Department of Computer Science & Technology

Dr. Ihssan Alkadi

Fayard Hall 327B, 985-549-2037


Semester:                    Fall 2014

Class:                          CMPS273 – Software for Storing and Analyzing Data

Class Time:                Internet

Location:                   Online

Office Hours:           MW 11:00-2:00, Tue 11:00-3:00

                                    All other times by appointments only



Current Course Description: Credit 3 hours.  Topics include methods for designing database schema and spreadsheet programs based on quantitative analysis requirements; implementation of spreadsheet program and database schema using integrated methodologies with visual languages and software packages.


Prerequisite: Mathematics 165 or 241 and Computer Science 173 or permission of the Department Head.  


COURSE OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this course is to prepare IT graduates to meet the needs employers identified and prepare the students to use the information in advanced IT classes. This course provides students with basic computer skills including proficiency in commonly used PC software (Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel), basic descriptive statistics, basic computer concepts, and an introduction to computer programming.  The computer programming will be focused on learning the fundamentals with the end goal of gaining working familiarity with a visual programming language. The class will presented using a mix of theory and hands-on exercises.


Textbook: 1 Exploring Microsoft Office 2013, Volume 2

2 Starting Out with C++: From Control Structures through Objects

ISBN-10:                    0132926865
ISBN-13:                    9780132926867
Authors:                    Gaddis                

Grading Policy:          Final course grades will be computed as follows:

                                    Assignments                                                  80%

                                    Final                                                               20%

                        Grades are based on ten-point scale, NO EXTRA CREDIT

Warning:                    Students must submit all assignments and take the tests in order to receive a passing grade.


Grading Scale:     A ten-point grading scale will be used for determining final grades, 

                                 no curving.  A perfect attendance record can be helpful for students within one percentage point from the next higher grade.

90 % and up           - A      

80 % to 89.9 %       - B      

70 % to 79.9 %          - C

60% to 69.9%             - D

59.9 % and below      - F


Assignments:             All assignments and results must be computer generated.  Be sure                      that all required elements are included in your submission.

All assignments should be done independently; students share the score of any duplicated assignments.


No late assignments/homework will be accepted exception are made in very serious cases.


Attendance:               Attendance is mandatory for all sessions of this course. Students who have more than 6 unexcused hours will be dropped from the course. Absences will be excused only with a valid written excuse, such as from a physician.

                                    Absences will have an adverse effect on your grade in the following ways: missed quiz points, missed announcements concerning assignments and due dates, non-exposure to material not directly covered in text.

Students arriving late or leaving early will be recorded as tardy. Every two tardy records will count as an absence.

                                    Students are responsible to sign the attendance sheet for every class. 


Academic                    University policy will be followed for cases involving alleged academic  

Dishonesty:                 dishonesty.  Copying part of another student’s program or exam is CHEATING. Allowing another student to copy is also CHEATING.       

For more information refer to the “Academic Dishonesty” policy in the University Undergraduate Catalog:



Use of                Moodle will be used as a supplemental to this course. The lecture       Moodle:           notes and assignments will be posted on the Blackboard. You may also                                            submit your assignments on Blackboard.


Americans with          If you are a qualified student with a disability seeking accommodations

Disabilities Act:           under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you are required to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services, Room 203, Student Union. More information can be obtain at this web address,


Classroom Decorum: Free discussion, inquiry, and expression are encouraged in this class.

Classroom behavior that interferes with either (a) the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or (b) the ability of students to benefit from the       instructor is not acceptable. Examples include routinely entering class late or departing early; use of beepers, cellular telephones, or other electronic devices; repeatedly talking in class without being recognized; talking while others are speaking; or arguing in a way that is perceived as “crossing the civility line.”

In the event of a situation where a student legitimately needs to carry a beeper or cellular telephone to class, prior notice and approval of the instructor is required.

The office/classroom is not a place for children and neither employees nor   students are to bring their family members for day care or baby sitting. If children require care, then the employee/student is expected to provide that care in an environment other than Southeastern office/classroom space.


Open Door Policy:  The instructor welcomes input to help making your learning of the 

                         material in this course better and easier.  Please feel free to come

by the office and voice your suggestions and ideas. 


-            Check Moodle daily for important announcements and course information.

-            Final Exam: December 9th , 2014

-            This course is required for all IT majors. The passing grad is C!  Plan to work hard and do well THIS semester.


Ø    You are required to check MOODLE for any changes in the course

Important Dates:

October 24th, 2014 - Last day to withdraw or resign from regular classes.


                                            Last Updated August 2014