CSCI 201 Introduction to Computer Applications, Spring 2016
College of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Computer Science
The University of Tennessee at Martin

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Basic Information:

Course Section: CSCI 201 section 001
Course Title: Introduction to Computer Applications
Credit Hours: 3
Meeting Time and Place: Tuesday/Thursday 4pm, EPS 112

Textbook and Materials:
SAM 2013 (online resource), with text New Perspectives on Microsoft Office 2013, First Course (Shaffer/Carey/Parsons/Oja/Finnegan).
See bookstore to purchase an access code and e-book.
Electronic bundle: ISBN 9781285734255: SAM 2013 and e-book
Alternative printed bundle: ISBN 9781285725918: printed text w/SAM 2013

Faculty Contact Information:
Larry Holder (adjunct instructor)
Phone: (731) 881-7890 (Office of Information Technology Services)
Address: 102 Crisp Hall (Computer Center)
Work Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Office Hours (for student visits): Scheduling of appointments is highly recommended.

Course Information:

Course Description/Information:
Concepts of computer systems and procedures including software applications, input and output, data storage, communications and networks, Internet and World Wide Web, and operating systems and system software. Emphasis on using integrated software tools on the microcomputer which include word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation graphics, communications, web browsers, electronic mail, personal information management, and multimedia authoring. Credit does not apply to computer science minor requirements.
There are no prerequisites or co-Requisites.

Course Resources:
BlackBoard is used for certain assignment uploads. SAM 2013's online resource is used for the remainder.

Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives:
The student will:

  1. use the most-up-to-date technology in an ever-changing discipline.
  2. have an in-depth understanding of why computers are essential components in business and society.
  3. understand the fundamentals of computers and computer nomenclature, particularly with respect to personal computer hardware and software, the World Wide Web, and enterprise computing
  4. be motivated to learn through visually appealing and exciting material.
  5. be assisted in planning a career and getting certificated in the computer field.
  6. complete exercises and lab assignments that allow you to interact with a computer and learn by actually using the computer and World Wide Web.
  7. develop strategies for purchasing a desktop computer, a notebook computer, a Tablet PC, and a personal mobile device.
  8. understand the fundamentals of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook) and Microsoft Windows.
  9. complete practical examples using the computer as a useful tool.
  10. use proper procedures to create documents, worksheets, databases, and presentations suitable for coursework, professional purposes, and personal use.
  11. Improve analytical and writing skills using technology.

Course communications:
Email is preferred. Most emails are responded to same day, except weekends.
For technical issues, contact the UTM Help Desk (

Course Requirements/Expectations:

Course Requirements, Assessments, Evaluations, Major Assignments, and Exams:

Course Outline:
I will cover topics in an order that I progressively determine for each class.
You can view the Calendar below to see the coverage of topics in prior semesters.

Calendar (you can also compare to past semesters):

University Policies:

Academic Integrity
The University of Tennessee at Martin has chosen as its primary objective quality undergraduate education. Commitment to this objective must include an obligation by all members of the University community to promote and protect the highest standards of in tegrity in study, research, instruction and evaluation. Dishonesty or unethical behavior does not belong at an institution dedicated to the promotion of knowledge and learning. Integrity of the academic process requires fair and impartial evaluation by faculty and honest academic conduct by students. Specific integrity attributes can be found at:

Standard of Conduct:
When persons enroll in The University of Tennessee at Martin, they retain the rights and duties of a citizen. Additionally, they must assume the duties and observe the regulations imposed by the University community. Specific conduct attributes can be found at:

Disability Services:
The University of Tennessee provides reasonable accommodations (academic adjustments and auxiliary aids) to ensure equal access to educational content and university programs for students with disabilities. Students who are eligible for and who request accommodations through the Disability Services office must provide instructors with a letter of accommodation. The Disability Services office is located in the Student Success Center, 203 Clement Hall, (731) 881-7605.