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Day 1: Course Introduction. Robert Phipps January 14-15, 2013. Welcome to CS101!. Your Instructor: firstname lastname. About the Course. CS101’s goal is to teach data management, data analysis, and critical thinking skills.

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day 1 course introduction

Day 1:Course Introduction

Robert Phipps

January 14-15, 2013

about the course
About the Course
  • CS101’s goal is to teach data management, data analysis, and critical thinking skills.
  • You’ll use Microsoft Office to solve problems in a scientific or analysis-oriented context.
  • You will also learn skills that will be useful in your future classes and career.
  • CS101 is a 4-credit hour GEC course.
    • 2 hours in lecture
    • 2 hours from out-of-class work
course syllabus and schedule
Course syllabusand Schedule
  • Full course schedule is available at
  • Syllabus is available at
  • Read and follow both. You’re responsible for knowing their contents.
website and e mail
Website and E-mail
  • CS101 website is at
  • Website for your section is at
  • Important info will be made available on the website and through MIX e-mail.
  • It’s your responsibility to check each daily.
connect on social media
connect on social media
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay current with CS101 happenings.
  • Get reminders of due dates, exams, tips and other information.

Microsoft Office 2010, Second Custom Edition

  • Custom version for CS101.
  • Available in print bundle at WVU Bookstore and Book Exchange.
  • eBook available directly from the publisher.
supplemental content
Supplemental Content

Supplemental Content for Microsoft Office 2010

  • Covers additional material not in the main textbook.
  • Available at
myitlab licenses
MyITLab licenses

New Students

  • Included in CS101 print textbook bundle.
  • Can buy standalone or with eBook bundle from publisher through

Returning Students

  • MyITLab licenses are good for 1 year.
  • If you bought a new license last semester, you can reuse it.
  • If you last took CS101 more than 1 semester ago, you’ll need to buy a new license.
microsoft office
Microsoft office

Windows Users

  • Office 2010 Pro and University versions include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.
  • Office 2007 and 2013 can be used but there may be some differences.

MacOS Users

  • Office 2011 for Mac includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • No Access for Mac.
  • Some features are missing or work differently.
  • Will need to use Windows version for some tasks.
public computer labs
Public computer labs

Don’t have your own computer or Office?

Office 2010 and MyITLab are installed at:

  • CS101 Open Lab
  • OIT Computer Labs
  • WVU Libraries public computers
storing your files
Storing your files
  • Keep copies of all your files in a secure place!
    • If others use them, you might be penalized.
  • If you work in a lab or other computers:
    • Recommended: Get a USB Flash drive
    • Use your MIX Google Drive account
    • Don’t:E-mail your files to yourself
final grades
Final grades
  • Grades are not curved. What you earn is what you get.
  • You can view your grades at
homework projects
Homework Projects
  • 6 Homework Projects
    • 3 Excel
    • 2 Access
    • 1 Problem Solving (Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Assignments build your skills with using Office for data analysis.
  • 20% of the grade for each project comes from short answer data analysis questions.
  • Late penalty is 20% per calendar day.
homework resource
Homework resource
  • Find-It Guides are available for each HW.
    • Each show book, video, online and MyITLabresources to help with each step of the homework projects.
  • Available online at
  • Pre-printed copies are available in Open Lab (free).
  • Most questions can be solved using the Find-It Guides.
homework faqs
Homework FAQs
  • Homework FAQS (frequently asked questions) are also available for when you need a push in the right direction on a general concept.
  • Answer common questions for each homework project.
  • Available at
video lectures
Video lectures
  • Video lectures corresponding with many topics are available online at
  • Task-specific videos taken from Pearson’s Go! textbook for Office 2010.
  • 2 regular exams plus Final Exam
    • Exam #1 is on Excel
    • Exam #2 is on Access
    • Final Exam is comprehensive
  • Exams build on the homework. If you do well on homework, you’ll do fine on exams.
  • There will usually be a review session for each exam. These are a great way to prepare.
myitlab lessons
MyITLab lessons
  • MyITLab simulates Microsoft Office.
    • Assesses your knowledge of Office
    • Assigns training on items you don’t know
  • 5 MyITLab Lessons
    • Each has multiple chapters
    • Must complete post-test for each chapter to get credit
  • Requires MyITLab client on computer.
    • Installed in CS101 Open Lab, WVU Libraries, and OIT labs
    • Can be installed on home computers
    • Special procedure for MacOS users
myitlab registration
  • Registration instructions are at
  • Read and follow the instructions!
  • If you don’t specify your Student ID correctly, you might not get credit.
  • If you need help, go to CS101 Open Lab.
myitlab grading
MyITLab grading
  • You must complete at least 190 questions during semester.
  • You earn bonus points for completing 191-200 questions.
  • There are over 210 questions in the system. You can skip a couple questions without penalty.
  • Late work is worth 50% credit.
attendance bonus
Attendance Bonus
  • Attendance is strongly recommended.
    • Most who do poorly don’t attend regularly.
  • You can earn up to 30 bonus points for attendance.
    • Must sign-in each class at
    • No excused absences. If you’re not present, you don’t get credit for that day.
    • If you encounter an error, notify your instructor.
participation bonus
Participation Bonus
  • You can earn up to 20 bonus points forin-class participation activities.
    • Project assigned by instructor.
    • Work completed and turned-in during class.
    • You must be present to receive points.
  • Bonus points may be unannounced and unscheduled. Come to class!
academic integrity1
Academic Integrity
  • Academic integrity is very important to us.
  • It’s your responsibility to know our policy. Not reading the syllabus is not an excuse.
  • We’re very good at catching cheaters. If you cheat, you will get caught and penalized.
  • Penalties are severe and strictly enforced.
    • 1st Time: You lose 100 points, a full letter grade.
    • 2nd Time: You get an F for the course.
how to avoid violations
How to avoid violations
  • Don’t work with other people. Homeworks are not group projects.
  • Don’t share files with others, even if they claim they just want to “look” at them.
  • Don’t leave your files on a public computer or anywhere else someone could take them.
  • Don’t reuse files, even blank ones, because they may contain hidden details about the person who made the original file.
key points
Key Points
  • If you cheat, you will get caught.
    • Every semester, 5% of students cheat.
    • Every semester, 5% of students get the penalties.
    • Every semester, about a dozen students try to cheat twice. They are failed, period.
  • We have tools to find cheating, even if you use a file from a different section or semester.
  • This class is not hard enough to bother with the risks of cheating. Learn the material, do the work, and you will be fine.
policy acknowledgment form
Policy Acknowledgment form
  • Before you can get credit for any of your work, you must sign the CS101 Policy Acknowledgement Form.
  • By signing this form, you certify you understand and will follow CS101 policies.
  • If you have questions, ask before signing.
  • If you think something may be questionable, you probably shouldn’t do it.
open lab
Open Lab
  • Open Lab is a place for you to get help with homework assignments.
    • We won’t do your work for you. Try before asking for help.
    • We don’t offer assistance on MyITLab.
  • Held in 219 Armstrong Hall weekdays. Hours are at
  • Start early on your assignments. Open Lab gets very busy close to due dates.
online resources
Online resources

On the CS101 website, you can find:

  • Demo Videos if you want to review how to perform a task.
  • Find-It Guides and FAQ Guides to help with homework.
  • Study Guides and Review Projects to prepare for exams.
disability accommodations
Disability Accommodations
  • If you have a disability, you may be entitled to special accommodations.
  • Accommodations are granted by the Office of Disability Services. We can’t grant accommodations without their authorization.
  • We need to receive notice of authorized accommodations at least one week before we are to provide them (like for an exam).
important upcoming dates
Important Upcoming Dates
  • Upcoming deadlines and due dates.
    • MyITLab Lesson A due January 22
    • Homework 1 due February 1
things to do activate myid
Things to Do:Activate MyID
  • WVU MyID is used for logging into CS101 computers and on our website.
  • If you haven’t done so already, you need to activate your MyID.
  • Instructions are at
  • Call OIT Help Desk at (304) 293-4444 or go to Open Lab if you need help.
  • If you don’t have a MyID by next week, you won’t be able to record your attendance!
things to do register for myitlab
Things to Do:Register for MyITLab
  • Try to register for MyITLab once we announce it is ready for the new semester.
    • Don’t register until your instructor tells you.
  • Follow the instructions at
    • If you don’t follow the directions in the video, you might not get credit for your work.
  • If you have questions, go to Open Lab.