Computer Applications

Introduction

The Career Education Department at HCHS is dedicated to providing the students with the most up-to-date information.  Classes are upgraded regularly to ensure students are kept on the cutting edge of technology in Computer Applications and other technology based instruction.

Microsoft Office

The Microsoft Office software that is used at HCHS is the most up-to-date product available for gaining hands-on knowledge of MS products.  Students will use MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Front Page and Publisher to acquire vital information that will aid the student in accomplishing goals in both secondary and post-secondary education.

                    

Syllabus

Computer Applications I

Mr. Kevin L. Smith

Room 103 – HCHS

 Course Overview

 

Students completing this course will gain an introduction to the world of computers, learning the basics of keyboarding, Microsoft Office programs of Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher as well as other desktop publishing tools.  Students who successfully complete this course and Computer Applications 2 will be eligible to take a certification test to gain the Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) certificate.  This can aid the student in future endeavors, whether they lie in the business world or post-secondary education.  Students will also learn the value of computer privileges and the proper use/ethics of computer research.

 

Students will also be exposed to every day applications of computers, from the above mentioned applications to things such as email, internet access, intranet applications and using the computer to aid with research projects.  Students will also complete a comprehensive project during one semester, using a simulation that encompasses all aspects of materials covered in class.

 Materials

 

Students may use a DVD-RW disk for storing classroom work, the network drive or a flash drive.  At the end of the year, students may be asked to store a year ending project on this DVD.  This may also involve digital pictures or digital movie capabilities.  Students will be required to use the DVD to store this material and present it to the class.  Space will be provided in the room for storage of these DVD’s.  Data cannot and will not be stored on the lab computers!  However, a drive is provided for storage of materials on the HCHS server.  Students also need to provide a lab fee of $5.00 for printing purposes.  This fee is due by August 23rd, 2008!  Failure to bring these items to class on a daily basis can result in below average achievement!  Students will also need to provide am small three-ring binder in which to store their work.  This will be checked periodically and credit given for having a complete folder.  It also may be useful at times for open-note quizzes/tests.

 

Classroom Rules

 

All students will be provided a list of classroom rules and proper use regulations for the lab computers.  This is to be kept in the binder for this class.  All students wishing to have computer access must have a signed AUP form on file at the school.  Improper use of school computers can result in loss of privileges for up to and including the entire school career of offending students!  The best policy here is that if you are not sure if what you are doing is within school policy, DO NOT DO IT UNTIL YOU ASK!  Restroom passes will be provided for the students to use throughout the semester.  Each student will be provided five passes per semester and these are to be in his or her folder for use during class.

 

 Grading

 

All work completed will have a point value assigned to it.  Students will have opportunity to gain extra credit points with extra effort or by doing assigned tasks.  All work will then be averaged and grades given per HCHS grading scale.  Please ask or refer to your handbook for this scale. 

*NOTE – ANY STUDENT ATTEMPTING TO TURN IN WORK OTHER THAN HIS/HER OWN CAN BE GIVEN A GRADE OF “F” FOR THAT GRADING PERIOD.  This can affect the overall grade in the class.  Students will be given semester and final exams, WHICH WILL BE COMPREHENSIVE.  It is strongly encouraged that students save all his/her work, quizzes and tests.  Semester and final exams will be taken from materials on other tests, with missed questions being a good indicator of what can be expected on these tests.  The instructor reserves the right to make part of these exams practical or project based.  Students will be given ample notice if this is to be the case.

 

Absences

 

In the event a student is absent, he/she is responsible for making up any missed work.  A list of assignments will be available in Room 103 and on my web page.  In the event of an absence, the student should consult the folder, not come to the instructor and ask what was missed.  Students with unexcused absences can make up work, but no credit will be given, save for the good will it can provide is said student is “on the bubble” for a higher grade.

 

Computer Procedures

 

Ø  All students must log into the computers in class.  If you do not have a log in account set up, this must be done by August 23, 2007 or you may experience difficulty in class.

Ø  Never turn computer on or off without permission.

Ø  Do not attempt to move/create icons or add software to any of the lab computers.  This WILL result in loss of computer privileges.

Ø  Do not touch the screen (s).  This can cause damage to the monitor.

Ø  Make sure you hands are clean before entering the classroom.  Wash them if necessary.

Ø  Do not save to the computers hard drive without permission.  In VERY EXTREME situations this may be necessary, but only with the instructor’s permission.

Ø  Books are numbered and assigned to each station.  Do not remove the books from their assigned spot.  Also, do not handle books by the bindings.  This may cause damage which you will be responsible for!

Ø  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO “PROCURE” ANY EQUIPMENT FROM THIS ROOM (IE MICE, ECT).  EACH COMPUTER IS ASSIGNED TO A SET OF STUDENTS, ONE FROM EACH CLASS.  IF ANY EQUIPMENT IS FOUND TO BE MISSING AT THE END OF THE DAY, EACH OF THOSE STUDENTS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MISSING EQUIPMENT (IE YOU WILL PAY TO REPLACE IT).