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NAS Jacksonville Campus
Building 110, Yorktown Ave.
P.O. Box 441325
Jacksonville, FL 32222-0014

COURSE SYLLABUS

14 / 14 - Late Spring Session
March - May 2015

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
14 / 14 - Late Spring Session
March - May 2015
NAS Jacksonville Campus
Building 110, Yorktown Ave.
P.O. Box 441325
Jacksonville, FL 32222-0014

 
Course Prefix and Number: CISS 170
 
Course Title: Introduction to Computer Information Systems
 
Semester Credit Hours: 3
 
Class Day and Time: Thu 
5:00 PM-10:00 PM
Additional Notes:

PLEASE NOTE:  When ordering textbooks be sure to order only the textbooks labeled  below "FOR IN-SEAT CLASSES ONLY" - the first two textbooks listed.  Please read the notes carefully on texts below. 

You have three options:

1.  Purchase the Discovering Computers 2014 and SAM2013 (includes Office 2013 Introductory online) bundle through MBS using ISBN: 9781305427419 (MBS only offers the bundle, you cannot purchase the texts individually through MBS).

OR

2.   Bundled ISBN: 9781305371453

Includes the Discovering Computers and Microsoft Office *both* as ebooks. This is the cheapest option and can be purchased directly from Cengage's website. However this is *not* listed as an alternative ISBN for CISS170 since MBS prefers to work with *one* option on their website in order to avoid confusion.  DO NOT order the texts labeled "FOR ONLINE CLASSES". 

2.  You can go elsewhere to purchase or rent the two "IN-SEAT" listed texts.  Do not order texts with the same title, but a different ISBN - there are several versions of these texts in print and you will not have what you need if you order a different ISBN.  DO NOT order the texts labeled "FOR ONLINE CLASSES".  If you use this method to purchase/rent the texts you will still be required to purchase SAM2013 in order to complete the projects, assignments and exams as described below.

PLEASE ORDER THESE SO THEY ARRIVE BEFORE OUR FIRST CLASS STARTS!

 
 

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.

Text

Discovering Computers 2014 2014 (e-book) edition
Author: Shelly, Gary B. and Misty E. Vermaat (Cengage Learning)
ISBN: 9781305427419
Category/Comments - FOR IN-SEAT CLASSES
SAM Assessment, Training and Projects Office 2013 access code with ebook for Shelly's MS Office 2013 Introductory text 2014 (physical book) edition
Author: Shelly, Gary B. and MIsty E. Vermaat (Cengage Learning)
ISBN: 9781305427419
Category/Comments - FOR IN-SEAT CLASSES
Complete Technology in Action
Author: Evans, Alan, Kendall Martin, and Mary Anne Poatsy (Pearson)
Category/Comments - FOR ONLINE CLASSES ONLY - DO NOT USE
GO! With Microsoft Office 2010 Volume 1
Author: Gaskin, Shelly and Robert L. Ferrett, et. al. (Pearson)
Category/Comments - FOR ONLINE CLASSES ONLY - DO NOT USE

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.

Instructional Methods

Lecture/discussion, demonstration, student computer and Internet work, Word/Excel/Access/PowerPoint projects, exams.  SAM 2013 online system will be used to reinforce and test your computer and Office 2013 skills.

Out of Class Activities

You must stay up on the reading assignments before each class period. Please make sure you read all the first class period assignments prior to the first class period. Begin work on your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint projects as soon as possible. Please try not to fall behind. Please turn in these projects on time as described each week.

Graded Activities

Participation40 Points4% of grade
Description -

Be prepared by reading the assignments prior to class. Participate in discussions and ask questions. 5 points per each five hour meeting date.

One point per hour of missed participation will be deducted.

Method of Evaluation -

Instructor determined.  One point off for each hour late or leaving early. You must participate in discussions and lectures to also earn the points.

 
Weekly Sunday Newspaper / Walter Mossberg70 Points7% of grade
Description -

Each class day beginning the second week will require each student to read and summarize in a Word document the previous Sunday Times-Union's Business Technology section.

No more than one page single spaced Basic Blocked Business Letter citing the story(ies) in this section and how you could use this information in your daily life.

Can also use http://ptech.allthingsd.com/archives/ to use recent (last 30 days or so) articles.

Method of Evaluation -
How well summarized and use of daily life. Punctuation, spelling, layout, and grammar will also be a factor. 10 points per weekly assignment.
 
Must use the Basic Business Letter format (blocked, whole document left-aligned) according to the following web site:
 
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/653/01/ 
 
An example in PDF format is available on this web site.
 
SAM2013 Chapter Projects110 Points11% of grade
Description -

Each student individually will complete the following SAM 2013 projects within the SAM 2013 web site: Each project is worth 10 points.

Word: Chapters 1, 2 and 3

Excel:  Chapters 1, 2 and 3

Access:  Chapters 1 and 2 only

PowerPoint:  Chapters 1, 2 and 3

Method of Evaluation -

SAM 2013 system will grade each project upon completion.  

 
SAM2013 Capstones90 Points9% of grade
Description -

Each student individually will complete the three Capstone projects in SAM 2013. Each Capstone is worth 30 points.

Word Capstone A

Excel Capstone A

PowerPoint Capstone A

NO Access Capstone projects.

Method of Evaluation -

SAM 2013 will grade each Capstone.

 
SAM2013 Quizzes180 Points18% of grade
Description -

Each student individually will complete each of the twelve (12) chapter quizzes within SAM 2013.  Each quiz covers and corresponds with each chapter of the Discovering Computers text book.  Each quiz is worth 15 points.

Method of Evaluation -

Criteria for grading each of these quizzes is on SAM 2013.  

 
WORD Project - MLA100 Points10% of grade
Description -

Each student individually will complete and submit in electronic format a short two to three page Word document researching a single topic. Modern Language Association (MLA) research style will be used (double-spaced, indented paragraphs, proper header and footer, etc).  Please follow proper formatting and you may also use the example (be careful...you MUST change items on this) from my web site.

Topic is student's choice as long as it is not illegal or immoral. 

MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY!

Method of Evaluation -

40 points - proper format
40 points - proper use of Word
20 points - spelling, grammar, etc.

 
EXCEL - GPA Tracker110 Points11% of grade
Description -

Each student will produce an Excel GPA Tracker spreadsheet and turn it in electronically. Spreadsheet will cover four years of college courses(at least 120 semester hours) with separate semesters (at least 8), semester GPAs, and a properly executed cumulative GPA.  All GPA's must have 3 decimal places (e.g. 3.127).   At least one properly formatted chart is required.

MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY!

Method of Evaluation -

Proper use of formulas, styles, layout and meeting all criteria in description.

 

 
PowerPoint Presentation100 Points10% of grade
Description -

Group Power Point presentation of a single topic. Each student will work on at least two slides and each student will present their slides as a part of the group. A group will consist of no less than two students and no greater than four students.

At least two minutes per student presenting.

There will be one student who introduces the group and its topic and one student who will conclude the presentation by asking the audience for any questions. At least one graphic (picture, graph, etc) and at least one audio-visual will be added.

Topic is group's choice as long as it is not illegal or immoral. 

Method of Evaluation -

Use of PowerPoint slide techniques (formatting, punctuation, bullets, transitions, etc).
Topic and how well presented.

 
Midterm Exam100 Points10% of grade
Description -

First exam that covers the following:

Discovering Computers 2014 chapters that include IPOS, operating systems, etc.

Computers

Windows 7

Office 2013, in general

Word 2013
 

MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY!

Method of Evaluation -

SAM Online Exam:

Multiple choice, True/False and possibly some short essay questions.

 
Final Exam100 Points10% of grade
Description -

Final exam will cover primarily the remaining chapters from Discovering Computers not covered in Midterm Exam, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.

Method of Evaluation -

SAM Online Exam:

Multiple choice, True/False and possibly a few short essay questions.  Additionally there are online Word, Excel and PowerPoint projects to be completed.

 

Grading Scale

900-1000 A
800-899 B
700-799 C
600-699 D
0-599 F

Additional Information / Instructions

Please ensure that you have SAM 2013 purchased, loaded and ready to run before first class night, if possible.  There will be SAM 2013 chapter quizzes due during Week 2.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1 - March 26, 2015
Introduction - Discovering Computers - Hardware-Software
Activities:

Introduction of professor and students.

Overview of course and expectations.

Discuss syllabus and requirements.

SAM 2013 discussion and demonstration.

Discussion and Demonstration about IPOS (Input, Processing, Output, and Secondary Storage).

Discussion covering chapters 6, 7, 8 and 9 from Discovering Computers 2014.

Discussion about operating systems in general and Win 7specifically.
In class exercise: Windows Explorer, moving/deleting files, Sizing Windows, etc.
Discussion about MS Office 2013 suite.

In class exercise: Open and briefly discuss Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
Discussion about Email.

SAM 2013 Chapter Quizzes for chapters 6-9 and 1/2 will be due in Week 2.
 

Reading:

Essential Introduction to Computers in Office 2013 textbook.  Discovering Computers 2014 - read about input, processing, output and secondary storage concepts, specifically chapters 6-9. 

Windows 7 and Office 2013.
Outlook 2013

Assignments:

Read Discovering Computers 2014 chapters 6 to 9.  

Read Office 2013 Intro (found on SAM 2013), specifically chapter on basic computer pieces, parts and operating systems.  Also, the general chapter on Office 2013.

SAM 2013 Chapters 6, 7, 8 and 9 Quizzes will be due in Week 2.  Chapter 1 and 2 quizzes will also be due in Week 2.

Participation

Examinations:

SAM 2013 Chapters 1 and 2 will be due in Week 2.

SAM 2013 Chapters 6 to 9 Quizzes will be due in Week 2.  

 

Additional Notes:

Ensure that you have SAM 2013 loaded and running prior to first course meeting, if possible.  You must have your SAM 2013 code by purchasing either the MBS bundle or by purchasing the code directly from SAM online.  You will need it to turn in assignments beginning in Week 2.

 
Week 2 - Apr 2, 2015
Discovering Computers and Word Introduction
Activities:

Turn in first Sunday newspaper paper - Business Letter Format.

Complete week 1 activities.

Discuss, demonstrate, and students work using Word.

Complete SAM 2013 chapter quizzes:

    Chapters 1 and 2 due

    Chapters 6 to 9 due

Complete SAM 2013 Word chapter 1 project - due

Discuss Word MLA project.

Reading:

Read and review Discovering Computers chapters 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Read and review all three text sections regarding Word in Office 2013.

Read Sunday newspaper Business-Technology Section or as described in this assignment above.

 

Assignments:

Sunday Business/Technology assignment due by end of class

Complete SAM 2013 chapter quizzes:

    Chapters 1 and 2 due

    Chapters 6 to 9 due

Complete SAM 2013 Word chapter 1 project - due

Participation

Examinations:

SAM 2013 Chapter quizzes as discussed above in Assignments.

Additional Notes:

Begin work on Word MLA project due in Week 3

 
Week 3 - Apr 9, 2015
Word Completion
Activities:

Turn in second Sunday newspaper paper - Business Letter Format.

Complete Word activities.

Complete SAM 2013 chapter quizzes:

    Chapters 3, 4, and 5 due

Complete SAM 2013 Word chapter 2 and 3 projects - due

Complete SAM 2013 Word Capstone A Project - due

Discuss Midterm Exam

Reading:

Read and review Discovering Computers chapters 3 and 5.

Read and review all three text sections regarding Word in Office 2013.

Read and review all three text sections regarding Excel in Office 2013.

Read Sunday newspaper Business-Technology Section or as described in this assignment above.

Assignments:

Sunday Business/Technology assignment due by end of class

Complete SAM 2013 chapter quizzes:

    Chapters 3, 4 and 5 due

Complete SAM 2013 Word chapter 2 and 3 projects - due

Complete SAM 2013 Word Capstone A Project - due 

Participation

Examinations:

SAM 2013 Chapter quizzes as discussed above in Assignments.

Additional Notes:

Midterm Exam is next week (Week 4).

 
Week 4 - Apr 16, 2015
Midterm Exam and Excel
Activities:

Turn in third Sunday newspaper paper - Business Letter Format.

Midterm Exam

Begin or continue Excel activities.

Complete SAM 2013 chapter quiz:

    Chapter 10 due

Complete SAM 2013 Excel chapter 1 project - due

Discuss Excel GPA Tracker Assignment due next week

 

Reading:

Read and review Discovering Computers chapter 10.

Read and review all three text sections regarding Excel in Office 2013.

Read Sunday newspaper Business-Technology Section or as described in this assignment above.

Assignments:

Midterm Exam

Sunday newspaper business-technology paper

Complete SAM 2013 chapter quiz:

    Chapter 10 due

Complete SAM 2013 Excel chapter 1 project - due

Begin working on Excel GPA Tracker and SAM 2013 Excel Capstone Projects for next week.

Participation

Examinations:

SAM 2013 Chapter 10 quiz

Midterm Exam

 

 
Week 5 - Apr 23, 2015
Excel Completion - Intro to PowerPoint
Activities:

Turn in fourth Sunday newspaper paper - Business Letter Format.

Complete Excel activities:

    Complete SAM 2013 Excel chapter 2 and 3 projects - due

    Complete SAM 2013 Excel Capstone A Project - due

    Complete Excel GPA Tracker Assignment - due at beginning of class for Week 6

Begin discussing PowerPoint and the PowerPoint project

Reading:

Read and review all three text sections regarding Excel in Office 2013.

Read and review all three text sections regarding PowerPoint in Office 2013.

Read Sunday newspaper Business-Technology Section or as described in this assignment above.

Assignments:

Sunday newspaper business-technology paper

Complete SAM 2013 Excel chapter 2 and 3 projects - due at end of class

Begin working on Excel GPA Tracker Project for next week.

Complete SAM 2013 Excel Capstone A Project - due at end of class

Participation

Examinations:

NA

Additional Notes:

Finalize group members and topic for PowerPoint Presentation project.

 
Week 6 - Apr 30, 2015
Access and PowerPoint
Activities:

Turn in fifth Sunday newspaper paper - Business Letter Format.

Turn in Excel GPA Tracker project.

Complete SAM 2013 chapter quiz:

    Chapter 11 due

Complete Access activities:

    Complete SAM 2013 Access chapter 1 and 2 projects - due

Complete SAM 2013 PowerPoint chapter 1 and 2 projects - due

Reading:

Read and review all three text sections regarding Access in Office 2013.

Read and review all three text sections regarding PowerPoint in Office 2013.

Read Sunday newspaper Business-Technology Section or as described in this assignment above.

Assignments:

Sunday newspaper business-technology paper

Complete SAM 2013 chapter quiz:

    Chapter 11 due

 Excel GPA Tracker project

Complete SAM 2013 Access chapter 1 and 2 projects - due

Continue working on PowerPoint group presentations.

Participation

Examinations:

SAM 2013 Chapter 11 quiz

 
Week 7 - May 7, 2015
PowerPoint and Review for Final Exam
Activities:

Turn in sixth Sunday newspaper paper - Business Letter Format.

Complete SAM 2013 chapter quiz:

    Chapter 12 due

Complete PowerPoint activities:

    Complete SAM 2013 PowerPoint chapter 3 project - due

    Complete SAM 2013 PowerPoint Capstone A project

Reading:

Read and review all three text sections regarding PowerPoint in Office 2013.

Read Sunday newspaper Business-Technology Section or as described in this assignment above.

Assignments:

Sunday newspaper business-technology paper

Complete SAM 2013 chapter quiz:

    Chapter 12 due

Complete SAM 2013 PowerPoint chapter 3 project - due

Complete SAM 2013 PowerPoint Capstone A project - due

Continue working on PowerPoint group presentations.

Participation

Examinations:

SAM 2013 Chapter 12 quiz

Final Exam next week

Additional Notes:

Final Exam Next Week

 
Week 8 - May 14, 2015
PowerPoint Presentations and Final Exam
Activities:

Turn in seventh and final Sunday newspaper paper - Business Letter Format.

Complete PowerPoint activities:

   Group Presentations

Final Exam

Reading:

Read and review all three text sections regarding Excel, Access and PowerPoint in Office 2013 to prepare for Final Exam

Read and review all chapters from Discovering Computers 2014 to prepare for Final Exam

Read Sunday newspaper Business-Technology Section or as described in this assignment above.

Assignments:

Sunday newspaper business-technology paper

PowerPoint group presentations.

Final Exam

Participation

Examinations:

Final Exam

 

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

Attendance

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.

Campus Policy - Regular attendance is expected of all students. The instructor will take attendance on a daily basis. If you are not present, if you arrive late, if you return from break after class has resumed, or if you depart prior to dismissal by the instructor, you may be counted absent for that class period.

Student progress in the course is jeopardized by absences totaling 25% or 10 hours of class instructional time. The instructor reserves the right to drop the student from the course or decrease the final course grade by one full letter grade.  



 

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.

Campus Policy - All of your work must be your own unless collaboration has been authorized. If collaboration is authorized, you must acknowledge the collaboration in writing. Your grade will be based in large part on your originality. Plagiarism is using others' ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information. If you are unsure what constitutes plagiarism, review the rules of original writing at the following website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ and http://indiana.edu/∼istdn and http://www/plagiarism.com. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and the claim of ignorance is no excuse. Writing Assistance Website: The Center for Academic Excellence maintains a website to assist students in preparing written academic products. Assistance is provided with APA documentation, MLA documentation, and bibliographic citations of electronic sources, plagiarism, grammar and punctuation. You may access this website at http://ccis.edu/departments/writingcenter/

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.

Campus Policy - Civility and Respect are the watchwords of Columbia College. Discourteous or unseemly behavior will not be tolerated in the classroom, in the campus offices, in the parking lot, or anywhere else in the Navy College Building at NAS Jacksonville.

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.

Campus Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons will be rescheduled in coordination with the Campus Director. Classes cancelled for holidays will be rescheduled for the first Friday following the holiday whenever possible. Classrooms will be reserved and the first available Friday will be notated on the academic calendar as reserved for make-up classes.

Instructor Policy - In order to stay with the flow and timing of the course all classes that are cancelled will be made up either later that week or the next week.  Be prepared for a possibility of two classes during that make-up week.

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 exams must be coordinated with the campus and will only be administered on Thursday's from 2:00 to 4:00PM.

Instructor Policy - Making up an exam is solely at the discretion of the professor and will only be granted under circumstances deemed by the professor.   Student must contact and provide situation and documentation; and under no circumstances is this to be construed as an agreement to provide a make-up exam.  

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.

Campus Policy - NAS Jacksonville Campus policy regarding adding, dropping and withdrawing is identical to the Columbia College policy. NAS Jacksonville Campus students may consult the current Columbia College Undergraduate Catalog for details concerning drop/withdrawal and financial liability.

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.

Campus Policy - Students should schedule an appointment with the director, when possible, to discuss WE requests. The request for an excused withdrawal (WE) must be submitted during the session. Request for a excused withdrawal (WE) will not be processed after the session has ended. NAS Jacksonville Campus students may consult the current Columbia College Adult Higher Education Undergraduate Catalog for details.

Incomplete

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.

Instructor Policy - The maximum allowed time to comlete the work required under the I status is two weeks from the end of the term in which the I is granted.  Professor reserves the right to select a shorter time due to circumstances and what items need to be completed.



 

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.

Prerequisites

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.

CougarTrack

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.

Instructor Policy - The grade (points) for each assignment, exam or project will be posted in CougarTrack as quickly as possible.  Please keep track of your points each week to see how well you are progressing in this course.  All of Professor Meyer's courses are based on 1,000 total points possible.  You should be able to easily track your points to see how you are doing by using CougarTrack.

CougarMail

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.

Campus Policy - Cell phones must be set to vibrate before the start of class. Students who anticipate important or emergency phone calls should notify their instructor prior to class. Instructors will make every effort to allow students to accept emergency phone calls. Students must not take phone calls in class; calls may be answered, but the actual conversation must occur outside the classroom. Students must inform instructors if they must leave class as the result of an emergency call. Under no circumstances should you be text-messaging or using your cell phone for some form of entertainment during class time.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - Ed Map is Columbia College’s bookstore for Online, Nationwide, and Evening students.  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 Ed Map storefront 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.

Note: 
Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials, but may do so through the Ed Map storefront.  Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

Campus Policy -     MBS is the only authorized textbook supplier designated by Columbia College

FERPA

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.

Non-Discrimination

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 questions about the Ed Map storefront, please contact the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center.  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:  CCHelpDesk@ccis.edu, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:  helpdesk@d2l.com, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:  support@vitalsource.com, 1-855-200-4146

ADDITIONAL CAMPUS POLICIES

Late Homework Policy - Late work may be accepted at the discretion of the instructor.  All late work accepted will be subject to partial credit, unless otherwise negotiated in advance of the due date. The level of credit will be directly proportionate to the duration of latency.

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