Winter, 2018


Office: 164-1022     
Phone: 909-869-5289

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Office hours

M/W: 10:00 - 12:00 AM; T/TH: 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Class meetings

M/W:  8:00 p.m. - 9:50 p.m.
Location - Building 98, Room C4-33

Course description

(4 units) Using personal computers and personal productivity software: (1) Windows environment, (2) Word processing, (3) Spreadsheets, (4) Presentations, (5) Data management. Problem solving using software packages adopted by the College of Business Administration. Credit/No Credit (No letter grade).

Expected outcomes

The purpose of this course is to have each student attain a level of expertise in each of the applications so that they may use those skills in subsequent courses at Cal Poly Pomona without the course instructor having to spend time on the basic use of the applications.

Course overview

The subject material covered in this class addresses five topics: Windows 10 and the Microsoft Office 2016 versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access. There are no required lecture sessions for this class. All instructional materials are self-paced, computer-based learning materials. There are no lecture sessions for this class. Students must prepare for the exams using the SAM application software. This software provides training, projects, and videos that students work through at their own pace to become proficient with the five topics that will be tested.  Here is a quick overview to explain how this course will work:

  • The course consists for three areas: exam days, study days, and projects. You can use the computer equipment in the classroom or any other computer with Internet access to prepare for the exams and complete your projects.
  • Students must prepare for the exams and complete their projects using the SAM application software. This software provides training, projects, and videos that students work through at their own pace to become proficient with the five areas that will be tested, namely Microsoft Windows 10, Microsoft Word 2016, Microsoft PowerPoint 2016, Microsoft Excel 2016, and Microsoft Access 2016.
  • Exams are scheduled on selected days as listed in the schedule at the end of this syllabus. Each topic will be tested on an exam day: the 1st exam will test Windows 10, the 2nd exam will test Microsoft Word 2016, the 3rd exam will test Microsoft PowerPoint, the 4th exam will test Microsoft Excel, and the 5th exam will test Microsoft Access.
  • Three Attempts Policy: To receive credit for the course, you must pass ALL five exams with a minimum score of 70% on each exam exam and pass all four of the assigned projects with a score of 70% or greater on each project. (For example, if you score 100% on four exams and 69% on one exam or 100% on three projects and 69% on one project, you will not receive credit for the course; however, if you score 70% or higher on each of the five exams and four projects, you will receive the credit.)
  • Unless you have a legitimate reason with written proof, you can’t skip either the first or the second try. If you skip the first try without a legitimate reason with written proof, you will only have the second try and the third try; if you skip the first and second try without a legitimate reason with written proof, you will only have the third (the final try).
  • Exams are given in the classroom only. Please be noted that the followings are NOT allowed during the exams:
    • Cell phone usage. 
    • Browsing any other websites other than the Sam website.
  • Two Groups Format: There are about twice the number of students enrolled in this section than there are seats available in the classroom. Therefore, students will be assigned to one of the two groups to take the first try of the exams: 
    • Group A: the first 45 of the class (A to Rios) alphabetically; first hour at 8:00 p.m. 
    • Group Bthe rest; second hour at 8:35 p.m. (Note: If you wish to take the exam earlier than 8:45 pm, you can come around 8:25 to see if some students in Group A have finished their exam.)
    • For the 2nd and 3rd try, please all come in at 8:00 p.m..
  • Students must show their Bronco ID cards on exam days. After the exam is taken (pass or fail), you are required to print the exam result and show it to the instructor with your Bronco ID card to prove that the exam is taken.

Course Materials

  • Required: Every student must purchase an unique access codes from the Bronco Bookstore by the end of the first week of the class to utilize the SAM application software to prepare for the examinations. Generally, students are encouraged not to purchase online because they can end up buying different versions. 
  • Suggested: A comprehensive textbook is also available for this course in the Bronco Bookstore. Microsoft Office 2016: Introductory Concepts and Techniques, Premium Video Edition (1st Ed.) by Shelly/Cashman/Vermaat includes detailed sections for all of the components of the course plus instructional videos and access to an accompanying website.
  • Course websites (  This site contains the training lessons, practice exams and projects that you will use to prepare for your exams. You must create a login account to access this site, and use your SAM access code. On the home page, under the login box, click "New Users", then follow the instructions to register. To register, use T2035965 as the Institution Key and the "key code" you bought from the bookstore. Rememer to register for "Winter 2018 Section 07 Hwang".
  • How-to Videos: On the home page, upper right corner, click "Help", then click "How-to Videos". On the left-hand side, click "Student" role and many training videos will show up on the right. Videos such as "Getting Started," "Completig a Training," and "Completing a Project" are very helpful.

Services for Students with Disabilities

The office of Disability Resource Services has been designated as the campus authority to verify disabilities and to prescribe specific accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities. Individualized programs are designed that enable students to compete academically on an equal basis with their non-disabled peers. Please contact:
Catherine Schmitt Whitaker, Director; phone: (909) 869-3333 (Voice/TDD); office: Bldg. 9, Room 103; E-mail: ; URL:

Student Conduct and Expectations

  • Academic Dishonesty: Any form of academic dishonesty committed by a student will result in the student receiving a grade of "no credit" for the course, and the student will be referred to judicial affairs.
  • Exams: Students must pass five computer-based exams, with one exam addressing each of the following topics: Windows 7, Microsoft Word 2016, Microsoft PowerPoint 2016, Microsoft Excel 2016, and Microsoft Access 2016. Each exam will be administered in the classroom. Students are required to attend class on exam days, and students must identify themselves by presenting their Bronco ID cards to the instructor.
  • Training: The SAM software provides self-paced, training modules that allow students to learn and practice the skills required to become proficient on the topics covered in the course exams. These training modules are excellent materials to help students prepare for the required exams, and they have been developed to address the specific tasks from which the exams are based.
  • Projects: Students must complete four SAM software projects. The schedule located at the end of this syllabus indicates the dues dates for these four projects that pertain to Microsoft Word 2016, Microsoft PowerPoint 2016, Microsoft Excel 2016, and Microsoft Access 2016. For each of these projects, students will use SAM to download a project file and instructions, then perform the work on their downloaded project file, and finally submit their completed project file to SAM for grading.

Grade Assessment

This course is graded on a credit/no credit basis. To receive credit for this course, the student must pass all five exams with a score of 70% or higher on each exam and 70% or higher on each project. Training lessons and videos are not graded, as they are aids for students to prepare for the required exams. There will be no exceptions to this grading policy.

Exam Schedule

Week Date Topic
Project Duedate

Wednesday, Jan. 3 Introduction

2 Monday, Jan. 8 Windows 10 Exam - 1st Try
Wednesday, Jan. 10 Windows 10 Exam - 2nd Try
3 Monday, Jan. 15 Self Study (Holiday)
Wednesday, Jan. 17 Self Study
4 Monday, Jan. 22 Word Exam - 1st Try Jan. 21, 11 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 24 Word Exam - 2nd Try
5 Monday, Jan. 29 Self Study
Wednesday, Jan. 31 Self Study
6 Monday, Feb. 5 PowerPoint Exam - 1st Try Feb. 4, 11 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 7 PowerPoint Exam - 2nd Try
7 Monday, Feb. 12 Self Study
Wednesday, Feb. 14 Self Study
8 Monday, Feb. 19 Excel Exam - 1st Try Feb 18, 11 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 21 Excel Exam - 2nd Try
9 Monday, Feb. 26 Self Study
Wednesday, Feb. 28 Self Study
10 Monday, March 5 Access Exam - 1st Try March 4, 11 pm
Wednesday, March 7 Access Exam - 2nd Try