CSCI100: Intro to Computers

Updated 2019-05-08

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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.

Final Test

·          Word final test file

·          PowerPoint final test file


Earlier classes are below…












Day #28. Wednesday, 5/01/2019. PowerPoint 3.

·          Interesting tech: PowerPoint errors

·          A PowerPoint alternative: Prezi example. Prezi web site

·          PowerPoint Resources

Homework due Friday at 11:59 p.m.:

·          Vikings Football. Instructions. Begin with this file. Here is the video. Result should look like this.

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 BrightSpace questionnaire.

·          Word Post Questionnaire.

·          Excel Post Questionnaire.

·          Evaluation: On BrightSpace.

Practice tests

·          Word: Instructions. File. Solution. Video solution: part 1, part 2.

·          PowerPoint: Instructionsstarting documentsolution filevideo solution

Day #27. Monday, 4/29/2019. PowerPoint 2.

·          Interesting tech: Augmented reality

·          PowerPoint Resources.

Homework due next class:

·          Orientation. Instructions. Unformatted file. Your result should look like this.

Day #26. Wednesday, 4/24/2019. PowerPoint 1.

·          Interesting tech: Project x-ray

·          Interesting tech: Falcon rocket

·          5-star phonies

·          Help in Office 2016

·          PowerPoint Resources

Homework due next class:

·          Computer History. Instructions. Begin with this template. Use these pics. Result should look like this.

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

Day #24. Wednesday, 4/17/2019. Word 7: Styles and themes

·          Interesting tech: Heart valves

·          Interesting tech: Human jets

·          Word 2016 resources

Homework due next class:

·          Instructions. Use this file. Your result should look like this.

Day #23. Monday, 4/15/2019. Word 6: Newsletter skills

·          Interesting tech: Computers in medicine

·          Sample file

·          Word 2016 resources

Homework due next class:

·          Cliff News. Instructions. Create from this file. Your result should look like this.

Day #22. Wednesday, 4/10/2019. Word 5: Pics, text boxes, WordArt, etc.

·          Interesting tech: A cool "printer"

·          Interesting tech: Apple patent application

·          Word 2016 resources

·          Alignment: File. Pic.

·          Picture tools: Desert (remove sky), overexposed (fix exposure), underexposed (fix exposure)

Homework due next class:

·          Spring Concert. Instructions. Create from scratch. Your result should look like this.

Day #21. Monday, 4/08/2019. Word 4: Tables

·          Interesting tech: Sophia

·          Word 2016 resources.

·          Sample file

Homework due next class:

·          Tabs and Tables. Instructions. Unformatted file. Result should look like this.

Day #20. Wednesday, 4/03/2019. Word 3. Positioning text with tabs

·          Interesting tech: Biometrics

·          Interesting tech: OneNote

·          OneNote notebook

·          Word 2016 resources.

Homework due next class:

·          None.

Day #19. Monday, 4/01/2019. Word 2. Skills for writing a term paper

·          Interesting tech: Skype translator in the classroom

·          Word 2016 resources.

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

Homework due next class:

·          Instructions. Unformatted file. Your document should look like this.

Day #18. Wednesday, 3/27/2019. Word 1. Short documents.

·          Interesting tech: Project Linda

·          Check your grade.

·          Word 2016 resources.

·          Today's sample file.

Homework due next class:

·          Hard Rock. Instructions. Unformatted File. Your result should look like this.

Day #16. Wednesday, 3/20/2019. Programming!

·          How to acquire a superpower

·          Tutorial 1: Ice etching.

·          If you finish Tutorial 1, you can try Tutorial 2: Flappy Bird.

Homework due (Wednesday, 3/27/2019):

·          On the last step (step #20) of the Code with Anna and Elsa (Tutorial 1 above), create an image that meets the following requirements. Each is 20%.

1.    There must be 3 snowflakes,

2.    Each snowflake must be a different color. Do NOT use random colors; set your own color.

3.    All snowflakes must be completely visible on the screen.

4.    They must not overlap.

5.    There must not be a line connecting the snowflakes (use the Jump command to move from snowflake to snowflake so there is not a line on the screen connecting the snowflakes)

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. Monday, 3/25/2019. Excel Test #2

·         Download the test. Save to your desktop. Put in the drop box when done.

Day #15. Monday, 3/18/2019. XL 12: Financial functions

·          Test is one week from today: 3/25/2019

·          Interesting spreadsheet

·          Ben Franklin

·          Compound Interest, 8th wonder of the world

·          Average annual stock market return

·          Excel Resources.

·          Financial functions template

Homework due next class:

·          Financial functions. Use the Financial functions template

Review for Excel test:

·          Practice test

·          Practice test solution (Excel file)

·          Practice test solution part 1, part 2 (videos)

Day #14. Wednesday, 3/13/2019. XL 11. Dates and Times

·          Turning off your phone.

·          Tomorrow is Pi Day!

·          Interesting tech: Microsoft's vision of the future

·          Excel Resources.

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

Homework due next class:

·          Dates and Times: Birthday instructions. Birthday spreadsheet.

Day #13. Monday, 3/11/2019. XL 10. Databases: Advanced Filters and "D" Functions

·          Protect yourself: Quad9

·          Interesting tech: Fake video

·          Excel Resources.

Homework due next class:

·          Advanced Filters, "D" functions: Sales Data (instructions are included in the spreadsheet).

Spring Break: March 4-8, 2019

Day #12. Wednesday, 2/27/2019. XL 9. VLOOKUP, another way to make decisions

·          Interesting tech: Raspberry Pi 3.

·          Excel Resources.

Homework due next class:

·          VLOOKUP & Life insurance: Instructions. Data file.

Day #11. Monday, 2/25/2019. XL 8: 3D Workbooks

·          Test scores. Check your progress.

·          Interesting tech: Foldable Galaxy

·          Excel Resources.

Homework due next class:

·          3D Workbooks: Iowa-Nebraska Expenses. Instructions. Excel File.

Wednesday, 2/20/2019.

·          No class. Snow.

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

·          Test

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 Monday, 2/25/2019:

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

Review for test:

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

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…














·          Interesting tech: A PC that fits in your pocket


Monday, 4/22/2019. NO CLASS. Easter Monday.

Day #25. Wednesday, 4/24/2019. Word 8: Mail merge

Homework due next class:

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.