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CSCI 103, Survey of Computing IS v3

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Melody Xiong

Instructor: "Melody" Hui Xiong
Office: 216 Weir Hall; University, MS 38677

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

An introduction to computers and computing, for students with no prior knowledge of computers. Not to be used to satisfy CSCI major requirements. (3)

Textbook Information:


Evans, Alan and Kendall Martin and Mary Ann Poatsy.

Technology in Action, Complete Version, 10/E.

Prentice Hall: 2014. ISBN: 9780133056228.

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Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Knowledge of the basic concepts and terminology of computer science.

  • Skill in accessing and utilizing the Internet to acquire global information.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 9 instructional modules (or lessons).

Lessons & Exams

Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Lesson One

Chapter 1: Using Technology to Change the World

Graded Lab, Graded Quiz

Lesson Two

Chapter 2: Looking at Computers: Understanding the Parts

Graded Lab, Graded Quiz

Lesson Three

Chapter 3: Using the Internet: Making the Most of the Web's Resources

Graded Lab, Graded Quiz


Technology in Focus: The History of the Personal Computer

Graded Quiz

Lesson Four

Chapter 4: Application Software: Programs That Let You Work and Play

Graded Lab, Graded Quiz

Lesson Five

Chapter 5: System Software: The Operating System, Utility Programs, and File Management

Graded Lab, Graded Quiz


Technology in Focus: Information Technology Ethics

Graded Quiz

Mid Course Exam

Proctored midterm exam

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Six

Chapter 6: Understanding and Assessing Hardware: Evaluating Your System

Graded Lab, Graded Quiz

Lesson Seven

Chapter 7: Networking: Connecting Computing Devices

Graded Lab, Graded Quiz


Technology in Focus: Under the Hood

Graded Quiz

Lesson Eight

Chapter 8: Digital Devices and Media: Managing a Digital Lifestyle

Graded Lab, Graded Quiz

Lesson Nine

Chapter 9: Securing Your System: Protecting Your Digital Data and Devices

Graded Lab, Graded Quiz


Technology in Focus: Careers in IT

Graded Quiz

Final Exam

Proctored final exam

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit


Grading System: Your Final Grade will be calculated as a weighted average. The table below shows the specific weights for each category. Note that your grades in blackboard are strictly calculated as outlined on this syllabus. It is important to note that there may be one or more columns generated by the Blackboard system that are visible to you in the Gradebook, but do not have any bearing on your grade.

90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

Grading Information
Each student's final course-grade shall be comprised of:

  • Graded Labs = 40%

  • Graded Quizzes = 20%

  • Mid-Course Exam & Final Exam = 40%


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