Computer Information Systems Department, Kendall Campus


Spring Term 2020



COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides 21st century skills required for personal, academic and professional success. Students will learn essential computer concepts, skills and how to use popular applications. Topics include word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software, email, Internet, security, and general programming concepts. The course satisfies the college’s computer competency requirement.


SIMnet bundle includes digital copies of the following:

If you wish to install Microsoft Office 365 in your personal computer, MDC offers this software and cloud storage free of charge to its students:

COMPUTER ACCESS: You will need to use a computer running Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office to complete the chapters and will need internet access to complete SIMNET training units, grader projects, and practice tests. The Technology Department Study Center in Room 9103 provides computer access for students enrolled in this computer class. Students can use the computers in the classroom only during their class time. You will be asked to provide a current MDC ID and validated schedule when you enter the Study Center. The hours of operation are posted on the door of Room 9103. Since you can use the Study Center computers, “broken computers” and “internet down” are not valid excuses!

CLASS REQUIREMENTS (*SIMNET required for all exams, grader projects, and trainings):

Performance Exams: Each performance exam consists of multiple tasks that measure your skills in a Microsoft Office application. The textbook may be used for reference but there will be a time limit for completing the exam.

Exam Makeup Policy: Only one missed objective exam and one missed SIMNet performance exam may be made up. Missed exams can only be made up during the final exam time. No retakes of exams are allowed. No exceptions will be made.

Grader Projects: Grader projects will be assigned in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and/or Access. The starting materials for these projects are downloaded, completed in the live Office 2019 application, and then submitted for grading in SIMNET.  No makeups of grader projects, trainings, and/or practice exams.

SIMNet Training Units/Practice Exams: No makeups of SIMNet trainings, and/or practice exams.


        Performance Exams        50%

            Grader Projects        30%

        Training Units        20%

GRADING SCALE: (exams, projects, trainings, practice tests, & final grade)

        A        =        100-90

        B        =          89-80

        C        =          79-70

        D        =          69-60

        F        =          59 or below


Attendance Policy: Roll will be taken regularly and students are expected to attend class. If for some reason you are absent, you are still responsible for the material you missed. The instructor reserves the right to drop any student who misses two or more performance exams or is absent more than two classes during the semester.

Academic Dishonesty Procedure: Students are to work individually during exams. Talking or helping each other during an exam is prohibited. If the prohibited behavior continues, the student may receive a lower grade or an “F” for the course.  Copying Grader Project files from another student is prohibited; both students, the author and whoever copied, will earn zero. 

Course Withdrawal: Last day to drop the class is March 17, 2020. If you decide to withdraw, it is your responsibility to do so by this date. If you stop attending this class for two weeks, you may be dropped from the course without notice and your record will show a grade of WI (Instructor Withdrawal).

Incomplete Grade: An "Incomplete" grade or “I” grade is only available at the discretion of the instructor as a result of a documented emergency that prohibits your completing the course. You will only be considered for an incomplete grade if it is beyond the course withdrawal date and you are passing the course at the time of the request.


T Jan 7

Syllabus / Preface

Typing, Intro to Hardware

Th Jan 9

Concepts Chp 1, 2, 3

Chapter 1 multiple choice open book questions in class

Chapter 2 questions for homework

T Jan 14

Hour of Code

Finish exercises

Hour of Code Exercise

Th Jan 16

Exam 1 - Concepts 1 (m/c) Chapters 1-3

T Jan 21

Word Projects

Th Jan 23

Word Projects

T Jan 28

Word - Lesson 4 / Projects

Th Jan 30

Word / Projects

T Feb 4

Word / Projects

Th Feb 6

Word Exam (sim)

Word Project Due

T Feb 11

Excel - Lesson 2

Th Feb 13

Excel - Lesson 3

T Feb 18

Excel - Lesson 4

Th Feb 20

Excel Projects

T Feb 25

Excel Projects

Th Feb 27

Excel Exam (sim)

Excel Project Due

T Mar 3

Access - Lesson 1

Th Mar 5

No school

T Mar 10

Access - Lesson 2

Th Mar 12

Access Projects

T Mar 17

No school

Th Mar 19

No school

T Mar 24

No school

Th Mar 26

No school

T Mar 31

Review Access.

Th Apr 2

Review PowerPoint.

All about me!  Presentation

T Apr 7

All about me!  Presentation

Th Apr 9

PowerPoint Exam (sim)

PowerPoint Project Due

T Apr 14

Concepts Chp 4

Th Apr 16

Concepts Ch 5

T Apr 21

Concepts Ch 6

Th Apr 23

Chapter 4, 5, 6 Test

Makeup any test


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:


Purpose: Through the academic disciplines and co-curricular activities, General Education provides multiple, varied, and intentional learning experiences to facilitate the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills and the development of attitudes that foster effective citizenship and life-long learning. As graduates of Miami Dade College, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
    In this course you will create Word and PowerPoint files that reinforce your writing skills.
  2. Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data.
    In this course you will process numerical data using Excel.
  3. Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.
    In this course you will create files that will require you to creatively format and lay out a document, spreadsheet, and presentation.
  4. Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.
    In this course you will learn how to locate information on the Web more quickly and identify those sites that are more reliable.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives.
    This outcome is not reinforced in this course.
  6. Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities.
    This outcome is not reinforced in this course.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society.
    In this course you will learn about the laws/licensing for computer software and consider various ethical issues arising with the expansion of the Internet.
  8. Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.
    In this entire course you will improve your understanding of home and business computing by focusing on both concepts and basic skills of various software applications.
  9. Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.
    This outcome is not reinforced in this course.
  10. Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment.
    This outcome is not reinforced in this course.