DR. ROBERT CAMPBELL   CSC DEPARTMENT

HOW TO BEGIN YOUR----ITC117 'ONLINE' CLASS

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STEP 1: On the FIRST DAY OF CLASSES log on to www.salemstate.instructure.com    

                       

                       1st DAY OF CLASSES FOR the SPRING 2014  session  is JANUARY 16, 2014
                       1st DAY OF CLASSES FOR the SUMMER SESSION  I  2014 is MAY 19, 2014 
         

STEP 2:  At the login page enter your USERNAME and PASSWORD ---- It's the SAME as your NAVIGATOR account.

STEP 3:  For NEW students who DON'T currently have a CANVAS account, your USERNAME is Your student ID# PRECEDED BY A CAPITAL LETTER   S    Your default password (in lower case) is:   salemstate                                             (  If your default  password doesn't work contact SSU's IT HELP DESK at 978-542-2036 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting      ( 978-542-2036      end_of_the_skype_highlighting)

STEP 4:  Once you are on the 'CANVAS' Homepage, at the top of the screen in the big blue bar click on the COURSES button and from the drop down list select  your course  "ITC117".  At the next page click on the ANNOUNCEMENTS button, READ the announcement and then follow the directions given there.     And you'll be ON YOUR WAY!!  Good Luck!!

                          HERE'S HOW TO "MEET" YOUR INSTRUCTOR:   Now, before you actually start the course, please run a short video in which you 'meet' Dr. Campbell. To run the video just scroll down a bit on this Webpage and when you get to Dr. Campbell's photograph, just click onto the photo and it will automatically take you to a YOUTUBE.COM video labeled "Meet Your Instructor".  After running the video please return to this webpage and click on the image beside Dr. Campbell's photograph that says: "How To Begin ITC117."  When you do that, it will launch a YouTube video that tells you how the course and its Website works.  When done, surf the rest of the site for some very helpful information about the course. HAVE FUN !!


-------ESSENTIAL CLASS INFORMATION-PLEASE READ------

  I'M CERTAIN THAT  YOU’LL BE DELIGHTED WITH THIS ON-LINE COURSE!! Overwhelmingly students tell me they love learning on-line.

  

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WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

TEXTBOOK & COURSE MATERIALS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

GETTING HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT

COURSE MEETING INFORMATION

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

COMPUTER SYSTEMS REQUIREMENTS

COURSE COVERAGE

SYSTEM SOFTWARE REQMNT. -WIN 7 & 8  News

SYLLABUS

APPLICATIONS SOFTWARE & about  (Office 2010)

COURSE POLICIES

VIRUS SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR & LINK TO A VIDEO 

 


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  "MEET DR. CAMPBELL" VIDEO                       VIDEO "HOW TO BEGIN ITC117 CLASS"

Click on Dr. Photo to see an introduction video 



Though I hope you’ll read ALL the items listed above, it is ESSENTIAL that you at least check out these items; COMPUTER SYSTEMS REQUIREMENTS ; SYSTEMS SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS ; APPLICATION SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS and VIRUS SCAN SOFTWARE . Read on! I hope you’ll join me for a great time!

 

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

 

Welcome to the world of on-line education at Salem State University. If you are motivated, self-sufficient and interested in a unique learning experience, then this is the place for you. Together we will go on a journey that will help you discover more about yourself as a student while you acquire great new skills that will enhance your career potential and desirability to employers.  I’m pleased that you are considering signing up for my ON-LINE Computer class.  Please feel free to browse around this Webpage to get an understanding of what’s involved in taking this on-line course and learn about system requirements, skill requirements, grading procedures and more. 

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

ITC117 COMPUTERS IN THE PROFESSIONS---(AND)  Getting  help using CANVAS

Course Description:    This course is an overview of information processing that is applicable to all career areas, with considerations of societal trends and issues arising from the use of computers.  With general computer concepts as a foundation, a major focus will be to increase the students’ personal and professional productivity through the use of various business-oriented software applications.  Topics to be covered include: operating systems, spreadsheets, database management, word processing, graphics, and telecommunications.  Three lecture hours per week. This course satisfies the Computer Literacy core requirement.   
             About CANVAS:   We are using CANVAS software for all courses including this one. Concerning CANVAS software---You DON'T have to buy or install any software--just log onto  SALEMSTATE.INSTRUCTURE.COM.  If you have trouble using or understanding CANVAS  there's 24 hour help available.  From 8:30am to 5:00 pm call (978-542-2036 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting    978-542-2036      end_of_the_skype_highlighting).  After 5:00pm call (888-301-5003 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting    888-301-5003      end_of_the_skype_highlighting).  In addition, your instructor is also available to help you--e-mail me or call me--contact numbers will be posted on your syllabus which is online in your CANVAS account once classes begin.


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COURSE MEETING INFORMATION

 

 This is an On-Line course.Work whenever you find most convenient.  Also, there are NO 'on-line group meetings' at all.  Just be sure to watch your syllabus and e-mail and the ANNOUNCEMENTS on CANVAS for DUE DATES.                                                                                                                         BACK TO TOP

 
                                                                                                                 

 

COMPUTER SYSTEMS REQUIREMENTS

 

Introductory Note: All personal computers have TWO kinds of software. First is the SYSTEMS software (Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 or Windows 8 ) that makes the computer run—most of us don't even care about this because it runs in the background. Second is the APPLICATIONS software that makes the computer useful—it is this software that allows us to do word processing, spread sheeting, database, and to make presentations (Micrsoft Office 2010).  Read about these requirements below.



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PART 1:   SYSTEMS SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS---( INFO ABOUT 'VISTA' and  WINDOWS 7 & WIN 8)

 

You must have one of the following operating systems:.  WINDOWS XP WITH SERVICE PACK 2, --VISTA, --- or WINDOWS 7 or WINDOWS 8   operating system.


 ABOUT 'WINDOWS XP'

Although Windows XP is now a bit dated for an operating system you may still use it for this course.   However, you must have SERVICE PACK 2 installed with your Windows XP, or you won't be able to install the REQUIRED Office 2010 software.  The 'service pack' is a FREE download from Microsoft's homepage website.  Contact Dr. Campbell if you need help on this.  However almost all computers have the Service Pack already installed.   Please be advised that the current textbooks is written and illustrated for the Windows 7 operating system.  

   ABOUT 'WINDOWS  8'

            Windows 8 release in November of 2012 was greeted with mixed reviews.  Many call it the new Vista disaster, yet others like it.  Either way it's completely new and novices to experts have a lot to learn (or re-learn) with this new and differenct operating system.  My personal recommendation is that if you CAN wait then do not upgrade very early after the release.  Clearly there are a number of issuses that Microsoft will have to fix so if you can then hold off until the first Service Pack comes out.  However, if you DO have Windows 8 already and you want to use it then that's OK.  As of this writing, students who are using Windows 8 seem to have few, if any, issues so you can use Windows 8 with confidence.  However, I wish to make it clear that  the current edition of the textbook is written for Windows 7 and , on occasion, you may have some minor issues understanding some directions and illustrations.  If so, contcact your instructor for assistance.                                                                                                                                                    

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PART 2       APPLICATIONS SOFTWARE

Application Software---All Required Software for (PC USERS only—not MacIntosh users) is available to you for                                               FREE downloads.

 

Throughout this course we will use MS OFFICE 2010.  The course textbook is written and illustrated EXCLUSIVELY for MS OFFICE 2010.   IF YOU DO NOT have Office 2010 on your computer then you can DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY to install on your LAPTOP, or DESKTOP computer.  To get your FREE download of MS Office 2010 copy and paste the following URL into your browser and once there follow directions to learn how to get your download.  

http://e5.onthehub.com/Webstore/Welcome.aspx?ws=14ba6b6c-efaf-dc11-ad27-0030485a6b08&JSEnabled=1

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SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT USING ‘older version” MS OFFICE 2007.  Please be advised that this course is TAUGHT using a textbook specifically written and illustrated for MS Office 2010.  Salem State University no longer supports OFFICE 2007. So DO NOT use this out dated software.  Instead get your FREE download of OFFICE 2010 by following the directions given above.                                                                                             

 



 
Be aware that there are several different ways in which Microsoft Office is packaged and sold.   You MUST have the package that contains all the following Applications:

 

M.S. WORD

EXCEL

POWERPOINT

ACCESS

 

NOTE!!!  Just because you have Microsoft Office 2010 it doesn’t mean that YOUR VERSION has all the FOUR applications.  Check to be sure that you have all FOUR application programs.

 

                                               WHAT MS OFFICE VERISONS ARE ACCEPTABLE IN THIS COURSE?

 


REPEAT:   You MUST use MS OFFICE  2010 in this course. The textbook is written and illustrated for Office 2010.  You will not be allowed to use any earlier (2003 or older) version.  Get your FREE download from SSU by following the directions given above.


                                HOW CAN I TELL WHICH VERSION OF M.S. OFFICE THAT'S ON MY COMPUTER?


1.  Open up M.S. Word and from the menu list across the top of your screen and click on HELP
2.  From the short 'drop down list' click on the choice option:   ABOUT M.S. WORD
3.  A dialogue box pops up with a 'blue bar' across the top that says:   ABOUT MICROSOFT WORD.
4.  Directly under the blue bar it tells you what 'year' (version) you have.  If it says Microsoft Word 2010 then you've got the REQUIRED version for this course AS LONG AS YOU HAVE :   Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access


                               WHAT IF I MY OFFICE  2010  VERSION DOES NOT HAVE  ACCESS?

AS STATED ABOVE:   YOU  MUST USE OFFICE 2010 that contains all 4 applications (including Access) simply get your FREE DOWNLOAD from SSU by following the instructions given in (Part 2 Applications Software) above.  If you are a MACINTOSH USER you DO NOT have the ACCESS software, nor is it available for Mac Users.  For the ACCESS unit you MUST use a regular PC to do the Access Unit.   As a student at Salem State University you are entitled free access to any Computer Lab at the University and all such Computer Labs have the CORRECT version of Office (including the Access program).  Call the ITS HELP line at Salem State College for Computer Lab locations and hours of operation. (978-542-2036 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            978-542-2036      end_of_the_skype_highlighting).    MACINTOSH USERS NOTE:   Again, MacIntosh's version of OFFICE 2011 does NOT contain ACCESS.  For that reason MACINTOSH USERS will be REQUIRED to obtain access to a regular PC when doing the Access Unit.  MacIntosh Users, please be sure to read the SPECIAL NOTICE to MacIntosh users located in the COURSE COVERAGE section below.  It gives all the details you'll want to know if you plan to join our class.  It will be easy and fun for you too!

 


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VIRUS SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

 

This is an ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENT of the course. Any Virus Scan software that is ‘updatable on-line’ is acceptable. For example Norton AntiVirus, or McAfee AntiVirus software. Both (and others) are reasonably priced and you can update them weekly on-line without any additional cost.                                                                                                                                      BACK TO TOP

 

                                                                                                      

TEXTBOOK & COURSE MATERIALS

 

                                         TEXT BOOKS LISTED BELOW ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SALEM STATE COLLEGE BOOKSTORE: 

                                                                                                       

                          

MICROSOFT OFFICE 2010, INTRODUCTORY (Shelly Cashman Series).  Authors:  Shelly & Vermaat.  Publisher:  Course Technologies / Cengage Learning.  Course Technologies, Boston MA.  ISBN numbers are now (13) digits however you may find the text with and older (10) digit ISBN Number so BOTH ISBN Numbers are provided here.  YOU MAY BUY EITHER TEXT (it's still the SAME book).

ISBN-13: 978-1-4390-7838-9   
ISBN-10:  1-4390-7838-6 

 Also required:  A good quality Virus Protections Software package such as MacAfee or Norton Anti Virus.  Also you should have a good quality 'stick drive' (also known as a USB drive or 'thumb drive" for backing up your class work in case your computer crashes.


 IT IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED THAT YOU  PURCHASE YOUR BOOK AND COURSE MATERIALS DIRECTLY FROM THE SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE, THAT WAY YOU KNOW YOU HAVE THE RIGHT BOOK!  BUYING TEXTBOOKS FROM ONLINE WEBSITES CAN BE A VERY TRICKY  BUSINESS.  THEY OFTEN SEND THE WRONG TEXTS OUT OR CLAIM TO HAVE THEM ON 'BACKORDER' AND THEY PROMISE THEY WILL SHIP THEM SOON---BUT EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT MANY STUDENTS HAVE TROUBLE WITH THESE PURCHASES AND THEY GET A LATE START ON THE COURSE.  


                                                                                   
                                                           

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GETTING HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT

    You can get rapid response help by contacting your instructor via any of the methods listed below:                                            
                                               (In Person, Phone, or On-line)

Get in-person help by calling your instructor for a personal help session (352-391-1316 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting      352-391-1316      end_of_the_skype_highlighting)
Contact your instructor thru CANVAS for a rapid response.
     A phone conference with your instructor while you are on-line
              Chat through Canvas

                            Skype 'live' session:  Contact instructor in advance to set up a scheduled 'meeting' time.                     
 
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TIPS FOR SUCCESS

 

·  Ideally you should be able to type reasonably well. If not you can purchase a “Learn to Type” program like Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing (or any similar basic keyboarding software) for only about $12.

·  You must be motivated to do your work and keep up with the suggested (and sometimes required) due dates for assignments.  Don’t wait to the last minute to do assignments.

·  Be willing to ask for help if you need it.
* CHECK YOUR CANVAS  E-MAIL AND THE ANNOUNCEMENTS PAGE ON CANVAS VERY OFTEN

·  KEEP YOUR VIRUS SOFTWARE UPDATED WEEKLY!

·  Be willing to learn new things in new ways.

·  Have a sense of humor and a willingness to have fun while you learn.


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COURSE COVERAGE



COURSE COVERAGE 

This course involves coverage of MICROSOFT OFFICE:  Word Processing, Excel, Access, and Powerpoint.  We will also cover e-mail, the Internet, and active processing and manipulation of e-mail and attachments.  Two electronic (open book) exams will be given.  These are ON-LINE exams.  You will take the exam and submit it electronically where it will be INSTANTLY graded.  You will automatically get a 'grade report' back which shows the correct response to each question along with the response that you submitted.  Also, computer theory will be covered in the course thru the use the required textbook.  You will be given two exams on this material. Both will be multiple choice , open book, online exams.  The course is currently taught using CANVAS software. You DO NOT have to purchase it.  It is already on Salem State University's system and it is used to each the courses so YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY IT.  .  

SPECIAL NOTICE TO MACINTOSH USERS:

1.                  This entire course has been developed and designed for all PC based computers.  All directions and illustrations and videos used in this course are designed for use on PC based computers and those directions and/or videos may not always look the same as the functions on your Macintosh!  Also, because MS Word for Mac’s (2011) does NOT contain the REQUIRED ACCESS Data Base software, Mac users MUST get access to a REGULAR PC in order to complete the ACCESS DATA BASE UNIT.  PC’s are readily available in every Computer Lab at the University and in the Library as well.  You may, of course, borrow or use any PC you want but it must have MS OFFICE 2010 on it!!!

2.                  MAC USERS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THIS COURSE.   Even though this course was specifically designed for PC based computers any Mac user is welcome to join the class but he/she must note that: specific support for Mac users is not fully available at this time.  That said, be advised that your instructor will help you in whatever way possible to help you when, on occasion, you might need assistance and, whenever possible the SSU IT HELP DESK will do what they can for you as well.

3.                  Be advised that Macintosh users should know that even though you may have a Mac with 'dual drive Windows Explorer with PC emulation', that NOT ALL PC FUNCTIONS for this course can be performed on the Mackintosh computer.  Mac's are NOT 'truly and completely' compatible with PC's.

4.                  Note that in the last few semesters a small, but growing number, of Mac users have successfully completed the course, however, some students occasionally had  to go to a computer lab at SSC to get access to a regular PC to in order to complete some assignments.  This is especially true when we do the ACCESS UNIT because the Mac software (Office 2011) does NOT have ACCESS as part of the software package.  

5.                  Therefore, Mac Users must obtain access to a regular PC to complete assignments in the ACCESS Unit (and to some extent in the POWERPOINT UNIT).

6.                  MacIntosh users MUST have Office  (2011).  To find out if you have that version first close out of all Word Processing documents that you have open-- then open Word Processing and watch for the opening logo on your screen and see if it says (OFFICE 2011)—as shown below.   No OLDER version allowed.   If you do NOT have (OFFICE 2011) please contact SSU’s IT HELP DESK at 978-542-2036 just in case a FREE version is available for you to download.

7.                  So, Mac users are welcome to join but they must accept the few conditions given above. If you have any questions please contact the instructor BEFORE ENROLLING at (352-391-1316)

SO, GOOD LUCK TO ALL YOU MAC USERS.  

                                                                               YOU’LL FIND THINGS WILL WORK OUT WELL!!!


           
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SYLLABUS

 

 

A copy of the course syllabus will be posted in on CANVAS  for you to download and print as soon as you log onto the course.  
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COURSE POLICIES

 

 

 

  1. It is the student's responsibility to COMMUNICATE WITH THE INSTRUCTOR when contacted.  
  2. All course requirements must be completed by the student (himself/herself) who registered for the course.
  3. All assessments are due on the dates designated. There will be a penalty for late assignments
  4. It is the students’ responsibility to attend “on-line” all classes and to keep informed as to possible changes in assignments and course coverage
  5. Due dates for assignments. All work is due on the date(s) assigned. Grading penalty will be give for late assignments.
  6. It is imperative that the reading assignments be completed according to the course schedule which is attached
  7. It is the student’s responsibility to CONTINUALLY monitor his/her CANVAS e-mail account and Announcements.. Assignments and/or updates to the syllabus will be distributed through e-mail. FREQUENT use of e-mail is REQUIRED in this course.  Many assignments will be given and “collected” and graded through your CANVAS e-mail and/or ASSIGNMENTS section of CANVAS.   The ONLY acceptable email communications (to and from) is through your CANVAS email.  
  8. It is the student’s responsibility to KEEP A COPY OF ALL SUBMITTED WORK IN YOUR ‘SENT MAIL folder in your e-mail account. This includes all copies of exams, papers, assignments and the like. Due to the gigantic amount of server space that would be required to save all students documents it is not possible for your instructor to save copies of all your documents. If a question comes up concerning a paper, assignment, or exam etc. the student must e-mail the copy of the document in question that is stored in your SENT MAIL file folder. The document will then be re-examined and re-graded if necessary.  If  for ANY reason you did not keep a back-up copy of work that your instructor requests then you MUST re-do and re-submit the work!
  9. Salem State University is committed to non-discrimination of handicapped persons as specified in section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Students who qualify as handicapped persons under the definition of this act should notify the instructor at the beginning of the course so that reasonable modification in course requirements may be made when necessary.  
  10. Academic Dishonesty will not be tolerated.  All work you submit must be your own and you must never allow anyone to submit work that YOU have done to be submitted as THEIR own work.  Both visual AND electronic measures will be taken to detect and prosecute any individual (s) involved in Academic Dishonesty.  Please be sure to read the Academic Dishonesty policy that is printed in the Salem State University Catalogue.  Simply stated:  Do your OWN work and don't allow anyone to submit YOUR work as their own.  
  11. MacIntosh Users are again reminded that they MAY ENTER the class with the understanding that the course and textbook are written specifically for MS Office for regular PC's and that Mac Users will be required to obtain use of a regular PC for completion of the ACCESS unit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           BACK TO TOP

 

                                                                                                                          

 

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

 

Dr. Robert Campbell graduated from Salem State University in 1972 from what was then called the Business Education Department. Upon graduation he became a business education teacher at an area secondary school. After completing his Master of Education Degree at Boston University in 1980 he became an adjunct professor at Massasoit Community College while he continued teaching high school business subjects. In 1985 he returned to Salem State College as a faculty member in the Business Education Department. Upon completing his Doctorate Degree at the University of Massachusetts in 1992 he became department chair and served in that capacity for 5 years.  In 1995 Salem State phased out the Business Technology Department (as it later became known) and merged it into the Education Department where Dr. Campbell continued to teach business technology courses in the newly defined Business Technologies Program. In the Fall 2005 semester the Business Technologies Programs were transferred into the Computer Science Department.  Dr. Campbell, until recently, served as the coordinator of the BTE/ITC Programs within the Computer Science Department.  Dr. Campbell retired from SSU in September 2007 but remains on the staff at the college as an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department.  He also is presently an adjunct professor of Computer Science at the University of Central Florida's Community College Division.  Dr. and Mrs. Robert Campbell celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary in June of last year. Dr. Campbell is a student pilot, he's shown pictured below with a twin-engine plane in which he just completed a lesson.  He has written an aviation adventure novel which is set in the Australian Outback.  The manuscript is currently under review by a publishing house in California for possible publication in 2014.
 

                                                  A VIDEO CLIP WELCOME & INTRODUCTION FROM DR. CAMPBELL:  To see a Video Clip 'welcome message'  from Dr. Campbell just scroll to the top of the webpage and click on Dr. Campbell's photograph.  That will take you to a YouTube.com video introduction to ITC117.   But, just for a smile, check out the picture of Dr. Campbell's  granddaughter (age 7 months) shown below.  Also show is a picture of Dr. Campbell after completing a flying lesson at Beverly Airport and a picture of Dr. Campbell, his wife, and daughter.

                                                                          

                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                 

A photo of Dr. Campbell learning to fly

 


                                                                                        



A photo of Dr. Campbell and his family

 THANKS FOR READING MY WEBAPAGE--HOPE TO SEE YOU IN CLASS!!
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