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BCT 111 - Computer Literacy & Applications Fundamentals

Instructor: Robin Tartow

TYPE OF COURSE:  Vocational
COURSE LENGTH:  33 hours


COURSE DESCRIPTION:   This course teaches basic computer use, concepts and terminology through on-line learning, interactive lecture, discussion, demonstration and hands-on practice.  Emphasis is on learning skills necessary in the business environment including abilities in the internet, e-mail, scheduling, contact management and directory and file management. Additionally, introductory use of word processing, presentation, and database software is covered. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:            The student will demonstrate:

An understanding of professionalism in the workplace/classroom by:
1. participating in classroom activities and completing all assignments accurately and on time (1.W.5)
2. being punctual and achieving 100% attendance for this course (1.W.6)
3. using equipment and facilities properly and safely (1.X.1-2)
4. behaving appropriately for a professional office environment (1.BB.1-5, 1.M.3)
5. exerting high level of effort and persevering towards goal (1.L.1-2)
6. demonstrating accountability, initiative, adaptability, understanding, friendliness, and politeness (1.L.4-5, 1.N.1)
7. relating well to others, responding appropriately to situations, contributing to group effort (1.N.2-5, 1.P.1)
8. setting goals, monitoring progress, exhibiting self-control, following through, being trusted (1.O.1-4, 1.Q.1-2)
9. working toward agreement and working well with people from diverse backgrounds (1.R.1-2, 1.T.1)
An ability to:
10. organize and process information, apply principle to solving problems (1.I.1, 1.K.1)
11. obtain and give information orally/aurally and in written formats, take notes, ask and answer questions (3.A.2-6)
12. use standard business English (3.A.7)
An understanding of general digital literacy by:
13. turning computer on/off, navigating through windows/folders, opening/closing applications (5.A.1)
14. saving/retrieving information/documents  (5.A.2)
15. managing files, creating/deleting folders, organizing documents for efficient retrieval (5.A.10)
16. understanding computer terminology, features, uses (5.A.4)
17. identifying primary computer hardware components and using them correctly (5.A.4)
18. efficiently navigating and using the Windows environment (5.A.1)
19. creating, sending, receiving, storing, reading and responding to E-Mail (5.A.5
20. using the internet to obtain/disseminate information (5.A.6)
21. using basic computer application software--word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, web browser, calendar, email (5.A.7)
22. following standards of computing ethics (5.A.8)
23. practicing safe computing (5.A.9)
24. describing ethical behavior related to computers, other users, viruses and copyrighted material (5.A.8)
25. explaining the need for security with computers and methods to make information secure (5.A.9)
An ability to use computers by:
26. using a contact program to keep and retrieve contact information (5.A.7)
27. using a database program to input data and output information (5.A.7)
28. using slide show meeting presentation software (5.A.7)

REQUIRED TEXT: Introduction to Computers:  Student Edition Complete.Custom Guide, Inc. Minneapolis.  2007.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:  Skills Tutor—Houghton Mifflin Skills Bank Online Learning
                                               Digital Literacy Curriculum:  Microsoft Corporation Website                                                                                                 

Windows environment, networks 4.5
E-Mail, calendar use, and contact management 4.5
Internet, World Wide Web, browsing and searching 4.5
Directory/file management 4.5
Ethical behavior, copyright laws 3
Word processing, database, presentations 12


OUTLINE DEVELOPED BY:  David Gourd                                                Date: August 3, 2007

This outline was developed as part of major revisions to the Seattle Vocational Institute Computer-Based Accounting and Administrative Office Professional programs.  The revisions used a DACUM process involving industry professionals from the greater Seattle area, professional educators at Seattle Vocational Institute, and national, state, and regional skills standards.


Academic Integrity:
 A student shall be guilty of a violation of academic integrity if he or she:

  • Represents the work of others as his or her own;
  • Obtains assistance in any academic work from another individual in a situation in which the student is expected to perform independently;
  • Gives assistance to another individual in a situation in which that individual is expected to perform independently;
  • Offers false data in support of laboratory or field work.
  • If a student is in doubt regarding any matter relating to the standards of academic integrity in a given course or on a given assignment, that student shall consult with the instructor before presenting the work.

Cheating includes but is not limited to the following actions:

  • Copying from someone else's test or examination paper.
  • Possessing, buying, selling, removing, receiving, or using, at any time or in any manner not prescribed by the instructor, a copy or copies of any materials (in whole or part) intended to be used as an instrument of academic evaluation.
  • Using materials or equipment during a test or other academic evaluation which have not been authorized by the instructor, such as crib notes, calculator, or tape recorder.
  • Obtaining or attempting to obtain any material relating to a student's academic work. Such actions include theft of examination.
  • Working with another or others in completing a take-home examination or assignment when the instructor has required independent and unaided action.
  • Attempting to influence or change an academic evaluation, grade, or record by unfair means. This would include altering academic work which has been returned to the student and which has been resubmitted without indicating that the work has been altered.
  • Permitting another student to substitute for one's self in an academic evaluation.
  • Marking or submitting an examination or evaluation material in a manner designed to deceive the grading system.
  • Willfully damaging the academic work or efforts of another student.
  • Submitting, without prior permission of the instructor, any work by a student which has at any time been submitted in identical or similar form by that student in fulfillment of any other academic requirement at any institution.
  • Submitting of material in whole or part for academic evaluation that has been prepared by another individual(s).
  • Submitting data which have been altered or contrived in such a way as to be deliberately misleading.
  • Submitting written materials without proper acknowledgment of the source.
  • Deliberate attribution to, or citation of, a source from which the referenced material was not in fact obtained.

Aiding and abetting others to cheat or plagiarize includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Giving unauthorized assistance to another or others during a test or evaluation, including allowing someone to copy from a test or examination, or arranging with others to give or receive answers via signals.
  • Substituting for another student in order to meet a course or graduation requirement.
  • Providing specific information about a recently given test, examination, or assignment to a student who thereby gains an unfair advantage in an academic evaluation.
  • Providing aid to another person, knowing such aid is expressly prohibited by the instructor, in the research, preparation, creation, writing, performing, or publication of work to be submitted for academic evaluation.
  • Removing or attempting to remove, without authorization, any material relating to a class that would give another student unfair academic advantage.
  • Permitting one's academic work to be represented as the work of another.