Information Processing

Welcome to Information Processing. This two-semester course is designed so that we can learn as much as possible about computers and how they can serve to make our lives easier and more enjoyable. 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, regardless of the career you choose to pursue!

The course is also designed to introduce you to the world of business, specifically from an administrative perspective. Therefore, you will be required to do a certain amount of reading from the textbook. The greatest portion of work, however, is hands-on and will be completed during class time. In addition, we will strive to improve our communication skills. Business requires that people are able to communicate using a wide variety of methods, including written, oral, and nonverbal. Therefore, we will complete several activities designed to increase your skill level in each of these areas.

The number of class rules will be kept to a minimum. Be on time, use the bathroom before class, no food or drinks in class, and treat your fellow classmates and instructor with respect.

We will explore the four most common business applications of computers during this course: word processing; data base; spreadsheets (including graphics); and desktop publishing. In addition, we will explore the Internet and attempt to create Web pages. After completing all or parts of these units we will integrate, or combine, two or more of the applications.

You will be asked to keep a portfolio of your work. This portfolio is for your use, it is an opportunity for you to "show off" what you have done. This could be done on disk, in a notebook, or a combination of the two. It will be handed in to me from time to time (for credit) so that I can assist you in what to include and how to organize the contents. Also, you must bring a notebook, a pen or pencil, and a willingness to work.

Extra credit of up to 10% of the total points possible for a grading period will be available. Please refer to the instructor as to how these points can be earned.

Your grade is broken down as follows:

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 a very exciting and productive year.