Welcome To Summer 2019 - CIS 111 ONline CRN 30569 & 30570

CIS 111 Introduction to Information Systems is a 4-unit class. The summer class is held in a very condensed 8-week format. Students should be prepared to spend about twenty-four hours a week on class material consisting of reading the book, going through tutorials and doing assignments.   

Except for the final, class work does not need to be done on the campus.  However, if a student is experiencing problems with their own computer, they need to find another machine to work on. This may mean using a computer in the school lab.

Topics covered are Introduction to Information Systems; Excel, Access, Word, the Internet and computer organization. Also covered are general computer concepts including memory usage, printers, disks, and other computer related subjects.   

Not all versions of Microsoft Office have Access included - please make sure your version has office before you begin the class.  You MUST use the 2016 version of Excel, Word, and Access for this class.  You may purchase a full copy of Microsoft Office for $39.99 from College buys or you may get Office 365 and Access through the School. You must use the PC version of Office 2106 for the grader projects.  From preliminary tests, it seems that Word and Excel will work on the 2016 Mac version of office, but that is not a guarantee.  If the Mac version is not grading correctly you will need to use a Windows machine.   In addition, the Mac version of 2016 does not have Access.  If you have a Mac, you may use the school lab computers to do your grader projects.

To access additional Microsoft software, including Access 2016, you can use DreamSpark

The material for this class includes four books and a MyitLab Access code. The Fullerton College bookstore has a bundle which includes all four books and the needed MyITLab access code.  The Access book included in the bundle may have a different cover and be labeled Custom Program for CIS.  There is a 14 day temporary access code that you can use if you cannot acquire your materials right away.  

There are two different bundles available in the bookstore.  The first bundle contains the access code and hardcopy books .  The second bundle is just the code with access to eBooks.

ISBNs listed below are for the individual pieces if they are acquired separately.  Please carefully check prices if you decide to purchase pieces individually as you may end up paying more in the end.  Do Not purchase the MyITlab access code from a web site such as Craig's list.  The Access codes cannot be reused so you will be wasting your money. 

MyITLab Code

Technology In Action, Introductory, 15/E Alan Evans, Kendall Martin, Mary Anne Poatsy,  
Technology in Action Complete 15

GO! with Microsoft Excel 2016 Introductory Shelley Gaskin Alicia Vargas Prentice Hall    

GO! with Microsoft Word 2016 Brief Shelley Gaskin Carol L. Martin Alicia Vargas  Prentice Hall    

GO! with Microsoft Access 2016 Introductory Shelley Gaskin, Carolyn McLellan, Nancy Graviett  Prentice Hall 

Upon completion of CIS 111 F, Introduction to Information Systems, students should be able to 
1. Identify basic computer concepts, terms and functions 
2. Create a spreadsheet that includes requested data, basic formulas and graphs 
3. Create a simple database using one of the modern DBMS programs 

Students are expected to have reviewed and comply with the full College Catalog and students should familiarize themselves with the following District, College, and Division Policies including but not limited to the Academic Honesty policy.

There are two separate categories of points for this class; homework and exams. The exam category only includes the on campus exams.  If a student achieves 70% of the homework points and 70% of the total exam points in the class, the final grade will be based on the average of the Homework and Exam percentage.  A student must take the final exam order to pass the class. The exams are held on campus.   

In order to receive a C in the class, a student must get at least 70% of the points in both the homework and exams categories. For example, if a student receives 80% of the points for the homework, but only 60% for the exams, they will get a D grade. Likewise, if a student receives 90% of the points on the exams and only 65% of the points on the homework, the student will receive a D grade.    

The homework and exam points are weighted in the following manner   
Concepts 30% 
Excel 30% 
Word 20% 
Access 20%   

In the Canvas gradebook you will see columns for each topic. For example, a column called Excel Current. The number in the current column will show the percentage of the currently assigned work you have completed in that topic. . If you see a column such as Excel Total - That column will show what percent of the total class Excel work you have completed.  Keep in mind the number in the Total column might be lower than the one in the current column if all the work in that topic has not yet been assigned.

Students must maintain at least 60% of the homework points at all times in order to remain in the class. Missing the equivalent of one week's worth of assignments throughout the class is considered unsatisfactory attendance and non-participation. Please refer to the Fullerton College Catalog.  

  1. This class is hosted in Canvas and also involves access to a publisher website.  Canvas will be used for class announcements and email, discussion groups and some projects. Other work will be in the publsiher website.  For information on logging into Canvas please visit online.fullcoll.edu. You must be registered through Admissions and Records (A&R) to be able to log into Canvas.  It can take 24 hours after registration for your account to be enabled in Canvas.  The Canvas class is typically not available to students until the start of the semester.
  2. Once in Canvas, you will find the Getting Started in Class section.  After carefully reading the syllabus, you will need to take the Syllabus quiz.  The Syllabus quiz will not count towards your grade but you must achieve a perfect score on the syllabus quiz in order to see any other class content. You can take the Syllabus quiz as many times as needed.  After you have gotten 100% on the syllabus quiz, the first Course Content module will open. 
  3. Other important links in the Getting Started Module are a Detailed Canvas Help link that will take you to the Canvas Tutorials, Getting Started in Canvas which is a quick summary on using the Canvas system to take a class and  a Using Canvas Features pdf.  This will show you how you can receive Canvas annoucements via text if you choose and also walk you through using some other Canvas features.
  4. The Content and Topics section of this syllabus gives directions on how to log into the publisher website used for this class.
  5. You must complete 70% of the work assigned in the first two weeks of class and have your permanent code in order to be able to continue with class. If you fall below the 60% of the work assigned at any time you may be dropped from the class for none participation. 
  6. If you have additional questions, please attend an optional orientation listed in the important dates section.
  1. The teacher may officially withdraw a student who is not participating but it is the student’s responsibility to withdraw if the student decides not to, or is unable to continue in the class. Failure to do so may result in a failing grade. You do not need the instructor’s signature to drop the class. You can drop the class using WebStar.  The Instructor cannot drop you after the Last Drop Date.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure they are properly registered in the class and have not been dropped for non-payment or non-participation. Any student not appearing on the roster at the end of the semester will not receive a grade. It is also the student's responsibility to notify the instructor if they change their name during the semester. If the name and Student ID number do not match the name on the Admissions and Records roster, the student may receive an incorrect grade.

  2. The Final exam that must be taken on campus. You will be required to sign up ahead of time for the exam period(s) you are selecting. A notice will be sent out closer to the time of the sessions calling for your selection time. If you are late in returning your request for a final session you will be delayed on exam day and you may not get your requested session. Each student must bring a pencil and driver’s license or student ID to the exam.  If a review is provided for any exam, it will be closed at least the day before the first exam session is available. If you do not all exams in this class, you will receive a failing grade for the class. Makeup exams are not guaranteed and it is up to the discretion of the Instructor whether or not to give a makeup for a missed exam.  Things taken into account in that decision will include the amount and quality of work the student has already completed, the reason for missing the exam and the advance given notice by the student. Makeup Exams will be considerably harder than the original exam since the student will have had more time to study and could potentially have had access to the material on the original exam. Makeups  will be given at a time selected by the instructor. It is the student's responsibility to make sure the instructor has all portions of the exam, including uploaded files and all paperwork, before the student leaves the exam. Exams cannot be given early.  Do not plan vacation before the last day of the semester or you may miss the final. See the Important Dates section.

  3. The homework will be listed in the LMS and arranged by due date.    Please check out the Due Dates section listed below.  The instructor reserves the right to change the schedule so please check the web site and your email on a regular basis for updates.

  4. Work is typically due at 11:59 p.m on Fridays although there can be exceptions. Watch Due Dates and times carefully - Late work is accepted at a 10% reduction in points for each day late. Beyond that extension there is not excuse for late work.  If you are having technical issues, there are Labs on campus available for homework assignments. It is the student's responsibility to make sure all assignments are submitted properly.  Students should NOT expect replies to emails requesting extensions to due dates. No one student will be given special treatment and be allowed to vary from the schedule followed by all other students. If you enter the class late you cannot expect extra time to complete the work.

  5. All emails for this class an be sent through the Canvas mail system. Please include your full name, student number, CRN and relevant question information such as chapter or quiz number in all emails. Proper sentence structure including capitalization and punctuation will aid the instructor in understanding your questions and allow for a more timely and helpful response. Here is a Fun link about this topic.  The instructor will attempt to answer all properly formatted emails within 48 business hours, but it is not guaranteed. If an assignment is due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, it is best to send questions by at least Friday morning to allow time for the Instructor to answer. If Canvas is down, you may email to nwoolridge@fullcoll.edu Answers to messages that are left on voicemail or come to email outside of Canvas may be delayed or not returned.

  6. Each student must abide by the Academic Honesty policy. All issues of academic dishonesty will be reported. This includes accidental submission of another student's work. There will NOT be any warnings.

  7. If you need additional time to complete a exam or if you require special accommodations, you must notify the instructor in a timely manner and make arrangements with the Disability Support Services. This may include filling out forms and making sure they are delivered to the instructor. Otherwise, you will be expected to adhere to general class accommodations.

  8. Each student needs to take an active part in his/her own education by reading the book, watching for emails and/or checking the web site. A student is responsible for all material covered in class. The class material, as presented, assumes the student has purchased the textbook bundle and/or website access. Not having the required materials is not sufficient justification for a student's failure to complete assignments. If a textbook is required for class there may a copy of textbook on reserve in the library, but a student has no guarantee of access to that copy at any point in time.  


Skills Center - Location: Library 
The skills center has staff and materials available to assist you with improving your writing, reading, thinking, vocabulary, keyboarding, study skills, and more. No appointment is necessary and it is free.  For information call 992-7144 

Writing Center – Location: Library 
The Writing Center’s mission is to promote students’ success and independence as writers in college and beyond. We also strive to provide an environment that is conducive to writing and learning and to serve as a model for peer interaction. We help writers make their own choices about a text rather than “fixing” papers for them. We don’t write on students’ papers; we counsel students about the choices they have as writers. For information call 992-7153 

Tutoring Center – Location: Library 
Free tutoring by appointment. Walk-in tutoring for math, accounting, physics, and chemistry. For information call 992-7483. 

Complete list of support services

Monday June 10, 2019 - Classes begin
Friday June 14, 2019 - Students may be dropped who have not satisfactorily completed the homework assigned up to that point
Friday June 14, 2019 - Last day to drop for a refund
Tuesday June 18, 2019 - Last day drop without a W
Friday, July 19, 2019 - Last day to withdraw from classes
Tuesday July 30, 2019 - Final Review closes
On campus Finals - 7/31 and 8/1  - Times and rooms TBA
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Last day of the class

After achieving 100% on the syllabus quiz in Canvas, the rest of the course content will not be available to you.  Follow these instructions to link your Myitlab code through Canvas.  Once you have completed these steps you should be all ready to begin working in class. Make sure to also explore the other links in the Getting started Module for additional information on using Canvas and MyitlLab.

Canvas has a Module called MyitLab Content. Inside that module the Course Content link will show Homework listed by due date.  All homework can be done as many times as you like until the due date.  Your highest score will always count. Due dates are also listed Under the Due Dates section of this Syllabus. If the week includes a Discussion topic, it will be found in Canvas.  

This section explains how to complete the assignments and review your results. There will be a folder for each week of class.  Each week there will be concepts and application activities that you will need to accomplish and some weeks will have a discussion topic.  For Example in the Week 1 folder you will see a Tech in Action Folder and an Excel activity. You must complete these activities. In addition to the due date folders there is a Resource folder that contains things such as etext link, PowerPoint slide shows and videos that match to the Objectives listed in the book for different application activities.  These videos show you how to do each step required.   Nothing in the resources folder is a required activity but is provided to help you complete your trainings and projects.

Most of the individual Technology in Action homework exercises are fairly short requiring about 5 to 10 minutes to complete if you have already read the chapter.  In the Tech in Action folder you may see assigned Sound Bytes, SIMs, Helpdesks and Reviews.   To complete a Sound-byte you would first listen to the CH1 SB1 Sound Byte: Questions to Ask Before you Buy a Computer, then you would click on the Ch1 SB1 Homework Icon and answer questions about the Sound Byte you just heard. You will also encounter SIMS, Reviews and Helpdesks.  The SIMS, Helpdesks and Reviews are self-contained and do not have and associated blue icon file.  In that case, you would simply click on the yellow icon to start.

The Application Trainings and Projects will take considerably longer so please plan accordingly.  It is especially important that you do not wait until last minute to do the application projects because, after submission, you can view your results, make changes and resubmit for a better grade if you allow yourself the time.  The following Tutorials will walk you through the steps of completing the projects, trainings and system setup required to run the trainings. 

Projects Tutorial

For the applications, there are also videos under the student resources folder that correspond to the objectives listed in the textbook.  If you are struggling with a particular task, the video will show you how to do it.

At the root level of the Week 1 Folder you will see an assigned Excel Sim1.  This is a training that you must complete.  The following video will give you instructions on running the Training.  

Trainings Tutorial 

The following link gives you instructions on System Requirements Browser settings that you need to run the system  

System Setup

Work is typically due at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays but the instructor reserves the right to change the schedule and there may be exceptions. The student is responsible to check course announcements, email and web content on a regular basis.