Course Title:Intro to Business Computer Applications (IBCA)
Course Term:One Year
Course Credit:1 Unit (1/2 Unit per Semester)
Introduction to BCA (Business Computer Applications) is designed to provide students with basic computer application skills.Students will be taught the touch method of operating a computer keyboard to produce simple business documents.Emphasis is placed on basic computer concepts—both hardware and software, word processing, spreadsheet applications, desktop publishing, and presentations.(NoPrerequisite Requirement)
The student will be able to
1.understand the components of computing fundamentals.
2.apply the components of key applications.
3.practice the components of living online when using the Internet for various purposes.
Century 21 Computer Applications and Keyboarding:Comprehensive, Lessons 1-170. Cincinnati: Cengage South-Western Educational Publishing Co., 2009.
**Textbooks are housed in the classroom at all times.Students do not have individual textbooks for home use.Students are expected to take notes, and handouts are provided for outside study and/or assignments when necessary.
Of course, this classroom is a computer lab with Microsoft Software and Internet access.Most assignments are completed in class.However, students always have notes to study or review.Keyboarding practice at home helps to improve overall skill, speed and accuracy; however, the software used at school is not available for home use.Try free online sites to improve keyboarding skills.
It is helpful if students have computers at home with MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Publisher and the Internet, but not mandatory.This would simply allow students to make up work missed or work not completed in class.However, the public library is a good source to use if computer access is not available at home.Students can also make arrangements to come to my class to make up work.
Materials Required:(Supply List)
One Pocket Folder with prongs (any color—to be used for handouts, assignments, etc.)
Pens (blue or black ink), Pencils (#2)
Mandatory Grading Scale:
94-100=A=4 quality points
88-93=B=3 quality points
78-87=C=2 quality points
70-77=D=1 quality point
0-69=F=0 quality points
**Points earned are CUMULATIVE.This means that the points continue to add or build from one six week period to the next until the end of each semester.Points do not start over each six week period.
Students will be evaluated on the following:(This list includes the percentage of the total grade.)
**Bonus Opportunities occur every Six Week period.
Students can receive up to 100 points each six week period for class participation.Participation means:
§Active engagement in class discussions, group activities, completing assignments, etc.
§Willingness to follow all class rules.
§Alertness in class daily (no sleeping or head on desk)
§Proper usage and care of all equipment in the class
§Cleanliness/Neatness of workstation during and after class (leaving station clean and chairs pushed in, etc.)
*Points are deducted daily for non-compliance.
Missed Exams or Assignments:
Students are allowed to make up work missed as long as they do so within 5 days of the absence.
Depending on the reason for work being late, points may be deducted for lateness.It is the student’s responsibility to check with me about assignments missed and to make arrangements with me to get those assignments.
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated.If a student is caught cheating or plagiarizing in any form, he/she will receive a zero for that assignment, test, etc.Documentation of each incident will be made and kept on file.(Plagiarism means:The willful act of copying, taking, using, and presenting another person’s ideas or words, or work as one’s own; the false presentation of someone else’s writing as one’s own.In the case of copyrighted work, plagiarism is illegal.)
Requirements for Written Assignments:
Only loose-leaf paper is acceptable—no spiral notebook paper (even if it has perforated edges!) Only blue or black ink is acceptable, no markers and other various pen colors.
Only #2 pencils can be used for exams requiring a scantron answer sheet.
Writing must be legible and neat!
Requirements for Typed Assignments and Printing:
All documents typed must be in the correct FORMAT according to the content studied.
Proofread carefully before printing documents.
Printing is only allowed with my permission.
**Quizzes - generally on Thursdays or Fridays once every week or every other week (worth about 25 – 75 points.)
**Major Tests – usually one or two per six week period (worth 100 or more points).
Advance notice is given to students about quiz and test dates.These dates are posted in the classroom and verbally expressed several times to students.
**The following course schedule is tentative and subject to change depending on the progress of the class:
FModule 1:Computing Fundamentals
(1st Semester – August 2011 – December 2011)
Lessons 1-10:Introduces computer concepts on topics such as hardware,
software, trouble-shooting, and using operating systems.
**IC3 Computing Fundamentals Certification Test (Late November 2011-December 2011)
FModule 2:Key Applications
(2nd Semester – January 2012 – March 2012)
Lessons 11-23:Introduces concepts and skills pertaining to word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases.
**IC3 Key Applications Certification Test
(Late February 2012 - Early March 2012)
FModule 3:Living Online
(2nd Semester – March 2012 – May 2012)
Lessons 24-30:Introduces networks
and telecommunications, the Internet,
effective electronic communication, e-mail management, research, and the mpact of computers and the Internet on society.
**IC3 Living Online Certification Test
(Early March 2012 - May 2012)
FKeyboarding (1stand 2nd Semester)
**As time permits.
¯Various Style Poems, Journals, and other MS Word Documents
¯PowerPoint Presentations (Black History Month, Women’s History, Careers, My Favorites)