CSCI100: Intro to Computers

Updated 2021-01-19

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Jan 11/12: Excel 1, Security

Jan 13/14: Excel 2, Windows, Internet

Jan 18/19: Excel 3, Word 1

Jan 20/21: Excel 4, Word 2

Jan 25/26: Excel 5, Word 3-4

Jan 27/28: Excel 6, Word 5

Feb 1/2: Excel Test #1 (in PC lab)

Feb 3/4: Excel 7, Word 7

Feb 8/9: Excel 8

Feb 10/11: Word Test (in PC lab)

Feb 15/16: Excel 9, PowerPoint 1

Feb 17/18: Excel 10, PowerPoint 2

Feb 22/23: Excel 11

Feb 24/25: PowerPoint Test (in PC lab)

Mar 1/2: Excel 12

Mar 3/4: Excel Test #2 (in PC lab)



In class


Interesting tech

1.     Monday/Tuesday, Jan 11/12

XL 1: Formatting

·      Excel Resources (links to web pages, videos)

·      Samples file


·      Office Sales. Instructions. Data file. Your result should look like this.


Class intro, computer security

·         Syllabus

·         BCU Email: Using Briar Cliff Email from the web, Emailing guidelines, email on your iPhone, email on your Android phone

·         Drop boxes

·         BCU IT Competency: Requirement, Objectives

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

·         OneDrive

·         Skills needed in the workplace, 2021

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

·         Can you multitask? (no)

·         Windows keyboard shortcuts

Homework due at 6:00 p.m.Tuesday night (1/12):

·          FREE homework assignment: This is an  assignment: Computer experience survey, Word Processing skills survey, Spreadsheet skills survey. You must do all three surveys. 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 tomorrow.


8  Interesting tech: the future of football?

8  Interesting tech: a "knowledge engine": Wolfram Alpha, examples


2.    Wednesday/Thursday, Jan 13/14

XL 2: Formulas, Functions, and Relative Cell References

·      Survey results

·      Using Help in Office 2019

·      Excel Resources

·      Samples file

·          Autofill 

·          Toolbar functions 


·      Electricity usage. Instructions. Data file. Result should look like this.


Windows, the Internet

·          Security: Protect yourself: Quad9

·          Useful software: LastPass password manager. For Android. For iPhone.

·          Useful software: Grammarly

·          Windows: Windows 10

·          Google search tips. Video 1, video 2

·Using the Briar Cliff Network

·Quiz over Windows keyboard shortcuts


·          Another free 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 will 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 (the head/face fills the circle—with such a small area, you need to zoom in on the face to be recognizable). Somebody should be able to recognize you by looking at the picture. There are actually 3 possible grades on this assignment: 100% if your face fills the circle, 50% if it does not, and 0% if you don't add a picture at all. There is no drop box for this. I will just check your email. Example.


8  CES 2021: Rollable phone.

8  CES 2021: TVs

8  Useful software: LastPass on iPhone

8  Interesting tech: What happens on the Internet in one minute

8  Grammarly!

3. Monday/Tuesday, Jan 18/19

XL 3. Absolute/Mixed Cell References

·      Excel Resources

·      Samples file. Go to the 3.1 Budget worksheet (its tab is orange).

·      Excel videos:

·          Absolute cell references 

·          Mixed cell references


Homework due 1/22:

·      Sales Growth. Instructions. Data file. Your result should look like this.


Word 1. Short documents

·         Today's sample file.   Word resources

·         Watch the following Word videos:

·          Customizing Word

·          Views and Zoom

·          Page Orientation

·          Margins

·          Navigation , Selection

·          Editing

·          Formatting characters

·          Alignment

·          Margins 

·          Paragraph Spacing 

·          Line Spacing

·          AutoText

Homework due 1/22:

·          Launch Week. Instructions. Unformatted File. Your result should look like this.
NOTE: I've had several questions about putting the dates in chronological order. While Word does have a limited ability to sort, the way to get the dates in order is to manually drag and drop the events in the correct order.


8  Interesting tech: Dell's foldable laptop prototype from CES2020

8  Interesting tech: Project Linda

8  Useful software: Reader View add-on for Chrome


4. Wednesday/Thursday, Jan 20/21

XL 4. Databases: Sorting and Filtering

·       Excel Resources

·       Sample file: Advising.txt

·       Excel videos:

·          Creating a table

·          Single-key sort 

·          Multiple-key sort 

·          Filtering on text fields 

·          Filtering on numeric fields 

Homework due 1/25:

·          Sioux City Weather. Directions are in the workbook.


Word 2. Skills for writing a term paper

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

·          Watch the following Word videos:

·          Creating a cover page

·          Creating/Editing headers/footers

·          Inserting page numbers & dates in headers/footers

·          Citations and bibliographies

·          Adding a Works Cited list

·          Endnotes and Footnotes

·          Citing electronic references

·          Bulleted Lists

·          Numbered Lists

Homework due 1/25:

·          Bayou. Instructions. Unformatted file. The first three pages of your result should look like this.


8  Interesting tech: Galaxy Fold

8  Interesting tech: Skype translator in the classroom

8  Useful software: Audacity: powerful audio editor


5. Monday/Tuesday, Jan 25/26

XL 5. Charts



Word 3. Positioning text with tabs & tables

·Page breaks

·Line breaks

·Column breaks

·Left tab stops

·Right tab stops

·Center tab stops

·Decimal tab stops

·Tabs and dot leaders

·Creating a table

·Formatting a table

·Changing table structure




6. Wednesday/Thursday, Jan 27/28

XL 6. Logical Functions



Word 5. Newsletter skills

·         Page borders

·         Drop caps

·         Creating Columns

·         Column breaks



7. Monday/Tuesday, Feb 1/2

XL Test #1




8. Wednesday/Thursday, Feb 3/4

XL 7. Databases: Pivot Tables, Pivot Charts


Word 6: Styles and themes



9. Monday/Tuesday, Feb 8/9

XL 8. 3D Workbooks





Word 7. Pics, text boxes, WordArt, etc.




10. Wednesday/Thursday, Feb 10/11

Word Test


Homework due at 8:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY:

Take a screen shot (press the PrtScr key). This will copy it to the clipboard. Open a Word document. Paste your image from the clipboard into your Word document. Save and submit the Word document in the drop box.



11. Monday/Tuesday, Feb 15/16

XL 9. VLOOKUP, another way to make decisions



PowerPoint 1.




12. Wednesday/Thursday, Feb 17/18

XL 10. Databases: Advanced Filters and "D" Functions



PowerPoint 2.




13. Monday/Tuesday, Feb 22/23

XL 11. Dates


·Dates and Times: Employee instructions. Employee spreadsheet.




14. Wednesday/Thursday, Feb 24/25

PowerPoint Test

Word/Excel: Mail Merge



15. Monday/Tuesday, Mar 1/2

XL 12. Financial functions

·Interesting spreadsheet



Excel practice test


16. Wednesday/Thursday, Mar 3/4

XL Test #2





Practice tests

Final Test






Bell ringers


·          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: 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

* Norton Eraser


·          LastPass: password manager. Also: DashLane




·          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

Final "Homework" assignment due by noon on Friday, May 1:

Click on the links below and complete all three questionnaires. This is an assignment. 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 Bright Space questionnaire.

Earlier classes are below…