Business and Information Technology 8

Welcome to Business and Information Technology (B.I.T.) 8. This one-quarter course is designed so we can learn as much as possible about business education, computers and how they work together to make our lives easier. Because of the increased use of computers in industry, education, and personal lives, learning how to use these machines efficiently has become a vital skill that you will use for the rest of your life!

The number of class rules will be kept to a minimum. Be on time, use the bathroom before class (NO HALL PASSES WILL BE GIVEN!), no food or drinks in class, and treat your fellow classmates and instructor with respect. Also, you must bring a notebook, a pen or pencil, and a willingness to work.

We will explore some of the most common business applications of computers during this course: word processing (using Microsoft Word), spreadsheets (using Microsoft Excel), and page layout (using Adobe InDesign). In addition, if time permits we will so some exploration on the Internet. In order to be as efficient as possible when using the computer, it is very important that the user has good keyboarding skills. Therefore, the first part of the course will be spent reviewing and developing the touch method of keyboarding.

The grading scale for this course - See Handbook page 13

Your grade is broken down as follows:

  • Technique 20%
  • Daily Work 25%
  • Quizzes 20%
  • Quarter Exam 25%
  • Human Relations 10%

By the end of the quarter, students will be able to perform the following:

  • key the alphabetic keys and the numeric keys using the touch method
  • appropriately format and key an unbound report
  • create a spreadsheet, including:
    • changing column widths
    • formatting text and values
    • add, subtract, multiply and divide values
    • sort data
    • print data
    • print cell formulas
  • insert tables (created in MS-Excel) into MS-Word
  • create posters and other one-page documents using Adobe InDesign

Scholastic Honesty and Integrity

All students are expected to maintain a high standard of conduct. Any case of academic dishonesty--cheating, plagiarism, collusion--will not be tolerated and will result in no credit being earned for the assignment.

I am looking forward to an exciting, productive and fun quarter!