Course Syllabus

CS120 - Concepts of Computing - Fall 2016

Instructor A Teacher
Office Office 101
Office Hours 9 am daily and by appointment
Telephone 314-159-2653
Course Description

Students in this course will study computers and their applications (note: this is not a "first" or "beginning" computer course). Student will develop an understanding of concepts and terminology related to computer systems and develop skills and understanding in the use of software. Concepts include an overview of computer systems, system & applications software, networks, the Internet, and societal & ethical issues. Hands-on experience may include intermediate to advanced word processing, spreadsheets, database, graphics, presentation graphics, and web publishing.  As this is a 4 credit course, you are expected to spend a minimum of 8 hours per week outside of class on reading and other course activities.

Course Prerequisites
    • CS 80 or equivalent (basic word processing, email, Internet research, and file management skills are expected).
    • Students must be able to read, write, follow directions, and use a keyboard and mouse (or other pointing device). Students must also have used a word processor, web browser, and email program, including the ability to send and receive attachments.

You are expected to participate in class and online. This will involve some group work. Each week you will have about three assignments on average.

  • Assigned readings and videos
  • Research and report
  • Application project

Although using a computer to perform different tasks is an important part of being computer literate, you should also know about how computers work, how they affect our lives, and how computers are evolving.

You have weekly assignments that are usually due by Sunday night. For late work you will lose 10% per day late.
Required Materials
  • Google Account
  • a Wordpress account at BMCC

There will be occasional quizzes. These will usually be done on your own, but sometimes in class.

There will be a midterm exam and a final exam.

Method of Evaluation

Your final grade will be a weighted average of all of you work.

Projects 40% A ≥ 90%
Tutorials 20% B ≥ 80%
Research & Report 20% C ≥ 70%
Quizzes & Tests 20% D ≥ 60%
F < 60%
Special Services and Student Accommodations

Students requiring assistance beyond the services provided in the regular classroom activities must seek out the instructor after class.

Additional assistance is available at the Special Programs Tutoring Center.

Persons having questions about or requests for special needs and accommodation should contact the Assistant Director, Admissions and Advising at Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 N.W. Carden, Pendleton OR 97801, Phone 541-278-5931 or TDD 541-278-2174. Contact should be made 72 hours in advance of the event.


The syllabus may change depending upon the needs of a particular class. Please verify topics, tests and other due dates with your instructor.

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