Mt. San Jacinto College Computer Information Systems
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CSIS 101 - Introduction to Computers & Data Processing

Text: “Discovering Computers 2017 Enhanced Edition”
ISBN #: 978-1-305-65745-8 (Online Book Stores)
ISBN #: 978-1-337-60001-9 (MSJC Book Store Bundle w/Office 2016)
Authors: Vermaat, Sebok, Freund, Campbell, Frydenberg
Publisher: Cengage

Other versions: There are many used books available on the Internet that can be purchased for use in this class. As long as the book you purchase is published by Cengage, is titled Discovering Computers 2017 1st ed, ©2017, and is written by the authors listed above you will have the book you need to complete this class. Click thumbnail for larger image.


Course Description

This course provides a general introduction to computers and information technology. Students will explore the information processing cycle, with an emphasis on understanding the role of input, output, processing, and storage in modern information systems. Topics for this class include the history of computers, and contemporary issues in information technology. Students will learn to use word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications as a tool for improving personal productivity in an organizational setting.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to do the following:

  1. Compare and contrast the constituent parts of an information system with an emphasis on input, processing, output, and storage.
  2. Select an appropriate productivity application for a given task and compose and produce a graphically rich word processing document, a formula based spreadsheet, a relational database, and a media rich presentation. [note: not more than 25% of the contact hours and final grade should be dedicated to application software]
  3. Classify current technology news and events in terms of Privacy, Intellectual Property, Government Regulation, Ethics, and other contemporary issues in information technology.
  4. Relate the systems development life cycle (SDLC) to real-world projects.
  5. Prepare a flowchart for simple process descriptions; compare and contrast programming control structures.
  6. Solve for the Base2 (binary) equivalent of a Base10 value (decimal).
  7. Diagram the communication channel, and propose appropriate communication media types to complete the channel (ie. twisted pair, fiber, etc.) given a general communication system description.
  8. Propose an appropriate internet tool or resource to derive the answer given a specific Information task.
  9. Investigate and assess new sources of information and learning opportunities to stay abreast of emerging information and computing technologies.
  10. List career paths related to the program of study, as well as any qualifications and/or professional certifications that may be associated with those careers. 

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Insert a graphic into a word processing document (as it pertains to a problem/case scenario).
  2. Format using numbers or bullets within a word processing document (as they pertain to a problem/case scenario).
  3. Use the SUM function to calculate totals in a spreadsheet document (as they pertain to a problem/case scenario).
  4. Create a formula to calculate a total in a spreadsheet document (as they pertain to a problem/case scenario).
  5. Create speaker notes in a presentation document (as they pertain to a problem/case scenario).
  6. Display slide numbers in a presentation document (as they pertain to a problem/case scenario).
  7. Apply conditional formatting to a range of numbers in a spreadsheet document (as they pertain to a problem/case scenario).
  8. Produce a SmartArt diagram by converting a list in a presentation document (as they pertain to a problem/case scenario).
  9. Apply formatting to a paragraph in a word processing document (as it pertains to a problem/case scenario)

Weekly Assignment Schedule

Week In-Class Discussions & Activities
(read chapters before class)
Assignment(s) Due Date
1 Read: Start Here, Syllabus, Textbook, Course Overview, CIS Certifications and Degrees. Submit Who Are You posts. 1/22
2 Read: Chapter 1 - Introducing Today’s Technologies: Computers, Devices, and the Web

Complete Chapter 1 Quiz at least 1 time

3 Read: Chapter 2 - Connecting and Communicating Online: the Internet, Websites, and Media

Complete Chapter 2 Quiz at least 1 time

4 Read: Chapter 3 - Computers and Mobile Devices: Evaluating Options for Home and Work

Complete Chapter 3 Quiz at least 1 time


5 Read: Chapter 4 - Programs and Apps: Productivity, Graphics, Security, and Other Tools

Complete Chapter 4 Quiz at least 1 time

6 Read: Skills Assignment 1: Microsoft Word Submit Word Assignment 2/26
7 Read: Chapter 5 - Digital Security, Ethics, and Privacy: Threats, Issues, and Defenses

Complete Chapter 5 Quiz at least 1 time


8 Read: Chapter 6 - Computing Components: Processors, Memory, the Cloud, and More

Complete Chapter 6 Quiz at least 1 time


9 Midterm Exam (covers chapters 1 -6) 3/19
10 Read: Chapter 7 - Input and Output: Extending Capabilities of Computers and Mobile Devices

Complete Chapter 7 Quiz at least 1 time


11 Read: Skills Assignment 2: Microsoft PowerPoint Submit PowerPoint Assignment 4/9
12 Read: Chapter 8 - Digital Storage: Preserving Content Locally and on the Cloud

Complete Chapter 8 Quiz  at least 1 time

13 Read: Chapter 9 - Operating Systems: managing, Coordinating, and Monitoring Resources Complete Chapter 9 Quiz at least 1 time 4/23
14 Read: Skills Assignment: Microsoft Excel Submit Excel Assignment 4/30
15 Read: Chapter 10 - Communicating Digital Content: Wired and Wireless networks and Devices

Complete Chapter 10 Quiz at least 1 time


16 Read: Chapter 11 - Building Solutions: Database, System, and Application development Tools

Complete Chapter 11 Quiz at least 1 time

17 Read: Chapter 12 - Working in the Enterprise: Systems, Certifications, and Careers Complete Chapter 12 Quiz at least 1 time 5/21
18 Final Exam (cover chapters 7 -12) 5/25

Instructor's Notes to Students

As you can see by the assignments listed above, you have essentially one Quiz that must be completed for each chapter. In addition there is a Midterm exam and a Final exam (same format as quizzes) that you will need to complete too. Also, you will need to complete three skills assignments, MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel. You will find tutorials for the Microsoft skills assignments in the second book that comes with the CSIS 101 text book bundle. Note: if you want to save money and not purchase the bundle that includes the Microsoft Office textbook, you can most likely complete the skills assignments in this class using Google search and YouTube videos.

Chapter Quizzes, the Midterm and Final Exams

All quizzes and exam links can be found by clicking on the Quizzes link in the Canvas ( course menu. The Chapter Quizzes consist of 20 multiple choice questions each, are timed (20 minutes), and you may take them as many times as you'd like; the system will keep track of and record your highest score. These are the same questions that will be used on the Midterm and Final exams, so it is to your advantage to take each quiz as many times as possible in an effort to view the entire pool of questions for each chapter. Tip: print each quiz you take out, look up the answers, and have them available when you take the Midterm/Final exams. The Midterm and Final exams can only be taken once and consists of 80 multiple choice and true/false questions and you have 90 minutes to complete it. If you think you have found an error in a question, email me the question(s) and the answers listed (a screenshot works well for this), inform me what your answer was, and if you are correct I will adjust your score in the grade book.

Microsoft Office Assignments

There are three Microsoft Office application assignments you need to complete for this class. Links for submitting your assignments and detailed instructions on how to complete them can be found by clicking on Assignments in the Canvas course menu (

Course Grading

12 Online Quizzes........................10 pts. ea. Midterm and Final Exams.......800 pts. ea.
3 MS Office Assignments.........................100 pts. ea.
Total Points Possible: 2,020 pts.
Your grade is determined by your final score divided by the total points possible.
Grades: A > 89%  B > 79%  C > 69%  D > 59%  F < 59%

Getting Help

I am here to support you to the best of my ability in order to help ensure your success in this class. The best way for us to communicate is via email using the following address: -- be sure that “CSIS 101” is the Subject of your email so that it won't get lost amongst my spam mail. Also, please include the section number of your class so that I can locate your student information quicker. The Email Subject line format is explained in the CIS Email Policy.

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Late Assignments

No Extensions

All assignments must be completed by 11:59 P.M. on the due date listed for the assignment under the Due Date column in the Course Schedule section of the Syllabus. NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED without extenuating circumstances. “I had to work,” “I was sick,” or “I didn’t understand the instructions” are NOT extenuating circumstances. Hospitalization or death of an immediate family member are, but will require supporting evidence. This does not exempt you from completing any assignment which MUST be submitted by the last day of the class.

Note: Due Dates for all Assignments, Exams and/or Quizzes are listed in the Syllabus for this class.

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Student Drop Policy

Any student who fails to complete three or more assignments, exams or quizzes may be dropped from the course by the instructor.

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Instructor's Regular Effective Contact Policy

For quickest response to questions or problems regarding this course, students should always send me an email using the format specified in the CIS EMAIL POLICY to the email address listed in the instructor box at the top of the Syllabus.

When emailing me during my stated online office hours, which can be found by clicking on the “Hours” link within the Instructor's box of this course, I will usually respond within the same day - depending on my student case load for that particular day. Students are always responded to on a first come first served basis.

When emailing me outside of my posted office hours, when posting to a discussion thread, or when submitting an assignment, students can expect that they will receive an appropriate response, when required, within 48 hours of the post or submission (Monday thru Thursday at 5:00 P.M.). Emails received after Thursday at 5:00 P.M. will be responded to on the following Monday.

To schedule a face-to-face meeting during the posted face-to-face office hours or to request synchronous contact via: virtual office, by telephone, or IM (Instant Messaging); please email your request so that we can schedule a mutually convenient meeting time.

From time to time, as it is deemed necessary, contact will be initiated with you, individually or jointly, via: email, Canvas Announcements, or Discussion Board posts to help keep you informed and up-to-date regarding your progress or status in this course. Be sure that you read all Announcements I post on Canvas and check your MSJC email on a daily basis. Please click "Reply" when responding to an email I send you so that my email message is included in your email response. That way I can easily keep track of what our discussion thread pertains to.

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Plagiarism, Cheating, and Stealing Policies (Academic Integrity)

  • Any student who plagiarizes the work of any other person will be given a zero on any and all assignments where plagiarism has been utilized.
  • Any student caught cheating on a quiz or final exam will receive a zero for quiz or final exam.
  • Any student caught removing items from the classroom including but not limited to: lab materials and tools, without authorization, will be dropped from the course and given an automatic "F".

For more details on plagiarism and cheating, please review the MSJC Student Conduct Web Resources page.

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Learning Environment

All students are entitled to an environment that encourages learning. If a student behaves in a manner that negatively affects other class members, he or she is guilty of disruptive behavior. Such behavior will be addressed in a manner consistent with school policy. Cell phones and other personal electronic devices MUST be turned off in class. Also, no food or drinks are allowed in the classroom. Tape recording in class is prohibited unless specific permission is granted by instructor.

As a courtesy, please do not talk while the instructor is talking to the class or when a student is asking a question which pertains to the class. Please do not use classroom computers for personal use or other classwork—computers are to be used to follow in-class lectures, take tests, or as otherwise directed by your instructor. Refrain from “surfing” the Web, reading e-mail, or playing computer games during class. You are encouraged to work with other students to solve problems outside of class; however, you must complete your own work.

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Need Tutoring?

Check out the MSJC Learning Resource Centers! Academic Support is available for all students through the services provided in the Learning Resource Centers on each campus. Inquire at each center regarding hours of operations and specific subjects for which tutors are available. In addition, some subject area specialist tutors are available for courses through specific departments. Ask your instructor if specialized tutors are available for your individual course.

Tutoring for some Business & CIS classes including Microsoft Office applications tutoring will be available in the Business/CIS computer lab in Room 956. Lab/tutor schedules can be found at Tutors change each semester, please check with the Business/CIS computer lab to learn what subjects have available tutors for the current semester.

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Disability Statement

Mt. San Jacinto College abides by the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits federal and state agencies or programs from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities. Students in this course who have a documented disability, that limits a major life activity which may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations should meet with a  Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) counselor as soon as possible.

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