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

Last Update: January 7, 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 Classes: Tuesday/Thursday January 7/9, 2014
No Classes (Spring Break): Tuesday/Thursday March 11/13, 2014


Assignment or Exam Date Due
First Day Attendance Survey Must be completed by 6:00pm on Thursday, January 9
Syllabus Quiz Friday, January 17
MS Office Assignment #1 Friday, January 31
Deadline to sign up for Exam 1 time Monday, February 10
MS Office Assignment #2 Friday, February 14
Exam 1 Session Monday, February 17, through Thursday, February 20
MS Office Assignment #3 Friday, February 28
MS Office Assignment #4 Friday, March 21 March 28
Deadline to sign up for Exam 2 time Monday, March 31
MS Office Assignment #5 Friday, April 11 April 18
Exam 2 Session Monday, April 7, through Thursday, April 10


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 Course Syllabus
Course Calendar
Week 2 Using Technology to Change the World TIA Chapter 1
Week 3 History of the PC TIA Technology in Focus
Week 3 Looking at Computers:
Understanding the Parts
TIA Chapter 2
Week 4 Using the Internet:
Making the Most of
the Web's Resources
TIA Chapter 3
Week 5 Information Technology Ethics TIA Technology in Focus
Week 6 Application Software:
Programs that Let You
Work and Play
TIA Chapter 4
Week 7 Using System Software:
The Operating System,
Utility Programs,
and File Management
TIA Chapter 5
Week 8 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 9 Securing Your System:
Protecting Your Digital
Data and Devices
TIA Chapter 7
Week 10 Careers in IT TIA Technology in Focus
Week 11 Behind the Scenes: Databases and Information Systems TIA Chapter 8
Week 12 Behind the Scenes: Networking and Security in the Business World TIA Chapter 9

Skills Required Readings

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