A Computer

GST 104A Winter 07

(Edited 1/15/07)


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Jim Ross – Title V Computer Literacy Program Coordinator
Office: DDH

Phone: 661-654-2384
E-Mail: Class members must use their RunnerMail or FirstClass account to send messages
Home page:

Office Hours:


Ramon Garza Instructor
Office: Library Computer Lab


E-Mail: Class members must use their RunnerMail account to send messages to the instructor.
Home page:

Office Hours:  


Garrett Akin

Office: Library Computer Lab

Phone (computer lab) 654- 6677

E-Mail: Class members must use their RunnerMail account to send messages to the instructor.
Home page:

Office Hours:  Check help desk main computer lab in library basement





Course Title: GS104a, Introduction to PC's


Sect 1 Instructor: Ramon Garza

Course Number: CRN 11515  3 Units

Location: AE 105a Time: MW 9:30-10:55 (Friday the instructor will be available in the Library lab for class members)

Final Exam: Friday March 16 8:00-10:30 W07


Sect 2: Instructor: Ramon Garza

Course Title: GS104a, Sect 2 Introduction to PC's

Course Number: CRN 11516 3 Units”

Location: AE 105 Time MW 12:30-1:55 (Friday the instructor will be available in the Library lab for class members)

Final Exam: Friday March 16 11:00-1:30 W07



Class Description: This course is designed for the novice to learn IBM compatible personal computer (PC) basics. This course will look at the relationship between hardware and software on the PC platform, describe and differentiate among secondary storage devices, input/output devices, and the basic functions used in the Microsoft Windows operating system environment. There will be an introduction to Windows, word processing, digital graphics, spreadsheets, presentation applications, communication and web use. The focus will be on developing general computer "literacy" and  computer skills to meet a portion of the CSUB computer and Information Competency requirements using assignments that will be useful in other academic and career pursuits. This class is 3 units. This course prepares students for subsequent courses treating intermediate and advanced windows, word processing, spreadsheets, information competency, web browsing and presentations with PowerPoint, creating digital movies and web site creation. Completion of this course is the prerequisite to GS 104b, Intermediate Introduction to PC’s, and any other Computer Literacy Courses in this sequence

Class Goal: For students to demonstrate proficiency in the understanding and use of basic computer hardware, Windows operating system, common applications important in today’s technological environment and understand the ethical and legal considerations of computer use, the following objectives are designed to meet the goal of turning those with limited skills into competent computer users:

Objective 1.      Describe and differentiate among commonly used computer platforms (e.g., PC and Macintosh, servers, etc.).

Objective 2.      Describe and differentiate among computer hardware I/O devices (keyboard, scanner; printer, monitor, camera, storage alternatives (e.g., hard disks, floppy disks, Zip discs, flash drives, compact discs, and DVDs).

Objective 3.      Be able to perform basic computer system operations (e.g., log on, shut down, start programs and disk management including locate, copy [backups], delete, transfer files, create folders and directories, etc.)

Objective 4.      Be able to perform simple basic word processing functions (create, save, format and edit, print, quit)

Objective 5.      Be able to perform basic, digital image manipulation, spreadsheet, and presentation functions (create, save, format, edit, print, quit)

Objective 6.      Be able to perform simple email and instant messaging functions (create, send, receive, attachments, quit)

Objective 7.      Be able to perform simple browser functions (follow links, go to a URL, save a URL, search, change startup page, copy web material, download, use menu options, print, quit, etc

Objective 8.      Use and maintain a computer system including, changing system settings, adding and maintaining protection software (virus, spam, spy ware, ad ware, system updates, firewalls, etc.) to guard the integrity of ones computer and data.

Objective 9.      Be aware of and understand the legal, ethical and safety considerations of computer use


CLASS PURPOSE: Students will begin meeting information competency (this document will be updated when approved by CSUB Senate) requirements to prepare for life-long learning. Students will obtain necessary computer skills to help them in their future occupations and in the immediate, aid in their college classes.



(1) Text: Computer documentation will be provided in class. You will copy this documentation to your laptop. This can be accessed for use as a reference guide during and after the course.  Our goal is to continue the process of making this and additional documentation available via the web. Additions and changes may be made on the web documentation throughout the quarter. Class members should check the links in assignments and the class home page periodically for new and updated documentation. If not on campus, your Runner ID card number may be required for viewing and downloading some of the documentation.


Much of the course documentation is licensed courseware through PTS Learning Systems, a business of Global Knowledge Network, Inc., and made available to you through specialized licensing.


The training materials are for the students' use both during the course and as a reference guide after the course has been completed.


Copyright and Trademarks: Copyright ă 1995-2000 by PTS Learning Systems. All rights reserved. Information in this document is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of PTS Learning Systems.


Trademarked names may appear throughout this courseware. Rather than list the names and entities that own the trademarks or insert a trademark symbol with each mention of the trademark name, PTS Learning Systems states that it is using the names for editorial purposes and to the benefit of the trademark owner with no intention of infringing upon the trademark.


(2) Required Supplies: Paper and pencil may be needed for note taking, a USB flash memory (thumb drive, flash drive, etc.) is required for in-class and home work. An appropriate carrying case for laptops will have to be provided by students before receiving their computers. Class members will be loaned a USB memory with their loan of a laptop. A Runner ID card may be required to access documentation for this class on CSUB websites. A Runner Mail E-mail account is required to send e-mail to the instructors.


(3) LINKS We will maintain a web page of useful links for GS 104 students.  Check periodically as we add sources to this page.


(4) Instructors will maintain a web page of Frequently Asked Questions and answers to these questions. Check this FAQ link as the quarter develops


Note: The main lab hours are posted, or by checking the Student Help Desk website. Any complaints regarding software availability, open lab times, lab policy, non working computers etc. should be addressed to lab personnel at 654-2440. Flexibility in the lab software for the Introduction to PC’s class will be addressed in the future.


Prerequisites:  A general interest and motivation to learn about computers is expected for all students. Expect a minimum of 2 hours study time per week for each class/lab hour. Depending upon experience, very beginning computer users may spend much more time initially to build basic skills and knowledge. Familiarity with typing, knowledge of keys and functions is useful but secretarial level typing skills are not necessary.


Study Styles: Class members are expected to "work" together. Having someone there to help and collectively share the problem solving (hacking) when you are just becoming acquainted with the computer is very useful and reassuring. The first day of class we will set up groups to aid in developing cooperative learning.


Learning Process: Students are expected to meet the objectives for this class. If help is needed in meeting class objectives, please contact fellow class members first (helping teaching others is the best way to learn). If you are still unclear about something you can check the CSUB computer lab personnel in the library basement and/or communicate with your instructor during office hours in the Library lab are via email, or instant messaging.


Accommodations: The CSUB lab has special accommodations for the disabled. Please notify the instructor and CSUB lab personal if you have special needs.


Class Structure: Each class will start with a quiz followed by class presentations and discussions. Students will be able to work on homework assignments in class if time is available.  Class will provide primary structure for the course with the documentation providing supporting information. Each class member is responsible for obtaining missed materials, notes, information etc., from other class members.


Attendance: Students are expected to attend class, be on time, and not disrupt class by arriving late or leaving before class is over. Absences, tardiness, or leaving early beyond two class periods will result in loosing 11/2 points per late or missed class as well as having a “0” recorded for that days quiz.


Drops: The catalog regulations for dropping classes will be followed.


License Agreement:  CSUB and Title V have paid PTS Learning Systems for permission to use and/or customize their courseware with unlimited copies to train those who are employees and/or enrolled students at the Bakersfield campus location. Documentation is not to be duplicated and used any purposes except as described under “Text/Resources/Links”.




1: A piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work 2: the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own

WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University


Plagiarism is an extremely serious offense. Using published or unpublished material without citing the source is plagiarism. You may use someone else's material if you appropriately enclose it in quotation marks and precisely reference its source. Such material, however, should be used sparingly, if at all. Simply paraphrasing someone else's material by minimal rearrangement of the wording is also plagiarism. Students who commit any of these offenses will (1) receive a failing grade in the course, and (2) will receive a letter of reprimand from the professor, a copy of which will be placed in their files. A repeated instance of academic fraud will result in a petition to have the student permanently expelled from the university.  The CSUB catalog contains a statement on cheating/plagiarism.  For more specifics on plagiarism I expect everyone to read this source the first week of class and be prepared for questions on the quiz:


Students who may be unsure as to whether or not their writing or other work may constitute academic fraud (cheating or plagiarism) should seek the advice of their instructor prior to formal submission or presentation.


Portfolio: Each student will keep a digital portfolio on their computer exhibiting their work in this class.  This will be moved to individual web sites in GS104b. Portfolio will have sections for the major areas of this class (1) Legal, (2) Maintenance, (3) Hardware and Software, (4) Windows Basics, (5) Web Use, (6) Word Processing, (7)  Email, (8) Digital Images, (9) Spreadsheets, (10) Presentation [PowerPoint and Web], (11) Data Base (12) Privacy and Protection and a dictionary of computer terminology (beginning terms) and computer problems and solutions (beginning problems) (13) Info Comp.  Much of the work in this class can count for CTAP or other competency areas but we are not able to provide information regarding upper division requirements for majors, contact your major advisor. This portfolio may count for up to 25% of the midterm and final exam grade.


Library and Lab Rules – No food or drinks are allowed in the labs.


There are two components for determination of grades in this class: participation (attendance, homework, etc.) and evaluation (quizzes, midterm and final).


Participation Points You start with 60 points

  • (30 points) Attendance – Points subtracted for absence. See above note regarding attendance.
  • (30 points) Homework -1 1/2 points each assignment. You will loose points for incomplete are poor quality. You can turn in late homework at the next lab loosing .1/3rd of the points for being late. No homework accepted beyond 1 lab after due date [NOTE: home work given to instructor after class, sent by email, etc. is still counted as late]

Participation Points lost from attendance and homework are totaled

Evaluation Grade

  • (33%) Daily Quizzes – all quizzes are totaled and grade is curved [15% A, 35% B, 35% C, 15% D]
  • (33%) Midterm - grade is curved [15% A, 35% B, 35% C, 15% D].
  • (33%) Final exam – grade is curved [15% A, 35% B, 35% C, 15% D]

After the evaluation grade is calculated Participation Points lost from attendance and homework is subtracted to determine final class grade.

Labs: Hands-on exercises in the course will be a major portion of your work. New functions will be described and demonstrated as time allows; however, like other college classes you will need to practice what you have learned outside of class, two or more homework hours for each class hour. Learning and developing computer skills is a hands-on, problem solving endeavor. The ultimate responsibility for what and how much you learn is up to the student. We as teachers can discuss and demonstrate but ultimately learning occurs in doing. Who’s responsible? You!

Midterm: The midterm will be given at the sixth week of class. It may contain multiple choice, identify, possible discussion questions and a possible lab task Points may be included on the final for digital portfolios.


Final Exam: A comprehensive final will be given at the scheduled exam time and place. It will contain multiple choices and possibly identify, discussion questions and a lab task. Points may be included on the final for digital portfolios.


Final Grade: The final grade will be calculated by determining the average for quizzes, midterm and final then subtracting Participation Points lost for missed classes and inappropriate homework.









Possible assistants for future classes:

"Laura Brown"

"Luis Jauregui"