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Other · Richards College of Business · Management

Fund of Computer Applications

  • Fall 2020
  • Section N02
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/12/2020 to 12/05/2020
  • Modified 09/16/2020


An introduction to management information systems that focuses on emerging technologies and examines how programs such as Microsoft Office can be used in making business decisions. There is a heavy emphasis on Excel as students format and modify worksheets, use advanced formulas, and create charts and pivot tables. Requires overall GPA of 2.0.


GPA 2.00 or above required 2.0

Contact Information

Office Hours:

Tuesday -- 4:00pm - 7:00pm (virtual appointments made through Google calendar)

Thursdays -- 8:00am - 9:20am and 11:00am - 12:20pm (face-to-face or virtual appointments made through Google calendar)

If these times are not conducive to your schedule, please email me and I will be happy to try to find an accommodating time.  You may make appointments through Google calendar for face-to-face meetings or for online meetings.)




Meeting Times

Instruction (including exams) will be delivered online for this course.

If you are in need of face-to-face help, please make an appointment through Google calendar.  I would love to "meet" you face-to-face or virtually!


Computer access -

You must have access to a good working computer with Word, PowerPoint and Excel.  Excel is a vital part of this class.  

In addition to a good working computer, you must you must make sure you have adequate internet connection.  Unless excused through UWG guidelines (doctor note, UWG athletics prior excused absence, etc.), there are no makeups for missed assignments.  It is your responsibility to make sure you submit all assignments and quizzes on-time (preferably before the due date/time).  We all know "Life" happens and I do not want that to interfere with your grade.


Course Description:  This course is designed to accomplish three primary goals: (1) Introduce you to basic and intermediate concepts in Excel, (2) Provide you with skills designed to make you more successful in the RCOB, and (3) Give you an introduction to the different majors in the RCOB. 


Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will learn basic and intermediate concepts in Excel and demonstrate an ability to create basic Excel spreadsheets. 
  • Students will learn essential skills designed to help make them more successful during their studies in the RCOB.
  • Students will be introduced to basic concepts and terminology associated with the different majors in the RCOB.


Grades will be determined with the following percentages:

Assignments - 30%

Participation - 10%

Exams (3) - 60% -- 20% per exam

Not every module we study will contain an assignment.  However, please remember it is still in your best interest to study the material.  Material contained within these modules will still be included in the exam.

There will be an optional Final Exam on December 3.  This exam will be a cumulative online exam to replace your lowest score.  If you are satisfied with the scores of the regularly scheduled exams, you do not have to take this exam.   

Also, there is no individual extra credit but drop grades and/or extra credit may be offered at the end of the course at the discretion of the instructor.  


Tentative Schedule

*Every attempt will be made to keep this schedule.  However, should the need arise, any changes will be announced in CourseDen.  Remember, it is the student's responsibility to check CourseDen for any changes.  With the exception of Part A of each exam, all assignments will be due in CourseDen at 5:59pm on the due date.*

Date Topic Assignment
Aug 13 Concourse Syllabus Review video Orientation Syllabus Quiz; Excel introductory videos
Aug 18 Excel intermediate videos Orientation Syllabus Quiz due at 5:59; Excel intermediate videos
Aug 20 Excel assignment Excel assignment due
Aug 25 Time Management Time Management videos
Aug 27 Time Management Time Management assignment due
Sept 1 Communications  Communications PowerPoint video
Sept 3 Ethics Ethics PowerPoint video
Sept 8 Critical Thinking Critical Thinking video and practice
Sept 10 Critical Thinking Critical Thinking assignment due 
Sept 15 Preparation for exam Study for exam 
Sept 16&17 Exam 1 (Excel, Time Management, Communications, Ethics, Critical Thinking) Part A (MC & T/F) will be open during the regularly scheduled class time and Part B will open Sept 16 at 6:00pm and end Sept 17 at 5:59pm
Sept 22  Lifelong Learning Lifelong Learning PowerPoint presentation
Sept 24 Glocal Glocal PowerPoint and assignment due
Sept 29 Group Dynamics PowerPoint presentation
Oct 1 Group Dynamics PowerPoint presentation
Oct 6 Accounting Accounting PowerPoint 
Oct 8 Accounting Balance Sheet & Income Statement assignment due 
Oct 13 Marketing Marketing links and practice
Oct 13 Marketing Marketing assignment due
Oct 20 Preparation for exam Study for exam 
Oct 21&22 Exam 2 (Lifelong Learning, Glocal, Group Dynamics, Accounting, Marketing) Part A (MC & T/F) will be open during the regularly scheduled class time and Part B will open Oct 21 at 6:00pm and close Oct 22 at 5:59 pm
Oct 27 Management Management PowerPoint
Oct 29 Management Management assignment due 
Nov 3  MIS  MIS PowerPoint
Nov 5 MIS Pivot Table assignment due 
Nov 10 Economics Economics PowerPoint
Nov 12 Economics Economics Charts assignment due 
Nov 17 Finance Finance PowerPoint and practice 
Nov 19 Finance Finance assignment due 
Nov 23&24 Exam 3 (Management, MIS, Economics, Finance) Part A (MC & T/F) will be open during the regularly scheduled class time and Part B will open Nov 23 at 6:00 pm and close Nov 24 at 5:59 pm
Dec 2&3 Optional Cumulative Final Exam (Excel only) Optional Cumulative Final Exam opens Dec 2 at 6:00 pm and closes Dec 3 at 5:59 pm.


Schedule is included ABOVE within the ASSIGNMENTS category. Please see each class date listed along with all assignments.

College/School Policies

Wolf Pact

Having read the Honor Code for the University of West Georgia, I understand and accept my responsibility to uphold the values described therein and to conduct myself in a manner that will reflect the values of UWG and the Richards College of Business so as to respect the rights of all UWG community members. As a UWG student, I will represent myself truthfully and complete all academic assignments honestly and within the parameters set by my instructor.

I understand and accept that if I am found guilty of violations (through processes due me as a UWG student and outlined in the UWG Student Handbook), penalties will be imposed.

I also recognize that my responsibility includes a willingness to confront members of the UWG community if I feel there has been a violation of the Honor Code.  

Ultimately, I will conduct myself in a manner that promotes UWG as the best place to work, learn, and succeed for my generation, and those to come!

About the Richards College of Business

To become a globally recognized college of business preparing forward-thinking, responsible leaders.

We are in the business of transforming lives through education, engagement, and experiences.

Strategic Goals and Values

Student Success
Admit quality students and provide them with an education that is rich in experiences and engagement opportunities to prepare them to be effective and ethical professionals.

Academic Success
Recruit, retain and develop faculty and staff by providing sufficient resources to support dynamic and up-to-date bachelor and master-level curricula, to conduct research and other professional activities, and to support engagement with all stakeholders.

Operational Success
Recruit, retain and develop administrative management and staff personnel to manage, develop and support infrastructure and those activities that build internal and external partnerships while working in an ever-changing environment.

Ethical Values
The Richards College of Business community (administrators, faculty, staff, students, and business partners) share a commitment to the principles of honesty and integrity in interactions and undertakings, accountability for personal behavior, and respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others. In addition, we strive to continuously improve our abilities to recognize unethical behavior and to make ethical and moral decisions.

Institutional Policies

Academic Support

Accessibility Services: Students with a documented disability may work with UWG Accessibility Services to receive essential services specific to their disability. All entitlements to accommodations are based on documentation and USG Board of Regents standards. If a student needs course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if he/she needs to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, the student should notify his/her instructor in writing and provide a copy of his/her Student Accommodations Report (SAR), which is available only from Accessibility Services. Faculty cannot offer accommodations without timely receipt of the SAR; further, no retroactive accommodations will be given. For more information, please contact Accessibility Services.

Center for Academic Success: The Center for Academic Success provides services, programs, and opportunities to help all undergraduate students succeed academically. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6280 or [email protected]

University Writing Center: The University Writing Center assists students with all areas of the writing process. For more information, contact them: 678-839-6513 or [email protected]

Online Courses

UWG takes students’ privacy concerns seriously: technology-enhanced and partially and fully online courses use sites and entities beyond UWG and students have the right to know the privacy policies of these entities. For more information on privacy and accessibility for the most commonly used sites, as well as technology requirements visit the UWG Online site.

Students enrolled in online courses can find answers to many of their questions in the Online/Off-Campus Student Guide.

If a student is experiencing distress and needs help, please see the resources available at the UWG Cares site. Online counseling is also available for online students.

Honor Code

At the University of West Georgia, we believe that academic and personal integrity are based upon honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Students at West Georgia assume responsibility for upholding the honor code. West Georgia students pledge to refrain from engaging in acts that do not maintain academic and personal integrity. These include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, aid of academic dishonesty, lying, bribery or threats, and stealing. 

The University of West Georgia maintains and monitors a confidential Academic Dishonesty Tracking System. This database collects and reports patterns of repeated student violations across all the Colleges, the Ingram Library, and the School of Nursing. Each incidence of academic dishonesty is subject to review and consideration by the instructor, and is subject to a range of academic penalties including, but not limited to, failing the assignment and/or failing the course. Student conduct sanctions range from verbal warning to suspension or expulsion depending on the magnitude of the offense and/or number of offenses. The incident becomes part of the student’s conduct record at UWG.

Additionally, the student is responsible for safeguarding his/her computer account. The student’s account and network connection are for his/her individual use. A computer account is to be used only by the person to whom it has been issued. The student is responsible for all actions originating through his/her account or network connection. Students must not impersonate others or misrepresent or conceal their identities in electronic messages and actions. For more information on the University of West Georgia Honor Code, please see the Student Handbook.

UWG Email Policy

University of West Georgia students are provided a MyUWG e-mail account. The University considers this account to be an official means of communication between the University and the student. The purpose of the official use of the student e-mail account is to provide an effective means of communicating important university related information to UWG students in a timely manner. It is the student’s responsibility to check his or her email.

Credit Hour Policy

The University of West Georgia grants one semester hour of credit for work equivalent to a minimum of one hour (50 minutes) of in-class or other direct faculty instruction AND two hours of student work outside of class per week for approximately fifteen weeks. For each course, the course syllabus will document the amount of in-class (or other direct faculty instruction) and out-of-class work required to earn the credit hour(s) assigned to the course. Out-of-class work will include all forms of credit-bearing activity, including but not limited to assignments, readings, observations, and musical practice. Where available, the university grants academic credit for students who verify via competency-based testing, that they have accomplished the learning outcomes associated with a course that would normally meet the requirements outlined above (e.g. AP credit, CLEP, and departmental exams).

HB 280 (Campus Carry)

UWG follows University System of Georgia (USG) guidance:

You may also visit our website for help with USG Guidance:

Mental Health Support

If you or another student find that you are experiencing a mental health issue, free confidential services are available on campus in the Counseling Center. Students who have experienced sexual or domestic violence may receive confidential medical and advocacy services with the Patient Advocates in Health Services. To report a concern anonymously, please go to UWGcares.

ELL Resources

If you are a student having difficulty with English language skills, and / or U.S. culture is not your home culture, specialized resources are available to help you succeed. Please visit the E.L.L. resource page for more information.


Proctored Exams/Online Instruction: Students should be aware and plan ahead for the possibility of having to complete all courses and/or exams online or in a proctored environment. This means talking with your instructors about what minimum technical requirements (software and hardware) will be required should your class move online or a student's personal needs dictate. This also includes making plans for internet access at whatever location participation may occur.

Virtual or in-person proctored exams, if your instructor should require them, may result in an additional cost to the student. Please discuss these details with your instructor or see the information provided here.

Face Coverings: Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia institutions, including the University of West Georgia, will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.

Face coverings are not required in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area.

Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

Student FAQs: For more information about UWG COVID-19 guidance for students visit the Student FAQ webpage


Additional Items

Be sure to log in to CourseDen several times a week for announcements and emails.

Certain modules do not include an assignment.  However, the content is still very important and will be covered in the exam.  

If you need help, always let me know!!

Do your best and enjoy the class!!