CSCI100: Intro to Computers

Updated 2021-03-15

Spring, 2021 Syllabus


Tom Kleen, Heelan Hall 274, 279-5411,

Office Hours

Before 10:30, after 2:00. Note that I am usually in my office at 7:15 a.m. And I am always available via email.




There is no book for this class. I do not have a required book because I think you can learn everything you want about Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) by using my web pages and videos, the Help systems of the programs, or by searching on the Internet. However, many people are more comfortable looking through a book than looking online. For those of you who are in this category, one possible book for Excel is Excel 2019 Bible. A possible book for Word is Microsoft Word 2019 Step by Step. Both of these books are also available at Amazon (for around $17-$42 last time I checked). There are other books that could be useful as well (most of these are huge paperback books, but they are far cheaper than regular textbooks).

Course Learning Outcomes

The objectives for this class are to become familiar with common computer applications:

         Windows, Windows Explorer (file manager)

         The Internet, a web browser (we will use Chrome in this class), and searching

         Spreadsheets (Excel)

         Word processing (Word)

         Presentation graphics (PowerPoint)


I expect you to:

(1) Be honest.

(2) Attend all classes and arrive on time.

(3) Complete the assignments on time.

(4) Put your cell phones on silent and out of sight.

Evaluation methods

You will be evaluated on: daily homework assignments and 4 hands-on open-book tests.


Your grade will be based on:

1.       Homework: 30%

2.       An open-book hands-on mid-term test over Excel (in 2 parts): 40% (20% and 20%)

3.       An open-book hands-on lab final test over Word: 20%

4.       An open-book hands-on and PowerPoint: 10%

The following grading scale will be used:
























We will have daily hands-on assignments. Assignments must be on time (before 10:30 a.m.). If you do not get the assignment in the drop box before the due date and time, it will still be accepted as a late assignment until the beginning of the next class (the BrightSpace end date). Each student is allowed one late assignment (after the due date but before the end dateólate assignments will not be accepted after the end date). Note that all drop boxes will accept late assignments, but after your first late assignment, you will not receive credit for any subsequent ones. All assignments will be returned to the drop box after I have graded them (and made comments), usually on the same day they are due. Please look at all of your graded assignments so that you know what you did wrong. NOTE: Grading of all late assignments will be deferred until the end of the term.


Before missing class on the day of a test, you must clear it with me before the test, and you must have a very serious reason for missing the test. If you are sick, you will need a note from the school nurse or a doctor. If you miss a test without clearing it beforehand, you will receive a 0 for that test. Leaving a voice-mail or an email without a reply is not considered clearing it beforehand. You must talk to me.

Course withdrawal

Last day to withdraw from block CD is April 26. (CD is April 26)


I expect you to be here every day. See attendance, test, and homework policies. Print out this document, sign it, and hand it in next class.

Required materials

You must have access to a computer with access to the Internet and with Microsoft Office 2019 installed.

Administrative withdrawal policy

Students who do not attend class for two consecutive calendar weeks (four classes) are subject to administrative withdrawal.

Title IX Educational Act

Info on the BCU Sexual Harassment policy.

Academic Honesty

Homework is an individual activity, and each student is expected to turn in an original work. "Working together" is not allowed. Do not give your assignment to another student so that he can "see how it is done". Any student found turning in work which is not his or hers, or sharing work with another student will be failed for the course. If you are having problems completing homework assignments, please see me for help. I am usually in my office when I am not in class and frequently check my email. There is no such thing as "extra credit."

Disability Statement

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations should initially contact Jeanene Sampson (Heelan Hall-108 or 712-279-5562) to discuss needs. Documentation of the disability is required. Notify me at least one day before each test so I can make alternate arrangements for you.

COVID-19 policies

Please remember to pay attention to all university policies related to COVID-19. They are designed for the protection of all of us at Briar Cliff and to help us have a safe and successful semester.

         You are required to wear a mask and/or face shield in all public spaces on campus, including classrooms and labs.

         Practice physical distancing.

         Frequently wash your hands.

         If you experience any symptoms do not come to class/campus, complete the confidential health information form, and contact your healthcare provider. The form and other information is available at the following link:


The instructor retains the right to clarify and/or to emend the contents of the syllabus, provided that students are given reasonable and timely notice of such adjustments.

Course Schedule

We meet Monday through Thursday from 10:30 to 11:20.

Cell phones & other electronic devices

Please keep cell phone usage out of the classroom. It is considered a nuisance in a business situation for private cell phone usage to interfere with the work environment; the same rule applies to the learning environment.

Cell phones should be turned off or set to silent upon entering the classroom. If there are medical or other reasons leave your phone turned on, let your instructor know at the beginning of class. Phones ringing during class are disruptive to the other students in the class and to the instructor.

If you are using your computer or phone during class for anything except for class-related work, your next assignment will have 50% deducted from it.

Computer use during lectures

You may use your computer during a lecture for the purpose of taking notes. You may use your phone for purposes described by the instructor. You may not use the computer to play games, surf the Internet, email, IM, tweet, etc.