Basic Computers


  2. A. Course Title: Basic Computers
    B. Course Number: CS 113A - 30776
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Th 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Alcos, Sherhil
    G. Office: C.M. Burke University Center (UC) 229
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2652
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    My preferred method of communication is through Canvas Inbox. I will respond to messages within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends. In-Person meeting is by appointment ONLY although I am usually in my office from 8-5 Monday to Friday.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: BUC237

    This course is designed to teach students how to operate a computer. It assumes the student does not have basic computer skills. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed as an introduction to computer concepts that includes the basics of hardware, software, networking, and digital security. This course also provides the foundations of computer knowledge and skills for practical application or as an elective.

    This is a three credit hour course. Students should check with their advisor / counselor for transferability to other institutions.



    New Perspective on Computer Concepts 2018, Introductory
    Author: June Jamrich Parsons
    ISBN-13: 9781305951518
    Edition / Copyright: 20th Edition
    Book Type: Paperback

    Computer Concepts 2018


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    Computer Desktop or Laptop and a reliable Internet Connection


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

    Total points will be computed as follows. The total points for the following may vary.
    Attendance 50%
    Immersion 15%
    Quizzes 15%
    Final Exam 20%
    TOTAL 100%


    You are required to be in the class at exactly 6 PM. If you arrive 15 minutes late, you will be marked "late" for Attendance. You will only receive half the points (50 points) for late attendance. This is the biggest part of the final grade for 50%.


    There will be two immersions in this class. The first will be a field research project that will require you to utilize everything that you have learned from the first half of the semester. The second immersion will be an activity that will demonstrate your newly gained knowledge and developed skills. These activities are worth 15% of your grade.


    The quizzes will be an online quiz through Canvas that will test your knowledge on new terminologies that you will learn from each chapter. It will also test you for application of that knowledge. The Quizzes are 15% of your final grade.

    Final Exam

    The final exam is 20% of your grade. It will include all of the chapters covered in the entire semester. I will provide a review to prepare for the exam two weeks prior to the final week.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Students in the Business/Computer Science Departments should be able to:
    1) Demonstrate an understanding of industry specific ethics (self & community),
    2) Prepare and interpret documents,
    3) Interpret and characterize data appropriate to the course (critical thinking),
    4) Demonstrate computer skills appropriate to the course, and
    5) Demonstrate the value of professionalism in the workplace.


    At the end of the course, students should be able to:
    • Identify computer hardware components and its uses
    • Create, manage and organize files and folders using file explorer
    • Distinguish the different network devices and their functions
    • Perform basic computer upgrade and maintenance
    • Demonstrate the skills in exploring the Web, conducting research and using email
    • Determine ways to keep online activities safe and the data secured


    Response Time Frames: The instructor will respond to students' messages within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of Friday each week.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    We will be utilizing Canvas in this class for communication, for access to lecture materials and quizzes, and to prepare you for your future classes here at NMJC.

    S.C.Alcos Syllabus
    CS113A Basic Computers
    Web Hybrid (Online and Face to Face)
    Fall 2019 Course Outline/Timeline
    Week 1 (8/22) Course Orientation

    *Introduction Materials

    Week 2 Windows 10 Introduction Activities
    Week 3 Chapter 2 - Digital Devices Lecture
    Week 4 Chapter 2 - Digital Devices Activities
    Week 5 Chapter 6 - Software Lecture
    Week 6 Introduction to MS Word Activities
    Week 7 Introduction to Excel Activities
    Week 8 Introduction to PowerPoint Activities
    Week 9 IMMERSION
    Week 10 Chapter 4 - The Web Lecture
    Week 11 Chapter 4 - The Web Activities
    Week 12 Chapter 7 - Digital Security Lecture
    Week 13 Chapter 7 - Digital Security Activities
    Week 14 Chapter 3 - Networks Lecture

    Last Day to Withdraw

    Week 15 CAMPUS CLOSED ***** THANKSGIVING *****
    Final Week FINAL EXAM

    *This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any changes will be announced in class. You will be notified via Canvas where you will find the revised course outline.