget, addition table, loan payment table.

Homework due next class:

·        Rental income. Instructions. Data file. Your file should look like this.

Day #04. Wednesday, 1/23/2019. XL 2. Formulas, Functions, and Relative Cell References

·        Interesting TV tech from CES: LG Rollable TV, LG waterfall, Samsung 219" TV

·        Interesting tech: Font smoothing

·        Using Help in Office 2016

·        Excel Resources

·        Sample file.

Homework due next class:

·        Bookstore. Instructions. There is no data file. Result should look like this.

Day #3. Monday, 1/21/2019. XL 1. Formatting

·        Interesting tech: a "knowledge engine": Wolfram Alpha

·        Interesting app: Office Lens

·        Survey results

·        Excel Resources

·        Sample file

Homework due next class:

·        Excel formatting. Instructions. Data file. Your result should look like this.

Day #2. Wednesday, 1/16/2019. Windows, the Internet

·        Quiz over Windows keyboard shortcuts

·        Interesting tech: Cars

·        Useful software: Last Pass on iPhone

·        Useful software: Reader View add-on for Chrome

·        Windows: Windows 10

·        Using the Internet: Internet Resources

Homework due next class at class time:

·        (1) Web scavenger hunt (Spring, 2019). Hand in a hard copy at class time. No drop box for this assignment.

·        (2) World's easiest homework assignment: Add your pic to your Briar Cliff email: Go to web email, click on the picture placeholder on the far right (if you don't currently have a picture there, it may have your initials in it). From the drop-down menu, click on your initials (or current photo). When the Change Your Photo dialog box opens, click on the Upload a new photo link and upload a recognizable portrait of yourself (not an avatar or some celebrity or a shot of you on the football field). I am looking for a portrait, not this. To get credit, you must submit a portrait. Somebody should be able to recognize you by looking at the picture. Send me an email when you are done before class time so I can see your picture.

Day #01. Monday, 1/14/2019. Windows, the Internet

·        Interesting tech: the future of football?

·        Syllabus

·        BCU IT Competency: Requirement, Objectives

·        Getting Office: Office 365 University is now free. Go to It comes with a terabyte of storage on OneDrive.

·        Skills needed in the workplace, 2015-2020

·        How secure is your password? Check it. Don’t use these: Worst passwords.

·        Useful software: LastPass password manager.

·        Using the Briar Cliff Network

·        BCU Email: Using Briar Cliff Email from the web, Emailing guidelines & file naming conventions, on your iPhone, on your Android phone

·        Can you multitask? (no)

Homework due at class time Wednesday:

·        FREE homework assignment: This is an assignment: Computer experience survey, Word Processing skills survey, Spreadsheet skills survey. There is nothing to hand in. I will look at your survey online.

·        Class policies for assignments and tests (print a hard copy, READ, sign, and bring to next class).

·        Memorize Windows keyboard shortcuts (nothing to hand in) in preparation for a quiz next class. The quiz will begin promptly at the class starting time.

Interesting stuff:

·Dorm tech 1, Dorm tech 2



Earlier classes are below…














Day #12. Monday, 2/25/2019. XL 9. VLOOKUP, another way to make decisions

Homework due next class:

Day #13. Wednesday, 2/27/2019. XL 10. Databases: Advanced Filters and "D" Functions

Homework due next class (Monday, 3/11/2019):

Spring Break: March 4-8, 2019

Day #14. Monday, 3/11/2019. XL 11. Dates and Times

Homework due Monday, 3/11/2019 :

Day #15. Wednesday, 3/13/2019. XL 12: Financial functions

Homework due next class:

Review for Excel test:

Day #16. Wednesday, 3/13/2019. Programming!

Homework due next class:

Day #17. Monday, 3/18/2019. XL Test #2

Day #18. Wednesday, 3/20/2019. Word 1. Short documents

Homework due next class:

Day #19. Monday, 3/25/2019. Word 2. Skills for writing a term paper

·Today's files: Lincoln (find/replace), Red-Headed League (find/replace), Christmas Carol.

Homework due next class:

Day #20. Wednesday, 3/27/2019. Word 3. Positioning text with tabs

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Day #21. Monday, 4/01/2019. Word 4: Tables

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Day #22. Wednesday, 4/03/2019. Word 5: Pics, text boxes, WordArt, etc.

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Day #23. Monday, 4/08/2019. Word 6: Newsletter skills

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Day #24. Wednesday, 4/10/2019. Word 7: Styles and themes

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Day #25. Monday, 4/15/2019. Word 8: Mail merge

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Day #26. Wednesday, 4/17/2019. PowerPoint 1.

Homework due next class:

Monday, 4/22/2019: Easter Monday. No class.

Day #27. Wednesday, 4/24/2019. PowerPoint 2.

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Day #28. Monday, 4/29/2019. PowerPoint 3.

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Day #29. Wednesday, 5/01/2019

Final "Homework" assignment:

Click on the links below and complete all three questionnaires. This is an assignment. It is due at 5 p.m. Thursday, December 6. If you answer all questionnaires, you will get 100 on the final assignment. If not, you will get a 0. Please consider answering the long questions on the BrightSpace questionnaire.

·Evaluation: On BrightSpace. It looks like this

Practice tests


Bell ringers


·          Virtual Reality in medicine

·          Interesting tech: Mini-drones


·        Interesting tech: Sprout

·        Interesting tech: Microsoft Continuum

·        Interesting tech: Falcon Heavy

·        Today's robots

·        Interesting tech: How the Internet works (a packet's tale)

·        Interesting tech: Where is the "cloud"?






·          Bud logs in


Augmented reality

·          Interesting tech: Volvo and Hololens

·          Interesting tech: Getting started with Hololens

·          Interesting tech: Augmented Reality (IKEA)


·          Interesting tech: Amazon's robots

·          Interesting tech: Humanoid robots

·          Interesting tech: Robot swarm

·          Interesting tech: Androids


·          Interesting tech: Apple pencil

·          Interesting tech: Surface Pro

·          Interesting tech: Raspberry Pi Zero


·          Interesting tech: Space-X, May 2016. Space-X, May 2016 Day landing

·          Interesting tech: Space-X.

Language translation

·          Interesting tech: Star Trek: Universal translator

·          Interesting tech: Skype: Universal translator

·          Interesting tech: Black Friday.

·          Interesting tech: Star Trek is here!


·          Interesting tech: Bubba's hovercraft


·          Interesting tech: Flying with Oculus Rift

·          Interesting tech: Virtual Reality in medicine


·          Interesting tech: Singlecue

·          Interesting tech: 3D Printing

·          Interesting tech: Flexible LEDs

·          Interesting tech: 3D printer in action, 3D printer products

·          Computer Hardware

·          Computer myths from TV and the movies

·          Inexpensive smart phone

·          Johns Hopkins closes medical library

·          Pope Benedict vs. Pope Francis: Change in cell phone use in 8 years. Pic

·          Ten things everybody should know how to do in a word processor.

·          Top 5 soon-to-be-obsolete technologies

·          Interesting tech: Samsung batteries

·          Interesting tech: Transformer

Useful software

·          LastPass: password manager. Also: DashLane

·          Audacity: powerful audio editor

· powerful photo editor

·          CCleaner: clean up your computer

·          MalwareBytes: clean up your computer

·          Secunia PSI: (personal software inspector) keeps programs up to date

·          Belarc Advisor: inventories your computer hardware and software

·          Office Lens

·          Office online, Office on your phone

·          Awesome Internet application: OneDrive

·          Other search engines: Ixquick, DuckDuckGo, Blekko

·          Free computer security. Don't pay for it.

·          PhotoStory

·          IrfanView

·          Libre Office

·          Lightworks (video editor)

·          Windows 10 User Interface, Windows 10 Edge browser


Word file. PowerPoint file.