CGS 2100 Microcomputer Applications for Business and Economics
Fall 2013
Course Calendar

Last Update: August 26, 2013

This handout provides the planned course schedule, including due dates and required readings. This information is tentative, may be updated and is subject to change as the semester progresses. Check the course web site, including both announcements and this handout's latest version, and check your FSU email, often.


First Day of Classes: Monday 8/26
No Classes (Thanksgiving): Thursday 11/28
Last Day of Classes: Thursday 12/6


Assignment or Exam Date Due
First Day Attendance Survey Wednesday, August 28
Syllabus Quiz Wednesday, September 4
MS Office Assignment #1 Friday, September 20
Deadline to sign up for Exam 1 time Monday, October 7
MS Office Assignment #2 Friday, October 11
Exam 1 Session Monday, October 14 through Thursday, October 17
MS Office Assignment #3 Friday, October 25
MS Office Assignment #4 Friday, November 8
Last day to turn in any assignment Monday, November 11
Deadline to sign up for Exam 2 time Monday, November 25
Exam 2 Session Monday, December 2 through Thursday, December 5


This following table lists course lecture topics and corresponding assigned readings. Be sure to check the syllabus information to make certain that you purchase the correct textbooks.

Topics and readings will typically be covered in the order listed. Generally, we will alternate between covering concepts topics and skills topics.

Note on semesters: full semesters (fall and spring) typically are comprised of 15 weeks of scheduled classes; summer half-terms typically are comprised of 6 weeks of scheduled classes.

Concepts Required Readings

When Course Topics
Assigned Readings
Week 1 Course Overview Handout: Course Syllabus
Handout: Course Calendar
PowerPoint Lecture Course Overview
Week 1 Using Technology to Change the World TIA Chapter 1
Week 2 History of the PC TIA Technology in Focus
Week 2 Looking at Computers:
Understanding the Parts
TIA Chapter 2
Week 3 Using the Internet:
Making the Most of
the Web's Resources
TIA Chapter 3
Week 3 Handout: Instructions for
Submitting and Storing
Week 4 Information Technology Ethics TIA Technology in Focus
Week 5 Application Software:
Programs that Let You
Work and Play
TIA Chapter 4
Week 6 Using System Software:
The Operating System,
Utility Programs,
and File Management
TIA Chapter 5
Week 7 Computing Alternatives TIA Technology in Focus
Week 8 Understanding and Assessing Hardware: Evaluating Your System TIA Chapter 6
Week 9 Under the Hood TIA Technology in Focus
Week 10 Securing Your System:
Protecting Your Digital
Data and Devices
TIA Chapter 9
Week 11 Careers in IT TIA Technology in Focus
Week 12 Behind the Scenes: Databases and Information Systems TIA Chapter 11
Week 13 Behind the Scenes: Networking and Security in the Business World TIA Chapter 12

Skills Required Readings

When Course Topics
Assigned Readings
Week 1 Using the Common Features of MS Office 2010 GO Common Chapter 1
Week 1 Creating Documents with MS Word 2010 GO Word Chapter 1
Week 2 Using Tables and Templates to Create Resumes and Cover Letters GO Word Chapter 2
Week 3 Creating Research Papers, Newsletters and Merged Mailing Labels GO Word Chapter 3
Week 4/5 Creating a Worksheet and Charting Data GO Excel Chapter 1
Week 6/7 Using Functions, Creating Tables, and Managing Large Workbooks GO Excel Chapter 2
Week 8/9 Analyzing Data with Pie Charts, Line Charts, and What-If Analysis Tools GO Excel Chapter 3
Week 10/11 Integrated Projects 2010 GO Integrated Projects Chapter 1