- Winter '95
CIS 101 - COMPUTER
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Rules] | [Laboratory Schedule]
Package from Prentice-Hall, including:
Computing by Long and Long
Topics for lecture/discussion & Readings:
Exploring Excel 97 by Grauer & Barber
Custom textbook including Pace University
by Catherine Dwyer
Customized version of A Brief Course in Visual
5 by Schneider
Booklet on the Internet
Introduction & Overview (Long
chapters 1, 2, & Schneider 2)
Hardware (Long & Long, chapters 3, 4,5)
Software, Multimedia Internet (Long & Long,
6, 7, Internet guidebook)
Computers in Society (Long & Long, chapter
Procedural programming (Visual Basic)
You will have to work outside of class to
complete lab assignments.
In addition, you will do e-mail and access the Internet (Netscape for
World Wide Web access through Pace server) outside of class. You will
homework assignments from lab and lecture.
Multimedia authoring (production of web pages
HTML Assistant Pro and Paint Shop Pro).
This class requires thinking. We aim
you to apply concepts of computer information systems now and in the
The equipment and products will always be changing! We all must keep
There will be a short quiz, homework, and/or
group exercises EVERY CLASS. Attendance and class participation in
and Lab counts. Over 3 absences means a 5 point deduction. A lateness
as half an absence.
You must obtain an ID in order to use
(e-mail) for class assignments. YOU NEED THIS IMMEDIATELY to
Dr. Thomas the topic for the essay during the first two weeks of
Students may sign up in room W 202 during their first lab session.
will be a specific assignment using the Internet later in the semester.
A two-page essay on computers will be due
Week 5. It should
be done using a wordprocessing program, such as Microsoft Word or
You should have at least two sources of information in a list of
Current newspapers and magazines are the best source for computer
information. You may write about the use of computers in movies or on
issues affecting the computer industry as they apply to you, how
are used in your major field, new or improved uses for computers in
daily life, etc. Reference titles should either be in bold-faced print,
italics, or underlined. Students without word processing experience may
go to the Electronic Learning Labs on the second floor of 41 Park Row
to the Academic Computing Center in room W202 for instruction and
There will be homework and in-class
the Lab; and
Approximate weighting for grade:
There will be a group project using
- Classwork/homework (10)
- Midterm (10)
- Programming (15)
- Essay using word processing (10)
- Spreadsheet work (10)
- Multimedia group work/project (15)
- E-mail/Internet (10)
- Final (20)
Computers are programmed!
||Schneider, chapter 1
||The World of Computers
Arithmetical and logical
expressions, data representation, ASCII, repetition
||L&L. chapter 1
Computers & Cars Assignment
||Inside the Computer Binary
numbers and arithmetic,
||L & L chapter 2
History of Computers Assignment
Computers What to Do Databases
||L&L chapter 3
ESSAY Assignment DUE
||Storing and Retrieving
example, inside the computer, I/O devices
||L&L chapter 4
Describe computer use (e.g., ATM, grocery
||Input/ Output: Computers
in Action Spreadsheets
||L&L chapter 5
Year 2000 Assignment
||Review L&L appendix
||Networks and Networking:
Linking the World,
Communications and networks, The Internet
||L&L chapters 6
||Going Online: The Net,
Introduction to HTML
|L&L chapter 7
||Computers in Society:
||L&L chapter 13
||Computers in society:
Computers for the disabled, computer
|L & L chapter 14
Spreadsheet Lecture Assignment
||STUDY FOR FINAL!!!!!
101: How this class will operate
CIS 101 is a core course required for all Pace
Students will acquire:
What does this mean in practical terms for the
part of the course?
- conceptual understanding and operational
skill in the basics
of computer hardware and software. This will include actual use of
application packages and introductory procedual programming.
concepts will be covered through classroom exercises, homework and
- general problem-solving and communication
skills, and experience
in working in teams to solve problems. This will include the
use of computers to accomplish tasks and the use of systematic ,
thinking to address problems that may not be appropriate for automation.
- awareness and insight into the pervasive
presence of computer-based
technology in working and everyday life. This will include discussion
analysis of current applications and potential trends.
Working also means that in practically all
classes, I will
assign a question or task to small groups to work on together and then
report to the whole class. In general, the questions will be open-ended
and require you to take time defining how you will address the problem.
You will not know ‘the answers’ before you have begun this work. To put
this another way, do not worry if you cannot immediately produce the
product or if your group appears to proceed in a different manner from
- I expect you to come to class on time. It
a large class
and late arrivals are disruptive.
- I expect you to come to class prepared to
work. This means
that you will have done the reading assigned along with any homework.
- The homework will be prepared in a
includes thought in the creation process and proofreading and polishing
for the final presentation.
- I welcome questions on the reading. Most
the time, I will
not review the reading if there are no questions. I also welcome
and observations relating to your experiences. This includes events
in the news.
It is important to know when to talk and
to talk. When you are working in groups, you will be talking and also
to the people in your group concerning the task assigned. But before
after these activities, you must be quiet and await your turn at
Disruptive students will be asked to leave and it will have an adverse
effect on their participation marks. It is especially important that
be quiet and attentive when a student is reporting from a group other
your own and I am responding to what that group is presenting. Apart
the fact that questions on quizzes and exams may be posed from these
everyone can learn from these exchanges.
Making effective use of computer
a mixture of general understanding, discipline and a willingness to
and to ask questions to get specific information. The most important
you can learn in university is learning how to learn. If you put in the
effort, you will be rewarded, in CIS 101, your other courses, and your
career and life after Pace!
Have a good term!
101 Laboratory (Lab. Instructor: Heather Schneider)
||Visual Basic Introduction
||Visual Basic, assignment statements and
||Visual Basic, conditionals and select
||Visual Basic, repetition, for and while
||Visual Basic, arrays
||Visual Basic, databases
||Excel, printing spreadsheets, graphs
Method of teaching in the lab is primarily
or pairs of students when they have problems, but some ‘front of the
demonstrations would be appropriate. In addition, lab sessions are
times to require students to give presentations to the whole class
the same projection equipment used by the instructor.