CGS2100, Micro Applications for Business
and Economics teaches important computer and digital technology concepts and skills necessary to
succeed in careers and in life. Course topics range from computer literacy
basics, to today's hottest technologies, to the information systems on which
today's businesses and organizations depend. This course is designed to
provide relevant technology coverage for all degree programs.
Concepts (from textbook)
- Digital Technology Basics
- The Digital Revolution
- General Purpose and Special Purpose Computers
- Hardware: Processing, Storage, and I/O
- Software: System Software and Application Software
- Network Technologies
- Telecommunications: Wired and Wireless
- Computer Networking
- The Internet and Web
- Management Information Systems
- Business Systems
- Systems Development
- Digital Media
- Digital Music and Audio
- Digital Graphics
- Digital Photography and Video
- Interactive Media
- Information Security
- Information Security and Vulnerability
- Machine-Level Security
- Network Security
- Wireless Network Security
- Internet Security
- Digital Society, Ethics, and Globalization
- Living Online
- Freedom of Speech
- Privacy Issues
- Ethics and Social Responsibility
- Microsoft Windows File Management
- Research Paper formatting techniques
- Web Research
- Word Processing with Microsoft Word
- Numeric Analysis with Microsoft Excel
- Database Management with Microsoft Access
- Presenting with Microsoft PowerPoint
- Application Integration
By the conclusion of this course, students
who earn a passing grade will be able to:
- use a current operating system to run applications
and efficiently manage computer files
- demonstrate skills related to email use
- demonstrate skills involved in web-based research
- use a current word processing application to create a
college-level research paper
- use a current spreadsheet application to analyze
complex numeric data and generate charts
- demonstrate working knowledge of database management
with MS Access
- prepare a presentation with MS PowerPoint
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic
computer concepts such as computer hardware, software, architecture, and
- demonstrate an understanding of how digital
technology, various general purpose and special purpose computers, and
software are applied to solve problems and provide services
- demonstrate an understanding of how
telecommunications, wired and wireless networks, and the Internet and
Web, are used to provide people with anywhere, anytime access to
communications and information, for a variety of environments and uses
- demonstrate an understanding of how computer-based
information systems are used to support the goals of business,
organizations, and the general public
- demonstrate an understanding of how digital
technologies assist people in creating, using, and enjoying music and
other audio, graphic artwork, photographs, video, and games
- demonstrate an understanding of information security
and vulnerabilities and actions to take to secure digital information
- demonstrate an understanding of the impact of digital
technologies on the lives of individuals, society, and the world and
related ethical issues
Online: Students registered for sections of this course
designated as "online" will have no scheduled weekly class meetings
in a classroom. However, Online students are still welcome to attend lectures
if they choose. Online students need to be physically present on campus in
Tallahassee to take exams.
Classroom: Students registered for sections not designated
as "online" are enrolled in a classroom section of the course.
Classroom students have weekly lecture class meeting on campus where lessons
are provided and course topics are discussed. Classroom lectures will also
include discussions concerning the homework and review for exams.
Sections: Students registered
for on-campus sections will notice that there are classes that are scheduled
for either MCH 302 or MCH 304. Show up
for the first meeting of these classes which will occur either in the first
or second week of class. This meeting
will be to introduce the syllabus in more detail and answer any questions.
Otherwise the rooms are only used for makeup tests and special help
sessions. Attendance is not needed
after the first attendance.
ALL STUDENTS will have access to instructors at the online
Help Desk, and on campus in a classroom Help Lab. ALL students will sign up
to take their exams in on-campus exam sessions offered throughout the term.
Conditions for Entrance into CGS2100
- Students who have taken CGS2060, Computer Fluency,
are not eligible for credit in CGS2100.
- If both CGS2060 and CGS2100 are taken in the same
semester, the student will receive credit for only one of the two
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Lab hours will be posted on the course web site
Dr. David A. Gaitros
Office: MCH 103
Office Hours: TBD
Senior Graduate Assistant
Office Hours: TBA
Senior Graduate Assistant
Office: LOV 105-A
Office Hours: TBD
Office Hours: TBD
Please communicate ALL e-mailed course
questions and concerns to the Helpdesk (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org ) or to instructors in the help lab. Helpdesk
Instructors will refer difficult cases to Dr. Gaitros.
- CGS2060/2100 Course pack Includes:
- Textbook: "Succeeding with Technology, 3rd
Edition", Baldauf/Stair, Course
- CD Tutorials: "Microsoft Office 2007 In a
Flash", Baldauf, Course Technology Publishing
- This CD contains Flash video tutorials which will
be referred to in the assignment specifications
Course pack must be obtained by
the first week of classes. Available from University Bookstore and Bill's
In addition, either of these items can be ordered directly from http://coursedirect.com
- A personal computer is not required, but it is
recommended for anybody wishing to do assignment work from home; A
Windows PC with Office 2007 Professional is recommended. A Mac computer
with Office 2008 will be able to save in the appropriate format for all
assignments except the "Access" assignment. Students must have access to MS
Office 2007 or MS Office 2008 in order to complete the homework.
- Regardless of what personal computer you might have,
public computer labs on campus (accessible by all FSU students)
have the Office 2007 software available. Such computers can be found in
MCH 315, Strozier Library, and the Student Union.
- MAC Users: MS
Office 2008 does not contain a version of MS Access. These assignments must be done on a
Windows PC which can be found in anyone of the public Labs in MCH,
Strozier Library, or the Student Union.
Assignment 1: Web
Research and Microsoft Word
Assignment 2: Spreadsheets
with Microsoft Excel
Advanced Spreadsheet with Microsoft
Presenting with Microsoft PowerPoint
Session 1 Chapters 1-6
Session 2 Chapters 7-12
Use the table below to calculate your
letter grade from your earned points
Letter Grade: The points you
earn over the duration of the semester determine your final letter grade.
No additional point earning activities will be provided for students who,
at the end of the semester, realize that they have fallen short of their
desired grade. Given the number of students who are registered for this
course, we are not able to provide opportunities for some students to earn
extra credit or to recover from low performance on tests and homework while
not providing this opportunity to all students. Issues with assignment and test grades
must be dealt with within one week of the posting of the grade. Grades are
final unless an error was made in grading or point calculations. .
* The Word Processing/Web Research assignment functions as the
"computer competency component" of this course (see below).
FSU'S COMPUTER SKILLS COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT
The successful completion of this course satisfies FSU's Computer
Competency Requirement for Business, Economics, and many other majors.
Students should check with their academic advisor to confirm that this course
will meet the requirement for their major.
The Word Processing/Web Research assignment functions as the
"computer competency component" of this course. The following
important policy is a university requirement:
order to fulfill FSU’s Computer Competency Requirement, the student must earn
a “C-” or better in the course, and in order to receive a “C-” or better in
the course, the student must earn at least a “C-” on the computer competency
component of the course. If the student does not earn a “C-” or better on the
computer competency component of the course, the student will not earn an
overall grade of “C-” or better in the course, no matter how well the student
performs in the remaining portion of the course.
To insure successful completion of this
course, students must understand and comply with the following:
- ALL students must be able to
attend 2 exam sessions on campus in Tallahassee.
- Students should be comfortable with Email, the Web,
and computers in general upon entering this course.
- Students must have a functional FSU email account and
check email on that account at least once a week.
- For classroom students, cell phone use is prohibited
in the classroom during class time
NO INCOMPLETES WILL BE GIVEN FOR
THIS COURSE UNLESS THE STUDENT CAN SHOW
DOCUMENTATION OF EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES WHY HE/SHE WAS NOT ABLE
TO COMPLETE THE WORK..
Where to Work
Your Own PC
If you have a Windows PC with Office 2007 (Word 2007, Excel 2007, Access
2007, PowerPoint 2007) and an Internet connection, or if you have office
applications that can save in MS Office 2007 formats, you can do your class
work on your own PC. Assignments will be graded with Office 2007 on a Windows
PC, so make sure that the files you submit look the way you want them to on
315 MCH Computer Lab (or similar campus lab)
Students who don't have a Windows PC, or Office 2007, or portions of Office
2007, can do some or all of their coursework on a PC in the 315 MCH computer
lab which has all the software. When working in the lab, students should save
all their work on a flash drive.
Office 2007 vs. Office 2003
In this class we teach the latest and most prevalent software. At this time
that software is Office 2007. Office 2007 is very different than Office
2003. The tutorials,
assignments and exams for this class will use Office 2007 and will include
some tasks that are possible only using the latest version of Office.
Students who have Office 2003 on their PC are encouraged to either upgrade
to Office 2007, or work in the 315 MCH computer lab.
It is also useful to note that Microsoft offers a free 60-day trial of the
software at http://office.microsoft.com. If you plan to download the trial
software, make sure to select the "Professional" version - it is
the only version that includes all of the software taught in this class.
Also make sure to time the download to get the most out of the 60 days.
There are roughly 11 weeks from the start of term to the last assignment
due date, so you may need to work ahead and turn in the last assignment
early before your 60-day free evaluation period runs out. You can purchase the
"Home and Student" version of the software at a special academic
discounted price at campus bookstores (even with the discount it is
expensive). A less expensive option may be available at www.theultimatesteal.com. Unfortunately, the "Home and Student"
version does not include Microsoft Access 2007, which is taught in this
class. Students will find all the software necessary for this class
installed on computers in anyone of the three general purpose labs on
campus ( MCH 3rd Floor lab, Student Union, or Basement of
Strozier Library). .
Submitted homework files that
are unable to be opened with the 2007 version of Microsoft Office will
receive a zero.
Submitted homework files that can be opened with Office 2007 will be
graded, HOWEVER, if the file was created with or saved in an older format,
you may lose points because you've lost information in the saved file.
(Example: A Word document saved in "text only" format will lose
lots of formatting information, like bolds, italics, headings, etc). Make
sure you use the correct software and the correct version.
Students that opt to do their
work on their own computer accept the responsibility for their computer's
proper functioning. PC problems that inevitably arise will not be accepted
as an excuse for late assignment submissions. If PC problems occur at home,
students should complete their work in anyone of the three general purpose labs
on campus ( MCH 3rd Floor lab, Student Union, or Basement of
Administering exams to hundreds of
students each semester is no small task. We have a testing staff that attends
to this task and several procedures and policies to help the testing
procedure run as smoothly as possible. It is imperative that students
understand the following important procedures and policies regarding the
- Exams are scheduled online, and taken on campus under
the supervision of a test supervisor. This term, all concept exams will
be administered at the University Testing Center located on the first
floor of the University Center “C” complex.
- The exam reservation system is accessed from the
class Web site and used to reserve, change, and check reservations.
- Students who reserve their test times early will
have the best selection of available times.
- Note: The exam dates that you reserve dictate the
speed at which you'll need to complete the assignments and readings.
- There are two exam sessions, with multiple exams
given in each session -- including multiple-choice concepts exams.:
- Exam Session 1: Concepts Exam 1 cover the lectures
and chapters 1-6
- Exam Session 2: Concepts Exam 2 cover the lectures
and chapters 7-12
- Exam sessions are timed. Students must be able to complete
all tests within the 50 minute exam session.
- It is the student's responsibility to ensure that
their exam is SUBMITTED properly before leaving the exam session.
- All exams are taken on PCs running the Microsoft
Windows XP, Vista, or Version 7 operating system..
- Tests are delivered in electronic format over a
computer network in the University Center Testing Center. If there is
power, network, or server failure during an exam, the student may need
to reschedule for another time.
- Students who miss an exam with a documented excuse
(note from a Dr. or FSU administrator) may change their exam time to a
makeup session, using the same on-line reservation form, without
penalty. Please present documentation to the Coruse Director or Test
Supervisor and not to the Test Administrators.
- There is a 20 point penalty
for students who make or change exam reservations after the posted
reservation deadline (see Weekly Agenda) without an acceptable
documented excuse from a physician or school administrator. Documented
excuses should be presented to the testing instructor at the time of the
- Students must present their FSU Identification Card
at the time of the exam. Students who do not show their FSU issued id
card will not be allowed to take the exam.
- Students must arrive and check into the Testing
Center prior to their schedule exam time. Students arriving late to an exam will
not be allowed to sit for the exam and will have to schedule a makeup
exam with penalty.
- Cell Phones, Computer, PDA, and other portable
electronic devices are not allowed in the testing center. Students who
are removed from the Testing Center in violation of this policy will not
be allowed to sit for that particular exam again. Students must contact the Course
Director to schedule an alternative exam.
- Students who are removed from
the Testing Center for whatever reason will be assessed a 20 point
penalty for that exam.
- Test scores should be posted immediately for each
Concepts Exam upon completion. Concerns and complaints regarding test
grades must be presented within one week of when the test grade is
- Questions regarding exams should be addressed to the
online Help Desk or instructors in the on campus Help Lab. See course
Web site for more information on help schedules.
You will incur a 20 point penalty if you:
- fail to reserve test times prior to the deadlines
(listed on Weekly Agenda)
- change an exam time after the deadline without a
- miss a scheduled exam without an acceptable,
- arrive more than ten minutes late to an exam
- are removed from the testing center for violation
of one of their policies
- show up for an exam without an FSU issued
- Assignments are accessed from the course web site
linked from http://campus.fsu.edu
- Assignments are written in a manner that supports the
latest version of Microsoft Office, or software that can save in the
latest Office format (with the same compatible features). The Microsoft
Access assignment must be completed on a Windows PC, because Access is
only available in the Windows version of Office.
- Students can learn assignment skills by working
through the Flash video tutorials on the "In a Flash" CD-ROM.
- All assignments are submitted electronically
according to instructions provided in the assignments section of the
course web site.
- Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint assignments
require students to submit files in a format that can be opened and
graded with Microsoft Office 2007 applications.
- Assignment scores are posted in the online grade book
within 7 days of the due date (for assignments submitted on time). Refer
to the Weekly Agenda for the scheduled dates when scores for on-time
submissions should be posted. Click on a score to read detailed
comments. Concerns and complaints regarding assignment grading must be
presented within one week of when the assignment grade is posted.
- Assignment help is available from the online Help
Desk and an on-campus Help Lab. See the course Web site for more
- Late assignment submissions will be penalized 20
percent (of available points) per checkpoint day, which are
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- Example: An assignment due on Friday that is
submitted between one second after midnight and the end of Monday
will be penalized 20% of available points. If it is submitted
between: one second past midnight on Monday and the end of Wednesday,
it would be penalized 40% of available points. etc.
- No assignment will be accepted after the final
deadline posted on the Weekly Agenda. This usually the Monday of the
last week of class ( week before finals).
- Students are responsible for keeping ALL copies of
submitted assignments until the final grade for the semester has been
posted. Whether an assignment was completed on a PC in a public lab or
on a personal PC, it is the student's responsibility to keep a valid
backup copy of the submitted file (e.g. on a flash drive, or other
personal storage) in case there is some problem with the original
- Students are responsible for confirming that their
own assignment file is submitted successfully, with the submitted file
in working order. Refer to the Instructions for Submitting and Storing
Assignment Files, found under the Assignments menu on your course web
- Once an assignment is submitted it cannot be taken
back or resubmitted - even if it is submitted early. Make sure that
the work you submit is your final version and ready for grading. (This
is due to how the Blackboard submission links work -- they do not
allow you to submit multiple times to the same submission link).
- Submitted assignment files found to be corrupt
and/or cannot be opened will require re-submission with late penalties
- Assignments will NOT be accepted if submitted on
disk, printout, or as an email attachment.
- Submitted homework files that are unable to be
opened with the 2007 version of Microsoft Office will receive a zero.
Make sure you use the correct software and the correct version.
- Assignments that contain content that anyone would
find offensive (including profanity, vulgarity, insults, violence, or
sexually explicit language) will receive a zero and the student
responsible may be brought up on charges of violation of FSU's Conduct
ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSIONS PRIOR TO THE DUE DATE/TIME:
- There are situations when an assignment is
submitted that is corrupted, incomplete, or incorrect. Prior to the due date and time a
student may clear their attempt by following these steps:
Clearing of assignments can only be done prior to
the due date/time of the assignment so you must make sure your
assignments are submitted correctly to Blackboard prior to the due
- Compose an email to email@example.com
Clear Assignment #?
for (Your name) in CGS2100 Section ?? (Fill in the Assignment #, Your
Name, and your section number. The Help desk needs this to find the
correct Blackboard Site) .You must make sure these are all correct
and that you are not requesting them to clear the wrong assignment.
- In the body of the message repeat the subject by
saying: Please clear my
Assignment #? for (Your name)
in CGS2100 Section ?? .
Academic Honor Policy
The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the
University’s expectations for the integrity of students’ academic work, the
procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the
rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the
process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and
for living up to their pledge to “ . . . be honest and truthful and . . .
[to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University.”
(Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, found at http://dof.fsu.edu/honorpolicy.htm.)
Always begin your assignments from a new,
blank document file. We consider it cheating when a student starts an
assignment from some other student's assignment file, or copies portion of
another student's file.
- Cheating Penalties :
- First Offense: ALL students involved are given
zeros on the assignment
- Second Offense: An "F" for the course and
formal charges against ALL students involved
There are no innocent participants in
cheating incidents. Students who leave their assignment work available for
others to access either on a private or public computer, intentionally or
accidentally, will be considered accomplices to cheating should someone
else use their work and submit it as their own.
- DON'T SAVE YOUR HOMEWORK FILES ON FSU COMPUTER LAB
COMPUTERS. USE A PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICE.
- YOU CAN SAVE YOUR ASSIGNMENT TO THE BLACKBOARD SITE
UNDER THE CORRECT ASSIGNMENT AND CONTINUE TO EDIT THE DOCUMENT AS LONG
AS YOU DON’T HIT SUBMIT.
- DON'T LEAVE YOUR ASSIGNMENT FILES ON YOUR OWN
COMPUTER IF SHARING YOUR COMPUTER WITH ANOTHER STUDENT IN THE CLASS.
are designed in a manner that requires every student's files to contain
unique and different data. If two or more students submit work with the same,
or portions of the same data, and/or if file properties are the same, it is
evidence that cheating has taken place.
Two or more
students working together on an assignment is considered cheating. An
assignment submission is intended to be a measure of one student's ability.
Special software will be used that compares every electronically submitted
assignment file to all other submitted files to determine if the file was
copied from another student.
cheating is not detected until after students have submitted several copied
assignments. In such cases the first copied assignment is considered the
first offense, the second copied assignment, the second offense, and so on.
caught communicating during exams will be asked to leave and forfeit the
Success in the course depends heavily on
students checking email and announcements posted on the class Web site. Most
communication between teacher and student occurs online. Students are
expected to check email, and announcements on the class Web site daily Monday
- Friday. The class agenda and grade book should be checked at least once a
week to stay current on what needs to be done and what has been graded.
Failure to do so may result in missed opportunities and poor grades.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Students with disabilities needing
academic accommodation should:
(1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability
Resource Center; and
(2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation
and what type. This should be done during the first week of class.
This syllabus and other class materials
are available in alternative format upon request.
For more information about services
available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the:
Student Disability Resource Center
874 Traditions Way
108 Student Services Building
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)
Except for changes that substantially
affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) statement, this syllabus is
a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice.