CSCI 103 Computer Concepts

CSCI 103 IS Sec 3, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Bethany Lucas

Instructor name:
Bethany Lucas

Instructor Information:
Hi Students! I'll be your instructor for this course.

Originally from Ripley, MS, I hold an A.S. in Computer Programming from Northeast Mississippi Community College, a B.S. in Technology Teacher Education, and a M.S. in Technology from Mississippi State University.

Currently, I teach Software Development at the Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology. Teaching computer science blends two of my favorite things – technology and helping others. Computer science intersects every career field and I hope you find the content of this course useful in your everyday life and future endeavors. In my spare time, I enjoy binging podcasts and audiobooks. I reside in Pontotoc with my husband, Jeff, and our adorable cats Bob, Iggy, and Patchouli.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

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

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Course Description

Survey of Computing is an introduction to computers for students with little or no prior experience. The course explores a variety of topics to help you better understand how computers work and how society interacts with them. This course should not be used to satisfy CSCI major requirements.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

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

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge
    • The significance of the user of technology in the modern world
    • Computer hardware basics for a typical computer system
    • Software system categories and their uses
    • Major tasks performed by the operating system
    • Basic types and uses of computer networks
    • Security issues for computing
    • Computer programming basics
  2. Utilize the Internet to obtain and assess quality global information
  3. Discuss specific ways in which technology affects our everyday lives
  4. Discuss the global impact of technology upon society as a whole

Course Outline:

This course consists of 11 instructional modules (or lessons) and 2 proctored examinations.

You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance. * NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Lesson Reading Assignments Due for Grades Suggested Pacing Guide to complete the course in a traditional semester. *Summer session students will need to make adjustments due to the shorter time period*
Start Here *You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page. Syllabus Quiz Week 1
0 Introduction Discussion board Week 1
1 Pre-Assessment
Concept Module 1 - Impact of Digital Technology
MindTap Activites and Quiz Week 1
2 Concept Module 2 - The Web MindTap Activites and Quiz Week 2
3 Concept Module 3 - Computer Hardware
In the News: The Verge Tech
MindTap Activites, Quiz and In the News Essay Week 3
4 Concept Module 4 - Operating Systems and File Management MindTap Activites and Quiz Week 4
5 Concept Module 5 - Software and Apps MindTap Activites and Quiz Week 5
Mid-term Exam Covers Modules 1-5 To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 6
MIDPOINT OF COURSE If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.
All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.
Microsoft Office In the News - Tech News World
Microsoft Office Module
MindTap Activities and In the News Essay Week 7
6 Concept Module 6 - Security and Safety MindTap Activites and Quiz Week 8
7 Concept Module 7 - Digital Media MindTap Activites Week 9
8 Concept Module 8 - Program, App Use, and Development
In the News- Wired Technology
MindTap Activites, Quiz and In the News Essay Week 10
9 Concept Module 9 - Web Development MindTap Activites and Quiz Week 11
10 Concept Module 10 - Networking MindTap Activites Week 12
11 Concept Module 11 - Digital Communication MindTap Activites and Quiz Week 13
Post Assessment Post Assessment
In the News: Tech Crunch
Practice Exam for Final
Post Assessment and In the News Essay  Week 14
Final Exam Comprehensive exam from all chapters (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam) To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit
Week 15


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


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.