COSC 1300

Introduction to Computers


13 November – 17 February


Course Number/Title: COSC 1300 Introduction to Computers

Time: 5:30 – 9:30pm

Instructor:   Candi Dierenfield                   

Contact Information:   Work:    377-4130      Home: 490-6642                   

Instructor E-mail:            

Office Hours: Available by appointment


DESCRIPTION: Information technologies including hardware, software, and operating systems concepts are discussed. Students who possess the minimum level of computer competency may opt to take a competence level exam administered by the Division of Business. If a satisfactory score is received on the exam, the student may substitute an elective in place of the COSC 1300 requirement in the degree plan. Cost for the exam is $20. This is not an advanced placement test and no academic credit will be awarded. Students who want credit for the course may take a different exam, pay 1/3 tuition, and score a B or better. Students who fail the exam or choose not to attempt the exam must enroll in and pass COSC 1300 as part of the academic foundations of the baccalaureate degree plan unless an approved computer course has been taken. $50 fee.




Textbook and supplies

Discovering Computers 2007: A Gateway to Information , Complete Edition by Shelly Cashman Vermaat (ISBN: 1-4188-4370-9 )

*** Floppy disk or thumb drive



•  To gain an understanding of the history of computers and the people and events that made the machine we know today a reality;

•  To gain an understanding of the terms, basic concepts, and physical parts of a computer so students will be more knowledgeable users of many different types of electronic equipment;

•  To gain knowledge about and experience using the Internet as a research tool;

•  Introduction to work tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases;

•  To be able to distinguish between the various components of the system unit;

•  To be able to distinguish between input and output devices and understand their basic functions;

•  To be able to identify and utilize various types of computer storage devices;

•  To gain an understanding of computer operating systems, distinguish between the various types, and learn basic use concepts;

•  To learn how to be a discerning purchaser of computers;

•  To gain a greater understanding of computer communication and networking concepts including the differences between physical and wireless media;

•  To gain an understanding about database management and how it can be effectively utilized in the business world;

•  To learn about the advent of E-commerce and how it has changed the way business is done in almost every industry;

•  To be able to utilize computers in an ethical and secure manner;

•  To gain an understanding of the process by which computer systems are developed;

•  To be able to distinguish between various types of programming languages;

•  To understand the concept of enterprise computing and how it is utilized in business;

•  To learn about various computer-related careers, how to pursue them, and where to find employment.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION: Specific requirements of the course including the criteria utilized to assess student achievement of outcome competencies, and the weight of each. A variety of means to evaluate student performance should be used and grading criteria should conform with the grading system contained in the latest WBU Academic Catalog. An example of assessment criteria and weights might include:


   Examinations:     Initial, mid-semester, and final - (60% of the final grade)

   Research Project:   A scholarly article on a specific topic and containing a definite thesis statement - (25% of the final grade)


   Attendance/   Participation/Homework:     (15% of the final grade)


Point System: 800 total assigned points

A   >= 720

B   >= 640

C   >= 560

D   >= 480


EXAMS : Examination and Quiz Policy

Two announced examinations will be given. No make-up exams will be allowed without prior arrangements being made. Make-up exams must be taken when scheduled.

Research Project: The research project will be a cumulative project. This project will entail researching a computer and all necessary hardware/software for purchase based on guidelines presented in class. An oral presentation will be given in class as well as a written documentation of research.


ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendance: Attendance is required . Excessive late arrivals or early departures will be taken into consideration. It is the students’ responsibility to obtain any material missed by not attending class for any reason. The students must not miss more than 25% (3 class periods) of the class, or it will result in a failure for the class. In case of TDY’s the instructor should be notified as soon as possible.


STATEMENTS:   “This class will adhere to zero tolerance for using someone else’s work as your own.”

  “It is university policy that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excused from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the University. Students should inform the instructor of existing disabilities at the first class meeting.”

  “Students are responsible for reading, understanding, obeying, and respecting all academic policies, with added emphasis being placed upon academic progress policies, appearing in the Wayland Baptist University Academic Catalog applicable to their curriculum and/or program of study.”



Weekly homework and laboratory assignments can only be handed immediately BEFORE lecture begins the following week. For example, Week 1 assignments are due at the beginning of the first Week 2 lecture. Assignments handed in after lecture begins the following week are considered late.


No assignments will be accepted more than one week late. Late assignments are penalized 25%. Plan to spend approximately four hours each week on reading, homework, and laboratory assignments.


Make sure your name, and exercise number appear in the upper-left corner. If an exercise has multiple sheets, then staple them together. Do not staple different assignments together. Disorganized assignments (pages out of order, mislabeled, unreadable, etc.) will receive a grade of zero. If there are multiple sheets are to be handed in, then sequence them according to the order you were told to print them in the exercise.

You will be posting assignments to Blackboard and having one class delivered via Blackboard. Be sure that you can log in.


*** Syllabus is subject to change without notice at the discretion of the instructor. ***



Reading Assignment

Homework/Laboratory Assignment



•  Nov. 13 th


Initial Exam

Chapter 1 and Timeline 2006

1. Checkpoint – Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 1

3. Learn How To, 1



2 Nov. 27th

This will be an online class via Blackboard

Chapter 2 and Making Use of the Web

1. Checkpoint - Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 3

3. Web Research, 2



3 Dec. 4 th

Chapter 3




Chapter 4

1. Checkpoint - Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 7

3. Case Studies, 1


1. Checkpoint - Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 6

3. Learn How To, 1



4 Dec. 11 th


Chapter 5 and Smart Phones and PDA’s



Chapter 6 and Digital and Video Technology

1. Checkpoint - Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 7

3. Web Research, 3


1. Checkpoint - Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 8

3. Case Studies, 3



5 Dec. 18 th

Exam 1 ( Ch. 1 –6)


Chapter 7

4. Checkpoint - Multiple Choice

5. Learn It Online, 9

6. Learn How To, 1



6 Jan 8 th


Begin working on Research Project

Chapter 8 and Buyer’s Guide 2006



Chapter 9

1., Checkpoint - Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 9

3. Web Research, 5

1. Checkpoint- Multiple Choice
2. Learn It Online, 8

3. Case Studies, 4



7 Jan 15 th


Chapter 10




Chapter 11 and Computer Forensics

1., Checkpoint- Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 9

3. Learn How To, 2


1. Checkpoint - Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 7

3. Web Research, 1



8 Jan 22 nd

Chapters 12



Chapter 13

1. Checkpoint - Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 3


1. Checkpoint - Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 5



9 Jan 29 th

Chapter 14 and Enterprise Order Processing: A Case Study

1. Checkpoint - Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 8

3. Case Studies, 3



10 Feb 5 th

Exam 2 (Ch. 7-14)

Chapter 15 and Digital Entertainment

1. Checkpoint - Multiple Choice

2. Learn It Online, 9

3. Learn How To, 1



11 Feb 12 th

Research Project