Computer Applications


  2. A. Course Title: Computer Applications
    B. Course Number: CS 123D - 30248
    C. Semester: Fall 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    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);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);10:45:00 AM-11:15:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 7:45:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:30:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);10:45:00 AM-11:15:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 7:45:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 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: Virtual

    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

    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 M/C and tasks)
    Final Exam 25%

    Late work will not be accepted and final grades will not be rounded!

    Work submitted not following the communication standard will receive an initial grade of zero with an option to resubmit.
    Email communication must also follow the communication standards or points will be deducted from your professionalism grade.

    Communication standard for class:
    • No text language (For example do not use i, BTW, LOL, IDK…)
    • Correct spelling and proper capitalization
    • Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)
    • Logical organization

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    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 the social impact of information literacy and systems in relation to commerce, education, and personal activities.
    • Explain how to use the information resources legally, safely, and responsibility in relation to ethical, security, and privacy issues.
    • Evaluate bias, accuracy and relevance of information and its sources
    • Use productivity tools for communications, data analysis, information management and decision-making.
    • Describe and use current information systems and technologies.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    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 and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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 20, 2018. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. 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

    Aug 24

    I (1, 2 & 8)

    D (4)

    Module Professionalism

    Do & Don't of Professionalism

    Aug 31 (first draft)

    Sept 7   (SC proofed copy)

    Sept 14 (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

    Sept 21

    I (4)

    D (4)

    C (1 & 2)

    Module 2

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

    Oct 12

    I (1 & 4)

    D (2,3, & 4)

    C (3)

    Module 3

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

    Nov 2

    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

    Nov 27

    I (1 & 4)

    D (2,3, & 4)

    C (5)

    Module 5

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

    Dec 7

    I (1 & 4)

    D (2,3, & 4)

    C (6)

    Proctored Final Exam available Dec 8-11

    (must take via appointment with NMJC testing center or online proctor)