Computer Applications for Education

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2012
Ferguson Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.

Frank Murray (view Profile)


Course Objectives


The goals of this course are to learn and use basic skills in Internet resources, web pages, presentation software, digital media, spreadsheets, mapping, word processing, weblogs, wikis, podcasting, web 2.0 applications, and desktop publishing.

Course Expectations




You are required to have a storage device/USB flash drive with you during each class. If your device is U3 capable, you may need to remove this feature for it to work in the lab. You may also email documents to yourself to work on outside of class. Do not save files to the lab computers. They will be erased when the system reboots.



Demonstrate the following dispositions essential for learning:

  • curiosity (ask meaningful questions, look for additional information, probe, reflect);
  • flexibility (take alternate points of view, venture new ideas; be open-minded and playful);
  • organization (plan ahead)
  • patience (take time to reason, be persistent in efforts);
  • risk-taking (try things beyond current repertoire);
  • caring/passion (invest in ideas/process/product).



Complete all assignments before class and be ready to fully participate in class activities. Complete all assignments on time.



Be considerate of others. Do not talk when others are talking; do not use foul language. Behave in an ethical manner.



It’s your phone. Please put all phones on manner mode or silence. Answer it if you think it is important and leave the classroom if you need to converse, but NEVER use a cell phone for any reason during a test. If you habitually leave the room to talk on the phone, participation points will be deducted. No text messaging during class under any circumstances. We will take a break, and you can make calls or send texts then if needed.



Any act of dishonesty will constitute academic misconduct. MSU students demand of themselves the highest level of academic honesty as delineated in their honor creed. Academic honesty involves the submission of work that is wholly the student’s own work, except in the case of assigned group work. Additionally, academic honesty involves the proper citation of other authors’ works.  By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a "limited right" in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The "limited right" shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student's work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and to use for educational purposes.



The instructor and students in this course will act with integrity and strive to engage in equitable verbal and non-verbal behavior with respect to differences arising from age, gender, race, physical ability, and religious preferences.



In accordance with the law, MSU provides academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. If you have a documented disability, please contact me immediately.




Grading Standards



The following will be used to determine your final grade for the class. All grades will be scored on a scale of 100 possible points. The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments to this plan during the course of the class and agrees to notify all students if such should occur.


Participation – 10%

Projects/Portfolio Artifacts – 50%

Quizzes – 15%

Portfolio (Final Exam) – 25%

Final Exam

12/12/2012 5:30 p.m.

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Class will be a time to clarify and extend concepts dealing with readings as well as online discussions. Most sessions will be interactive in nature and difficult to "make up" if you miss. Be on time and don't leave early. Any exceptions should be discussed with me before class. Classroom attendance is strongly recommended. Not all materials discussed in class will be posted on the wiki. If you are late to class, leave early, fall asleep or otherwise miss a class, you are responsible for getting the notes, etc. from someone in the class. I will not repeat lectures for any reason. Class participation points will be deducted for disruptive behavior or missed classes. Be attentive and ask good questions. If you need to chat with a friend, do it outside of class.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at