Bryant & Stratton CollegeAmherst Campus

Instructor: Jeff Fineberg

INFT 100 - Information Technology I

Winter 2009 - Course Time: Monday / Wednesday 5:00-6:40



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Instructor: Jeff Fineberg


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Course Time: Monday and Wednesday 5:00pm-6:40pm

Course Location: Room B02– Amherst Campus

Office hours: Room B02– Monday and Wednesday 6:40-7:10 (or by appointment)


Biographical Information: I have 20 years of professional IT experience.  I have held various positions including Software Development, Systems Administration, Database Administration, Project Management and Teaching.  I have worked on platforms including Mainframe MVS, Unix, Linux and various flavors of Windows.  Regarding formal education, I received a Diploma in Data Processing from Bryant and Stratton in 1983, a Bachelors Degree in “Music and Media Studies” from the University at Buffalo in 1992, and a Masters Degree in Computer Science in 2004.


Course Description: This course provides an overview of essential concepts for using computers in the Microsoft Windows environment.  The course also helps to build understanding and experience using Microsoft Office, an application that contains word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation capabilities.  Additionally, an important goal of this course is to help the student gain research techniques for finding information and solving problems when working within this environment.


Course Outcomes: Basic understanding of computer concepts, Microsoft Office, operating systems and system software.

Prerequisites: none


Textbooks:  “Discovering Computers 2009” (Thomson)

                        “Office 2007 Brief Concepts and Techniques” (Thomson)



Lecture and Whiteboard notes


Useful resources

Interesting Websites (picked by students and instructor)

Time Management and Study Skills Resources


                                   Schedule (subject to change)

Class Date

Topic(s) Discussed / Activities

Assignments / Reading - see details under "assignments"

Jan 14

Introductions and Course Overview.  Course Survey, diagnostic, Smart Thinking and Tutoring Services

-          Confirm that your email and computer accounts are set up.

-          Read next week’s material

Jan 21 (off 19)

Text: “Discovering Computers DS”

Chapter 1 – Introduction to Computers

-          Read next week’s material


Jan 26, 28

Chapter 3 – Application Software


-          Read next week’s material


Feb 2, 4

Text: “Office 2007”

Introduction to Windows Vista

-           Read next week’s material


Feb 9, 11

Creating and Editing a Word Document


-          Read next week’s material

-          Assignment 1 – MS Word

Feb 18 (off 16)

Creating and Editing a Word Document - continued

Creating a worksheet in Excel


-          Read next week’s material


Feb 23, 25

Creating a worksheet in Excel - continued

Midterm Grades Available

-          Read next week’s material

-          Assignment 2 – Excel


Mar 2, 4

Text: “Discovering Computers”

Chapter 10 - Database Management

-          Read next week’s material


Mar 9,11

Text: “Office 2007”

Creating and using a Database in Access

-          Read next week’s material

-          Assignment 3 – MS Access

Mar 16, 18

Creating and using a Database in Access (using forms)

Querying a Database

-          Read next week’s material


Mar 24

Portfolio Development Day – don’t forget to attend on this day!


Mar 23, 25

Powerpoint – design template and text slide layout to create a presentation


-          Read next week’s material

-          Final Project assigned

-          Assignment 4 - Powerpoint

Mar 30, Apr 1

Powerpoint – slide master and further enhancements


-          Continue project work

Apr 6, 8

Final Project work – various topics

-          Continue project work


Apr 13, 15

Final Projects / Presentations due



Apr 20, 22

Finals Week - course conclusion



**Have a nice break!!!**

                                    (Bold items in schedule are of high importance)


Diagnostic assessment (Grading Criteria)  - a general Rubric to be utilized for assignments


The following parameters are *generally* being used for grading assignments:

Grading Aspect

Level 1: 5-10 points

Level 2: 11-20 points

Level 3: 21-25 points


Difficult to follow and understand.

Some aspects could use further clarification.

Easy to understand points that were made.


Several inaccuracies were found in the work.

The work was generally good, but at least one inaccuracy was found.

All work was found to be correct from the standpoint of accuracy.


The work was not completed, therefore the usefulness of it was low.

There was at least one aspect to the work that wasn’t completed.

The work covered all the required aspects and could be used in a ‘real world’ setting.

Citing of sources

Unpublished Source used for the work.  No Published sources used.

Published sources used mainly, however there were some unpublished sources.

All sources for the work were from well-noted published sources.


What is meant by the use of the term *generally*?  If there is a deviance from this Rubric, it will be provided on the assignment.


Authentic assessment: Comprehension of the material will be assessed through homework assignments and tests, using the following grading policy:


                          Grading Policy



60% (4 @ 15% each)

Final Project


Class participation activities (class exercises, contributing to discussions, participation, group work, etc)










Below 70



Comments regarding grading criteria and material:

-          Tests are given to help you gauge your understanding of the material.  They consist of material covered within the period since the previous Test.  Since some material builds on previous topics, therefore tests may be somewhat comprehensive.  Advanced arrangements must be made if a Test is to be missed (unless a documented emergency exists).

-          Assignments are based upon the material covered in class and from reading assignments. 


Portfolio Inclusion – the written assignments and tests are both possible candidates for your portfolio.  It is important that your work be well formatted for this purpose.


Critical Workplace Competency – this course will have an emphasis on persistence, a sense of quality, problem solving, processing information (utilizing past experience to enhance your knowledge – the ability to learn new information).


Information Literacy – the exercises and assignments in this course will help the student to develop the ability to utilize computers and software for creating and delivering information.


Use of Technology – Microsoft Windows and Office 2007 are used extensively in this course.  The components to be utilized are word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and databases.  The computer work performed in this class can be done in the class labs and also the library.


Lifelong Learning Competency Development – this course will help with the development of lifelong learning through research and problem solving activities.


Make-up Policy / Late Work **WARNING – an absence does not automatically give an extension to assignments!!!**

-          Assignments/Projects not submitted in by the due date will be penalized by 20% per day.  If a test or assignment is missed with no advanced warning and a documented emergency exists, it will be the instructor’s discretion as to whether or not a make-up test (or time extension) will be allowed.


Incompletes: under normal circumstances these are not given.  Where appropriate, any special cases need to be approved by the Dean’s office.


Student Support Services (SSS): Specific blocks of time are set aside in the morning, afternoon and evening when both students and instructors are available.  Please take advantage of this valuable resource.  I am available during my office hours (or by appointment) for any additional help you may need.


Class List by email: Periodically messages may be sent via email to everyone in INFT100 regarding assignments, etc.  Also, please feel free to email me directly with any questions or suggestions at:


Attendance: attending class is critical in order to gain an understanding of the material.  In addition, there is material that you will be responsible for that is covered only in class (in addition to the text). 


Class participation: This portion of your grade is composed of class activity work, answering questions in class, suggesting useful / interesting resources, URLs, etc.


Classroom Etiquette: please exercise good judgment during the class.  Make sure that your cell phones aren’t set up to ring.  During class lecture, conversations should involve the topics being discussed and should be shared with the class.  Also, it is the school policy that food and drink should not be brought into the classroom.


Academic Integrity / Plagiarism: It is expected that each student perform their own work.  Any acts of plagiarism will be dealt with according to the policy of Bryant and Stratton.