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Computer Concepts and Applications

Course Details

Course Number
CMPS 1013
Section Number
CMPS 1013
Spring 2013
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MW     11:00 AM  DB 328

F         11:00 AM  DB 306

Dr. Nelson L. Passos (view Profile)
Course Objectives

This course is designed as a first course in computing and is intended for non-CS majors.  The intent is to provide a broad-based knowledge of computers, their applications, and their intrinsic roles in major areas in contemporary society.  The lab provides extensive preparation in MS Office.  

Students will:  

  • Understand the role of computers in society, past and present
  • Gain familiarity with computer terminology across a wide variety of disciplines, building a framework for computer use in a technological world
  • Demonstrate an understanding of lifelong learning and application of computers to everyday problems through software tools and online techniques
  • Learn to apply word processing, spreadsheet applications, and presentation software to business and other real-life problems 
Course Expectations


Lab training is through the online system MyITLab, which will be discussed in class. 

Lab assignments are done in the lab, deadlines for completion must be met to receive credit. 

Training assignments (2 per application) are due by midnight on the Sunday preceding the scheduled MyITLab exam covering this application. Due dates are also shown in the MyITLab software. While the due date precedes the exam date, students are encouraged to continue to review (e.g. practice) the training assignments until the time of the exams. Exam tasks are taken directly from the training assignments and diligent practice of the training assignments correlatse highly with success on these exams.

Laboratory Software:MyITLab. This software keycode is available at the bookstore or directly from the publisher. If you plan on buying your textbook online, you must still purchase a separate copy of the keycode for use in the computer labs. This keycode will also be necessary if you plan on downloading the MyITLab software to your personal computer. Do not attempt to use a used keycode for this software. Validation of the keycode is responsibility of the students.

Final Exam 05/06/2013 10:30 AM
Submission Format Policy

Assignments will be made as scheduled and are expected to be completed by the specified due date. Students in this course must demonstrate their competency in fundamentals math skills through homework assignments and tests.

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.
Late Paper Policy

Grades will be given to the assignments handed in on time. Late assignments will be accepted until one class past the due date. However, they will have their maximum grade reduced by twenty points.  Any assignment turned in after that period or not done will be graded zero points.

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

Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled. Attendance is rewarded by participation points in the grading criteria. Lab attendance is mandatory and lab assignments will be performed in the lab.

Other Policies

All students should refer to the current MSU Students Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policies related to class attendance, academic dishonesty, students responsibilities, rights and activities.

Disability needs: Instructor must be informed if you are a student with a disability and need accommodations for this class.

Cell phones, etc.: Use of any electronic device is not allowed in the classroom. Exceptions must be approved by the instructor.

Student drops:      If you wish to drop this course you must first contact your instructor. All students-initiated drops must be processed by March 18, 2013.

Assistance:            Please contact your instructor for extra help during this course. This includes class material clarification, expected absences from class due to any personal problem, etc.

Grades will not be posted! Grading system will be discussed in class.


Lecture Tests and Final (3):   10 % (each)

Lab Practice Exams (3):  15 % (each)

Lecture Assignments: 10 %

Lab training:  10 %

Final grading letter: 90 to 100 pts = A, 80 to 89.99 pts = B, 70 to 79.99 pts = C, 60 to 69.99 pts = D, other = F

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

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