NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
Office:: (757) 823-9454     Fax: (757) 823-9229
Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
CSC-150   Computer Concepts & Applications
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
None
CO-REQUISITES:
None
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is an introductory course in the social impacts of computing technology. The course provides a brief introduction to digital literacy, The Internet, Computer ethics, and computer applications. It will focus on a number of areas in which computers and information technology are having an impact on society.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
  • Computers in Society by D’Nita Andrews Graham, Gary Shelly and Misty Vermaat
  • The miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools (www.criticalthinking.org)
  • Soft Tip Pen, Pen/Pencil, Writing Paper
  • A notebook or folder containing the following sections:
    1. Assignments and Handouts
    2. Class Notes
    3. Reflective Journal
    4. Storage Device

Purchase books/supplies Online at NSU Barnes & Nobles Bookstore (http://norfolkstate.bncollege.com)

COMPUTER SCIENCE OFFICE LOCATION:

The Department of Computer Science is located in Suite 320 Robinson Technology Center. The individual faculty offices are located within the suite.

COURSE RATIONALE:

As a part of the general core, this course satisfies components of the required technology competencies.

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    Main Objectives:
  • Use a Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) to access course materials.
  • Use Office Outlook as a personal information manager to send and receive E-mail
  • Prepare a research paper, resume and cover letter
  • Create and use an electronic spreadsheet to manage information
  • Modify standard tools and templates for presentations and develop their own
  • Create an E-portfolio
  • Demonstrate familiarity with legal, ethical, privacy and security issues
  • Apply critical thinking concepts to real-world situations

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Social Computing
  • Computing Technologies
  • Internet
  • Security, Ethics and Privacy
  • Microsoft Office 2013

PRIMARY METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION / METHODS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS

Instructional methods employed in the course that are designed to engage students in achieving learning outcomes are team based, games, lecture, demonstration, class discussion, simulation, and lab.

GRADING STANDARDS

A 90-100 1000-900 Points
B+ 87-89 899-870 Points
B 80-86 869-800 Points
C+ 77-79 799-770 Points
C 70-76 769-700 Points
D+ 67-69 699-670 Points
D 60-66 669-600 Points
F 0-59 599-0 Points
The instructor reserves the right to give extra credit and/or decrease and increase evaluation assessment activities as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

The Department of Computer Science employs a NO tolerance policy on cheating. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying others work, misrepresenting the work of others as your own (includes online sites), plagiarism, sharing when unauthorized, and the use of cell phones and/or electronic media when unauthorized. The following outlines the departmental procedure if a student is suspected of cheating during their academic tenure with the Computer Science Department at Norfolk State University.

    Offense 1:
  • The student will receive a grade of ZERO on the assignment AND a note will be placed in the student’s permanent departmental file. Non- CS Majors will receive a ZERO and be reported to the chair of their respective department.
  • Offense 2:
  • The student will receive a letter grade of ‘F’ for the course AND the student will be reported to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for adjudication.

Students are expected to uphold the school's standard of conduct relating to academic honesty. Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work they submit. The guiding principle of academic integrity shall be that a student's submitted work, examinations, reports, and projects must be that of the student's own work. Students shall be guilty of violating the honor code if they:

    • Represent the work of others as their effort.
    • Use or obtain unauthorized assistance in any academic work.
    • Give unauthorized assistance to other students.
    • Modify, without instructor approval, an examination, paper, record, or report for the purpose of obtaining additional credit.
    • Misrepresent the content of submitted work.

The penalty for violating the honor code is severe. Any student violating the honor code is subject to receive a failing grade for the course and will be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. If a student is unclear about whether a particular situation may constitute an honor code violation, the student should meet with the instructor to discuss the situation.

For this class, it is permissible to assist classmates in general discussions of computing techniques. General advice and interaction are encouraged. Each person, however, must develop his or her own solutions to the assigned projects, assignments, and tasks. In other words, students may not "work together" on graded assignments. Such collaboration constitutes cheating. A student may not use or copy (by any means) another's work (or portions of it) and represent it as his/her own. If you need help on an assignment, contact your instructor, not other classmates.

Class Attendance: Be familiar with rules in the Student Handbook and the University catalog in regards to Class Attendance Policy: While unnecessary absences are discouraged, the University recognizes that, on occasion, students may have legitimate reasons for being absent from class. Students MUST demonstrate participation weekly. The instructor may require an official university excuse, this does not mean that the instructor has to approve the excused absent. Not more than 20% of class meetings (excused and/or unexcused) may be missed by a student during a given semester. At the discretion of the instructor, a student whose absences exceed 20% of scheduled class meetings for the semester may receive a grade of "F" for each such course. Attendance is attached to the completion of assigned course activities. For any assigned activity NOT completed, you will be marked absent. Three (3) tardies are equivalent to one absence from class. Students have the responsibility to confer with the instructor regarding all absences or intended absences.

COURSE POLICIES

Student Conduct In Class
Any acts of classroom disruption that go beyond the normal rights of students to question and discuss with instructors the educational process relative to subject content will not be tolerated, in accordance with the Academic Code of Conduct described in the Student Handbook.

Children In Class
Only in extreme cases are children allowed in classroom or laboratory facilities, and then only with approval of the instructor prior to class.

Electronic Devices In Class
Cellular phones, pagers, MP3 players, radios, and similar multimedia devices are prohibited in the classroom and laboratory facilities. Calculators and computers are prohibited during examinations and quizzes, unless specified. Reasonable laptop-size computers may be used in lecture for the purpose of taking notes.

Examinations
Four announced examinations will be given. Make-up exams will be at the discretion of the instructor. If you are late or absent, it is your responsibility to get the course notes, handouts, and laboratory assignments. Lecture notes will be available on Blackboard.

Appeals
To appeal a grade, send an e-mail to your instructor's e-mail address within 72 hours of the grade having been received. Overdue appeals will not be considered.

Dress Code
Inappropriate head gear or clothing will not be permitted and will be left to instructor's discretion.

Incompletes
Students will not be given an incomplete grade in the course without sound reason and documented evidence as described in the Student Handbook. In any case, for a student to receive an incomplete, he or she must be passing and must have completed a significant portion of the course.

Viewing Your CSC-150 Grades
Your grades are posted under the Tools button on the Blackboard site for your course. It is your responsibility to notify your instructor of any errors within 72 hours of new grades being posted.

Lecture, Laboratory, and Examination Schedule
You are expected to read each assigned project prior to the lecture. Lectures will be short, to the point, and will discuss the highlights of the Project for that week. Most of the class time will be spent working on your Laboratory assignments. Laboratory assignments will not be accepted late unless approved by the instructor.

SCHOOL-WIDE TUTORING SERVICES STATEMENT

The college of Science, Engineering, and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU student who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by going to http://stars.nsu.edu.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability, please contact O.A.S.I.S., the Office of Accessibility Services, upon registration at Norfolk State University to confidentially discuss any accommodation needs.

    Audrey M. Wells, Coordinator, O.A.S.I.S.
    Office of Accessibility Services and International Student Services
    Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave., Student Services Center, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA. 23504
    Phone: 757-823-8325, Fax: 757-823-2640, Email: amwells@nsu.edu

UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

WRITING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

All first-time freshmen and readmitted students entering Fall 2001 and thereafter and transfer students entering Fall 2002 and thereafter are required to take an exit examination to assess writing competency. After completing ENG 102, students must register for ENG 299 (no credit, no charge) until successfully passing the Examination of Writing Competency. Degree-seeking students at the baccalaureate level are required to take the writing examination before completing 90 semester hours. Associate degree-seeking students must take the exam no later than one semester prior to the anticipated date of graduation. For more information, refer tot he NSU Undergraduate catalog.

UNIVERSITY WIDE & COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

    Information Technology Literacy
  • Learning foundation skills (hardware, software, and operating systems).

    Critical Thinking
  • Solving problems utilizing application software from a narrative description.
  • Knowing the appropriate software application to apply to a specific task.

    Laboratory
  • Demonstrating proficiency in utilizing software applications.
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY

A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf)

NSU EMAIL ACCOUNT

In an effort to keep student informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU email account frequently. You may access your official NSU email account through the MyNSU portal at https://www.nsu.edu/mynsu/index. Once there, follow instructions provided to login to the MyNSU portal (NOTE: you access your NSU email from within the MyNSU portal).

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.