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NSU - Norfolk State University
CSC 150 : Syllabus
Phone:   (757) 823-9454 Office:   Suite 310 Robinson Technology Center

Computer Literacy and Applications (3 Credits)

An introductory course in the social impacts of computing technology. The course provides a brief introduction to digital literacy, The Internet, Computer Ethics, and Computer Applications. It will focus on a number of areas in which computers and information technology are having an impact on society.

Instruction in this course will encourage the active participation of students through a variety of instructional methods. These methods include class discussions, interactive PowerPoint presentations, group activities, case studies and web based learning tools.
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As a part of the general core, this course satisfies components of the required technology competencies.



  1. Succeeding with Technology 3rd edition by Baldauf and Stair.
  2. Searching and Researching on the Internet and the World Wide Web. 4th edition by Ackerman and Hartman. Published by Franklin, Beedle and Associates
  3. A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing and the Internet, 3/E by Sara Baase, Published by Prentice Hall.
  4. Go with Microsoft Office 2007.1st edition by Shelley Gaskin, Robert L. Ferrett, Alicia Vargas, Suzanne Marks

Additional Material(s) Needed
USB Flash Drive



  • Examinations: Four announced examinations will be given. Make-up exams are rarely given and if given will be at the discretion of the instructor.
    Grading Scale
    A 90-100 1000 - 900 points
    B+ 87-89 899 - 870 points
    B 80-86 869 - 800 points
    C+ 77-79 799 - 770 points
    C 70-76 769 - 700 points
    D+ 67-69 699 - 670 points
    D 60-66 669 - 600 points
    F 0-59 599 - 0 points


    • Examinations: Four announced examinations will be given. Make-up exams are rarely given and if given will be at the discretion of the instructor.
    • Appeals: To appeal a grade, send an e-mail to your instructor's e-mail address within three days of the grade having been received. Overdue appeals will not be considered.
    • Electronic Devices in Class: Cell phones, CD players, radios and similar devices are prohibited in the classroom and laboratory facilities. Calculators are prohibited during examinations and quizzes unless specified. Reasonable laptop size computers may be used in lecture for the purpose of taking notes
    • Children in Class: Only in extreme cases are children allowed in classroom or laboratory facilities. Children are only allowed with approval of the Instructor received prior to class.
    • Student Conduct in Class: Any acts of classroom destruction that go beyond the normal rights of studentsi to question and discuss with Instructors the educational process relative to subject content will not be tolerated, in accordance with the Academic Code of Conduct described in the Student Handbook.
    • Dress Code: Inappropriate headgear or clothing will not be permitted and will be determined by Instructor discretion.

    ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS Students are expected to uphold the school's standard of conduct relating to academic honesty. Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work they submit. The guiding principle of academic integrity shall be that a student's submitted work, examinations, reports, and projects must be that of the student's own work. Students shall be guilty of violating the honor code if they:

    • Represent the work of others as their own work.
    • Use or obtain unauthorized assistance in any academic work.
    • Give unauthorized assistance to other students.
    • Modify, without instructor approval, an examination, paper, record, or report for the purpose of obtaining additional credit.
    • Misrepresent the content of submitted work.
    The penalty for violating the honor code is severe. Any student violating the honor code is subject to receive a failing grade for the course and will be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. If a student is unclear about whether a particular situation may constitute an honor code violation, the student should meet with the instructor to discuss the situation. For this class, it is permissible to assist classmates in general discussions of computing techniques. General advice and interaction are encouraged. Each person, however, must develop his or her own solutions to the assigned projects, assignments, and tasks. In other words, students may not "work together" on graded assignments. Such collaboration constitutes cheating. A student may not use or copy (by any means) another's work (or portions of it) and represent it as his/her own. If you need help on an assignment, contact your instructor, not other students.

    Consultants in the open lab are on duty to assist you with hardware and software problems. If your computer malfunctions or your printer is out of paper, go to the main desk and ask a consultant for help. The consultants are not laboratory assistants and, therefore, are not responsible for answering specific laboratory homework questions.

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