Computer Concepts and Applications (Internet)

Course Details

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Summer I 2015
Bolin Hall
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Internet Course - using MSU D2L and publisher's website for SAM 2013

Begin by logging on to MSU's D2L web site.  All other information is posted there.

Dr. Ranette Hudson Halverson PhD (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

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 (MS Office 2013)

Course Expectations

Software access codes MUST be purchased from the bookstore of from the publisher to access the course materials.   The access codes can only be registered once. DO NOT purchase used access codes.

Students will complete the following tests and assignments:


  • 3 Tests:  Technology Now Concepts
  • 3 Tests: one each on MS Word 2013, MS Excel 2013, MS PowerPoint 2013
  • 2 Optional Make-up Tests - will replace a lower grade (one test on Emerge, one on Office 2013


  • Email assignment
  • 1 Essay written in MS Word
  • 2 Word Projects completed in SAM 2012
  • 3 Excel Projects completed in SAM 2012
  • 2 Power Point Presentation Projects completed in SAM 2013
  • 3Training Assignments (Word, Excel, Power Point) completed in SAM 2013

Grading Standards

30%    Technology Now Exams
30%    Office Exams
35%    Projects & Essay
5%      Training

Course Grade

A      100-90
B       89-80
C       79-70
D       69-58
F       below 58


Final Exam

07/01/2015 11 p.m. deadline to start exam

Submission Format Policy

All assignments (except the first email assignment) MUST be submitted through the SAM 2013 Web Site system or the D2L web site.  (Only students officially enrolled in the course have access to the course web sites.)

Please note that all assignments are due before 11 p.m. on the due date.
The course calendar is published on the D2L site.  Because this is a 5-week summer course, student have several assignments/exams due each week.

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

Most Assignments are NOT accepted late. 
Exceptions: email assignment & plagiarism essay are accepted up to 3 days late - 5 points off per day late

Tests cannot be taken late. Test must be completed before 11:59 p.m. on the date due.  Once started, you have 40 minutes to complete the test.

All assignments and tests are available online at the beginning of the semester and all may be completed early.

Two make-up exams are available to cover a missed exam or missed assignment.  One is on the Technology material and one is on the MS Office 2013.  ALL exams are posted on the Sam 2013 web site.


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

"Attendance" for this Internet-based course will be determined by the work completed.  The official last date of attendance will be the date of the last assignment submitted or the last test completed.  Failure to turn in assignments and complete tests on time will constitute "absences" and will cause the student to be reported to the appropriate offices on MSU campus that track student attendance.  (E.G.  Dean of Students, Financial Aid, Athletics, etc.)

Other Policies

It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor via email regarding any problems or questions related to the course.

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