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Computer Applications
 

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

Course #6611

Syllabus

Instructor: Mr. Truax

jtruax@rcps.info

(540) 853-2255 x. 7426

 

Course Description

This course is designed for under classmen and allows students develop or review correct keyboarding techniques and gain a basic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics, and telecommunications applications. Students will demonstrate an understanding of computer concepts through application of knowledge. Students will learn to use software packages and local and worldwide network communications systems.  The real-world impact of technology, effective communication, and interpersonal skills is evident throughout the course. This course also supports career development skills and explores career options.  As with other CTE courses, content taught in this course is aligned with the Standards of Learning of Virginia.  It will also help prepare the student for industry certification assessments.

 

Textbook

  • Textbook:MOAC. (2014). Microsoft Office 2013 High School Edition, Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (I apologize for any inadvertent error on citation).
  • The electronic version of this textbook will be available to all students enrolled in the class.
  • The textbook will be available in hardcopy for those needing accommodation.

 

Recommendation

Students are strongly encouraged to become a member of FBLA.  There is a small fee of $25.00 for membership but the benefits more than outweigh the expense.

 

Topics

A list of competencies is provided.  This list of competencies will guide both instruction and rubric grading.  However, below is a broad sampling of topics to be covered.

  • Workplace Readiness
    • Personal Qualities & People Skills
    • Professional Knowledge & Skills
    • Technology Knowledge & Skills
    • Examination of All Aspects of an Industry
    • Application & Implementation in Student Life
  • FBLA
    • Participation
    • Activities – Volunteering opportunities
    • Conferences
  • Keyboarding
    • Introductory
    • Skill Building
  • Basic Computer Operations
    • Word Processing
    • Spreadsheets
    • Databases
    • Presentation programs
    • Preparation for Industry Certification
  • Other Topics
    • Ethical use of computers
    • Networking & Telecommunications
    • Maintenance of Computers
    • Employability enhancement directly impacted by technology skills

 

GRADING

  • Quizzes / Tests
    • These will be mandatory and will result in a zero if not taken.
    • Some projects, because of their nature, will be counted as either a quiz or a test.Students will be notified as to how it will be graded and it will also be on Parent / Student Portal.
    • Quizzes and tests will account for approximately 50% of the grade.
  • Classwork / Homework
    • This will include reviews, formative assessments such as exit quizzes, and small projects done in class.
    • Classwork will account for 30% of the grade.
  • Workplace Readiness Skills
    • This grade will be impacted by student behavior.Students are expected to exhibit a behavior that they will use in the workplace. This grade is intended to encourage good behavior and to remediate inappropriate behavior.These behaviors include; proper etiquette, behavior, attitude, attendance, and actions.
    • Workplace Readiness Skills will account for 20% of the grade.

      Makeup of any missed work will need to be scheduled outside of classtime, so as to not interfere with ongoing instruction.  Any work not done will result in a zero in the 9 week report card.

       

  • Grade Range
    • 90 – 100A
    • 80 – 89B
    • 70 - 79C
    • 60 – 69D
    • 0 – 59F

Statement for Students with Disabilities

Any student with a documented disability will receive the accommodations in his/her IEP or 504 plan. If those accommodations are not sufficient for academic progress, the teacher, student, or parent may contact the case manager to arrange for a meeting to discuss additional options.

Statement on Academic Integrity

Patrick Henry seeks to maintain an optimal learning environment. General principles of academic honesty include respect for the intellectual property of others, the expectation that individual work will be submitted unless otherwise allowed by an instructor, and the obligations both to protect one’s own academic work from misuse by others as well as to avoid using another’s work as one’s own. All students are expected to understand and abide by these principles. Students representing the work of another as their own will receive a grade of “F” on that assignment in addition to other possible disciplinary actions

 

Classroom Policies

The rules of Roanoke City Public Schools and Patrick Henry High School apply to this course.  Below are some of those policies.

  • Attendance:Students are expected to come to class prepared, on time, every day.Absenteeism and tardiness negatively affect the 20% assigned to workplace readiness skills.
  • Hall Passes: Students may not leave the classroom without permission.
  • Make-up Work:It is the student’s responsibility to find out what material has been covered in his or her absence.Any work missed due to excused absences, field trips, or suspensions must be made up within five (5) school days.Late work will not be accepted after this 5 day period and will result in a zero on that assignment.
  • Food and Drink: Food and drinks (including bottled water) are NOT permitted in the classroom.
  • Graded work:Cheating on a project, quiz, test, or other assignment will result in a zero (0) for that assignment, and a referral to school administration.Group work, when specified, will be graded on group work.
  • It is expected that students will be respectful and strive to succeed.
  • Please read the Student Handbook and abide by all school policies.

** Syllabus is subject to change

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Computer Applications
TASKS/COMPETENCIES

Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Personal Qualities and People Skills

1

Demonstrate positive work ethic.

2

Demonstrate integrity.

3

Demonstrate teamwork skills.

4

Demonstrate self-representation skills.

5

Demonstrate diversity awareness.

6

Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.

7

Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness.

Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Professional Knowledge and Skills

8

Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills.

9

Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills.

10

Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

11

Demonstrate healthy behaviors and safety skills.

12

Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, and climates.

13

Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills.

14

Demonstrate job-acquisition and advancement skills.

15

Demonstrate time-, task-, and resource-management skills.

16

Demonstrate job-specific mathematics skills.

17

Demonstrate customer-service skills.

Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Technology Knowledge and Skills

18

Demonstrate proficiency with technologies common to a specific occupation.

19

Demonstrate information technology skills.

20

Demonstrate an understanding of Internet use and security issues.

21

Demonstrate telecommunications skills.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

22

Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.

23

Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.

24

Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.

25

Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.

26

Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.

27

Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.

28

Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.

29

Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

30

Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.

31

Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.

32

Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.

33

Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Mastering Keyboarding Skills (May be waived for students who demonstrate mastery of keyboarding competencies)

34

Key alphabetic, numeric, and symbol information, using a touch system and standard techniques.

35

Manipulate data, software, and operating system.

36

Improve keyboarding techniques.

37

Increase keyboarding speed and accuracy.

38

Proofread copy.

39

Edit copy.

40

Describe ergonomic guidelines related to safe computer use.

Mastering Basic Computer Operations

41

Explain the functions of computer system components.

42

Boot, access, and exit operating system and software.

43

Input data and commands, using peripherals.

44

Manage files and disks, using file- and disk-management techniques.

45

Determine available memory and disk space.

46

Create backup file.

47

Obtain assistance for preparing documents, using electronic and hard copy references and documentation.

Using Word Processing Applications

48

Identify a variety of word processing programs.

49

Key and format letters, memoranda, reports, outlines, and tables.

50

Compose and format letters, memoranda, reports, outlines, and tables, using the steps of the English writing process.

51

Edit documents, using techniques such as delete, insert, typeover, block, move, and copy.

52

Enhance documents by using page layout and graphic design features.

53

Use features such as headers, footers, justification, and pagination.

54

Set printer specifications.

55

Integrate database data, spreadsheet data, and graphics into a word-processed document.

Using Database Applications

56

Identify a variety of database programs.

57

Create a database.

58

Manipulate data.

59

Process data.

60

Access data by conducting queries.

61

Design and produce reports in various formats.

Using Spreadsheet Applications

62

Identify a variety of spreadsheet programs.

63

Enter data and formulas in a spreadsheet.

64

Edit data in a spreadsheet.

65

Analyze data in a spreadsheet.

66

Create graphs and charts to visually represent spreadsheet values.

Incorporating Graphic Features

67

Identify graphic features commonly incorporated into a variety of media.

68

Incorporate graphic features into documents.

69

Create artwork for incorporation into documents.

70

Design and produce a document featuring graphics.

Using Networks and Telecommunication

71

Use local area, wide area, and worldwide network communication systems.

72

Develop a Web site.

73

Use the Internet to locate and obtain information.

74

Use local and wide area networks and modem-delivered services to access and obtain information.

75

Use resources stored on electronic discs, USB drives, and the cloud to locate and obtain information.

76

Use databases to locate and obtain information.

77

Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of various processing, storage, retrieval, and transmission technologies.

Exploring Ethical Issues Related to Computers and Computer Systems

78

Explain concepts of confidentiality, security, integrity, and courtesy, related to computer systems.

79

Identify security issues related to computer data.

80

Explain concepts related to copyright, public domain, and licensing agreements.

Maintaining Computer System

81

Maintain printer.

82

Clean computer hardware and peripherals.

83

Run CHKDSK.

84

Identify safety precautions associated with computer use.

85

Identify common hazards associated with the use of compact discs.

86

Identify methods of preventing importation of computer viruses.

87

Troubleshoot hardware problems.

Preparing for Industry Certification

88

Describe the process and requirements for obtaining industry certifications related to the Computer Applications course.

89

Identify testing skills/strategies for a certification examination.

90

Demonstrate ability to successfully complete selected practice examinations (e.g., practice questions similar to those on certification exams).

91

Successfully complete an industry certification examination representative of skills learned in this course (e.g., MOS, IC3, NOCTI).

Enhancing Employability Skills

92

Research career opportunities.

93

Create a résumé.

94

Complete a job application form.

95

Demonstrate successful interviewing techniques.

96

Compose an interview follow-up letter.

97

Assemble a professional portfolio.

98

Identify potential employment barriers for nontraditional groups and ways to overcome the barriers.