CSCI100: Intro to Computers

Updated 2020-02-19

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Final Test:

8:00 class: Wed, 5/06/2020, 8:00-9:50.
9:00 class: Mon, 5/04/2020, 8:00-9:50.
All students are expected to take the final at the day and time scheduled for their class. Make travel plans accordingly.

Day #09. Wednesday, 2/19/2020. XL 7. Databases: Pivot Tables, Pivot Charts

·          First test is Monday, 2/24/2020, over Excel topics 1-6.

o    Review: Practice test. Spreadsheet solution. Video solution: part 1, part 2.

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

·          Excel Resources

Homework due Wednesday, 2/26/2020:

·          Pivot tables. Orders. Instructions are in the Data File.

Earlier classes are below…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day #08. Monday, 2/17/2020. XL 6. Logical Functions

·          First test is Monday, 2/24/2020 over Excel topics 1-6.

o    Review: Practice test. Spreadsheet solution. Video solution: part 1, part 2.

·          Interesting tech: Ambulance drones

·          Excel Resources

·          Samples file

Homework due next class at class time:

·          Logical functions: Computing pay. Instructions. Data file.

Day #07. Wednesday, 2/12/2020. XL 5. Charts

·          Interesting tech: 200 countries, 200 years

·          Excel Resources

·          Sample file. Go to the 5.1 Football worksheet.

Homework due next class at class time:

·          Charts. Create your charts from scratch.

Day #06. Monday, 2/10/2020. XL 4. Databases: Sorting and Filtering

·          Interesting tech: Galaxy Fold

·          Check grades.

·          Excel Resources

·          Sample file: Advising.txt

Homework due next class at class time:

·          Sorting and filtering: Iowa Counties. Directions are in the workbook.

Day #05. Wednesday,2/05/2020. XL 3. Formulas with Absolute/Mixed Cell References

·          Dell's foldable laptop prototype from CES2020

·          Bright Space: Download graded Excel homework and check grades.

·          Excel Resources

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

Homework due next class at class time:

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

Day #04. Monday, 2/03/2020. XL 2. Formulas, Functions, and Relative Cell References

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

·          Using Help in Office 2019

·          Excel Resources

·          Samples file

Homework due next class at class time:

·          Excel formulas: Payroll Instructions. Data file. Result should look like this.

Day #03. Wednesday, 1/29/2020. XL 1. Formatting

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

·          Useful software: Reader View add-on for Chrome

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

·          Survey results

·          Excel playlist

·          Excel Resources

·          Sample file

·          Drop boxes

Homework due next class at class time:

·          Excel formatting: Basketball box score. Instructions. Data file. Your result should look like this.

Day #02. Monday, 1/27/2020. Windows, the Internet

·          Quiz over Windows keyboard shortcuts

·          Interesting tech: LastPass on iPhone

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

·          More security:

·          Can you tell if you are being phished? Phishing quiz.

·          Protect yourself: Quad9

·          Using the Briar Cliff Network

·          Windows: Windows 10

·          Using the Internet: Internet Resources

Homework due next class at class time:

·         Web scavenger hunt. Hand in a hard copy at class time. No drop box for this assignment.

·         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 like this (the head/face fills the circle—with such a small area, you need to zoom in on the face to be recognizable), not like this. Somebody should be able to recognize you by looking at the picture. There is no drop box for this, so send me an email when you are done before class time so I can see your picture.

Day #01. Monday, 1/20/2020. Security

·          Interesting tech: the future of football?

·          Syllabus

·          BCU IT Competency: Requirement, Objectives

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

·          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. For Android. For iPhone.

·          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.

 

·          Useful Chrome extension

 

 

Day #10. Monday, 2/24/2020. Excel Test 1

Homework due next class:

·          Pivot tables. Orders. Instructions are in the Data File.

Day #11. Wednesday, 2/26/2020. XL 8: 3D Workbooks

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Day #12. Monday, 3/09/2020. XL 9. VLOOKUP, another way to make decisions

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Day #13. Wednesday, 3/11/2020. XL 10. Databases: Advanced Filters and "D" Functions

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Day #14. Monday, 3/16/2020. XL 11. Dates and Times

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Day #15. Wednesday, 3/18/2020. XL 12: Financial functions

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Day #16. Monday, 3/23/62020. Programming!

Review for Excel test:

Homework due (Wednesday, 10/23/2019):

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.

Day #17. Wednesday, 3/25/2020. Excel Test #2

Day #18. Monday, 3/30/2020. Word 1. Short documents.

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Day #19. Wednesday, 4/01/2020. Word 2. Skills for writing a term paper

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

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Day #20. Monday, 4/06/2020. Word 3. Positioning text with tabs

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Day #21. Wednesday, 4/08/2020. Word 4: Tables

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Day #22. Wednesday, 4/15/2020. Word 5: Pics, text boxes, WordArt, etc.

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Day #23. Monday, 4/20/2020. Word 6: Newsletter skills

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Day #24. Wednesday, 4/22/2020. Word 7: Styles and themes

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Monday 4/13/2020: Easter Monday

Day #25. Monday, 4/27/2020. Word/Excel: Mail Merge

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Day #25. Monday, 4/27/2020. PowerPoint 1.

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Day #26. Wednesday, 4/29/2020. PowerPoint 2

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Day #xx. Monday, x/xx/xxxx. PowerPoint 3.

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Day #xx. Wednesday, x/xx/xxxx. Review for Final

Final "Homework" assignment:

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.

Practice tests

Final Test

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

Bell ringers

More:

·          Bud logs in

Internet

Augmented reality

·          Interesting tech: Volvo and Hololens

·          Interesting tech: Getting started with Hololens

·          Interesting tech: Augmented Reality (IKEA)

Robots

·          Interesting tech: Amazon's robots

·          Interesting tech: Humanoid robots

·          Interesting tech: Robot swarm

·          Interesting tech: Androids

Desktop/laptops

·          Interesting tech: Apple pencil

·          Interesting tech: Surface Pro

·          Interesting tech: Raspberry Pi Zero

Space-X

·          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!

VR

·          Interesting tech: Flying with Oculus Rift

·          Interesting tech: Virtual Reality in medicine

Misc

·          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

*       Pixlr: Online photo editor

·          LastPass: password manager. Also: DashLane

·          Audacity: powerful audio editor

·          Paint.net: powerful photo editor

·          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