Roanoke Technical Education Center

Business Department


Computer Applications


Course Policies and Syllabus



Instructor:                  Mr. David Rudnick, M. Ed



                                   Direct post in Edmodo.

Prerequisites:            None


Textbooks:                 Shelly Cashman Microsoft® Office 365 &                   

                                   Office 2016: Introductory

Misty E. Vermaat | Steven M. Freund | Corinne Hoisington | Mary Z. Last | Philip J. Pratt | Susan L. Sebok | Joy L. Starks

                                    ISBN: 9781305870017                                   


Course Description: An introduction to the entry-level business type computer applications that will include Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access), Introduction to Computers, Inside and Out of the PC, and Introduction to the Internet. Additional topics will include Internet research, and critically assessing the value of that research, Internet ethics and security. Keyboarding Skills and Workplace Readiness Skills will be emphasized. Certification will be offered after each Office 2016 suite. FLBA will be offered as the student organization.


* Students taking this course as Dual Enrollment will need to pass with a least a “C” and obtain obtain all Microsoft Office 2016 Suites (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access).

Course Objectives:

After successful completion of this course you should be able:

  1. Gain familiarity with the concepts and terminology used in the development, implementation and operation of business computer applications.
  2. Explore various methods where Information Technology can be used to support existing businesses and strategies.
  3. Investigate emerging technology in shaping new processes, strategies and business models.
  4. Achieve hands-on experience with productivity/application software to enhance business activities.
  5. Accomplish projects utilizing business theories, teamwork, Internet resources and computer technology.
  6. Work with simple design and development tasks for the main types of business systems.

Readings and Assignments:

  • This course uses Edmodo, a web-based course management program at for delivery of course content. Edmodo contains course tutorials to help you to learn how to use the program. All Office 2016 assignments will be uploaded through Edmodo*.


Computer Software: MS Office 2016 /Office 365        

          Adobe Acrobat 10.0 or later

                                  Internet Service with a legimate E-mail account

                                  Windows 7 or later


Supplies needed:  USB drive (Also called: jump drive, thumb drive, flash drive) - Min. 4 GB

                             Google Drive


*Please note that all homework and quizzes must be uploaded no later than 11 p.m. in Edmodo the day that it is due.



  • Summative (25%)

    • Chapter Quizzes

    • Unit Tests

  • Formative (35%)

    • Homework Assignments (Labs)

    • Class Activities

    • Skills Competencies

  • Projects/Keyboarding Skills (20%)

  • Workforce Readiness Skills (20%)

A  90-100

B  80-89

C  70-79

D  60-69

F  59 and under


In-class assignments may be given for practice and class participation credit. Please see the separate explanation and instruction sheet. Students must be present to receive credit (unless arranges have been made prior), then there is no makeup on classroom assignments. In case of absence, there is no grade penalty on in-class assignments for students who make arrangements in advance.


Student Conduct in Class Policy

Any acts of classroom disruption that go beyond the normal rights of students to question and discuss with teacher the educational process relative to subject content will not be tolerated, in accordance with the Academic Code of Conduct described in the Student Handbook.

            Lab Procedures:

                        1. No food allowed at anytime during class, before and after.

                        2. A bathroom breaks are at the decision of the teacher

                        3. No sleeping in class

                        4. Talking should be kept to a min., other labs are right next door the classroom.

                        5. Respect other students around you.

                        6. Cheating is not tolerated.


Cheating Policy

Students are expected to uphold the RCPS standard of conduct relating to academic honesty. Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work they submit. The guiding principle of academic integrity shall be that a student's submitted work, examinations, reports, and projects must be that of the student's own work. Students shall be guilty of violating the honor code if they:


  1. Represent the work of others as their own.
  2. Use or obtain unauthorized assistance in any academic work.
  3. Give unauthorized assistance to other students.
  4. Modify, without instructor approval, an examination, paper, record, or report for the purpose of obtaining additional credit.
  5. Misrepresent the content of submitted work.


The penalty for violating the honor code is severe. Any student violating the honor code is subject to receive a failing grade for the assignment and will be reported to the Principal’s office. If a student is unclear about whether a particular situation may constitute an honor code violation, the student should meet with the teacher to discuss the situation.


For this class, it is permissible to assist classmates in general discussions of computing techniques. General advice and interaction are encouraged. Each person, however, must develop his or her own solutions to the assigned projects, assignments, and tasks. In other words, students may not "work together" on graded assignments. Such collaboration constitutes cheating. A student may not use or copy (by any means) another's work (or portions of it) and represent it as his/her own. If you need help on an assignment, contact your instructor not other classmates.


Electronic Devices In Class Policy

Cellular phones, pagers, CD players, radios, and similar devices are prohibited in the classroom and laboratory facilities. Calculators and computers are prohibited during examinations and Tests, unless specified. Reasonable laptop-size computers may be used in lecture for the purpose of taking notes.



Late assignments are penalized 10%. and not accepted after 5 days after the date the assignment was due unless authorized by the teacher.  Any assignment that is uploaded in the wrong file extension will receive an automatic 3-point deduction (all written assignments must be uploaded in a .docx- Word 2016 file format). Plan to spend approximately one to two hours each week working on practice and homework assignments. Technical problems with uploading assignments are your responsibility if uploaded outside of school. Upload late assignments in Edmodo and documents are not accepted through e-mail.



Tests are scheduled regularly during the term. Classroom tests are made up of application problems over material covered in the lessons. Tests are cumulative and comprehensive. IMPORTANT: For missed classroom tests, special arrangements for makeup must be made the day you return to class or prior. In case of illness or other unexpected circumstances, call or email the teacher as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the day on which the test is scheduled. Tests are not accepted after one week past the original test due date.


Homework Time

At least one to two hours per credit per week is normally needed for students to complete homework for this class. More or less time may be needed depending upon weekly assignments and projects. For this class this means at least two hours.



Students are expected to read the syllabus and other introductory course material, to read textbook chapters assigned for the week before coming to class, and to keep up with deadlines and due dates for all assignments. Participation in this course is graded and consists of regular attendance, contributing to classroom discussions, and working successfully on homework assignments.


Independent Work  

Students are expected to communicate with other students about concepts, course content, and homework assignments and to work together on assigned teams. However, each student is expected to do her or his own work. The consequences of taking credit for assignments done entirely or substantially by another student will include a failing grade on the assignments and possibly for the course for any students involved.


Standards for Written Coursework

College level writing is expected in this course on all documents handed in for a grade. This means:

  • Correct word usage

  • Correct sentence and paragraph structure

  • Correct punctuation and capitalization

  • Smooth flow of ideas

  • Spell checking of all documents

  • Careful proofreading and error checking

  • Carefully following assignment instructions

Documents with writing errors will not receive full credit.


Attendance will be taken every class period. Students are considered to be at their computer workspaces and ready to work at the sound of the bell at the beginning of each class.


Respectful Learning Environment

Respectful communication is expected in this class. ROTEC prohibits discrimination or harassment of any kind. Anyone who feels they have encountered discrimination or harassment should inform the teacher immediately.


Students with Disabilities:

If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, please let me know immediately so that we can discuss options or you may be eligible for academic accommodations through your counselor. Please be aware that any accessible tables and chairs in the classroom should remain available for authorized students who find that standard classroom seating is not usable.