BCIS 1305

Business Computer Applications

BCIS 1305

Updated August 27, 2012

  • State Approval Code: 1102025404
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

This course introduces computer terminology, hardware, software, operating systems, and information systems relating to the business environment. The main focus of this course is on business applications of software, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, and business-oriented utilization of the Internet. Lecture hours = 3, Lab hours = 0

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

1. Identify terms and concepts as they apply to computer systems and computer software.
2. Use a computer to research, retrieve, and share information.
3. Create and modify documents using word processing software.
4. Create and modify workbooks using spreadsheet software.
5. Create and modify databases using database management system software.
6. Create and modify presentations using presentation graphics software.

Specific Course Objectives

After studying the material presented in the text and online, the student should be able to complete all behavioral/learning objectives listed below with a minimum competency of 70%.
1. Given a definition, the learner will identify the matching term as it relates to computer systems and computer software.
2. Given a description, the learner will identify the matching concept as it relates to computer systems and computer software.
3. Given the parameters of an essay, the learner will use a computer to research, retrieve, and share information.
4. Given a description of the desired result, the learner will demonstrate skills required to design, create, and modify a word processing document.
5. Given a description of the desired result, the learner will demonstrate skills required to design, create, and modify an electronic workbook.
6. Given a description of the desired result, the learner will demonstrate skills required to design, create, and modify a database and its various objects.
7. Given a description of the desired result, the learner will demonstrate skills required to design, create, and modify a presentation utilizing presentation graphics software.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

The Business Computer Applications course includes but is not limited to the following content:
1. Reading assignments.
2. Self-paced tutorial
3. Concepts assignments.
4. Skills assignments.
5. Concepts assessments.
6. Skills assessments.
7. Complete online assessments.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

This course is offered in the traditional classroom and over the Internet using Canvas. Students in the traditional class and in the Internet class will have access to this course via Canvas. Students in the traditional class will meet regularly for lecture over the material. Students in the Internet class will be required to meet for proctored testing and at other times indicated by the instructor. Resources provided via Canvas may include:
• Schedule of assignments
• Online assessments
• Online assignments
• Course documents
• Discussion Board
• Canvas email
• Grade
Some classes also utilize a Skills Assessment Manager (SAM). SAM gives students hands-on experience working with computers. It is software designed to help assess students' proficiency of the latest Microsoft® Office 2007 software applications, including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Windows XP and Vista, Internet Explorer, and Outlook. Specific instructions regarding registering, logging in to, and using SAM are provided by the instructor.

Assessment

• Exams – 60%
Exams may focus on Skill and/or Concepts
Skills/Application Exam: provide the learner an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of database skills introduced in textbook. This type of exam is similar to a case problem included as an assignment
Concepts Exam: provide the learner an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of database terms and concepts introduced in the textbook. This type of exam may include multiple-choice, true-false, short-answer, and matching questions randomly selected from a pool of test bank questions.
A minimum of two (2) exams will be proctored. Information regarding the testing sites available as well as the dates and times of the exams is available on the course website. Others exams may not be proctored. Information necessary to determine which exams are proctored is available on the website. Learners enrolled in the course through the Virtual College of Texas (VCT) may complete the proctored exam at the testing center of the ‘home’ college.
Due dates are provided on the course website.
Information regarding MISSED exam is provided by the instructor.
• Assignments – 40%
Assignments may include but are not limited to self-paced tutorials, CheckPoints or quizzes, discussion question(s), term paper, lab assignment, crossword review, and skills activities.
Instructions for submission of assignments are provided on the course website.
Some assignments are self-assessed. Solutions for self-assessed assignments are available on the course website or in the textbook.
Some assignments do not include a point value.
Due dates for assignments are available on the course website.
The grading scale for this course is as follows:
• Exams 60%
• Assignments 40%

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

NOTE: If you purchase the text from a source other than the Panola College Store, you will be responsible for obtaining the materials included in the BUNDLE.
• MS Office 2007, Introductory Concepts and Techniques, Premium Video Edition; Shelly, Cashman, Vermaat; Course Technology, BUNDLE ISBN: 1 4239 0588 1
BUNDLE INCLUDES:

SAM 2007 Assessment and Projects 4.0 Printed Access Card, 1st Edition

Shelly/Cashman Microsoft® Office 2007 : Introductory Concepts and Techniques, Premium Video Edition, 2nd Edition

A Guided Tour of Hot Technologies, 1st Edition
• USB drive
• Access to a computer and the Internet (dial-up not recommended).
• Access to Microsoft Office 2007 (typical installation), including WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS, and PowerPoint.
• Data files: Instructions for downloading required data files is provided by the instructor.
• Other requirements will be indicated by the instructor and may include a headset with a speaker jack, folder(s), etc.
Other:
• For current texts and materials, use the following link to access bookstore listings: http://www.panola.edu/collegestore.htm
• For testing services, use the following link: http://www.panola.edu/dl/testing.html

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