Computer Science 104

Software Applications


Instructor: Daniel Thureen

-          Office: GC 219

-          Office Hours: 10:30 – 5:00 Wednesdays - Other times by appointment or discovery

-          Phone: 299-3376     E-mail: thureen@cord.edu   Course Schedule


Course Description:

CS 104 is an in-depth introduction to the common business data processing applications of the microcomputer. The students will learn the basic computing concepts and skills necessary to turn the personal computer into a powerful tool for academic research, document preparation and presentation, and business data processing using spreadsheets and database software. The course is taught in a lab setting and is very much a hands-on, learn-by-doing type of course.

Textbooks:               All four are bundled together at Bookstore with common ISBN#. The MyITlab Software can also be purchased separately from the publisher along with electronic versions of the Access and Excel textbooks (e-books) at a substantial discount.

·         Getting Started with Computing Concepts – Grauer
ISBN-10: 0-13-343055-3 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-343055-4

·         Exploring Microsoft Office Access 2013 – Comprehensive – Grauer
ISBN-10: 0-13-341220-8 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-341220-2

·         Exploring Microsoft Office Excel 2013 – Comprehensive – Grauer
ISBN-10: 0-13-341218-0 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-341218-5

·         MyITlab Software Registration Pack


 Course Objectives:

This course is intended to introduce students to the most commonly used Computer Business Software applications. They will become familiar with spreadsheets, database software, and the use and creation of Web pages. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

·         Identify basic computer terminology necessary to become an informed consumer of computers

·         Create and maintain a spreadsheet of data and perform basic statistical functions on the data

·         Create and maintain a computerized database

·         Use multiple software packages together to accomplish more complicated functions.

·         Efficiently interact with the World Wide Web

·         Create a home page on the World Wide Web.

Course Requirements:

Each day we will tackle a chapter out of one of the textbooks. Each chapter explains some of the basic concepts and provides a guided tutorial which teaches and practices some of the techniques and skills necessary for that day’s material.  There is also an accompanying website (myitlab – see link below) that provides additional review material, quizzes & exams for each chapter.  At the end of each chapter is a set of case problems which allow the student to demonstrate their mastery of that chapter’s material in a typical real life situation.

Most days we will:

·         Read through the chapter assigned.

·         Work through the guided tutorial

·         Work through the accompanying myitlab website tutorial

·         Finish the assigned case problem at the end of the chapter.

·         Periodically we may also have a short online quiz covering recent material.

If you have read through the chapter ahead of time, so you are familiar with the material, you should be able to finish most of the remaining work during class.
Below is a link to the Course Schedule which describes each daily assignment in detail. The text and/or the Course Schedule will instruct you regarding the specifics of what to print off and hand in. Please hand in all the material for a specific chapter stapled together. We will do as much of this electronically as possible in an effort to reduce paper use.

There will be 4 Exams during the semester (see detailed Schedule below for dates) The 4 exams will be worth approximately 50% of the grade. The rest will be based upon daily work. Each assignment is due at the beginning of the following class period. Grades will be assigned based upon the following scale:



























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Other Resources:

Textbook Website

myitlab Website


ZDNet Computer News Source

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This page maintained by Dan Thureen. Last updated 8/26/14