CGS 2100 Microcomputer Applications for Business and Economics
Spring 2015
Course Calendar

Last Update: January 6, 2015

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 term: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
No Classes for Spring Break: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 and Thursday, March 12, 2014


Assignment or Exam Date Due
First Day Attendance Survey Must be completed by 8:00pm on Thursday, January 8
Syllabus Quiz Friday, January 23
MS Office Assignment #1 Friday, January 30
MS Office Assignment #2 Friday, February 13
MS Office Assignment #3 Friday, February 27
Deadline to sign up for Exam 1 time Monday, March 2
Exam 1 Session Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20
MS Office Assignment #4 Friday, March 27
MS Office Assignment #5 Friday, April 10
Deadline to sign up for Exam 2 time Monday, April 13
Exam 2 Session Monday, April 20, through Friday, April 24


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 (1/8) Syllabus
Course Overview
Course Syllabus
Course Calendar
Text Chapter 1
Week 2 (1/13, 1/15) Exploring Our Digital Planet
Discussion of assignment 1: Research Paper
Text Chapter 1
Text Chapter 2
Week 3 (1/20, 1/22) The 30 Second Version of Technology Basics
Hardware Basics: Inside the Box
Text Appendix A, Chapter 2
Week 4 (1/27, 1/29) Hardware Basics: Peripherals Text Chapter 3
Week 5 (2/3, 2/5) Discussion of assignment 2: Excel Spreadsheet
Software Basics: The Ghost in the Machine
Text Chapter 4
Week 6 (2/10, 2/12) Software Basics: The Ghost in the Machine
Productivity Applications
Text Chapters 4 & 5
Week 7 (2/17, 2/19) Discussion of assignment 3: Excel Spreadsheet
Productivity Applications
Text Chapter 5
Week 8 (2/24, 2/26) Graphics, Digital Media, and Multimedia Text Chapter 6
Week 9 (3/3, 3/5) Database Applications and Privacy Implications Chapter 7
Week 10 (3/17, 3/19) Discussion of assignment 4: Excel Spreadsheet
Issues in Ethics and Technology: ACM Code of Ethics
The Evolving Internet
Concepts Test 1 all week
Text Appendix B, Chapter 8
Week 11 (3/24, 3/26) The Basics of Networking Text Chapter 10
Week 12 (3/31, 4/2) Discussion of assignment 5: Excel Spreadsheet
Computer Security and Risks
Chapter 9
Week 13 (4/7, 4/9) Computer Security and Risks
Text Chapter 9
Week 14 (4/14, 4/16) Final lecture of the semester
and wrapup
Week 15 (4/21, 4/23) Concepts Test 2 all 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