Orientation to Computer Technology

Class Name and Number

    Orientation to Computer Technology, IT 1411

Instructor Name, Phone Number, and Office Number

    Cliff Layton, 918-343-7665, (Office) HH 253

Office Hours:MT, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM in HH 253 or the RSU Business and Technology Advising Center; T, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM in HH 253; W, 8:00 to 10:30 AM in HH 253; R,7:30 AM to 10:30 AM in HH 253.

Course Prerequisite

Enrollment at RSU and interest in the study of information technology (IT). This course is required of all beginning freshman IT bachelor''s degree majors, and open to others.

Course Description

This course offers an overview of the field of information technology (IT), and of the Rogers State University IT bachelor''s degree program. IT topics to be covered include the following: job potential, salary expectations, and IT fields including web development and e-commerce, systems analysis, software engineering, networks and network administration, computer hardware and operations, programming, databases, multimedia development, and artificial intelligence.

Required Text(s) and Materials

Discovering Computers 2010, Complete, Shelly and Vermaat,, Course Technology, 2010, ISBN 10: 0-324-78645-X

Course Objective(s)

The student shall demonstrate understanding of the following topics as measured by unit assignments and course exams.

1.  How Computers are Used in the Modern World

2.  The Importance of Computer Applications Software and the World Wide Web

3.  Computer Careers and the Related Importance of Education and Training

4.  How Computers Developed and Became More "Intelligent" Over Time

5.  The Components and Interconnectivities of a Typical Computer System

6.  Kinds and Uses of Typical Computer Input and Output Devices

7.  Kinds and Uses of Computer Data and Information Storage

8.  The Internet

9.  Computer Operating Systems and Environments, and Utility Programs

10. Kinds and Scopes of Computer/Communications Networks

11. Computer Databases and Information Management

12. Computer Information Systems Development

13. Computer Programming Languages, History and Evolution

14. Computer Related Multimedia

15. Computer Related Security, Ethics, and Privacy Issues

Teaching Methods (Student-Instructor Interaction)

The primary modes of Teacher/Student interaction in the course will be face-to-face, e-mail and e-file transfer; supplemented by threaded discussion.

You should communicate with me, and send files to me through e-mail and e-mail attachment, regarding your questions, assignments, etc. I will communicate with you similarly.

Multiple files should be sent in one attachment, where appropriate, by zipping the files together prior to sending the result; and I may send several files to you zipped together, with unzipping required at your location. If you do not have zipping/unzipping software or do not know how to use it, I will send you instructions on how to get it, or on how to use it.

Threaded discussion topics, appropriate to several of those involved in the course at one time, will be posted and added to in the threaded discussion area, which should be checked frequently.

Excepting holidays, sometimes weekends, and cases in which I am on trips away from e-mail, I will respond to e-mail and e-file-transfers daily. I hope you will do likewise.

Other forms of Teacher/Student interaction such as phone, FAX, online-conferencing, etc. may also be used in the course

Evaluation Techniques

Grading will be done in our orientation course based on three aspects.

1.  Self-Test answers which should be given to your instructor, or sent to your instructor by e-mail.

2.  Threaded discussion participation posted in threaded discussion areas, in the weeks in which they are assigned.

3.  Exam answers on proctored exams.

Self-test will be non-proctored, and due weekly with any exceptions noted.  Self-test scores will count 35% grade-wise.

Threaded discussion participation should include at least an answer to each threaded discussion question, and will additionally include your responses to the answers of other students.  Threaded discussion participation will count 40% grade-wise, and must be done per assignment in the week in which the assignment given, unless an exception is negotiated.

Proctored exam scores will count 25% grade-wise.  Taking proctored exams will require you arranging for a proctor and taking your exam under proctor supervision; please see information below relative to this matter.

As you start your studies you must locate an acceptable site for the proctored exams. Acceptable locations might be on a college campus, in the personnel office at your corporation, at your public library, etc. When you have found a site send in the name of the institution, its address, telephone number(s), fax number(s), and appropriate email addresses, including the area code and appropriate phone extensions, and the name and title of the responsible person who will personally be administering the tests. Please note, for an individual to be acceptable as a proctor, they must have an email address and a fax number available to them!

When I receive all that, I will review the information and contact you with approval/d isa pproval and any additional questions I may have about the location.

However, if you are a student in the Rogers State University service area, you are required to take all the proctored exams at the Claremore, Bartlesville, or Pryor, testing sites. Their testing hours are Wednesday through Saturday as shown below: Claremore - University Preparatory Center Bartlesville Testing Site Pryor Testing Site: Wednesday through Fridays 8am - 8pm (except Bartlesville - they open at 10am) Saturdays 8am - 5pm (except Bartlesville - they open at 10am)

Grading System

    The course grading system is keyed to the Evaluation Techniques indicated above and on the General Topic Outline and Agenda below, according to the following scale.

90% -- 100% A

78% -- 89% B

64% -- 77% C

50% -- 63% D

0% -- 49% F

Attendance Policies

This course is an online course in which attendance corresponds to contact between student and instructor at least twice per week. Attendance and late arrivals are not directly factored into grading in the course, but it is highly likely that students in the course not having contact with the instructor at least twice per week will generally do well in the course. Also, students MUST participate in Threaded Discussions within the weeks in which they are assigned, in order to receive credit for the assignments, unless exceptions are negotiated.

Late Assignments and Make-up Work Policy

Late assignment turn-in and test make up will not be allowed, subject to negotiation (not encouraged).

General Topic Outline and Agenda

For a Summer course, please map the work in weeks 1 and 2 (below) to week 1 (in Summer), the work in weeks 3 and 4 to week 2, etc., so that the course will become an 8-week course in Summer with the coverage indicated below.



Chapters or Other Info. to be Studied

Assignment or Test Due at Week†††† End











Chapter 1, Media Lecture

Self-Test, Threaded Discussion





Chapter 2

Self-Test, Threaded Discussion





Chapter 3, Media Lecture

Self-Test, Threaded Discussion





Chapter 4, Media Lecture

Self Test, Threaded Discussion





Chapter 5 and 6, Media Lecture

Self-Test, Threaded Discussion





Chapters 7, Media Lecture

Self-Tests, Threaded Discussion





Chapter 8, Media Lecture

Self-Test, Threaded Discussion





Chapter 9, Media Lecture

Self-Test, Threaded Discussion





Chapters Covered in First Eight Wks

Mid-Term Exam





Chapter 10, NO Media Lecture

Self-Test, Threaded Discussion





Chapter 11-12, Media Lecture

Self-Test, Threaded Discussion





Chapter 13, Media Lecture

Self-Test, Threaded Discussion





Chapter 14, Media Lecture

Self-Test, Threaded Discussion





Chapter 15, Media Lecture

Self-Test, Threaded Discussion





Chapter 16, Media Lecture

Self-Test, Theaded Discussion





Artificial Intelligence, Media Lecture

Threaded Discussion





Review and Final

Comprehensive Final








The end of a week will be considered to be Monday immediately following the week at 11:00 PM.

The Rogers State University Plagiarism Statement

Plagiarism is the representation of the words or ideas of another as oneís own, including: direct quotation without both attribution and indication that the material is being directly quoted, e.g. quotation marks; paraphrase without attribution; paraphrase with or without attribution where the wording of the original remains substantially intact and is represented as the authorís own; expression in oneís own words, but without attribution, of ideas, arguments, lines of reasoning, facts, processes, or other products of the intellect where such material is learned from the work of another and is not part of the general fund of common knowledge.


ADA Statement

Syllabus Statement

Americans with Disabilities Act:

Rogers State University is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to educational programs and services. Any student who has a disability that he or she believes will require some form of academic accommodation must inform the professor of such need during or immediately following the first class attended. Before any educational accommodation can be provided, it is the responsibility of each student to prove eligibility for assistance by registering for services through Student Affairs. Students needing more information about Student Disability Services should contact Kendra Cagle, Coordinator of Student Disability Services at Rogers State University, 1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, OK 74017 or 918-343-6828.