CIT 105 - 1504, 1505, J283 - Introduction to Computing

Bluegrass Community and Technical College


Spring 2009


Division:                  Division: Behavioral Science & Information Systems Technologies--Debbie Holt, 859-246-6286

Department:            Department: Computer & Information Technologies— Melanie Williamson, Coordinator 246-6285

                                                                        Dana Brown    Assistant Coordinator (859) 246-6345


Instructor:                    Michael L Rogers, MS   No Phone             E-MAIL:

                                                                                                Web Page

Office Hours:          By appointment only!


Course Description

An overview of computer information systems.  Concepts include terminology, computer hardware, software, and networks as well as the impact of computers on society, ethical issues in computing, and trends in information processing.  Students use a microcomputer with systems software and applications software, including a word processor, electronic spreadsheet, database management system, and web page editor to process data and present useful information.


Prerequisite: CIT 103 or successful completion of the CIT placement exam or consent of instructor.


Course Competencies: Upon successful completion of this course, the student can:

1.      Utilize computer technology as a tool to access and prepare information.

2.      Describe basic computer functions and use correct computer terminology.

3.      Describe trends in information processing.

4.      Explain the impact of computers upon society.

5.      Explain the difference between system, application, and programming software.

6.      Use a graphical user interface-based operating system to manage files, folders and disks.

7.      Discuss ethical issues such as copyright, privacy, and security as related to computing.

8.      Use a word processing software package to prepare elementary documents.

9.      Use a spreadsheet program to prepare elementary financial reports.

10.    Use a database software package to develop an elementary database and generate reports on the data.

11.    Use a web page editor to create web pages.

12.    Use basic data communications applications and networks.

13.    Use the Internet and understand its capabilities.


Course Outline


I.         Computer System Fundamentals

A.     Impact of Computers on Society

B.     Information Processing

C.    Ethical Issues, Security, and Privacy


II.        Computer Hardware

A.     Input and Output Hardware

B.     Processing Hardware

C.    Storage Hardware

D.    Communications and Networking


III.       Computer Software

A.     Operating Systems

B.     Word Processing

C.    Electronic Spreadsheets

D.    Database Management

E.     Web Publishing


Required Text:


·         Go! Technology in Action, Fifth Edition, Evans, Martin & Poatsy, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009,

·         ISBN 0-13-513720-9

·         USB Drive


Method of Instruction:


The course will be a combination of lecture and hands-on computer experience.  In addition, students will be expected to complete out-of-class assignments using microcomputers available in BCTC's open computer labs (Moloney Building, Rooms 110 and 112) or other UK labs.  Hours for the BCTC open lab will be posted and announced in class.


Course Policies:


Attendance:  Attendance is required for all class meetings.  If you must be absent from a class, it is your responsibility to contact a classmate or the instructor to obtain notes and/or assignments you missed.  The student is responsible for remaining current.  Excused absences will be considered according to the rules set forth in KCTCS’s student code...  See for details.


            Absence from the class greater than 25% is an automatic fail!


Homework Assignments:  Homework assignments and due dates will be announced in class.  You will be expected to keep a current back-up copy of your homework data diskette and your homework diskette will be turned in to the instructor with selected homework assignments.   All homework assignments (and disks) are to be turned in for grading in pocket folders; assignments not submitted in folders will not be graded.


Late Work:

Unexcused absenceLate work will not be accepted under any circumstance.


Excused absence or otherwise late work will be accepted one class meeting after the due date.  Thereafter there will be a 10% grade deduction for each class period that has passed.  In class assignments, class presentations, and quizzes cannot be made up.


Extensions of due dates may be granted in certain circumstances with prior approval by the instructor.  Keep in touch with me via e-mail.  I am usually much more willing to grant extensions if you have communicated with me regularly about your situation.


All work turned in late must have a copy of your written excuse or my e-mail granting an extension attached.


Exams/Quizzes:  There will be four exams during the semester and a comprehensive final exam.  If you miss an exam due to an excused absence, arrangements will be made with the instructor for a make-up exam.  In-class quizzes may be given during the semester to assess students' hands-on proficiency with the software packages. 


Class Project:  Each student must complete a project on a topic of his/her own choosing utilizing Word and either Excel or Access.  This project will be due at the end of the semester and will be discussed further as the semester progresses.


Cheating and Plagiarism: Your main goal for this class should be to obtain knowledge and skills that will benefit you in future classes/jobs rather than just to receive a passing grade.  Software skills can only be obtained by doing the work assigned using the software—not by copying files from someone else!  Cheating and plagiarism are serious academic offenses.  Plagiarism includes reproducing someone else’s work or allowing another person to alter or revise your work, which the other person then submits as his/her own.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to, wrongfully giving, taking, or presenting any information or material by a student with the intent of aiding the student on any academic work.  Students may discuss assignments among themselves or with the instructor, but when the actual work is done both on paper and on disk, the student and the student alone must do it. Cases of cheating and plagiarism will be dealt with in accordance with the guidelines in KCTCS’s student code.  The minimum penalty for cheating and plagiarism is a failing grade for the course and could involve being suspended or expelled from the College.  You are also expected to adhere to the college's policies regarding copyright regulations for software.


Reasonable Accommodations:  Students with disabilities who require accommodations for this course must contact a staff member in LCC’s Disability Support Services (DSS) office, 103 Oswald Building.  In addition, please inform your instructor by the second class meeting or as soon as the need is identified that you will be requesting accommodations.


Grading:  Your final grade for the course will be based on:

Five exams                                              40%

Final exam                                                  5%

Homework assignments/                      40%

  In-Class Quizzes

Projects                                                     15%


Grading Scale:


90-100%          A                                             60-69%        D

80- 89%           B                                              0-59%         E

70- 79%           C


Withdrawal:  The withdrawal dates published in the BCTC Schedule of Classes will be followed.  Withdrawal after mid-term will be at the discretion of the instructor and will be granted on a case-by-case basis depending on individual circumstances.


Incomplete grades:  Incomplete grades will be given only in documented cases of extreme emergency at the discretion of the instructor.  Requests for a grade of “I” will be considered only if the student has a passing grade in the course at the time the request is made.


Special Accommodations Policy:  If a student has a special need that may require an accommodation or assistance, please inform the instructor of that fact as soon as possible and no later than the end of the second class meeting.

Reasonable Accommodations: Students with disabilities who require accommodations for this course must contact a staff member in BCTC's Disability Support Services (DSS) office.  The DSS telephone number is (859) 246-6530.  Please do not request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor.



Students Rights and Responsibilities:

 A digital copy of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook may be found at


Plagiarism / Cheating Definitions:

 2.3.1 KCTCS Academic Offenses: Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of presenting ideas, words, or organization of a source, published or not, as if they were ones own. All quoted material must be in quotation marks, and all paraphrases, quotations, significant ideas, and organization must be acknowledged by some form of documentation acceptable to the instructor for the course. Plagiarism also includes the practice of employing or allowing another person to alter or revise the work that a student submits as the student’s own. Students may discuss assignments among themselves or with an instructor or tutor, but when the actual material is completed, it must be done by the student and the student alone. The use of the term “material” refers to work in any form including written, oral, and electronic. All academic work, written o r otherwise, submitted by a student to an instructor or other academic supervisor, is expected to be the result of the student’s own thought, research, or self-expression. In any case in which a student feels unsure about a question of plagiarism involving the student’s work, the student must consult the instructor before submitting the work. Cheating Cheating includes buying, stealing, or otherwise obtaining unauthorized copies of examinations or assignments for the purpose of improving one’s academic standing. During examinations or in-class work, cheating includes having unauthorized information, and/or referring to unauthorized notes or other written or electronic information. In addition, copying from others, either during examinations or in the preparation of homework assignments, is a form of cheating.



Excused Absence Policy:



Attendance and Completion of Assignments:

 For each course in which the student is enrolled, the student shall be expected to carry out all required work including laboratories and studios, and to take all examinations at the class period designated by the instructor. Each instructor shall determine his/her policy regarding completion of assigned work, attendance in class, absences at announced or unannounced examinations, and excused absences in excess of one-fifth of class contact hours. This policy shall be presented in writing to each class at its first or second meeting. Students' failure to comply with the announced policy may result in appropriate reductions in grade as determined by the instructor.


Excused Absences: The following are defined as excused absences:


• Illness of the student or serious illness of a member of the student's immediate family. The instructor shall have the right to request appropriate verification.

• The death of a member of the student's immediate family. The instructor shall have the right to request appropriate verification.

• Children of students are considered members of the immediate family

• Trips for members of student organizations sponsored by an academic unit, trips for classes, and trips for participation in intercollegiate athletic events. When feasible, the student must notify the instructor prior to the occurrence of such absences, but in no case shall such notification occur more than one week after the absence. Instructors may request formal notification from appropriate personnel to document the student's participation in such trips.

• Intercollegiate athletic events include club sports as well as varsity sports.

• Major Religious Holidays. Students are responsible for notifying the instructor in writing of anticipated absences due to their observance of such holidays no later than the last day for adding a class.

• Any other circumstances which the instructor finds reasonable cause for nonattendance.

• •Students missing work due to an excused absence bear the responsibility of informing the instructor about their excused absence within one week following the period of the excused absence (except where prior notification is required), and of making up the missed work. The instructor shall give the student an opportunity to make up the work and/or the exams missed due to an excused absence, and shall do so, if feasible, during the semester in which the absence occurred. If attendance is required or serves as a criterion for a grade in a course, and if a student has excused absences in excess of one-fifth of the class contact hours for that course, a student shall have the right to petition for a "W", and the faculty member may require the student to petition for a "W" or take an "I" in the course.

• If a student has an excused absence on a day when a quiz is given, the instructor may not deny permission for a makeup exam and simply calculate the student's grade on the basis of the remaining requirements.

• The language “The instructor shall give the student an opportunity to make up the work and/or the exam missed during an excused absence...” implies the student shall not be penalized for the excused absence.

Students should contact the instructor should a situation arise that would warrant individual attention. In other words, if you have a legitimate problem you should contact me. This should be done as soon as you know that you will be unable to attend class.



BCTC and KCTCS are Equal Opportunity Institutions