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GST 104B Spring 07

(Edited 3/21/07 10:20am)


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Jim Ross – Title V Computer Literacy Program Coordinator
Office: DDH CC201

Phone: 661/664-2384
E-Mail: Class members must use their RunnerMail or FirstClass account to send messages
Home page:

Office Hours:  by appointment—check my web for specific times


Ramon Garza Instructor
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:  Will be
Office Hours: check his web page for times


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 his web page for times




Course Title: GS104b, Intermediate Introduction to PC’s


Sect 1

Course Number: CRN 21479 3 Units

Location: AE105 Time MW 9:30-10:55 (The instructor will be available in the Library lab for help—check the instructors web site for times)

Final Exam Time, Date: 8:00-10:30 Thursday June 6, 2007


Sect 2:
Course Number: CRN 21480 3 Units

Location: AE105 Time: MW 12:30-1:55 (The instructor will be available in the Library lab for help—check the instructors web site for times))

Final Exam Time, Date: 11:00-1:30 Wednesday June 6, 2007



Class Description: This course is designed for the title V student who has completed the introductory class GS104a. Students in GS104b will review the material from GS104a and further their knowledge and skills in using Windows, Email, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the Web. New topics this quarter will be developing critical thinking skills in searching for web and library information, evaluating credibility of information and examining the connections between computers and society.  New applications this quarter will introduce VOIP and Video, digital still photography, digital video and creation of a web page. The overall goal will be to continue development of general computer "literacy" and computer skills and to complete that portion of the CSUB computer information competency requirements not completed in GS104a. This class is 3 units. Title V selection and Completion of GS 104a or of a challenge exam is the prerequisite to GS 104b, Intermediate Introduction to PC’s

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 knowledge and understanding of social, ethical,  and legal considerations of computer use. The following objectives are designed to meet this goal as well as meet the proposed lower division information competency requirements.  Specifics included in this class:


Objective 1

Develop basic skills using the Macintosh

Objective 2

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

Objective 3

Be able to perform intermediate computer system operations (e.g., use control panels, install programs, set options for applications, set up anti virus/spyware software etc.)

Objective 4

Be able to perform intermediate word processing functions (set options, use major toolbars, know and use shortcuts, be able to complete word processing projects at the intermediate level including formatting professional papers and reports)

Objective 5

Be able to perform intermediate image editing including; digital image manipulation, photo editing and managing and possibly digital movie editing.

Objective 6

Develop skills in applying spreadsheet, and presentation functions.  Applying and enhancing the skills learned in the GST104a

Objective 7

Be able to perform intermediate email functions (redirect, mailing lists, filtering) and avoiding spam and phishing

Objective 8

Be able to perform search functions on the web and in library data bases ( Boolean searches, using different search engines, library searches through the Internet) and evaluating the credibility of information

Objective 9

Install and setup computer system protection software (virus, spam, spy ware, ad ware, system updates, firewalls, etc.) to guard the integrity of ones computer and data.

Objective 10

Be aware of and understand the social, legal and ethical considerations of computer use

NOTE: For those students planning on becoming teachers we will schedule a Friday session at class time to start preparation of the CTAP portfolio.  This portfolio (a requirement for future teachers) can be partially created using the assignments from GS104a and GS104b.



(1) Text: Course documentation was provided in digital format in GS104a. This along with web resources will be used as a study and resource guides.  Copies of the GS104a documentation copied from CD can also be downloaded from:



All new documentation and projects developed in the class will be backed up to a CD at the end of the quarter. A list of web links to the remaining information will be provided in class assignments and as a summary list at the end of the quarter.  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 versions throughout the quarter. Class members should check links in assignments for new and updated documentation. If not on campus, your Runner ID card may be required for viewing and downloading some of the documentation. You may need a broadband connection to download within a reasonable time. The training materials are for student use both during the course and as a reference guide after the course has been completed.


Copyright and Trademarks: Copyright ă 1995-present 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. 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 (see “License Agreement:”  next section). Distribution to non CSUB staff, students or faculty violates copyright.


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 in-class and for home work. A Runner ID card is required to access documentation for this class on the website from non CSUB locations. A Runner Mail E-mail account is required to send e-mail to the instructors.


(3) LINKS: We will create a web page of useful links.  Check periodically as we revise and 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 you can check the Student Help Desk website for open hours. Any complaints regarding software availability, open lab times, lab policy, non working computers etc. should be addressed to lab personnel at 664-2440.



Prerequisites:  Class members are expected to have a general interest and motivation to learn about computers. Expect a minimum of 2 hours study time per week for each class/lab hour. Depending upon experience, some students may spend much more time building basic skills and knowledge. Familiarity with typing, knowledge of keys and functions is important but secretarial 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 with class work, please contact fellow class members first (helping /teaching others is the best way to learn). If that doesn’t work you can check with the class assistant,  your instructor during the instructor’s hours in the CSUB computer lab in the library basement or communicate with your instructor via email or instant message.

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 vocabulary quiz—closed books and no computer.  This will be followed by a skills quiz then class presentations/discussions and available time work on assignments.  The 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.

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.

The catalog regulations for dropping classes will be followed.

License Agreement:
A legal document giving official permission for uses of a product. CSUB Title V has 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 for other purposes.



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 information about cheating/plagiarism—read this information!.  For more specifics on plagiarism I expect everyone to read this source the first week of class:

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 of work.


Portfolio: Each student will continue developing their digital portfolio exhibiting their work in this class. This portfolio may count for up to 25% of your final exam grade.  Materials in this portfolio may also be used for CTAP or other upper division computer proficiency requirements. Our portfolio will have sections for the major areas of this class (1) Legal, (2) Maintenance, (3) Hardware and Software, (4) Windows XP, (5) Web [including information retrieval and credibility evaluation], (6) Word Processing, (7)  Email, (8) Digital Images, (9) Spreadsheets, (10) Presentation [PowerPoint and Web Page creation], (11) Data Base, (12) Privacy and Protection (13) Info Comp, a dictionary of computer terminology and a problems and solutions list.


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


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

Participation (60 points)

·         (30 points) Attendance – 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 .5 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


·         (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 is calculated points Participation Points lost from attendance and homework are subtracted for final class grade

Hands-on exercises in the course will be a major portion of your work. New applications and 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.  Expect working on class materials 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 you. We as teachers can discuss and demonstrate but ultimately learning occurs in doing. Who’s responsible for what you learn in this course? You!

The midterm will be given at the fifth or sixth week of class. It may be either a computer exercise or the typical exam with multiple choice, identify, possible discussion questions. Points may be given on midterm for your digital portfolios.


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


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