Ronald P. Kessler, Ph.D., MCSE


Fall Semester 2014



Ticket # 89055
Updated 7/12/2014



Introduction to Computers

Becoming Fluent in Technology 1
What's Inside Your Computer? 2
Application Software 4
Technology in Focus I: History of the PC  





Using Computers at Home & In Business

The Computer's Operating System 5
Managing Your Computer System & Hardware 6
Mobile Computing 8
  System Hardware 9



Connecting Us Together

Using the Internet


Introduction to Networking & Security


Technology in Focus IV: Protecting Your Computer


  Introduction to Relational Databases 11
  How the Internet Works 13



Text Book and Materials:

You may purchase the textbook from the SCC Bookstore. Be sure to tell them you are in my class so you get the right book. It is a called "A Custom Program for CIS" Computer Science 100, second edition.


Computer Science 100 is a course that is designed to give students an introduction to computer concepts, terminology, and the ethical and personal issues we face when using today's electronic devices.  Students will learn about the development of computers, how computers systems work, and how they are being used today. You will learn techniques for working with Windows and MS Office, including MS Word, Excel, & PowerPoint. Through the use of my online videos you will also learn you how to maintain and "tune-up" your own computer. You will also learn some desktop tips & tricks to help you work more efficiently.

There will be time to work on projects in class and I will be available to assist you individually or in small groups outside of class if you need extra help.

How to Contact Me...

The easiest and most reliable way to contact me is through e-mail. That way, I can respond to you from home and on week-ends.


Your grade in this course is based on the percentage of points you earn. You may access your grades at any time via my website using your logon information. Final grades in this course are determined as follows: 


Points Possible:
Exams     300
Quizzes   150
Projects     65
Activities    40

I do not grade on a curve or throw out the lowest test score so make sure you stay on schedule. I will NOT give you any extra credit opportunities during the semester.

Exams, Quizzes, Activities & Projects

  • ALL assignment have due dates. (No late assignments will be accepted)

  • There are three (3) exams which will be given after we complete each unit. Each exam will be worth 100 points. The questions will be multiple choice and True-False in nature.

  • You will have 5 quizzes during the semester. Each will be worth 30 points.

  • There are five (5) projects:

  • Projects 1 & 2 are worth 10 points each

  • Projects 3, 4, & 5 are worth 15 points each.

  • There will be four (4) activities to complete. Each one will be worth 10 points. These will acquaint you with new technologies or current happenings in the computer field. They can be completed in class or at home.

Extra Credit

I may give you an extra credit activity during the semester. However, you must be in class that day or you will not be eligible to complete the assignment.


Class Drops

If you decide to drop this (or any) course during the semester, you must drop the class yourself.  Do not depend on me to handle this for you. I do my best to keep track of your status, but it is better if you make sure your records are accurate yourself. You must drop a course before the end of the 12th week of school.

Accommodations for Disabilities

Students with verifiable disabilities who want to request academic accommodations are responsible for notifying their instructor and Disabled Students Programs and Service (DSPS) as early as possible in the semester.  To arrange for accommodations, contact DSPS at (714) 628-4860, (714) 639-9742 (TTY) or stop by the DSPS Center in E-105.

Make-Up Exams

There are no make-ups without a medical note! Please contact me right away if you have a medical emergency and you cannot attend class when we are having an exam so I can help you with the best solution for your situation.

Student Code of Conduct/Civility/Cell Phones/Internet Use

  • Full details may be obtained from the SCC Student Handbook. At a minimum, I expect you to treat each others (and your instructor) politely and with respect. This includes turning off all cell phones (or muting them), participating in class, and arriving in a timely manner. Please remember that personal conversation during lecture time is distracting to your fellow students. Collaboration on a project is an exception, of course.

  • Please turn off cell phones before entering class. Do not make/receive calls during class time.

  • Please do not use Twitter or text messaging or Instant Messaging (IM) in the class while I am lecturing or presenting material. 

  • I will turn the internet off during lectures because it is simply too distracting to others. During lab time or before class I will be glad to turn it on for you.


You are encouraged to work with other students in the class, but all work that you turn in for grading must be your own. Taking credit for another students work is plagiarism and is a violation of SCC academic policy. You will be reported for academic dishonesty and receive an "F" for the assignment. Don't let this happen to you! Remember, all work that you turn in for grading must be your original work.

I will not accept any projects that appear to contain content that has been copied & pasted from a website! Use the web to gather your data but you must compose answers in your own words.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will compare and contrast computer solutions considering criteria.

  • Students will obtain and apply knowledge of options and solutions available for specific computing contexts and criteria.

My Personal Goals and Objectives for this Course:

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to: 

  • Learn the main parts of a computer and learn about the history of the personal computer.

  • Know how to configure & optimize Windows operating system.

  • Develop & expand their computer skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Expression Web.

  • Learn how to manage their computer using disk utilities like the defragmenter.

  • Learn to keep their computers operating efficiently by managing the swap file and indexing service.

  • Gain a firm understanding of security issues and the internet, dial-up, DSL & Cable technologies.

  • Understand the basic configuration options for a local area network & wireless communications

  • Become an informed consumer of computer products and services.

    The number of projects and the points possible for exams, projects and activities are subject to change without notice. This information is intended to be an overview of this course so you will know what to expect during the semester. But sometimes, we will need to modify this plan.