Steel Valley Middle and High School    

Course Syllabus

 

Title of Course: Computer Literacy

Credit / Term: 1 Term - 18 Weeks  .5 Credits

Recommended prerequisite: None                 

Grade Level: 9-12

Date of Last Update: 2/12/10

 

Course Description

 

Topics include but are not limited to: word processing; databases; digital image processing; Sound recording and editing; Databases; Video Editing; PowerPoint Presentations; HTML for web pages; CAD/CAM and spreadsheets (including charts and graphs).

 

Our goal is to teach students skills that will enable them to make better use of the computer while giving them a sample of what is offered in Steel ValleyŐs other computer classes.

 

Student Requirements and Expected Levels of Achievement

 

Students taking the course will be expected to:

 

1.    Attend Class Regularly

2.    Complete all lessons with at least a 60% level of competence.

3.    Complete all tests with a score of at least 60%

4.    Complete the final exam with a minimum of a 60% score.

 

 

Classroom Policies

 

Students are expected to:

 

1.    Attend class regularly and participate in classroom assignments
2.    Complete all class work by an assigned due date
3.    Bring all materials necessary to complete the lesson for the day
4.    Complete all projects, assessments, and practicals (tests)
5.    Correctly follow lab procedures and safety rules
6.    Complete make-up work in a timely manner.
7.    Seek help when needed.

8.    Sit in their assigned seat.

9.    Do their own work. Students who provide or submit work that is not their own will receive a Ň0Ó on the assignment and may be subject to further disciplinary action.

10.  Abide by all student regulations and network policies as outlined in the student handbook.

11.  Make the best use of class time to work on the computer.

12. Students are not permitted bring in or consume food, drink or gum in the computer lab.

 

 

 

 

Standards and Benchmarks

 

Essential Skills Are Aligned with State Standards/Anchors

Specific alignment information is provided on the lesson plans.

 

 

 

 

Course Content

 

Computer Class Course Syllabus

Mr. Specter and Ms. Sekura

 

90 Class days

18 Weeks

 

Course Intro OS – File systems – 2 days

            OSŐs

            Folders

            Paths

            Network use

            Rules for safety

            Spam

           

Computer Hardware – 2 Days

            WhatŐs in the box?

 

Office - Intro 1 day (Document Prep - MOS)

Word – 4 days

            Skills – Copy and paste

            Spell check

            Proof Reading

            Tabs

            Excel – 9 days

                        Basic spreadsheet

                        Addition

                        Average

                        Auto sum

                        Sort

 

            Computer File Types – 3 Days

                        Graphics Formats

Program Data types

 

            PowerPoint – 13 days

                        Templates

                        Slide generation

                        Transitions

                        Custom Animations    

 

            Filemaker Pro – 10 days

                        Setup and edit databases

 

            Practical – 2 days

                       

 

Desktop Publishing – 12 days

            In Design or Word

            Brochures

            Newsletters

 

Sketchup (CAD) - 7 days

            Purpose of CAD

            Terminology

Tools

 

Vector-Based Graphics – 6 Days

            Adobe Illustrator or Freehand

            Vector vs. bit mapped graphics

            Shading and tools

 

IMOVIE – 2 days

            Edit footage

 

 

CISCO

            IT Essentials - 3 days

                        Computer Parts

            CCNA - 2 days

                        Computer networking overview

            Practical – 1 day

 

Digicom Intro – 1 day

 

Photoshop Elements – 4 days

            Tutorial

 

HTML – 5 days

HTML Intro   

Create web pages

           

 

 

 

 

 

Procedures for Assessment

 

Assessment procedures will align with standards and skills taught Most assessment will be by skills-based tests

 

 

Math Integration

 

Math will be integrated into the course through the very nature of the course content. Specific units will include Excel 2, 3a and 3b where students will need to convert fractions to percentages. Additional units using math include the Freehand robot and camera lessons where measurements must be taken in both points and inches. The CAD/CAM lessons have been expanded to require math skills as well.

 

Reading Integration

 

Reading will be integrated into the course through the use of the lesson instructions.

 

Writing Integration

 

Writing will be integrated into the course through several lessons. These include but are not limited to the following:

In the second desktop publishing lesson students are required to write three stories. Additional writing skills are taught in our second word lesson that covers proofreading skills. Other lessons include editing text for content, such as our first desktop publishing lesson.

 

Technology Integration

 

Technology is integrated into the course by its very nature.

 

Course Materials

 

Computers

Lessons developed by the Steel Valley Faculty

 

Software:

         Microscoft Office

                  Word

                  Excel

                  PowerPoint

         Google Sketchup

         Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

         CISCO on-line Curriculum

         Adobe Illustrator or Freehand

Filemaker Pro

         IMovie or Adobe Premire

         Sound Studio

         Adobe In-Design (Possibly)

         Text Edit

         Other software as required (Subject to Change)

                 

 

 

 

Grading Policy/Rubric

 

 

 

The in-class assignments will count as 75% of the final grade each grading period.  

 

Tests (Practical Skills-based Exams) will count as 15% of the final grade each grading period. 

 

Student participation and attendance will make up the remaining 10% of the studentŐs grade. 

 

Grade Distribution:

 

 

 

90 – 100% =   A        

 

80 –  89%  =   B                    

 

70 –  79%  =   C

 

60 –  69%  =   D

 

  0 --  59%  =  F