CGS 2100 Microcomputer Applications for Business and Economics
Fall 2014
Course Calendar

Last Update: August 22, 2014

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 class: Tuesday August 26, 2014
No Classes for Veterans Day: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
No Classes for Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 27, 2014


Assignment or Exam Date Due
First Day Attendance Survey Must be completed by 6:00pm on Thursday, August 28
Syllabus Quiz Friday, September 5
MS Office Assignment #1 Friday, September 19
MS Office Assignment #2 Friday, October 3
Deadline to sign up for Exam 1 time Monday, October 13
MS Office Assignment #3 Friday, October 17
Exam 1 Session Monday, October 20, through Friday, October 24
MS Office Assignment #4 Friday, October 31
Deadline to sign up for Exam 2 time Monday, November 25
MS Office Assignment #5 Friday, November 14
Exam 2 Session Monday, December 1, through Friday, 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.

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 (8/26, 8/28) Syllabus
Course Overview
Exploring Our Digital Planet
Course Syllabus
Course Calendar
Text Chapter 1
Week 2 (9/2, 9/4) Exploring Our Digital Planet
Discussion of assignment 1: Research Paper
Text Chapter 1
Text Chapter 2
Week 3 (9/9, 9/11) The 30 Second Version of Technology Basics
Hardware Basics: Inside the Box
Text Appendix A, Chapter 2
Week 4 (9/16, 9/18) Hardware Basics: Peripherals Text Chapter 3
Week 5 (9/23, 9/25) Discussion of assignment 2: Excel Spreadsheet
Software Basics: The Ghost in the Machine
Text Chapter 4
Week 6 (9/30, 10/2) Software Basics: The Ghost in the Machine
Productivity Applications
Text Chapters 4 & 5
Week 7 (10/7, 10/9) Discussion of assignment 3: Excel Spreadsheet
Productivity Applications
Text Chapter 5
Week 8 (10/14, 10/16) Graphics, Digital Media, and Multimedia Text Chapter 6
Week 9 (10/21, 10/23) Discussion of assignment 4: Excel Spreadsheet
Issues in Ethics and Technology: ACM Code of Ethics
Database Applications and Privacy Implications
Test 1 Week
Text Appendix B, Chapter 7
Week 10 (10/28, 10,30) Database Applications and Privacy Implications
The Evolving Internet
Text Chapters 7 & 8
Week 11 (11/4, 11/6) Discussion of assignment 5: Excel Spreadsheet
The Basics of Networking
Text Chapter 10
Week 12 (11/13) The Basics of Networking
Computer Security and Risks
Text Chapters 10 & 9
Week 13 (11/18, 11/20) Computer Security and Risks
Text Chapter 9
Week 14 (11/25) Final lecture of the semester
and wrapup
Week 15 (12/2, 12/4) Test 2 Week

Skills Required Readings

When Course Topics
Assigned Readings
Week 1 Creating Documents with Microsoft Word 2013 Chapter 11
Week 2 Using Word to Create Resumes and Cover Letters Chapter 12
Week 3 Creating Worksheets with Column Charts using Microsoft Excel 2013 Chapter 13
Week 4 Creating Tables and Inserting Functions and Charts Chapter 14