1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Custom Sections
  14. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  15. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  16. Severe Weather Protocol
  17. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  18. Religious Observances
  19. UAct Statement

Applied Digital Tools

CSM 445-910Spring 2018 | 3 Credit Hours


Juanita McMath

Contact Information

UA Campus Directory:

Office hours are virtual office hours, achieved through email communications VoIP with SKYPE, and cell phone access to the professor. Specific email/phone/SKYPE office hours are: Tuesday through Thursday 9 am - 11 am & 2 pm - 3 pm Central Time. Class email contact: csm445@ches.ua.edu IIT Office Cell: 205.799.1567 Office: 205.348.2785 Office SKYPE: iit.faculty

Messages left on the IIT cell number will be forwarded to the professors as an email message with the voice message attached as an mp3 file. Speak clearly noting the class you are in and the reason for the call. For all sections, professors/instructors will use the communications feature, Announcements, on Blackboard Learn Portal to communicate information to you as a group instead of sending group emails. Students should check the class Announcements at least once a week.

Email Communications: Students will use their official UA Email, Crimson, for the class; no outside email will be used. Check your student email to be sure you know how to use it and check it regularly. Dr. McMath can be reached at csm445@ches.ua.edu. As a formal communication with your professor, emails should be of an approprite tone, have an opening and ending salutation, and provide the teacher with details of why you are making contact. All emails should have a Subject Line that relates to the email content; emails without a subject line are filtered as spam. Get into a good practice now with email and always check your grammar and spelling before sending any email.


UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

No prereqs found

Pre-requisite: CSM 101 or CS 102 with grade of C- or higher

Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

The course encompasses a collection of technical skills beyond basic computer applications; content is focused on the use of technology in real-world contexts, such as the digital consumer society and digital workplaces. Students are expected to demonstrate applied proficiency in word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet tools (by major) as well as other emerging productivity tool sets. Students exit this class with a variety of experiences in the use of personal technologies as well as those which might be encountered in a digital workplace; these may include applied privacy and security defense strategies, organizational applications, mobile device applications, and cloud-computing as applied in case studies and/or project-based activities. Basic computer-use proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

Online-all instruction via Blackboard Learn. The syllabus information is subject to change by the faculty members. The faculty reserve the right to make changes in the activities and outcome measures.

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:

There is no required text. The class features online resources curated by the professor and housed on the Universities Learning Management System, Blackboard Learn. These resources are connected to each topic through lectures and learning activities. Students are also required to use the online library facilities available to them as students in online classes at The University of Alabama, including using SCOUT. Sometimes ‘optional’ readings are suggested based on workplace situations and/or particular interests of the group for reading outside of the course per se.

Student Learning Outcomes

Goal & Topic

Outcome Measure

1.0 Understand advanced operations associated with one tool from a suite of computerized tools, such as Microsoft, in a cloud-computing environment

1.1 Construct or use MS Excel spreadsheets for analysis and reports using exercises or data sets provided

1.2 Create reports based on data sets following specific criteria, incorporating advanced Word and PowerPoint products in culminating report,

1.3 Demonstrate ability to share a data-based (Excel) report via a cloud-based tool.

2.0 Become aware of wide range of tools to assist in the location, organization, synthesis, and reporting of information from virtual sources reflecting efficient data handling strategies.

2.1 Demonstrate ability to use social bookmarking as a consumer of information, including tags

2.2 Demonstrate ability to share links via a social bookmarking site

2.3 Demonstrate the ability to locate and share information via one or more mobile app.

2.4 Demonstrate the ability to download and install mobile apps on devices including a Smartphone.

2.5 Demonstrate the ability to locate and use mobile resource sites.

3.0 Understand the changing strategies in computer-mediated, professional communications as part of a post-email, global economy.

3.1 Demonstrate traditional email strategies (sig files, attachments, backing up) as pre-requisite to topic’s skills.

3.2 Demonstrate ability to virtually navigate, locate and cite online resources located through UA’s Online Libraries as a pre-requisite to topic’s skills.

3.3 Summarize one or more identified digital trend as a theme related to emerging communications strategies in the workplace.

3.4 Demonstrate use of a capture app to create .pdfs

4.0 Explore mobile applications (apps) related to workplace productivity.

4.1 Demonstrate ability to locate mobile applications.

4.2 Identify source(s) for reviews of mobile applications related to student’s major area (career area)

4.3 Illustrate use(s) of Evernote or other mobile-based tool for professional purposes

4.4 Download and use one or more mobile application for productivity

5.0 Understand the concept of cloud computing as evidenced in tools & applications in workplace environments, including web-based resource sharing

5.1 Demonstrate the ability to share files via one or more cloud-based file-sharing program

5.2 Demonstrate the ability to engage in professional exchanges via one or more cloud-based tools

5.3 Illustrate the use of one or more cloud-based tool for resource (site) sharing via a social bookmarking site

6.0 Creating awareness of specific components of digital privacy and security in the workplace

6.1 Demonstrate knowledge of first defense strategies including email management, passwords, web applications, browsers, and software

6.2 Identify preventative as well as repair strategies associated with technology use and internet safety & privacy

6.3 Demonstrate the ability to set/change Internet security settings as well as update anti-virus, browsers, software

Other Course Materials

Students need a computer with Internet connectivity and Microsoft Office with the following programs: Word, Excel & PowerPoint. In addition students need a headset or speakers to listen to audio/video files.

Outline of Topics

Computerized tools of Microsoft Suite

Research resources data management

Computer-mediated, professional communications

Mobile applications

Cloud computing tools and applications

Digital privacy and security in the workplace

Exams and Assignments

There are quiz assessments and assignments that require other skills such as producing products. Each student is expected to complete cognitive activities on course content or to demonstrate skill acquisition through product development. There is no final exam in the course. In this class there are no group assignments, therefore each student will work on their assignments individually. Students are expected to complete the assignments on their own. All assignment products have due dates noted that are located in the Tasks Area and Calendar Area. All assignments are due before 12 Midnight (11:59 pm) Central Time by the specified due date with one submission per assignment. Late work is not graded unless there is an approved extension or excuse submitted (see Policy on Missed Exams or Coursework Section); any assignment product not submitted correctly will receive a grade of zero. It is the student's responsibility to check due dates and stay current on assignments. Please do not hesitate to email the class email for any questions.

Grading Policy

The grade for each assignment product will be based on explicit criteria in the grading rubrics for each assignment. Students have access to the rubrics to review and it is recommended students review the rubrics before submitting an assignment. Grades will post no later than 7 days after the due date of an assignment. No late work is graded (see Missed Exams and Assignments for exceptions); any assignment product not submitted correctly will receive a grade of zero. Note: If a student has a question about an assignment grade, this must be addressed within 7 days of the grade being posted in the grades area. Please check all assignment grades in a timely manner and contact me at the class email within 7 days about any grading questions. In the course grades area, students can view each assignment grade, the grading rubric, and cumulative points. The cumulative points are a running total of points earned so students can keep up with their overall class grade to assignments submitted and graded. Students are expected to review their grades regularly and ask questions within the 7 day period after posting. Please do not hesitate to email the class email for questions. *Computing proficiency is required to pass the Computer Core Course. Below is the scale of grading for the overall class grade to a letter grade. Mid-semester and final grades will use this grading scale.

Grading Scale

A+ = 97-100% A = 94-96% A- = 90-93% B+ = 87-89 B = 84-86% B- = 80-83% C+ = 77-79% C = 74-76% C- = 70-73% D+ = 67-69% D = 64-66% D- = 60-63% F = 59% and Below

F - Never Attended and F - Stopped Attending Grades Please be reminded that it is your responsibility to drop a class that you never attend or stop attending. If you fail to drop a class that you never attend or stop attending, you will be assigned a grade of “F” (or “NC” if applicable) for that class, the grade will be part of your permanent academic record, and it will impact your GPA. The Office of the University Registrar does not adjust student registration based on the assignment of failing grades with a reason of Never Attended or Stopped Attending. The student will bear the responsibility of dropping a course within the published guidelines. No tuition adjustments will be made for students who receive a failing grade for reasons of Never Attended or Stopped Attending. Following the last day to drop a course with a “W” for the term, any midterm grades of “F” of “NC” that have been submitted with a reason of Never Attended or Stopped Attending will be reflected on the transcript as the student’s final grade for the class. Likewise, grades of “F” or “NC” submitted during final grading with a reason of Never Attended or Stopped Attending will be reflected on the transcript as the student’s final grade for the class. Whether submitted during midterm grading or final grading, the reason for the “F” or “NC” grade will not appear on the transcript. For a more detailed explanation of the new procedure, please visit the Non-Attendance Grading Information Page. Please note that grades of "NC" can only be assigned in freshman composition and introductory math courses. For any additional questions, please contact The Office of the University Registrar at 205-348-2020 or by email at registrar@ua.edu.

Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

The course has all assignment items with the associated due dates in the Tasks area. All assignment products are due before 12 Midnight Central Time. No late work is accepted unless (1) the student made prior arrangements with instructor before the due date or (2) medical excuse received within 7 days of return to school date, or (3) an assignment extension requested before the due date/time. Prior arrangements would include items such as a student is moving and Internet access will be down for a week or a religious holiday, military duty, jury duty, etc. Student travel on official university activities requires submission of the letter of travel dates at the start of the semester.

Medical Excuse. If the student is unable to complete the assignment product by the due date because of illness, provide a doctor's excuse within 7 days of the return to school date on the excuse for a make-up date. The excuse only needs the dates the student was not able to attend school and must be on the medical caregiver's letterhead. Fax the excuse to Dr. McMath at 205.348.8721 within the required 7 days. If the student has extenuating circumstances other than illness, there is also an extension request opportunity in my classes.

Extension Request Policy. For this class, I have an extension request policy. This extension offer is for unusual occasions when a student has an issue unrelated to illness, jury duty or military duty or prior arrangements. No extensions are granted after the due date/time. An extension request is approved for three (3) days. For example, an assignment is due on Friday the 1st by midnight Central Time, the student requests an extension at 10 pm on that Friday; the extended due date is now on Monday the 4th before midnight. Extensions are for three days only. There are no extensions on an extension. To request an extension, the student will simply email the professor at csm445@ches.ua.edu prior to (before) the due date/time of the published due date. The email must include in the Subject Line, Extension Request and assignment name. For example, Extension Request Word and the student sends the request with no explanation needed, just as long as it is before the due date/time. If the policy is abused, an extension can be denied.

Attendance Policy

Attendance & Credit Hour Equivalency: Attendance is considered important in any class because of the focus placed on reaching mastery of the skill sets. This class is an asynchronous, web-based class, with all of the materials online on the course web site. Attendance is required. Students need to plan to spend at least as much time at the computer reading the web site as would spent sitting in a three-credit course for 3 hours each week, in addition to the time required to complete activities and the assignment products. For a typical class students would be expected to go to class 150 minutes per week; in addition, the rule of thumb is 2 or 2.5 or even 3 times as much time for study and preparation. Therefore, students should plan to spend 6 to 9 hours in preparation in addition to the 3 hours of attendance per week on this course in order to maintain regular progress. Students have to take the time to read the instructions, complete activities and produce the products. Attendance is defined as the time spent at your computer, working on the course content spending sufficient, prescribed time to master the content and submitting assignments. Students are also expected to check the class Announcements several times a week. Class communications for the course are completed with the announcements feature in the Blackboard Learn portal. Individual contact is conducted with the official UA Email and is also expected to be checked on a regular basis.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The UAct website provides an overview of The University's expectations regarding respect and civility.