CSCI100 Intro to Computers

Updated 2014.10.22

Syllabus     Catalog Description     BCU's Academic Integrity Statement     Email Guidelines     Grades Online     Windows Resources     Internet Resources     Word resources     PowerPoint Resources     Excel Resources     Email resources

The test over Word and PowerPoint will be on Monday, December 9 (9:00 section) or Thursday, December 12 (8:00 section). Test is from 8:00 to 9:50.

Day #16. Wednesday, 10/22/2014: Word 1. Short documents

·        Pope Benedict vs. Pope Francis: Change in cell phone use in 8 years. Pic

·        Word 2013 resources.

·        Today's sample file.

·        Excel practice test

·        The test will be hands-on, open-book. It will cover financial functions, pivot tables/charts, 3D cell references, VLOOKUP, advanced filters and "D" functions, and dates/times

Homework due Wednesday (Monday is a test)

·        Letter to the President. Instructions.









































Day #15. Monday, 10/20/2014: XL 12. Dates and Times

·        Excel Resources.

·        Cool applications of Excel's date functions: Birthday, Calendar

Homework due Wednesday

·        Dates and Times: Employees.

Day #17. Monday, 10/27/2014: XL Test #2

·        Excel Test

Day #14. Wednesday, 10/15/2014: XL 11. Databases: Advanced Filters and "D" Functions

·        Excel Resources.

Homework due Monday

·        Advanced Filters, “D” functions: Real Estate.

Day #13. Monday, 10/13/2014: XL 10. VLOOKUP, another way to make decisions

·        3D Printing

·        Excel Resources.

Homework due Wednesday

·        VLOOKUP: Gradebook.

Day #12. Wednesday, 10/08/2014: XL 9. Financial Functions

·        What happens on the Internet in one minute

·        Excel Resources.

·        Compound Interest

·        Financial functions template

·        Financial functions examples

Homework due Monday

·        Financial functions. Deposit a digital copy in the drop box. Use the Financial functions template

Day #11. Monday, 10/06/2014: XL 8: 3D Workbooks

·        Interesting stuff: 200 countries, 200 years

·        Excel Resources.

Homework due Monday

·        3D Workbooks: Sales.

Day #10. Wednesday, 10/01/2014: XL Test, part 1: XL1-XL6

Practice Test (complete on your own—not to be handed in)

·        Practice test

·        Practice test solution file

·        Practice test solution video: Part 1, Part 2 (watch in full screen, at HD resolution)

Day #9. Monday, 9/29/2014: XL 7. Databases: Pivot Tables, Pivot Charts

·        The future of Office: Microsoft Office 2019

·        Excel Resources.

Homework due Monday, 10/06/2014 (Wednesday is a test over Excel)

·        Pivot tables: Hawkeye Football. Deposit a digital copy in the drop box.

Day #8. Wednesday, 9/24/2014: XL 6. Logical Functions

·        Excel Resources.

·        Sample File.

Homework due Monday at 7:30 a.m.

·        Logical functions: Stock Recommendations. Deposit a digital copy in the drop box.

Day #7. Monday, 9/22/2014: XL 5. Charts

·        Excel Resources.

·        Sample file

Homework due Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.

·        Charts. Deposit a digital copy in the drop box.

Day #6. Wednesday, 9/17/2014: XL 4. Databases: Sorting and Filtering

·        Another way to find things on the Internet: the Wolfram Knowledge Engine

·        Excel Resources.

Homework due Monday at 7:30 a.m.

·        Sioux City Weather. Deposit a digital copy in the drop box.

Day #5. Monday, 9/15/2014: XL 3. Formulas with Absolute/Mixed Cell References

·        Employers want students to know Office: Skills needed in the workplace, 2014-2020

·        Excel Resources.

·        Sample file. Budget, addition table, loan payment table.

Homework due Wednesday

·        Absolute/Mixed cell references: Interest Calculator. Deposit a digital copy in the drop box.

Day #4. Wednesday, 9/10/2014: XL 2. Formulas and Relative Cell References

·        Nerd news

·        Excel Resources

·        Sample file.

Homework due Monday at 7:30 a.m.

·        Formulas: Commissions. Deposit a digital copy in the drop box.

Day #3. Monday, 9/08/2014: XL 1. Formatting

·        Getting <window>+<tab> to work: choose Aero

·        Excel Resources

·        Sample file

Homework due Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.

·        Formatting: Invoice. Deposit a digital copy in the drop box.

Day #2. Wednesday, 8/27/2014: Windows, the Internet

·        Quiz over Windows keyboard shortcuts (8:00 to 8:05)

·        How the Internet works

·        Windows: Windows 7, Windows keyboard shortcuts

·        Using the Internet: Internet Resources

Homework due Wednesday (Monday is Labor Day)

·        Web scavenger hunt. Either (1) print the Word document and hand-write your answers, or (2) insert your answers into the Word document and print it. Hand in a hard copy.

Day #1. Monday, 8/25/2014: Windows, Internet

·        Syllabus

·        BCU IT Competency: Requirement, Objectives

·        Get Office:

1.      Buy Office 365 University. $80 for 4 years but don’t buy it until you’re a senior!

2.      Download a 1-month free trial.

3.      Free online version with SkyDrive.

·        How secure is your password? Check it.

·        Using the Briar Cliff Network

·        BCU Email: Using Briar Cliff Email from the web, Emailing guidelines, file naming conventions

Homework due Wednesday:

·        Class policies for assignments and tests (print a hard copy, READ, sign, and bring to next class).

·        Fill out online before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. This is an assignment: Computer experience survey, Word Processing skills survey, Spreadsheet skills survey.

·        Memorize Windows keyboard shortcuts (nothing to hand in) in preparation for a quiz next class. The quiz will begin promptly at the class starting time.

Day #16. XL Review.

Day #17. Monday, 10/27/2014: Excel Test, XL7-XL12.

Day #18. Wednesday, 10/29/2014: Word 2. Skills for writing a term paper

·Today's files: Lincoln (find/replace), Red-Headed League (find/replace), Christmas Carol.

Homework due Monday

Day #19. Monday, 11/03/2014: Word 3. Positioning text with tabs

Homework due Wednesday

Day #20. Wednesday, 11/05/2014: Word 4. Positioning text with tables

Homework due Monday

Day #21. Monday, 11/10/2014: Word 5. Images

Homework due Wednesday

Day #22. Wednesday, 11/12/2014: Word 6. Newsletter skills

Homework due Monday

Day #23. Monday, 11/17/2014: Word 7. Large Documents, Styles

Homework due Wednesday

Day #24. Wednesday, 11/19/2014: Word 8. Mail Merge

Homework due Monday

Day #25. Monday, 11/24/2014: PowerPoint 1

Homework due Monday

Thanksgiving Vacation

Day #26. Monday, 12/01/2014: PowerPoint 2

Homework due Wednesday (Wednesday is Thanksgiving vacation)

Day #27. Monday, 12/03/2014: PowerPoint 3

Homework due Wednesday

Day #28. Wednesday, 12/03/2014: Review for Final

Practice Tests

Homework due at the end of the period today:


Earlier classes are below…




















Day #27. Review for Word/PPT final.

Assignment due at the end of the period


·Nerd news: Leap Motion

Some useful free programs

Final Test


Bell ringers

Bell Ringers

Other search engines: Ixquick, DuckDuckGo, Blekko

Nate Silver, spring 2014: Who should learn to program? Journalists.

Why you should ditch Windows XP (April, 2014): Windows XP

April 6, 2014: IBM 360 turns 50 years old: IBM 360

Bud logs in

Keeping track with KeePass: password manager

Awesome Internet application: SkyDrive

How much junk is on your computer? Check it.

Nerd news: Leap Motion

How the Internet works

Where is the "cloud"?

How to acquire a Superpower. No mask, tights, or cape required.

Computer myths from TV and the movies

Some useful free programs

Prezi: an interesting PowerPoint alternative

Secunia PSI: (personal software inspector) keeps programs up to date

Malwarebytes: removes malware powerful photo-editor

Audacity: powerful audio editor

KeePass: password manager

Top 5 soon-to-be-obsolete technologies

Windows 8

Computer Hardware

Useful program: Belarc Advisor