Computer Applications


  2. A. Course Title: Computer Applications
    B. Course Number: CS 123D - 30245
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 11:00:00 AM - 12:40:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Shook, Angila
    G. Office: C.M. Burke University Center (UC) 232
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2658
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 7:45:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 10:45:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:45:00 PM-1:15:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:30:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 7:45:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 10:45:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:30:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 7:45:00 AM-8:45:00 AM (MST); 10:30:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    If you need a different time, please contact me to setup an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: BUC237

    This course covers computer terminology, hardware, software, operating systems, and information systems relating to the business environment. The main focus of this course is on business applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. This course assumes the student has basic computer skills. This is a three credit hour course.


    The target audience is anyone who desires a practical, beginning computer course which covers the fundamentals of the Microsoft Windows Operating System, and the basics of the Microsoft Office 2016 Software Suite. Transferability is based on target institution.



    Microsoft Office 2016: Introductory
    Shelly Cashman Series)
    Misty E. Vermaat
    Course Technology, 1st Edition (2016)
    ISBN-13: 978-1-305-87001-7

    Access Key:
    Sam 16 Assessment
    Course Technology
    ISBN-13: 978-1-337-37266-4

    Software: The Office365 is included with the SAM bundle if purchased at the NMJC bookstore.
    (Word 2016, Excel 2016, Access 2016, PowerPoint 2016)

    Student must complete the required work within the Windows environment.


    A flashdrive or a google account to save coursework.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Late work will not be accepted!
    Final grades will not be rounded!

    Final semester grades will be awarded based on the following percentages.
    Course Professionalism 5%
    SAM Training (Hands on Training in the apply mode) 15%
    SAM Projects (Hands on Labs assigned in SAM) 25%
    SAM Textbook projects 10%
    Module Exams 20% (will consist of a M/C and tasks)
    Final Exam 25%


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


    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
    •Describe basic computer hardware components and concepts;
    •Demonstrate skills in accessing the Internet for research and communications;
    •Design, modify, and print documents; and apply features of a popular word processing application;
    •Design and create spreadsheets; and apply basic features of a popular spreadsheet application;
    •Use databases, build queries and reports; and apply features of a popular database application;
    •Design and edit presentations; and apply features of a popular presentation graphics application


    I will return email/phone calls by the end of the next days office hours. For messages on the weekend they will be returned on Monday.

    You can expect your work to be graded and posted no later than one week after the due date.


    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, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.



    Topics Covered






    Module 0

    Introduction to Canvas

    August 25

    I (1, 2 & 8)

    D (4)

    Module Professionalism

    Do & Don't of Professionalism

    September 1 (first draft)

    September 15

    September 22
    (final draft)

    I (1 & 8)

    D (4 & 5)

    C (2 & 3)

    Module 1

    Describe basic computer hardware components and concepts,
    Demonstrate skills in accessing the Internet for research and communications

    September 6

    I (4)

    D (4)

    C (1 & 2)

    Module 2

    Design, modify, and print documents; and apply features of a popular word processing application

    September 25

    I (1 & 4)

    D (2,3, & 4)

    C (3)

    Module 3

    Design and create spreadsheets; and apply basic features of a popular spreadsheet application

    October 16

    I (1 & 4)

    D (2,3, & 4)

    C (4)

    Module 4

    Use databases, build queries and reports; and apply features of a popular database application

    November 13

    I (1 & 4)

    D (2,3, & 4)

    C (5)

    Module 5

    Design and edit presentations; and apply features of a popular presentation graphics application

    December 8

    I (1 & 4)

    D (2,3, & 4)

    C (6)

    Final Exam


    December 13 @ 8:00 AM


    *Each module will consist of reading, chapter work, training, projects and exams.


    Subject to change as needed by the Instructor