INSTRUCTOR: Tom Wheeler (Office in Room 208) 941-0430 x5211 (DeVry e-mail address)



WEEKLY CONTACT HOURS: 2 Lecture, 4 Laboratory


TEXT: Grauer & Barber: Exploring Microsoft Office 2000 Professional (Volume I) (PH)


Major Topics Covered In Course:


  1. Introduction to computers and the Internet
  2. Applications: Word-processing, spreadsheets, presentation, schematic capture
  3. Introduction to programming


This course introduces the personal computer as a tool to be used throughout the electronics engineering technology program. Four general areas addressed include computer literacy, with related eithical issues; an introduction to the Internet; prevalent applications, such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, schematic capture and presentation software; and a brief introduction to computer programming. The associated lab provides supervised practice sessions to help develop practical skills and to promote ethical use of computers for business and technical problem solving.




Daily class attendance is required. You are responsible for the material presented in all class sessions, regardless of your presence or absence. Absence of more than 8 class and/or lab hours is cause for dismissal from the course, with a grade of F. You are expected to be on time for every class meeting. If you will not be able to make it to class on time, please call the instructor in advance to make arrangements.








There are 2 major exams, an unspecified number of quizzes given at random intervals, various homework assignments, and a final examination given in the 15th week of the course.Your grade will be determined as follows:

2 Major Exams @ 100 points each: 200 points (Sum of two scores)

Laboratory Reports: 100 points (A percentage)

Final Exam (Comprehensive): 150 points

450 points total for course


Note: There is no drop test, and makeup exams are not given. Alternate exam arrangements must be made at least 3 business days in advance of the scheduled examination. All examinations will be announced at least 1 week prior to administration. All students must take the final exam.



90 - 100 % = A 80 - 89 % = B 70 - 79 % = C 60 - 69 % = D <60 % = F




Copying the work of another, and claiming it to be your own is plagiarism. This includes (but is not limited to) copying others homework, copying from a lab manual or textbook, or collusion. The minimum penalty for cheating in any form is a grade of zero for the element involved; in some cases, failure of the course and/or expulsion from the Institute will also result. All cases of misconduct will be documented and forwarded to Student Services for disciplinary consideration. The DeVry Student Handbook contains complete information on this topic.


EMERGENCY PROCEDURES - Each classroom has a plaque (located near the door) with instructions for evacuation in the event of an emergency. The instructor will remain in charge of your class group should the situation arise.

FOOD or DRINK are not allowed in the DeVry laboratory at any time, due to safety concerns, even in closed containers of any type. Violators will be expelled from the laboratory, with a grade of zero recorded for the work to be performed in that lab period. Repeat offenders will be suspended from the course with a grade of F.




Midterm Grade Estimation Worksheet

Sr. Professor Wheeler


The following table can be used to estimate your standing in my course as of midterm. You will be required to fill out the data in this table, and bring it to our midterm class meeting.


There are no midterm grades delivered by the DeVry system; by filling in the data in this table, you will compute your own midterm grade in my course. You are responsible for keeping track of the information on this worksheet.


The midterm grade is estimated by a total point system. At midterm, 200 points are possible, with 100 points coming from each of the following: Laboratory Percentage and Exam #1 Percentage.


Calculating Laboratory Percentage:


In the table below, the number of points possible for each lab is given. Write in your scores (from your returned papers).


Lab 1

Lab 2

Lab 3








Your midterm lab percent score is the sum of all the lab scores entered, divided by the number of labs assigned (3).


A: Midterm Lab Percent Score: ____________


B: Your score on exam 1: __________


Calculation of Midterm Grade in the Course:


Add up the two sources of percentage points (items A and B), and divide by 2. The result is the percent grade you've earned at midterm.



Your class midterm grade = (A + B ) / 2 = ________