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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Business & Professional Programs • Business Administration

Introduction to Computers BUSA-100-14

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 14
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 11/12/2012

Contact Information

I will be available after class for approximately 1/2 hour to answer any questions.  If you need to reach me at another time, please contact me through Blackboard. 

Instructor: Lexi Witherwax

Meeting Times

This class will meet Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m. in LKH 233 or in the Molstead Library Computer Lab.  Please check the syllabus for our location each week.


BUSA 100 is the study of computer systems and applications. This course includes computer terminology, an introduction to computer hardware, application and system software, and Internet concepts. It also includes societal issues and concerns of security, privacy, computer crime, and viruses. This course is required for the Business Administration, Business Education, and Accounting Assistant programs. It meets the computer science requirement for the A.A. degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Textbook bundle at the NIC Bookstore - Technology In Action Bundled with Skills For Success and access code -ISBN 0132802775

Individual ISBN Numbers - If you decide to purchase the textbooks separately

Technology In Action 8e By Evans, Martin, Poatsy, Pearson/Prentice Hall, ISBN 0131391577

Skills For Success By Kris Townsend, Robert L. Ferrett, Catherine Hain, Alicia Vargas, Shelley Gaskin - Pearson/Prentice Hall, ISBN 0137032579

MyITLab Course ID Number: CRSAB2U-79344

You must have access to Office 2010. Older versions of Microsoft Office (Office 2003, Office 2007), or Mac versions of Microsoft Office are not acceptable for use in this course. It is important to check that the computer you plan to use has Microsoft Access. Many of the student versions of Microsoft Office do not come with Microsoft Access.  The computers in the Molstead Library computer lab have Office 2010 (including Microsoft Access) and are available for student use.

If you purchase your text through the NIC bookstore, the software is already bundled with the text. If you decide to purchase your textbooks from another source, you will be responsible for purchasing access to You can purchase a myitlab access code at

It is important that you purchase your textbooks by the first week of class. This course is fast-paced. Please do not use the failure to purchase or receive your textbooks by the first week of class as an excuse for late assignments. It is assumed that all students will have purchased and have in their possession their textbooks by the first week of class.


Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

1. Recognize, identify and explain the social, ethical, legal, and moral impacts on our society and appreciate the underlying principles of computer literacy.

2. Identify the component devices of a computer system and describe how they are able to process data into useful information.

3. Define, classify and explain the two broad categories of computer software and use the software to create, analyze, and process information.

4. Define and explain the concepts of data communication and networking. Use computer technology to access, retrieve, and send information within a networked environment.


The table below illustrates the approximate percentage weight of each grading category.



% of Grade*

Unit Exams






Participation, Attitude, Quality of Work





Lab Projects



Final Exam







* Note: There may be slight differences due to rounding. Actual course points may vary.

The course grade will be calculated using a weighted average derived by dividing the percentage of the points allocated to the overall points possible and applying the result (a percentage) to the following percentage scale:

 94+ and


              90 to 94

                87 to 89

              84 to 86

              80 to 83

               77 to 79

   74 to 76 

              70 to 73

              60 to 69













 All exams will be taken on the myitlab site during scheduled class time. 

1. Four (4) Unit Exams

a.  Covers textbook reading materials and lecture materials and labs.

b.  The date of each exam is shown on the course schedule.

c.  Missed Exams: If you cannot take an examination for legitimate reasons, you must contact the instructor prior to the exam. It is your responsibility to provide evidence of a legitimate reason for missing an examination. Among the legitimate reasons are: (a) an illness treated by a physician or health professional who will put it in writing that you were too ill to take the exam on that day; (b) a death in the family; (c) an accident that prevented your attendance at the scheduled time; and (d) a school sponsored activity. Written documentation of the reason is required from an authority. If a legitimate reason is provided, a make-up examination may be provided at the instructor’s convenience. The make-up exam may be different than the test given during class. If a legitimate reason cannot be provided, you will receive a zero (0) for the missed examination.

d.  The final exam is comprehensive, covering all materials studied. The final exam is required for all students.

2.  Quizzes:  Quizzes will normally be given covering the assigned reading materials found in the Technology in Action text.  No makeup quizzes will be offered.  I will drop your lowest quiz score when calculating your grade.

3.  Microsoft Office Lab Projects: You are responsible for the completion of a set of training exercises and four Grader projects for each of the Microsoft Office applications we cover in this course. I suggest starting with the training for each specific chapter In the Skills for Success textbook. Once you have completed the training you should be ready for the Grader project. You must complete the training for each chapter. The concepts covered in each chapter’s training covers the skills you will need to complete each grader project. Your grade on the trainings is not based on your actual score, rather on timeliness of completion. Your score on each Grader project will be based on successful completion of the skills and tasks presented. Deadlines and availability for each Microsoft Office application project can be found in the course schedule.

a.  Late assignments, for any reason (other than school closure or cancellation), will be subject to a penalty of 25% loss of points if turned in up to one week past the due date.  After that time, the penalty will be 50% of the point value.  Assignments later than two weeks overdue will not be accepted.

4.  Participation and quality of work:  Points in this category will be awarded for timely, regular attendance, active participation in class discussions, and quality of work.

***Be aware that the MyITLab software assesses Grader Project submissions through the use of cookies.  These cookies ensure that the Grader Project submitted from an account was completed by the account’s user.  Any attempt to upload another student’s work will be immediately identified by the MyITLab software and constitutes a clear violation of North Idaho College’s Academic Integrity Policy.   Any student that submits another student’s work as their own or provides their work to another student will be subject to disciplinary action according to the policies of North Idaho College.

Course Policies

I will periodically post class updates and changes to the schedule on the Blackboard.  It is expected that you will check Blackboard frequently so that you are up to date on all course information.  All communication with the instructor must take place using the email feature in Blackboard.

Cell Phones and PDA's must be turned off during class.

Video and Audio Recording Policy
Students must receive written consent from the instructor before any video or audio recording may occur.

The instructor is not responsible for technical difficulties that may occur as a result of computer problems or Internet connectivity. Please do not use this excuse as a means to justify late assignments. You are responsible to ensure that your Internet connectivity and computer are in good working order. Prior planning to ensure these issues do not impact your performance is imperative!

If you experience technical issues with myitlab while completing an assignment outside of the computer lab, first contact the Pearson support at If you are experiencing connectivity issues, you must contact your ISP. Second, let me know of your situation right away. You must resolve any technical issues with logging into myitlab or your internet connection. Failure to resolve any technical issues is not a valid excuse for a missed assignment. Waiting until the due date to begin and/or complete an assignment is not advised. If you wait until the last minute and then experience technical difficulties, there will be little time to resolve the problem. Do not wait until the last minute to submit assignments.

It is very important for you to attend all class sessions. Any “computer literacy” course, such as BUSA 100, is filled with a large vocabulary of new terms and concepts. Prompt and regular attendance is necessary for you to successfully complete your assignments. The college policy in the catalog states that:

An absence is recorded for ANY REASON the student fails to attend class. In accordance with published NIC regulations, excessive absences may result in the student’s withdrawal from the course. Students who are absent because of college sponsored activities are required to complete their assignments prior to leaving the college campus for that activity or make advance arrangements for assignment completion.

It is every student’s responsibility to ensure that scheduled assignments are completed on time or arrange to do them in advance of the scheduled due date. Failure to meet a due date for an assignment or lab project will result in a grade penalty for that item.


Since pursuing a college education is an adult endeavor, it is assumed that students are to accept responsibility for that endeavor. If you miss a class, you do not need to provide me with an excuse. I recognize that there are many pressures and legitimate problems that arise during the semester. Overall, however, there needs to be a pattern of responsible involvement in the course and in your own learning.


Week Date Chapters  Covered/Reading Assignment Description Assignments Due Room
1 8/29/2012 Video

Syllabus, Introduction to the course

Digital Nation Video

  LKH 233
2 9/5/2012 3

Chapter 3: Using the Internet, Making the Most of the Web's Resources

  LKH 233
3 9/12/2012 5

Chapter 3 Quiz

Chapter 5: Using System Software 

Review for Exam #1

  LKH 233
4 9/19/2012 Review Chapters 3 and 5 for Exam #1

Introduction to 

     Exam #1, Chapters 3 & 5

Microsoft Word Lab #1

  Computer   Lab
5 9/26/2012 Skills for Success Word Chapters Microsoft Word Lab #2   Computer   Lab
6 10/3/2012 6 Chapter 6: Understanding and Assessing Hardware: Evaluating your System   LKH 233
7 10/10/2012 7

Chapter 6 Quiz

Chapter 7: Networking: Connecting Computing Devices Review for Exam #2

Microsoft   Word Lab Projects Due LKH 233
8 10/17/2012

Review Chapters 6 & 7 for Exam #2

Skills for Success PowerPoint Chapters

Exam #2, Chapters 6 & 7

Microsoft PowerPoint Lab

  Computer   Lab
9 10/24/2012 8 Chapter 8: Digital Lifestyle:  Managing Digital Data and Devices   LKH 233
10 10/31/2012 9

Chapter 8 Quiz

Chapter 9: Securing Your System:  Protecting Your Digital Data and Devices Review for Exam #3

Microsoft   PowerPoint Lab Projects Due LKH 233
11 11/7/2012

Review Chapters 8 & 9 for Exam #3

Skills for Success Excel Chapters

Exam #3, Chapters 8 & 9 

  Microsoft Excel Lab

  Computer   Lab
12 11/14/2012 11 & 12

Chapter 11: Databases and Information Systems   

Chapter 12: Networking and Security in the Business World

  LKH 233
13 11/21/2012 Thanksgiving Break

No classes scheduled

14 11/28/2012

Skills for Success

Access Chapters

Chapter 11 & 12 Quiz

Microsoft Access Lab #1

Excel projects due 11/27  Computer Lab 
15 12/5/2012 13

Chapter 13: How the Internet Works

Review for Exam #4

  LKH 233
16 12/12/2012 Review Chapters 11-13 for Exam #4

Exam #4 Chapters 11-13

Microsoft Access Lab #2

Microsoft   Access Lab Projects Due Computer   Lab
17 12/19/2012 Final Exam Comprehensive Final Exam  6-8PM Computer Lab 

Additional Items

This course is designed to be a first course for students who wish to become computer literate. The course combines Lecture on computer theory and limited “hands-on” experiences in the practical applications of computers. The student will explore the hardware components (their purpose, how they work, and their use) that make up a computer system. The functions and applications of computers in a variety of environments are also examined. The student will explore and use a few of the most commonly utilized application software packages.

Prerequisite skills: The study and use of electronic spreadsheets will require that the students have good skills in basic algebra and math for successful completion of the course. You must also have basic keyboarding competency. While keyboarding competency is not tested, if you do not have this skill, it is highly recommended that you enroll in the keyboarding proficiency course offered separately.

NOTE: This course requires considerable reading and comprehension of the reading materials to excel. If your reading skills are not at an appropriate level for college work, it is highly recommended that you enroll in some of the available courses to improve these skills.

Division Policies

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please refer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01:

Academic Integrity


Disruptive behavior in the class is not tolerated. To quote from the NIC "Student Code of Conduct," Article II, (found in the Student Handbook):

 In order to carry out North Idaho College's Mission and to create a community of learners, the students, faculty, staff, and administrators must share common principles or values.  These values - which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility - make up academic integrity.


II.  Academic Dishonesty.

 Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College.  These violations include the following:

 Cheating:  using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.

Fabrication:  falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.

 Plagiarism:  knowingly representing the words, ideas or work  of another as one's own in an academic exercise.

 Violation of Intellectual Property:  stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources, materials, or official documents of the college.

 Facilitating Academic Dishonesty:  knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.


 Our department strongly endorses the above code, believing that no learning can take place if a strong commitment to academic integrity is compromised.


Any unethical behavior, including any violation of academic integrity or instance of plagiarism, may result in a grade of zero for an assignment in question or failure of the course.


Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: November 12, 2012. 

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.