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Computer Information Systems
 

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Course #6612

Syllabus

Instructor: Mr. Truax

jtruax@rcps.info

(540) 853-2255 x. 7426

 

Course Description

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed the Computer Applications class, or comparable.  Students will apply problem-solving skills to real-life situations through word processing, spreadsheets, databases, multimedia presentations, and integrated software activities.  Students work individually and in groups to explore computer concepts, operating systems, networks, telecommunications, and emerging technologies.  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
  • Exploring Computer Concepts
    • Component Functions
    • Processing Cycles
    • Wireless & Mobile devices
    • Input, Output, & Storage devices
  • Managing Computer Systems
    • Electronic Assistance Tools
    • Troubleshooting
    • Files, Folders, Directories
    • Installing & Removing software
    • Viruses & Spyware
  • Other Topics
    • Ethical use of computers
    • Networking & Telecommunications
    • More in depth usage of office-related software

 

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 Information Systems
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.

Exploring Computer Concepts

34

Explain the functions of computer system components.

35

Illustrate the information processing cycle.

36

Trace the development of computers and their impact on society.

37

Demonstrate the use of various computer input devices.

38

Describe Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile devices.

39

Describe various computer output devices.

40

Describe various auxiliary storage devices.

41

Identify basic networking components.

Exploring Ethical Issues Related to Computers and Computer Systems

42

Identify security issues related to computer hardware, software, and data.

43

Identify concepts related to copyright, public domain, copy protection, intellectual property, and licensing agreements, including, but not limited to, software, media (e.g., music, pictures), and logo requirements.

44

Identify concepts of cyber security and cyber forensics, honesty, courtesy, and confidentiality related to information and e-mail systems and social networking (e.g., spam, viruses, e-mail etiquette).

45

Investigate physical and logical security issues related to technology (e.g., viruses, firewalls, spam, system backup, passwords).

46

Investigate Internet privacy issues and computer crimes, including identity theft.

Managing Computer Systems

47

Maintain workstation, equipment, software, and supplies.

48

Identify information needed to purchase or replace computer equipment and peripherals.

49

Obtain assistance via electronic and hard-copy references and documentation.

50

Troubleshoot hardware problems (e.g., power supply, network and peripheral connections, printer malfunctions).

51

Operate components of the user interface (e.g., menus, toolbars, ribbons, icons).

52

Manage the desktop environment (e.g., creating shortcuts/aliases).

53

Manage files and folders/directories (in networked and stand-alone environments).

54

Back up/restore programs and data files.

55

Scan storage devices and equipment for viruses and spyware, and disinfect as needed.

56

Describe the steps to install and remove software.

57

Operate peripherals (e.g., flash drive, scanner, digital camera, fax machine, modem, CD/DVD burner, USB devices, LCD projector).

58

Identify safety precautions and devices (e.g., surge protectors, anti-static mats and pads, power plugs, UPS systems) associated with computer use.

Producing Word Processing Documents

59

Compare features of a word processing program to determine the best tools to use for a given task.

60

Compose a variety of documents (e.g., letters, memoranda, reports, tables).

61

Use word processing programs to perform desktop publishing functions (e.g., to create brochures, pamphlets, flyers, business cards, newsletters, programs).

62

Proofread and edit documents.

63

Enhance layout of documents by using a variety of formatting features.

64

Import graphics, using a variety of tools (e.g., from file, scanner, digital camera) and sources.

65

Analyze and use writing tools (e.g., speller, thesaurus, grammar check, readability test, comparison tools).

66

Utilize advanced word processing operations (e.g., merge, macros, template wizards).

67

Integrate databases, graphics, and spreadsheets into a word-processed document.

68

Manipulate word-processed documents in a variety of formats (e.g., .pdf, .html).

Developing Electronic Spreadsheets

69

Compare features of various spreadsheet programs to determine the best software for an individual's or organization's needs.

70

Create and edit a spreadsheet.

71

Enhance a spreadsheet by using formatting features and graphics.

72

Construct arithmetic formulas to solve typical business-oriented problems.

73

Apply basic function commands (e.g., AVG, MIN, MAX, SUM, IF).

74

Apply intermediate functions.

75

Analyze and interpret data.

76

Create graphs and charts (embedded or stand-alone) to represent data visually.

77

Integrate word processing and database information.

78

Format graph features (e.g., chart titles, labels, colors).

Developing and Managing Databases

79

Determine when it is appropriate to use a database and identify the benefits derived.

80

Compare features of various database programs to determine the best software for an individual's or organization's needs.

81

Plan, design, and create a database file.

82

Edit a database file.

83

Sort, index, and filter databases.

84

Create and run queries to access information.

85

Generate reports and forms.

86

Enhance reports, using formatting features and graphics.

87

Integrate database information into word processing and spreadsheet applications by creating links.

Developing Multimedia Presentations

88

Identify the components of an effective presentation.

89

Describe various output options from presentation software (e.g., slide show, transparencies, slide handout, streaming, interactive whiteboards).

90

Research and organize information for a multimedia presentation.

91

Plan and build a multimedia presentation.

92

Proofread and edit a multimedia presentation.

93

Utilize options for creating, inserting, and editing objects (e.g., styles, shapes, fills, borders).

94

Enhance a multimedia presentation with specialized features (e.g., color, transitions, animations, timings, backgrounds, graphics, charts, graphs).

95

Integrate a variety of software applications into a multimedia presentation.

96

Deliver a multimedia presentation, according to the principles of effective communication.

97

Critique the clarity and effectiveness of multimedia presentations.

Communicating through Technology

98

Identify various new and emerging devices, methods, and channels for communicating electronically.

99

Describe networking features and concepts.

100

Describe how the Internet works (e.g., network structures, devices and components, protocols, Internet service providers, online services).

101

Explore uses of the Internet in business applications.

102

Incorporate information from the World Wide Web into a business project.

103

Create a Web site, using Web page design software.

104

Describe Internet services (e.g., e-mail, FTP, instant messaging, newsgroups, file storage).

105

Describe the uses of electronic commerce (e-commerce).

106

Explore trends in emerging communications technology and information processing.

Preparing for Industry Certification

107

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

108

Identify testing skills/strategies for certification examination.

109

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

110

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

Developing Employability Skills

111

Research career opportunities in Computer Information Systems.

112

Develop/update a résumé.

113

Compose a letter of application or cover letter.

114

Complete manual and electronic application forms.

115

Create and maintain a portfolio.

116

Participate in a mock interview.

117

Compose an interview follow-up letter.

118

Identify criteria for evaluating self-performance.

119

Identify the steps to follow in resigning from a position.

120

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