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Syllabus May 2011

Georgia Highlands College

Course Syllabus

FCCS 1100, Freshman College Computer Studies, CRN: 50024

Maymester 2011

Brent Griffin, Instructor

Course:         FCCS 1100, Freshman College Computer Studies, 2-0-2

                CRN:   50024

                MTWRF, 3:00 pm—5:10 pm, Marietta Site

Course Description:

This introductory course acquaints the student with the fundamental structure of the microcomputer, its operating system and some of its applications. Particular attention is given to word processing. Internet access and Power Point use are included.

Prerequisites:           None

Instructor:              Brent Griffin

Office:                    D-233, Marietta Instructional Site

Office Hours:  Please note that additional office hours are available by appointment. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with the instructor to discuss class policies or course material. 

Campus Day Time






11:15am – 12:30pm

2:00pm – 3:00pm

 Contact Information:                                 

Direct Number to Mr. Griffin’s Office 678.915.5016
Marietta Campus 678.915.5010
Mathematics Office, Cartersville Campus 678.872.8099
E-mail Address
Web Site Address


          Microsoft WORD 2010, Introductory, Shelly and Vermaat

          Microsoft POWERPOINT 2010, Introductory, Shelly and Sebok

Course Content:

Selected sections from the textbooks and additional topics including:

  • Email basics
  • History and development of personal computing
  • Searching the Internet
  • Conducting online research
  • Windows XP, Windows 7, and the Windows Operating System in general
  • Digital computing basics
  • Microsoft Office applications:  MS-Word, MS-PowerPoint, and MS-Excel

          For more in depth information regarding course content, see the homework assignment list for the course.

Grading Policies:

Students’ grades will be based on:

  • 2 exams  (100 points each-200 points total)
  • 6 projects  (50 points each-300 points)
  • Final Project (200 points total)

Averages for the semester will be based on a total of 700 possible points. The usual grading scale (90%—100% is an A, 80%—90% is a B, etc.) will apply.

If students quit attending class without officially withdrawing will receive a failing grade in the class.

Students are encouraged to retain copies of all graded coursework returned during the semester.  The coursework will aid students in preparing for the final project and will serve as evidence of academic performance throughout the semester.

The instructor retains the prerogative of altering the above plans as circumstances dictate.

Academic Policies:

If a student simply quits attending class without officially withdrawing, the student will receive a grade of F in the class.

The last day for officially withdrawing from any class without grade penalty is mid-semester. Withdrawals after mid-semester are subject to approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and will be issued only in cases of extreme emergency or hardship.

The mid-semester date for May Term 2011 is Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Each student completing FCCS 1100 should meet the following goals and expected results.

Goal 1:

Students will demonstrate the ability to write and speak logically, clearly, precisely, and the ability, through accurate reading and listening to acquire, organize, present, and document information and ideas.

Goal 4:

Students will demonstrate their ability to use computers and other electronic technology as a means to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in learning, to gather information, to manage and interpret data, and to enhance communication.

Student Learning Outcomes

  •    Students will demonstrate the ability to perform quality academic research using Galileo and GIL in addition to other online sources.

  •    Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare course assignments and communicate with faculty using computer technology.

  •    Students will be able to develop a research paper using online research and word processing software.

  •    Students will demonstrate proficiency in using presentation software.




  This course proudly supports the mission of IC @ GHC.

The mission of the Georgia Highlands College (GHC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to create a curriculum-wide culture of information competency (IC) among students, which will be demonstrated through writing or other modes of communication.

Definition:  Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use
effectively the needed information.*


  • The student will determine the nature and extent of information needed.*
  • The student will access the needed information effectively and efficiently.*
  • The student will evaluate information and its sources critically.*
  • The student will demonstrate his/her information competency through writing or other modes of communication.

*Definition and Outcomes adopted from the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) standards of information literacy.

For more information about IC @ GHC visit

Class Attendance & Make-up Exams:

Students are expected to attend each and every scheduled class session. Since lectures begin promptly at the scheduled time, students are encouraged to avoid arriving late to class.  Roll will be taken at the beginning of each class session.

Students absent on an exam day or a day on which a project is due will not be allowed to make up the exam or turn in the work late unless they contact the instructor IN ADVANCE of the class meeting.  Students must make arrangements for making up the work PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED CLASS MEETING TIME.  Students will be allowed to make up the work only under extreme circumstances, and no make-up work will be allowed if students do not contact the instructor IN ADVANCE of their class absence.  Failure to abide by this policy will result in a grade of zero for any work (projects or exams) not completed and turned in a timely fashion (no later than the specified due date).

At the end of the semester all students have the option of replacing their lowest exam grade (including any missed exams) with their percentage average on the comprehensive final project.  At most one exam grade will be replaced.  If a student misses an exam without making arrangements with the instructor in advance, that exam grade will be replaced by the final project average.  Students will receive a grade of zero for additional missed exams (i.e., for exams missed beyond the first one without making arrangements with the instructor in advance). The project grades will not be replaced under any circumstances.  Therefore, any projects not completed or not turned in promptly will count as a zero in the calculation of students’ averages.

Time Limits on Exams:

Students are expected to complete the in-class exams in a timely fashion.  It is imperative that students prepare adequately in advance of the exams in order to work quickly and efficiently during the tests.  Students will have 1 hour 15 minutes to complete in-class exams.  After this time has elapsed the instructor will inform students that time has expired for the exam and allow an additional five minutes for students to finish their work and turn in their papers.  Exams not turned in by the end of the five minute time-frame will not be accepted by the instructor, resulting in a grade of zero being issued for the exam.

Students will not be allowed extra time to complete exams without documentation regarding a disability from the college’s Disability Support office (Student Support Services).  For more information regarding the Access Center, please see the paragraph later in this document.

Academic Dishonesty:

Cheating will not be tolerated in this class.  If the instructor suspects a student of cheating, the instructor will notify the student of the allegations outside of class.  The allegations will be referred to the Director of Student Life for appropriate action.  The procedures and penalties implemented both by the instructor and the Director of Student Life shall be in accordance with the college’s Academic Integrity Policy.  The policy can be accessed on-line at

Moreover, policies on student conduct and academic integrity are located in the GHC “Student Guide and Planner” and in the Student Handbook at Student Guide & Planner on page 51.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance:

If you feel that you need accommodations due to a disability, please feel free to discuss this with me early in the semester. Georgia Highlands College has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) may be made through Student Support Services on all campuses. For more information please contact 706-295-6336.

Special Note to Students Receiving Financial Aid:


This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class.  Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form.


Extended Absence Policy:


Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.


Cell Phone & Audio/Video Recording Policies:


Cell phones must be turned off, placed in vibrate mode, or silenced and stored throughout class and during exams.  If you need to use your phone during class, please leave the classroom. You may return after the completion of your conversation, as long as disruptions are kept to a minimum.  Use of cameras, including cell phone cameras, and other video and audio recording devices during class is prohibited without prior permission from the instructor.


Inclement Weather Policy and Emergency Closings:


Weather-related and other emergency closing information will be posted at


Announcements will be placed as a scrolling message on the Georgia Highlands College Homepage and recorded on campus answering machines unless power outages eliminate those options.  Class cancellations on the Rome, Cartersville and Marietta campuses due to bad weather will be made by the administration and announced on local radio stations and on WXIA-TV, Ch. 11 in Atlanta.  Georgia Highlands College at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) will close when SPSU closes. The President may cancel classes at other times as well, if necessary.  If so, announcements will be made on local radio stations and on WXIA-TV, Ch. 11.

Children on Campus Policy:

Children of currently enrolled students are allowed on campus only with the direct supervision of that parent. Children will not be allowed to roam the campus or be left unattended by their parent at any time nor at any location. Children may be present in an academic class or lab only with the advanced permission of the instructor. The attending parent will assume responsibility for the behavior of the child. Children are to follow the same conduct rules of reasonable behavior that apply to regular Georgia Highlands students. See Student Guide & Planner, page 31.

No Weapons Policy:

Georgia Highlands College prohibits all persons who enter the college property from carrying a handgun, firearm, or prohibited weapon of any kind onto the property regardless of whether the person is licensed to carry the weapon or not. The only exceptions to this policy are police officers, or other law enforcement persons who are on duty, in uniform and or performing in an official capacity. Additionally, this policy also prohibits weapons at any College sponsored functions such as parties or picnics. Prohibited weapons include any form of weapon or explosive restricted under local, state, or federal regulation. This includes all firearms, illegal knives, or other weapons covered by the law. (Legal, chemical-dispensing devices such as pepper sprays that are sold commercially for personal protection are not covered by this policy.) You are responsible for making sure that any potentially covered item you possess is not prohibited by this policy. If you have a question about whether an item is covered by this policy, or if you become aware of anyone violating this policy, please report it to Security or Human Resources immediately.

In Conclusion:

As your instructor, it is my responsibility to teach this course to the best of my ability. As a student, it is your responsibility to prepare for and attend class, complete homework assignments and take-home projects, study for exams, ask questions in class, and seek tutorial assistance outside of class as necessary. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns during the semester, please feel free to contact me.