CS80.11: Exploring MS Windows

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Adjunct Instructor, Computer Studies Department
Santa Rosa Junior College, California
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Santa Rosa Junior College
Spring 2011 Semester

Instructor:  Eric Skagerberg
Web site:  < http://www.santarosa.edu/cs/eric >
Private e-mail:  e r i c at s k a g e r b e r g dot c o m   (private correspondence only!  See below for course material questions)
Home Office:  (707)573-1460, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., as available.
CIS Front Desk:  Maggini Hall 2932
CIS Front Desk phone:  527-4778

Section # Days Room Lecture & Lab Office Time1
(In the classroom)
CS 80.11 6987 Wednesdays
SR campus
Maggini 2923
& Online
6pm - 9pm

1Additional Office Time by phone or e-mail:

In Brief:

Textbook: New Perspectives on Microsoft® Windows 7 for Power Users, by Harry Phillips, Course Technology

Materials: USB flash drive

Homework and Tests (see Assignments, Exams, and Grading below):



Course Description

Introduces the student to the basics of working with Microsoft Windows. Topics covered will include: defining a Graphical User Interface (GUI), installing Windows, the Windows desktop, My Computer, Windows Explorer, using Windows applications, and using DOS (Disk Operating System) applications under Windows. (P/NP option)

Prerequisites: Course Completion of CS 101B ( or CIS 101B) or CS 105B ( or CIS 105B) or CS 5 ( or CIS 5)

Combined Classroom/Online Course:  This is a combined classroom/online course.  It's taught in a classroom and online, at the same time:   your instructor broadcasts the classroom lectures live on the web, and later puts recordings of the lectures on the Schedule page. Students may choose either way of attending, including coming to the classroom one week and attending online the next, either live or recorded.


Text:  New Perspectives on Microsoft® Windows 7 for Power Users, by Harry Phillips, Course Technology

Additional Materials:

Assignments, Exams, and Grading

How to submit assignments:

You will find your lab assignments in the Assignment Schedule section of the main course page.  Click on the link for your section to see the schedule containing links to the assignments, Answer Forms, and Exams.  To reach these materials, enter your CATE user name and CATE password.

When you do an assignment, you will have questions to answer, commands to experiment with, batch programs to write, and other tasks that will help you learn about the Windows command line.

In the Answer Form for your assignment, fill out your name, e-mail address, and your CATE user name and CATE password.  Then fill out your answers and click the Submit button.

Late Assignments:  Only complete and correct assignments receive full credit. Late assignments will receive a 20% reduction for each week late, and assignments turned in more than two weeks late will receive NO credit.  That is, 20% off the first week; 40% off the second week; not accepted the third week.  However, if an emergency arises that will prevent you from completing an assignment on time, contact your instructor before the scheduled due date to negotiate a new due date.

EXAMS:  The course will have one Mid-term and one Final exam, both online. The Final exam will be comprehensive, covering material from the entire course. You may take exams with open book and open notes.  Please see your instructor's Assignment Schedule for links to the exams.

Missing a Test: If you find you cannot take a test during the scheduled time, you must make arrangements BEFORE the test with me for a special test, otherwise I will record a score of zero for your grade.


ATTENDANCE: Students have responsibility for all material covered in lectures and labs, in addition to assignments. I take attendance for all lectures.   However, I base grades on homework and test scores.  This is a combined lecture and online course; please see the Course Description above.

WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASS: YOU have the responsibility to withdraw from class if you decide to not complete the course. Please see the Assignment Schedule for the withdrawal deadline date. To officially withdraw from a class, you must visit the SRJC Registration Web Link, or submit a drop form to the Admissions and Records Office.  After the withdrawal deadline, I cannot give you a "W" grade, but instead must give you an A, B, C, D, or F, based on the assignments and tests you have completed (normally resulting in an F). Before withdrawing, please contact me; perhaps I can help.

Academic Integrity

CONDUCT: Please follow the SRJC Student Conduct Standards.  Please expect violation of any of these rules to reduce your grade, result in your removal from this course and/or other disciplinary action, which can appear on your record and transcripts.

The system maintenance and administration skills covered in this course require self-reliance and independent effort. Collaboration, on the other hand, is sometimes appropriate in an educational setting.


SRJC Laboratory

TIMEKEEPING: Please keep track of the time you spend in a computer lab by using a TimeKeeper computer. Please ask a lab assistant for instructions.  SRJC receives state funding based on your attendance in class and in the lab.

No printing in the CIS Lab:  Do not print course materials in the CIS lab. You may print them at home or elsewhere, but if you print lab assignments or other course documents in the lab, you may be asked to leave. If you need paper copies of any course material, please ask me.