Basic Computers


  2. A. Course Title: Basic Computers
    B. Course Number: CS 113A - 30243
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: T 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Alcos, Sherhil
    G. Office: C.M. Burke University Center (UC) 229
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2652
    J. Office Hours: Tuesday: 3:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 3:00:00 PM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 3:00:00 PM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    My preferred method of communication is through Canvas Inbox. I will respond to messages within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends. In-Person meeting is by appointment ONLY although I am usually in my office from 8-5 Monday to Friday.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: BUC237

    This course is designed to teach students how to operate a computer. It assumes the student does not have basic computer skills. This is a three credit hour course.


    Students should check with the receiving institution to determine whether or not this course is transferable.



    New Perspectives Computer Concepts 2016 Enhanced, Introductory
    June Jamrich Parsons
    Dan Oja
    Course Technology, 19th Edition (2017)
    ISBN-13: 9781305656291
    ISBN-10: 1305656296

    Computer Concepts 2016

    2GB new flash memory drive (Thumb Drive)
    Computer Desktop or Laptop and reliable Internet Connection
    Netflix and/or Hulu Subscription
    Access to a DVD Player

    *Please note that you are to turn in your flash drive so make sure that it is free of personal files for quick access of your class work.


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

    Total points will be computed as follows. The total points for the following may vary.
    12 Reflective Journals (x20) 240
    3 LABs (x100) 300
    2 Immersions (x100) 200
    4 Quizzes (x25) 100
    4 Assignments 60
    1 Final Exam 100

    Point System: 1000 total assigned points
    A >= 900
    B >= 800
    C >= 700
    D >= 600

    REFLECTIVE JOURNAL - There will be 12 Reflective Journals, 20 points each, that will serve as proof of attendance in class. You automatically get 10 points if you are late in class. Students will relate the topics discussed in their own life, in society, politics and economy.

    LABs - These are hands on activities based on each lessons and there are 4 LABs in the class. (1) Disassemble and Assemble a computer (Digital Content and Devices), (2) Introduction to Windows 10, (3) Browsers and Search Engines and (4) Computer and Internet Security

    IMMERSIONS - These are 2 immersions in the class. These are activities where students demonstrate their gained knowledge and learned skills. (1) Shop for digital devices and software for a client and (2) Teach A Friend Night: teach a friend how to use Windows 10.

    QUIZZES - There are 4 online quizzes in this class for those chapters that are discussed online. These include chapter concepts and terminologies.

    ASSIGNMENTS - There are 4 online assignments in thie class for those chapters that are discussed online. The assignments range from movie critiquing, interview, project, discussion, etc.

    FINAL EXAM - The final exam is comprehensive of all topics covered in the class. There is a practice test one week prior to the final exam that students can take advantage of.

    +++++++ Rubrics are used throughout the course to assess your performance on learning activities. Make sure that you pay attention to these rubrics prior to answering Reflective Dialogues, LABs, Immersions, and some assignments. +++++++



    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Students in the Business/Computer Science Departments should be able to:
    1) Demonstrate an understanding of industry specific ethics (self & community),
    2) Prepare and interpret documents,
    3) Interpret and characterize data appropriate to the course (critical thinking),
    4) Demonstrate computer skills appropriate to the course, and
    5) Demonstrate the value of professionalism in the workplace.


    At the end of the course, students will be able to:

    • Explain basic computer concepts and terminologies
    • Demonstrate basic computer and internet skills
    • Perform basic computer hardware and software maintenance
    • Analyze digital needs and recommend appropriate digital devices and software programs
    • Discuss social, political and economic issues associated with digital technology and security
    • Determine ways to keep online activities safe and the data secured


    Response Time Frames: The instructor will respond to student email within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of Friday each week.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2016. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  15. COURSE OUTLINE S.C.Alcos Syllabus
    CS113A Basic Computers
    Web Hybrid (Online and Face to Face)
    Fall 2017 Course Outline/Timeline
    Session 0 (8/22) Course Introduction

    *Canvas Introduction

    Session 1 (8/29) Lecture Unit 1- Digital Content
    Reflective Journal
    Session 2 (9/5) Online Unit 2 - Digital Devices
    Session 3 (9/12) LAB Digital Content and Devices
    Reflective Journal
    Session 4 (9/19) Lecture Unit 6 - Software
    Reflective Journal
    Session 5 (9/26) LAB Introduction to Windows 10
    Reflective Journal
    Session 6 (10/3) Online Software Application
    Session 7 (10/10) Immersion Units 1, 2 and 6 Demonstration of Skills
    Reflective Journal
    Session 8 (10/17) Lecture Unit 4 - The Web
    Reflective Journal
    Session 9 (10/24) LAB Browsers and Search Engines
    Reflective Journal
    Session 10 (10/31) Online Unit 5 - Social Networking
    Session 11 (11/7) Lecture Unit 7 - Digital Security
    Reflective Journal
    Session 12 (11/14) LAB Computer and Internet Security
    Reflective Journal
    Session 13 (11/21) Lecture Unit 3 - Networks
    Reflective Journal
    ****Last Day to Withdraw ****
    Session 14 (11/28) Immersion Teach A Friend Night
    Reflective Journal
    Session 15 (12/5) Online Summary and Final Exam Review
    Reflective Journal
    12/12 Final Exam

    *This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any changes will be announced in class. You will be notified via Canvas where you will find the revised course outline.