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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.
Blackboard Instructions
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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. A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing and the Internet, 3/E by Sara Baase, Published by Prentice Hall.
  3. 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.

    Please consult the NSU Student Handbook on matters regarding student conduct such as attendance, illness, off-campus trips, and grade appeals, etc.

    The College of Science, Engineering and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU students who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in RTC, Suite 100. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. Visit the site at

    In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans With Disabilites Act (ADA) of 1990, if you have a disability or think you have a disability, we ask that you please contact the Supporting Students through Disability Services (SSDS) office.
    LOCATION: Student Services Center Room 110D
    CONTACT PERSON: Marian E. Shepherd - Disability Services Coordinator SSDS
    TELEPHONE: (757) 823-2014

    As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise, by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

    Class Attendance Policy
  • A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook ( for further details.

  • NSU email Accounts
  • In an effort to keep students informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU student email account frequently.
    You may access your official NSU email account at Follow instructions on the NSU-webmail login page.

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