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Microcomp Appl Con Serv

CSM 445 Section 990

Summer 2016, Lecture

Juanita McMath

Office Hours and Contact Information

Virtual Office Hours for Mrs. McMath: Tuesday - Thursday from 9am-11am and 2pm-3pm Central Time by email, SKYPE or departmental cell.  Please contact me for other appointment times at the Class Email ( Office email:  


UA Course Catalog Prerequisites

Prerequisite(s): CSM 101 or CS 102

Course Description

UA Course Catalog Information


Core Designations:
Computer Science

This course encompasses the collection of technical skills and scientific methodologies which can be used to create computer-based solutions to real problems encountered in consumer sciences and other fields of work represented by majors throughout the university. This course is web-based.


*Computing proficiency is required to pass this course.


Required Texts

UA Supply Store Textbook Information


NONE / No Text Required

Other Course Materials

Online resources and resources from the University Library system. 


  • Software - Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Computer and online access to the Internet
  • One USB drive (also referred to as a USB Jump Drive, Flash Drive or Memory Stick). One can purchase a 1GB USB drive beginning around $15.00.

            Supplemental materials:  Students may wish to have a microphone headset (Boom Mic) to use with SKYPE.


Student Learning Outcomes

Course Goals and Student Outcomes:

1.0 Data Creation and Data Handling - Each student will understand examples of the use of advanced applications of for data creation and handling as applied within his/her major area of studies.
1.1 The student will demonstrate advanced mastery of the following skill sets through product development and/or skill demonstration:
• Microsoft Word
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft Power Point
1.2 The student will demonstrate through performance appropriate and current strategies for backing up data and data storage including options such as CD, server-based uploading, file management, and cloud computing options.

2.0 Internet Safety - Each student will understand the importance of Internet Safety as it applies to his/her personal security.

2.1 The student will demonstrate cognitive competency on personal security related to ecommerce (online shopping) as demonstrated through an essay exercise.
2.2 The student will demonstrate cognitive competency in describing and identifying personal Internet security threats such as identity theft and phishing through performance on an exam.
2.3 The students will demonstrate how to assess and correct, if necessary, inappropriate or inaccurate virtual, personal information.

3.0 Web 2.0 Each student will be aware of Web 2.0 tools and applications in the workplace , including the use of blogs and cloud-computing applications related to his/her professional web presence.
3.1 The student will demonstrate the ability to respond appropriately on a professional blog.
3.2 The student will demonstrate the ability to use Google Earth for location and communication.
3.3 The student will construct a basic framework for an informational (introductory) webpage using Google Sites.
4.0 Computer-mediated Communications in the Global Economy - Each student will understand the current role of computer-mediated communications (i.e. email, IM, Twitter, etc) as professional tools associated with his/her workplace presence as part of a global economy.
4.1 The student will demonstrate basic email competency with the crimson email accounts, including signature files and email attachments.
4.2 The student will identify one or more features of the future of work, as reflected in the assigned readings.
5.0 Virtual Information Location/Retrieval - Each student will be aware of a wide range of tools to assist in the location, organization, synthesis, and reporting of information from virtual sources reflecting efficient data handling strategies.
5.1 The student will demonstrate advanced search abilities as evidenced through comparative search results.
5.2 The student will demonstrate advanced search construction through specific search assignments on two or more search tools.
5.3 The student will demonstrate the ability to virtually navigate and find resources online through the University of Alabama Libraries.
6.0 Computer Care - Each student will be aware of the basic principals of computer care for his/her own equipment.
6.1 The student will demonstrate accurate and appropriate vocabulary related to their own hardware, including operating system, version, and peripherals.
6.2 The student will demonstrate basic computer care including downloading and installing updates.
6.3 The student will demonstrate the management of the Internet security settings in their web browser(s).
6.4 The student will demonstrate the performance of Windows Housekeeping (disk cleanup, defrag).
*Computing proficiency is required to pass this course.

Attendance Policy

Attendance & Credit Hour Equivalency:  Attendance is considered important in any class because of the focus placed on reaching mastery of the skill sets.  This class is an asynchronous, web-based class, with all of the materials online on the course web site.  Attendance is required.  Students need to plan to spend at least as much time at the computer reading the web site as would spent sitting in a three-credit course for 3 hours each week, in addition to the time required to complete activities and the assignment products.  For a typical class students would be expected to go to class 150 minutes per week; in addition, the rule of thumb is 2 or 2.5 or even 3 times as much time for study and preparation. Therefore, students should plan to spend 6 to 9 hours in preparation in addition to the 3 hours of attendance per week on this course in order to maintain regular progress. Students have to take the time to read the instructions, complete activities and produce the products. Attendance is defined as the time spent at your computer, working on the course content spending sufficient, prescribed time to master the content and submitting assignments.   Students are also expected to check the class Announcements several times a week.  Class communications for the course are completed with the announcements feature in the Blackboard Learn portal.  Individual contact is conducted with the official UA Email and is also expected to be checked on a regular basis. 

Exams and Assignments

There are quiz assessments and assignments that require other skills such as producing products. Each student is expected to complete cognitive activities on course content or to demonstrate skill acquisition through product development. There is no final exam in the course.

No group work.  In this class there are no group assignments, therefore each student will work on their assignments individually.  Students are expected to complete the assignments on their own. 

All assignment products have due dates noted that are located in the Tasks Area and Calendar Area.  All assignments are due before 12 Midnight (11:59 pm) Central Time by the specified due date with one submission per assignment. Late work is not graded unless there is an approved extension or excuse submitted (see Policy on Missed Exams or Coursework Section).  It is the student's responsibility to check due dates and stay current on assignments.  Please do not hesitate to email the class email for any questions.

Grading Policy

The grade for each assignment product will be based on explicit criteria in the grading rubrics for each assignment. Students have access to the rubrics to review and it is recommended students review the rubrics before submitting an assignment.  Grades will post no later than 7 days after the due date of an assignment. No late work is graded (see Missed Exams and Assignments for exceptions).  Note:  If a student has a question about an assignment grade, this must be addressed within 7 days of the grade being posted in the grades area.  Please check all assignment grades in a timely manner and contact me at the class email within 7 days about any grading questions.

In the course grades area, students can view each assignment grade, the grading rubric, and cumulative points.  The cumulative points are a running total of points earned so students can keep up with their overall class grade to assignments submitted and graded.  Students are expected to review their grades regularly and ask questions within the 7 day period after posting.  Please do not hesitate to email the class email for questions.

*Computing proficiency is required to pass the Computer Core Course.

Below is the scale of grading for the overall class grade to a letter grade.  Mid-semester and final grades will use this grading scale.

                                       Grading Scale

A+ = 97-100%                 A = 94-96%                    A- = 90-93%
B+ = 87-89                      B = 84-86%                   B- = 80-83%
C+ = 77-79%                   C = 74-76%                   C- = 70-73%
D+ = 67-69%                   D = 64-66%                   D- = 60-63%
F = 59% and Below

F - Never Attended and F - Stopped Attending Grades

Please be reminded that it is your responsibility to drop a class that you never attend or stop attending.  If you fail to drop a class that you never attend or stop attending, you will be assigned a grade of “F” (or “NC” if applicable) for that class, the grade will be part of your permanent academic record, and it will impact your GPA.  The Office of the University Registrar does not adjust student registration based on the assignment of failing grades with a reason of Never Attended or Stopped Attending.  The student will bear the responsibility of dropping a course within the published guidelines.  No tuition adjustments will be made for students who receive a failing grade for reasons of Never Attended or Stopped Attending.

Following the last day to drop a course with a “W” for the term, any midterm grades of “F” of “NC” that have been submitted with a reason of Never Attended or Stopped Attending will be reflected on the transcript as the student’s final grade for the class. Likewise, grades of “F” or “NC” submitted during final grading with a reason of Never Attended or Stopped Attending will be reflected on the transcript as the student’s final grade for the class.  Whether submitted during midterm grading or final grading, the reason for the “F” or “NC” grade will not appear on the transcript.

For a more detailed explanation of the new procedure, please visit the Non-Attendance Grading Information Page.  Please note that grades of "NC" can only be assigned in freshman composition and introductory math courses.  For any additional questions, please contact The Office of the University Registrar at 205-348-2020 or by email at

Severe Weather Guidelines

The guiding principle at The University of Alabama is to promote the personal safety of our students, faculty and staff during severe weather events. It is impossible to develop policies which anticipate every weather-related emergency. These guidelines are intended to provide additional assistance for responding to severe weather on campus.

UA is a residential campus with many students living on or near campus. In general classes will remain in session until the National Weather Service issues safety warnings for the city of Tuscaloosa. Clearly, some students and faculty commute from adjacent counties. These counties may experience weather related problems not encountered in Tuscaloosa. Individuals should follow the advice of the National Weather Service for that area taking the necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. Whenever the National Weather Service and the Emergency Management Agency issue a warning, people in the path of the storm (tornado or severe thunderstorm) should take immediate life saving actions.

When West Alabama is under a severe weather advisory, conditions can change rapidly. It is imperative to get to where you can receive information from the National Weather Service and to follow the instructions provided. Personal safety should dictate the actions that faculty, staff and students take.

The Office of University Relations will disseminate the latest information regarding conditions on campus in the following ways:

  • Weather advisory posted on the UA homepage
  • Weather advisory sent out through UA Alerts to faculty, staff and students
  • Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA at 90.7 FM
  • Weather advisory broadcast over Alabama Public Radio (WUAL) at 91.5 FM
  • Weather advisory broadcast over WVUA-TV/WUOA-TV, and on the website at

In the case of a tornado warning (tornado has been sighted or detected by radar; sirens activated), all university activities are automatically suspended, including all classes and laboratories. If you are in a building, please move immediately to the lowest level and toward the center of the building away from windows (interior classrooms, offices, or corridors) and remain there until the tornado warning has expired. Classes in session when the tornado warning is issued can resume immediately after the warning has expired at the discretion of the instructor. Classes that have not yet begun will resume 30 minutes after the tornado warning has expired provided at least half of the class period remains.

Policy on Academic Misconduct

All students in attendance at The University of Alabama are expected to be honorable and to observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars. The University of Alabama expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum required to avoid discipline. At the beginning of each semester and on examinations and projects, the professor, department, or division may require that each student sign the following Academic Honor Pledge: “I promise or affirm that I will not at any time be involved with cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, or misrepresentation while enrolled as a student at The University of Alabama. I have read the Academic Honor Code, which explains disciplinary procedure resulting from the aforementioned. I understand that violation of this code will result in penalties as severe as indefinite suspension from the University.”

See the Code of Student Conduct for more information.

Disability Statement

If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary.

If you have a disability, but have not contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call (205) 348-4285 (Voice) or (205) 348-3081 (TTY) or visit 1000 Houser Hall to register for services. Students who may need course adaptations because of a disability are welcome to make an appointment to see me during office hours. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services, 1000 Houser Hall, before receiving academic adjustments.

UAct: Ethical Community Statement

The University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility.  The UAct website ( provides a list of reporting channels that can be used to report incidences of illegal discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, retaliation, threat assessment  or fraud.

UAct: Ethical Community Statement

The University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility. The UAct website ( provides extensive information on how to report or obtain assistance with a variety of issues, including issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence or other Title IX violations, illegal discrimination, harassment, child abuse or neglect, hazing, threat assessment, retaliation, and ethical violations or fraud.