Jim Gerland Trocaire College Computer Literacy (BU 099)
Spring 2014
Trocaire College
Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description

This course is an introduction to microcomputers, Windows Operating System, software applications and the Internet.

Prerequisite Coursework: N/A

Instructor Information

Name: Jim Gerland
Office: Room 303
Office Hours: Fridays 9-10am, or by appointment
Office Phone/Voice Mail: 827-2557
Email: (The best way to reach me)

Course Identification

Credit Hours: 1
Course meeting times: Fridays 10:00am – 11:50am

Expected Student Outcomes

  • Define and explain fundamental terms and concepts related to computer technology
  • Create documents by using Microsoft Word, create folders and file organization
  • Use email, attach documents and highlight internet search methods


Course schedule is subject to change

1January 241Course Introduction
Getting Started
2January 312Looking at Windows
3February 73Installing and Learning Software
4February 144File Basics
5February 21Review
Exam 1
6February 287Connecting to the Internet
7March 78Browsing and Searching the Web
8March 14Spring Break, No Classes, College Open
9March 219Sending E-Mail and Attachments
10March 28Review
Exam 2
11April 410Writing and Printing Documents
12April 1111Making Spreadsheets
13April 18Easter Break, No Classes, College Open
14April 2513Making Presentations
15May 2Work on Final Project
16May 9Work on Final Project cont.
17May 16Review
Exam 3
Final Project Due


Practical PCPractical PC, 6th Edition (5th Edition is acceptable)
June Jamrich Parsons; Dan Oja
ISBN-10: 0-538-74672-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-538-74672-4
USB Flash Drive is highly recommended


Exams Percentage of Final Grade
Exam 1: PC Basics 20%
Exam 2: The Internet, the Web, and E-Mail 20%
Exam 3: Application Software 20%


Final Project 20%
Individual/Group Assignments 10%
8 Quick Check Assignments 10%

Assignments and Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

All assignments are due at the start of class. They must be submitted in class in and in person unless otherwise specified. Late assignments are not accepted without prior approval.


Assignments are to be professionally prepared, documented, cited, and organized. Proofread and spell-check all assignments, include your name, date, course number and description of the assignment.

Extra Credit

There are no opportunities for extra credit. Please plan accordingly

Trocaire College Grading Scale

Letter GradeTotal Points
A95 - 100
A-92 - 94
B+89 - 91
B85 - 88
B-82 - 84
C+ 79 - 81
C75 - 78
C-72 - 74
D+69 - 71
D65 - 68
F64 - 0

Classroom Policies and Procedures

Attendance Policy

Class attendance is required at all times. If you must miss a class please talk with the instructor. There are no make-up opportunities for assignments or tests.


Cheating or plagiarism will not be tolerated. If detected, the following procedure will be followed:

1. A failing grade of F or 0% will be entered for the test or other educational activity in question. 2. If the activity is a major test, the student will be assigned a failing grade for the course, mid term or final. 3. The College system for reporting cheating or plagiarism will be followed. See Student Handbook.

Ethical Conduct

Each student is responsible for adhering to the Code of Student Conduct as stated in the student handbook. Students involved in any unethical activities in the class are subjected to discipline at the instructor’s discretion. Students are responsible for completion of assigned work. As would be expected of workers in any work environment, students are expected to work independently, to use their initiative in solving problems, and to have professional pride in their work.

Disabilities and Health Issues

Students with disability issues which might make it difficult to complete any assignment, activity or test required in the course should notify the instructor as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.