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Columbia College
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


16 / 34 - Late Spring Session
February - April 2017

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
16 / 34 - Late Spring Session
February - April 2017
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: CISS 170 A
Course Title: Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Wed 
5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Additional Notes:

This is a hybrid course which is a course in which approximately half the content is taught online using D2L course management software and Emerge software.


Catalog Description

Overview of computer hardware, software, programming and information systems as applied in the modern business environment. Hands on applications of word processing, spreadsheet, and data management software are used to explore use of microcomputers in business. G.E.


Instant Access for Baldauf’s Emerge with Computer Concepts v. 5.0, 5th Edition
Author: MindTap® Computing (Cengage)
ISBN: 9781305492769
Category/Comments - FOR IN-SEAT CLASSES ONLY
Complete Technology in Action - and- MS Office 2013 Introductory
Author: Gaskin (Pearson)

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe in some detail the various technical components of computers.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the fundamental systems model as it relates to information systems.
  3. Explain the role that computers play in contemporary society, including limits and uses, and critically evaluate the effect of computers on society.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of application software and their appropriate uses and productively use application software for word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and Internet applications.
  5. Produce and analyze various forms of computer output.
  6. Apply information literacy skills when researching digital literacy concepts and trends.

Special Course Requirements

Participation in this course requires the basic technology for all hybrid classes at Columbia College:
     Computer with reliable Internet access
     Web browser
     Acrobat Reader
     Microsoft Office 2013

Instructional Methods

Instructional methods include the flipped classroom, lecture, group activities, videos and hands on software use in the computer lab.
Students are expected to actively participate in class activities as well as in online discussions in D2L.

Graded Activities

Class Discussions in D2L200 Points20% of grade
Description -

Students will participate in D2L class discussions and activities. Out of class preparation is required for class discussions and activities. Research and information literacy skills will also be required for these discussions.

Method of Evaluation -

Satisfactory completion of each discussion/activity.

Office Projects300 Points30% of grade
Description -

Students will complete three projects each in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. One Access Project is required.

Method of Evaluation -

Students will be given 2 attempts on each project and detailed feedback is provided so that students can improve the grade for each project.

Class Activities100 Points10% of grade
Description -

In-class activities will be assigned each week.
One of these activities is completing a Tech Titbit assignment.

Method of Evaluation -

Each class activity graded for accuracy and completion.

Tests (3 Content) and (3 Lab)300 Points30% of grade
Description -

Two tests during the session given along with a final exam on Course Content. Three Lab tests on Word, Excel and PowerPoint will also be given.

Method of Evaluation -

Accuracy of responses evaluated.

Class Project100 Points10% of grade
Description -

You will be writing a short paper based on information you have researched.  Using at least three (3) different references, describe how computing or technology is impacting your chosen area of study or potential career. If you are using online databases or sources, make sure you perform a CRAAP test on each of your source sites.
Your paper will be a total of 7 - 8 pages long. Your paper will have a Title Page, Table of Content, three pages will cover the research you did on the technology in your field and one page will be a personal reflection on the information you discovered and the bibliography page for a total of 7-8 pages. The reflection is NOT a summary of your paper, but your own personal thoughts and reactions to the information you found. I am interested in what YOU think about the information, not what the article authors believe. As the reflection is based on the information you acquired while doing your research, you should support your thoughts/beliefs with information from your sources.  

Topic Proposal
You must submit a topic proposal for approval. Included in your topic proposal you should supply a working title for your presentation, what field or career you will be focusing on, how you are planning on approaching the use of technology within that field and what type of resources you are thinking about using. Remember that resources are not limited to online articles or websites. Topic Proposals should be at a minimum ½ page long, double-spaced, 12 point font.    

Project Deadlines

Topic Proposal is worth 5 points and is week 5. Submit in class.
Project Outline is worth 5 points and is due week 6. Submit in class.
Project Paper & Presentation is worth 90 points and is due week 7 beginning of class.   

Project Requirements

  • Length should be at least three - four (3 - 4) pages including personal reflection, but not more than five (5) double-spaced pages (approximately 1,000 - 1,200 words) with 1” margins.
  • 12 pt. Arial font
  • Hand in a hard copy of your resources with your printed-paper.  
  • Cite works using APA format.
    • Wikipedia will NOT be accepted as a resource!!!!!
  • I expect spelling and grammar to be correct.  
  • Provide copies of your resources along with your printed-paper.  PAPERS WITHOUT COPIES OF REFERENCES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  
  • Place your paper and copies of references in a FOLDER WITH POCKETS or a BOUND REPORT COVER when submitting them. LOOSE LEAF STAPED OR PAPER CLIPPED REPORTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 
  • Save your paper including Title Page, Table of Contents, paper content, and bibliography page and your PowerPoint slides to the Research Project Dropbox on D2L.

Presentation Component
You will be presenting your findings to the class in an presentation using PowerPoint. The presentation of your final project will be 10 points of the total project grade. Generally, the presentation component consists of an oral presentation. However, if you have an alternative way you want to present your paper, you may opt out of the presentation with approval of your alternative presentation method. Some ideas for alternative presentation are create a video of your subject matter, create a digital storyboard, create a newscast, etc. The main requirement for an alternative way to present your material is that is must be able to be presented to the class.

Your presentation must:

  • Contain an identifiable introduction
  • Contain an identifiable body
  • Contain an identifiable conclusion
  • Be at least 3 minutes long but no longer than 5 minutes
Method of Evaluation -

Presentation: 20 points
Paper: 80 points
    Topic Proposal 5
    Project Outline 5
    Content 10
    Article Summary 20
    Reflection 20
    Resources/Citations 20  
You will have 3-5 minutes for your presentation!
Presentations will be evaluated for organization and completion of requirements.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Introduction, Syllabus, Emerge Features, Section 1: Life in the Digital World

Class Activity 1


Digital Technology, Ethics Issues, Information Literacy


Word Project 1
Word Project 2

Week 2
Section 1 continued: Life in the Digital World

Class Activity 2


Digital Life Issues, Internet, and  Digital Literacy


Word Projects 2 and 3

Week 3
Exam 1

Class Activity 3


Begin Section 2: We Can't Do What?


Access Project 1


Test 1 Content, Word Lab Test

Week 4
Section 2: We Can't Do What?

Class Activity 4


Freedom of Speech Issues, Privacy Issues, Intellectual Property Rights Issues


Excel Projects 1 and 2

Week 5
Section 2: We Can't Do What? continued

Class Activity 5


Intellectual Property Rights Issues continued, Globalization Issues and Artificial Intelligence


Excel Project 3

Week 6
Exam 2

Class Activity 6


Begin Business Implications Section: Telecommunications, Information Security


PowerPoint Project 1
PowerPoint Project 2


Test 2 Content; Excel Lab Test

Week 7
Section 3: Business Implications continued

Class Project due
Presentations during class
Class Activity 7


Ecommerce, Business Systems, Big Data


PowerPoint Project 3

Week 8
Business Implications

Summarize and reflect on Life in the Digital World, We Can't Do What? and Business Implications
Class Activity 8


Final Examination (Test 3 Content) and PowerPoint Lab Test

Additional Notes:

All coursework must be completed by the last day of class.


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Instructor Policy - Students are permited one "free" absence". After the first absence from class, students will lose twenty points for each subsequent absence.

If a student is absent on the night of a test, an essay test will be given for the makeup.

If a student is absent on the night presentations are due, the student will not be allowed to makeup the presentation unless prior permission is granted by Mrs. Brooks or the student has a documented emergency.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.

Additional Instructor Policies

Late Assignments -

Late Assignments will receive a drop of one letter grade for each calendar day an assignment is completed and turned in after the due date. Students are encouraged to work ahead to avoid any late penalties.


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