CIS 111 Introduction to Information Systems is a 4 unit class.  Students should be prepared to spend about twelve hours a week on class material.  For a typical in-class course this means four hours in the classroom with eight additional homework hours consisting of reading the book, going through tutorials and doing assignments.

Except for the midterm and 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 (including Office 365) - please make sure your version has Access before you begin the class. You MUST use the 2016 version of the applications for this class. There are several ways to obtain the applications. You may purchase a copy of Microsoft Office that includes Access from College buys. If you already have Office or obtain Office 365 and simply need Access you can download a free copy of through Dreamspark.  There is not a version of Access for the Mac.  If you are using a Mac for the other applications you may want to check out these Mac hints.

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.  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.  Purchasing the ebooks through the bookstore will be less expensive than going through the Pearson website because Fullerton got a special price on the bundle.

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.  


Textbook and materials

Microsoft Office 2013: First Course MyITLab Code
Technology In Action, Complete, 15/E Alan Evans, Kendall Martin, Mary Anne Poatsy, ©2015 Prentice Hall 
  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   


  1. This class is hosted in Canvas and also involves access to a publisher website.  Canvas will be used for class annoucements and email, discussion groups and some projects other work will be in the publsiher website.  For information on logging into Canvas please visit 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. The Syllabus quiz can be taken as many times as needed.  After you have gotten 100% on the syllabus quiz, the first Course Content module will open. 
  3. Another important link in the Getting Started Module is a Using Canvas Features pdf.  This will show you how you can receive Canvas annoucments 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.  Students must take all exams in order to be able to pass the class. If a review is provided for any exam, it will be closed at least the day before the exam session.  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 can be much more difficult than the original exam and 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.

  3. This class will use both Canvas and the Cengage publisher website.  For information on logging into Canvas please visit  It can take 24 hours after registration for your account to be enabled in Canvas.

  4. Pay attention to Due Dates and times carefully - Homework may include both work done in Canvas and a publisher website.  If you are having technical issues, there are Labs on campus available for students to complete their homework.   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.  If you enter the class late you cannot expect extra time to complete the work.
  5. The best way to contact the instructor outside of class is through email. All emails for this class should be sent through the Canvas mail system. This is to help keep emails from ending up end up in the spam filter or junk mail. 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. For example if an assignment is due at 5 p.m. on Thursday, it is best to send questions by at least that morning to allow time for the Instructor to answer. If Canvas is down, you may email to 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. 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.

  8. If you need additional time to complete a test 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.

  9. Each student needs to take an active part in his/her own education by reading the book, and 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. There may a copy of textbooks on reserve in the library, but a student has no guarantee of access to that copy at any point in time.

There are two separate categories of points for this class; homework and exams.  If a student achieves at least 70% of the homework points and at least 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 all exams order to pass the class. The exams will be 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 tests categories. For example, if a student receives 80% of the points for the homework, but only 60% for the tests, they will get a D grade. Likewise, if a student receives 90% of the points on the tests and only 65% of the points on the homework, the student will receive a D grade. If the student gets 80% of the homework points and 70% of the exam points -  the average of those two scores would be 75%, giving the student a C in the class.

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 TIA (Technology in Action) Total will show what percent of the TOTAL TIA work you have completed. 

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.  

Event Date
OPTIONAL Orientation 5:30 p.m. Room 315 1/25/19
Class Begins 1/28/19
You must have your permanent MyLab IT access code and have completed 70% of the  currently assigned work in order to remain in class 2/7/19
Last Day to Add Classes, Drop Without a W, Drop for a Refund 2/10/19
Last Day to Apply for Spring Graduation 2/14/19
On Campus Midterms 3/21 & 3/22 Times TBA
Spring Break 4/15 - 4/21/19
Last Day to Withdrawl from Class 4/28/19
Last Day of the Class 5/24/19
Last Day of the Semester and Commencement 5/25/19

After achieveing 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. These are activities that you must complete. Also in the due date folders there are Resource folders 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. All assignments except the reviews can be done as many times as you wish except the reviews. The reviews should be done when you have finished the chapter

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 text book.  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 Thursdays 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.

Syllabus Quiz in Canvas - you must achieve 100%
Math Survey located in Canvas

Tech in Action

Chapter 1 IT Sim: Technology and Ethics
Ch1.1 Sound Byte: Virtual Copmuter Tour
Ch1.2 Sound Byte: How to Debate Ethical Issues
Ch1.3 Helpdesk: Technology Impacts
Ch1.4 Helpdesk: The Impact of Artificial Intellidence
Ch1 Review

Excel Chapter 1 Simulation Training

You must have completed the first two week's worth of work with at least a 70% and have your permanent Myitlab code  or you will be dropped from the class

Tech in Action

Chapter 2 IT Sim: What is a computer
Ch2.1 Sound Byte: Binary Numbers 
Ch2.2 Sound Byte: Smartphones Are Really Smart
Ch2.3 Active Helpdesk: Exploring Storage Devices and Ports
Ch2.4 Active Helpdesk: Understanding Bits and Bytes
Ch2 Review


Excel Chapter 1 Textbook Steps 1A

Last Day to Add/Drop classes -  9/3/18

Tech in Action

Chapter 3 IT Sim: The Internet
Ch3.1 Sound Byte: Blogging   
Ch3.2 Sound Byte: Finding Information on the Web 
Ch3.3 Active Helpdesk: Doing Business Online           
Ch3.4 Active Helpdesk: Evaluating Websites  
Ch3 Review

Excel Chapter 1 Textbook Steps 1B
Excel Chapter 1 Grader 1E Homework
Excel Chapter 2 Simulation Training

Tech in Action
Chapter 4 IT Sim: Application Software
Ch4.1 Sound Byte: Where does Binary Show Up?
Ch4.2 Sound Byte: Programming for End Users
Ch4.3 Active Helpdesk: Choosing Software  
Ch4.4 Active Helpdesk: Buying and Installing Software Software                    
Chapter 4 Review          

Excel Chapter 2 Textbook Steps 2A
Excel Chapter 2 Textbook Steps 2B     
Excel Chapter 3 Simulation Training            

Tech in Action
Chapter 5 IT Sim1: System Software
Chapter 5 IT Sim2: File Management 
Ch5.1 Sound Byte: Hard Disk Anatomy  
Ch5.2 Sound Byte: Using Windows Taks Magage to Update System Performance 
Ch5.3 Active Helpdesk: Starting the Computer: The Boot Process   

Ch5.4 Active Helpdesk: Organizing Your Computer: File Management
Chapter 5: Review


Excel Chapter 2 Grader 2E Homework
Excel Chapter 3 Textbook Steps 3A

Tech in Action
Chapter 6 IT Sim: Hardware
Ch 6.1 Sound Byte: Installing RAM
Ch 6.2 Sound Byte: Installing an SSD Drive
Ch 6.3 Active Helpdesk: Evaluating Your CPU and RAM 
Ch 6.4 Active Helpdesk: Evaluating Computer System Components
Chapter 6: Review           


Excel Chapter 3 Textbook Steps 3B 
Excel Chapter 3 Grader  3E Homework
Excel Chapter 4 Simulation Training         

Tech in Action
Chapter 7 IT Sim: Networks
Ch 7.1 Sound Byte: Installing a Home Computer Network
Ch 7.2 Sound Byte: Securing Wireless Networks
Ch 7.3 Active Helpdesk: Understanding Networking
Ch 7.4 Active Helpdesk: Managing and Securing Your Wireless Network
Chapter 7: Review

Excel Chapter 4 Textbook Steps 4A
Excel Chapter 4 Textbook Steps 4B

Midterm Review - Will close on Wednesday 3/20 at 11:59 p.m.
On Campus Midterms Thursday 3/21 and Friday 3/22 times & rooms

Tech in Action
Chapter 11 IT Sim: Databases
Ch 11.1 Sound Byte: Creating and Querying an Access Database
Ch 11.2 Soundbyte: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI Suite
Ch 11.3 Sound Byte: Using Databases
Ch 11.4 Helpdesk: How Businesses Use Databases
Chapter 11: Review

Access Chapter 1 Simulation Training
Access Chapter 1 Textbook Steps 1A
Access Chapter 1 Textbook Steps 1B

Tech in Action
Chapter 8 IT Sim: Digital Devices and Multimedia
Ch 8.1 Sound Byte: Enhancing Photos with Image Editing Software
Ch 8.2 Sound Byte: Plagiarism and Intellectual Property

Ch 8.3 Active Helpdesk: Mamaging Digital Media
Ch 8 Active Helpdesk4: Understanding Intellectual Property and Copyright
Chapter 8: Review

Access Chapter 1E Grader Homework
Access Chapter 2 Simulation Training

Tech in Action
Chapter Ch 9 IT Sim: Security and Privacy
Ch 9.1 Sound Byte: Protecting Your Computer
Ch 9.2 Sound Byte: Managing Computer Security with Windows Tools
Ch 9.3 Helpdesk:Threats to Your Digital Life
Ch 9.4 Helpdesk: Understanding Firewalls
Chapter 9 Review


Access Chapter 2 Textbook Steps 2A
Access Chapter 2 Textbook Steps 2B

Last Day to withdraw with W - 11/11/18
Tech in Action
Chapter Ch 10 IT Sim: Program Development
Ch 10.1 Sound Byte: Using the Arduino Microcontroller
Ch 10.2 Sound Byte2: Programming with the Processing Language

Ch 10.3 Helpdesk: Understanding Software Programming
Ch 10.4 Helpdesk:A Variety of Programming Languages
Chapter 10 Review

Access Chapter 2E Grader Homework

Word Chapter 1 Simulation Training

Tech in Action
Ch 12 IT Sim: Client Server Networks
Ch 12.1 Sound Byte: Network Topology and Navigation Devices
Ch 12.2 Sound Byte: A Day in the Life of a Network Technician
Ch 12.3 Helpdesk: Using Servers
Ch 12.4 Helpdesk: Transmission Media and Network Adaptors
Chapter 12: Review

Word Chapter 1 Textbook Steps 1A
Word Chapter 1 Textbook Steps 1B

Tech in Action
Chapter 13 IT Sim: Communicating and Sharing on the Web
Ch13.1 Sound Byte: Client Side Developement
Ch13.2 Sound Byte: Creating Web Pages with Squarespace
Ch13.3 Helpdesk: Understanding IP Addresses, Domain Names, and Protocols
Ch13.4 Helpdesk: Keeping E-mail Secure
Chapter 13: Review


Word Chapter 1 Grader Homework

Word Chapter 2 Simulation Training

Word Chapter 2 Textbook Steps 2A
Word Chapter 2 Textbook Steps 2B

Word Chapter 2 Grader 2 - Will close at 11:59 p.m. on 12/5/18

On Campus Finals  - Thursday 12/6/18 at 6:00 p.m  Room 315 or Friday 12/7/18 at 2:30 p.m. room 317 or Friday 12/7/18 at 6:00 p.m. in room 315. The review will close on Wednesday 12/5/18.

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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  
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