CSCI100: Intro to Computers

Updated 2020-09-27

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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.






Sep 21: Excel 1, Security

Sep 22: Excel 2, Windows, Internet

Sep 23: Excel 3, Word 1

Sep 24: Excel 4, Word 2

Sep 28: Excel 5, Word 3-4

Sep 29: Excel 6, Word 5

Sep 30: Excel Test #1, Word 6

Oct 1: Excel 7, Word 7

Oct 5: Excel 8

Oct 6: Word Test, Programming!

Oct 7: Excel 9, PowerPoint 1

Oct 8: Excel 10, PowerPoint 2

Oct 12: Excel 11, PowerPoint 3

Oct 13: Excel 12, Mail merge

Oct 14: PowerPoint Test

Oct 15: Excel Test #2

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…














In class


Interesting tech

Monday, 9/21


XL 1: Formatting

·      Excel Resources (links to web pages, videos)

·      Samples file

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

·      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, 2015-2020

·         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. tonight:

·          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.

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

·          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

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


Tuesday, 9/22


XL 2: Formulas, Functions, and Relative Cell References

·      Survey results

·      Using Help in Office 2019

·      Excel Resources

·      Samples file

·          Autofill 

·          Toolbar functions 

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

·      Football. Instructions. Data file. Result should look like this.


Windows, the Internet

·          Quiz over Windows keyboard shortcuts

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

·          Security: Protect yourself: Quad9

·Using the Briar Cliff Network

·Using the Internet: Part 1, part 2.

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

·         Web scavenger hunt. Hand in a hard copy at class time. No drop box for this assignment. Use the Google Tips. Video 1, video 2.

·         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.


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

8  Useful software: LastPass on iPhone

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


Wednesday, 9/23


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 at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow:

·      Payroll. Instructions. Data file. Your file 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 at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow:

·          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


Thursday, 9/24


XL 4. Databases: Sorting and Filtering

·       Cell phone policy

·       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 at 8:00 a.m. Monday:

·          Nebraska football. 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 at 8:00 a.m. Monday:

·          Bayou. Instructions. Unformatted file. The first two pages of your document should look like this.


8  Interesting tech: Galaxy Fold

8  Interesting tech: Skype translator in the classroom

8  Useful software: Audacity: powerful audio editor


Monday, 9/28


XL 5. Charts

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


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

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



Tuesday, 9/29


XL 6. Logical Functions

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


Word 5. Pics, text boxes, WordArt, etc.

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



Wednesday, 9/30


XL Test #1

Word 6. Newsletter skills

·Page borders

·Drop caps

·Creating Columns

·Column breaks

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




Thursday, 10/1


XL 7. Databases: Pivot Tables, Pivot Charts

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

Word 7: Styles and themes


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


Monday, 10/5


XL 8. 3D Workbooks

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




Tuesday, 10/6


Word Test


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

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.



Wednesday, 10/7


XL 9. VLOOKUP, another way to make decisions

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


PowerPoint 1.

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



Thursday, 10/8


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

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


PowerPoint 2.

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



Monday, 10/12


XL 11. Dates and Times

·Cool applications of Excel's date functions: Birthday, Calendar

·The example videos use the samples file



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

·Dates and Times: Employee instructions. Employee spreadsheet.


PowerPoint 3.

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


Tuesday, 10/13


XL 12. Financial functions

·Excel Resources

·Interesting spreadsheet

·The example videos use the samples file


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


Word/Excel: Mail Merge

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


Wednesday, 10/14


PowerPoint Test



Thursday, 10/15


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