Standardized Syllabus

Introduction to Computer Apps CIS105ON

March 21 2016 – May 13 2016

3 credits



Kim Mapes






Office Hours

Daily 4-5








This course provides an introduction to business computer applications. Students receive hands-on practice in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) software. In addition, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides are introduced so students become familiar with file sharing options, which can enhance group work and instructor-student interactions. Example projects include Word announcements, an APA formatted sample research paper, resume and cover letter. Excel workbooks use formulas, functions, charts, absolute cell references, and formatting. PowerPoint slide shows include bulleted lists, themes, clip art, and slide transitions. Students must achieve a prescribed level of proficiency in keyboarding. Extensive work on the student’s own computer or in the college’s computer labs is required. Students who have workplace or previous academic experience using MS Office are encouraged to enroll in CIS115 instead of CIS105. (3 Credits).




A CIS105 student should be able:


1. Correctly use the portal and college email.

2. Create, format, and edit a Word document; create a research paper with citations and references; create a business letter with a letterhead and table.

3. Create and edit a PowerPoint presentation with clip art; create a presentation with pictures, shapes, and word art; add media to a presentation.

4. Create an Excel worksheet and an embedded chart; use formulas, functions, and format the worksheet; work with large worksheets, charting, and what-if analysis.

5. Demonstrate the ability to share files and update files in real-time with classmates using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.



This course is designed as a hands-on course. The majority of your time will be devoted to completing the work I post at the portal that utilize the features of each of the software applications presented. You are expected to work on assignments on your own time in order to complete them by the due date.


You will be required to complete assignments on schedule. These will usually include but not limited to the chapter tutorial, the Apply Your Knowledge exercise and an In the Lab exercise. The instructions will be posted under the “Assignments” link at the class Website ( ). You will also upload the finished products instead of printing them, so that I can check and grade them. The assignments will be due by 11:55 pm, on the indicated due date. You must check the portal for the instructions and for what the products are. All course assignments will be posted at the “Assignments” page. Check it every day.


You must also reply to both discussion questions weekly. You will respond to your classmates replies twice on four separate day. This will give you a minimum of 4 replies in each discussion question per week.  The exact requirements for posts and responses are given in the rubric for the discussion assignment.


The grades for your work in this course will posted to the Grades link on the portal. There will be a grading rubric for the textbook assignments you hand in via the portal. These will be in the form of file(s) attached to the assignment.


You are required to log onto to complete the typing portion of this class. Your username will be FirstnameLastname (all one word) and your password will be your student ID Number. If you have any issues contact me asap.



Generally, your work will be evaluated by how accurately you complete the lessons presented in the text and how you provide evidence that you know how to use the features of Office applications by completing documents, workbooks, and presentations.



Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.


Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting replies in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Replies not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.


# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion 


Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)




  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT replies in all, minimum.
  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course. 


Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

You MUST reply no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!







Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

X points per week for a total of X points



What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 replies)





Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 replies)





Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 replies)





Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 replies)





Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.





Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both





Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation





Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette










Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies

If you fail to complete the assignments for weeks 1 and 2, I will report you to the registrar as ‘Never Attended’ and you will not be allowed to return to the class.


Participation in the discussion forum will not be accepted late.


There is no grace period for late assignments including exams. All assignments and exams for the week are due on Sunday night by 11:55pm.


Assignments will be closed and will not be re-opened after the due date.


When I send you e-mail, I will send it to the e-mail address supplied by the college, that is the ‘falcons’ e-mail. If you contact me by e-mail, send me the e-mail message from the address supplied by the college. This is accessible from the portal and takes the form Check this site for e-mail from me every day.


Post your questions about the assignments to the topics I will have set up under ‘Discussions’. Doing it this way will enable all students taking the class to see your questions and my answers.



Unless changes are announced, your final grade will be calculated from these 6 categories using the corresponding weight. You earn your final grade during the course of the ENTIRE semester. Rubrics and PowerPoint Presentations representing each chapter are located on the handouts page


Chapter Tutorials




In the Lab/Apply




Team Flyer



Discussion Questions

20pts per week


Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59




Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • All weekly assignments and tests are due Sunday by 11:55pm no exceptions



Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.


Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589,

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, or Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-7929,


Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email:   


Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.




Course Schedule




Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week 1



Introduction, Getting to Know each other

1, 2, 3, 4

 Due 10/21/2018

  1. Typing Advanced Wrap up (4 Lessons)
  2. Syllabus Quiz
  3. Navigation Quiz
  4. Post your Auto-Biography to the About You DQ
  5. Academic Honesty Pledge
  6. Extra Credit Time Management
  7. Log into using your logon and password. You will be in class CIS105ON Fall18 (Mapes)

Discussion post 2x’s on any 4 days

  • WK 1 DQ 1
  • WK 1 DQ 2

Week 2




Word Chapter 1

Creating, Formatting, and Editing a Word Document with a picture


1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Due 10/28/2018

Word Chapter 1

  1. Complete Word Chapter 1 Tutorial (pages WD1-WD46)
  2. Complete Word Chapter 1 In The Lab 1 (pages WD52-WD54)
  3. Typing Advanced Wrap up (4 Lessons)

Discussion post 2x’s on any 4 days

  1. WK 2 DQ 1 (Debate)
  2. WK 2 DQ 2

Week 3


Word Chapter 2

Creating a Research Paper with References and Sources

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Due 11/4/2018

Word Chapter 2

  1. Complete Word Chapter 2 Tutorial (pages WD57-WD111)
  2. Complete Word Chapter 2 In the Lab 1 (pages WD116-WD118)
  3. Typing Advanced Wrap up (4 Lessons)

Discussion post 2x’s on any 4 days

  1. WK 3 DQ 1
  2. WK 3 DQ 2 (Letterhead)

Week 4


Word Chapter 3

Creating a Business Letter with a Letterhead and Table







Word Chapters 1, 2, and 3

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Due 11/11/2018

Word Chapter 3

  1. Complete Word Chapter 3 Tutorial (pages WD121-WD173)
  2. Complete Word Chapter 3 In The Lab 1 (pages WD179-WD180)
  3. Complete Word Exam
  4. Typing Advanced Wrap up (4 Lessons)
  5. Team Assignment

Discussion post 2x’s on any 4 days

  1. WK 4 DQ 1
  2. WK 4 DQ 2

Week 5


PowerPoint Chapter 1

Creating and Editing a Presentation with Pictures



1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Due 11/18/2018

PowerPoint Chapter 1

  1. Complete PowerPoint Chapter 1 Tutorial (pages PPT1-PPT48)
  2. Complete PowerPoint Chapter 1 In the Lab 1 (pages PPT52-PPT53)
  3. Typing Advanced Wrap up (4 Lessons)

Discussion post 2x’s on any 4 days

  1. WK 5 DQ 1
  2. WK 5 DQ 2

Week 6


PowerPoint Chapter 2

Enhancing a Presentation with Pictures, Shapes, and WordArt





PowerPoint Chapters 1 and 2

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Due 11/25/2018

PowerPoint Chapter 2

  1. Complete PowerPoint Chapter 2 Tutorial (pages PPT58-PPT103)
  2. Complete PowerPoint Chapter 2 Apply Your Knowledge (pages PPT104- PPT106)
  3. PowerPoint Exam
  4. Typing Advanced Wrap up (4 Lessons)

Discussion post 2x’s on any 4 days

  1. WK 6 DQ 1
  2. WK 6 DQ 2

Week 7


Excel Chapter 1

Creating a Worksheet and a Chart

1, 2, 3, 4, 7

Due 12/2/2018


Excel Chapter 1

  1. Complete Excel Chapter 1 Tutorial (pages EX2-EX54)
  2. Complete In the Lab exercise 1 (pages EX59-EX60)
  3. Typing Advanced Wrap up (Final 4 Lessons)

Discussion post 2x’s on any 4 days

  1. WK 7 DQ 1 (The great debate)
  2. WK 7 DQ 2

Week 8


Excel Chapter 2

Formulas, Functions, and Formatting







Excel Chapters 1 and 2

1, 2, 3, 4, 7

Due 12/7/2018

Excel Chapter 2

  1. Complete Excel Chapter 2 Tutorial (pages EX266-EX118)
  2. Complete Excel Chapter 2 In the Lab 1 (EX177-EX181)
  3. Excel Exam

Discussion post 2x’s on any 4 days

  1. WK 8 DQ 1
  2. WK 8 DQ 2



Chapter Quizzes weeks 4, 6, 8