Business, Public Service and Technology Syllabus Fall Semester, 2013 OST 233 J01- PAULA PARRISH Syllabus Overview: Your college syllabus is your road map to success. You should always keep your syllabus with your class notes AND BRING IT TO CLASS DAILY. Please CAREFULLY review this syllabus. Your syllabus represents a binding agreement between you and your instructor. The course syllabus will also be available in Blackboard. The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus, except for the grading scale and attendance policy, anytime during the course. You will be notified of all changes in writing. Course Information: August 15 – December 16, 2013 Course Title: OST 233: Office Publications Design Course Number & Section Number: OST 233 – J01 Credit Hours/Contact Hours: 3 credit hours/4 contact hours Prerequisite/Co-requisite: OST 136 – Basic keyboarding skills are strongly recommended. Drop Deadline: The last day to drop this course without a grade penalty is October 29, 2013.
Faculty Information: Instructor: Paula Parrish Office Location: Wilson Building, Room C2015 Office Hours: Mon: 3:00p-4:00p, Tues.: 9:00a-10:00a, Wed: 3:00p-4:00p, Thurs: 9:00a-11:00a Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 919.209.2108 (OFFICE Phone) Best time to contact outside of office hours: Please call for scheduled appointment Course Description: This course provides entry-level skills in using software with desktop publishing capabilities. Topics include principles of page layout, desktop publishing terminology and applications, and legal and ethical considerations of software use. Upon completion, students should be able to design and produce professional business documents and publications. Course Format: This course will be taught as a traditional seated course which meets Mondays, and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 10:40 a.m. Although the class will be held in face to face sessions, you may be asked to also use the Blackboard for submitting all assignments. This class meets four hours per week, but approximately six hours per week of computer time outside of class will be required for successful completion of course requirements.
Class/Student Conduct: You are expected to be punctual, alert, and prepared for class. If you must miss a class, it is your responsibility to check blackboard first determine what is required for the next class meeting. You will be considerate of other students and the instructor. If you are late, an absence will be deducted on the day of the third tardy or third early departure from class. While you are encouraged to ask questions pertinent to the topic at hand, during lecture please respect your classmates and instructor by limiting comments to those that can be shared with the entire class, i.e., no private conversations, no inappropriate language, no loud interruptions, no talking over the instructor or taking over the conversation of the instructor or other students. You are to conduct yourself as if you were in the workplace. Any disruptions to the instructor or the class will result in a charge form. (Refer to your student manual). If you did not understand something, ask your instructor, not your classmates. They are also struggling to absorb large amounts of information and need to focus. You are expected to do your own work in class without the assistance of other classmates unless the assignment is a group assignment. When you wish to ask or answer a question, please raise your hand and wait for your instructor to recognize you. This will help encourage participation from all class members.
Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Demonstrate entry-level skills in using software with desktop publishing capabilities. • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of page layout, desktop publishing terminology and applications, legal and ethical consideration of software use. • Design and produce professional business documents and publications. Text, Technology and Additional Materials: • Required: Signature Microsoft Advanced Word 2010 Desktop Publishing, by Joanne Arford, 2011, Paradigm Publishing Inc. ISBN: 978-0-76383-890-4 (Required) • Required: Student Resources CD-ROM (provided with textbook if purchased in a new textbook bundle in the JCC bookstore. These files serve as a starting point for completing many of the projects and end-of-chapter exercises.) • Required: A USB Flash Drive to save your work on. • Required: Ability to view animations that use Adobe Flash Player. Go to http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/ to get this free plug-in if you do not already have it. • Required: Ability to open Adobe PDF files. Go to http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html to download the latest free version of Adobe Reader. • Required: 3-ring Notebook, plastic protector covers, tab dividers (Portfolio) • In general, access to a personal computer, either at home, office, or school, capable of providing graphical access to the Web via a high-speed modem, plus the ability to access your JCC Email account. • The Windows 7 operating system and Internet Explorer 8.0 will be used in class. Another operating system and/or web browser may be used at home, but students will notice some differences in the appearance of certain dialog boxes. If you use a computer with a non-Windows operating system, you must figure out any and all computer assignments and problems on your own; no technical assistance is available from your instructor or the college. Course Overview: (Chapters 1– 12) • Understanding the Desktop Publishing Process • Preparing Internal Workplace Documents • Creating Letterheads, Envelopes, Business Cards, and Press Releases • Creating Personal Documents 2
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Creating Promotional Documents—Flyers and Announcements Creating Brochures and Booklets Creating Specialty Promotional Documents Creating Basic Elements of a Newsletter Using Design Elements to Enhance Newsletters Creating Web Pages and Forms Introducing Microsoft Publisher 2010 Creating Presentations Using PowerPoint
Evaluation Methods: The final grade for this course will be based on the average of the following: Exercises and Assessments Key Points/Concepts Quizzes
Tests Final Exam and Portfolio
You are strongly encouraged not to wait until the due date to complete or submit your assignments. Pace yourself and work ahead on homework assignments as much as possible. Do not procrastinate. Remember Murphy’s Law. Course grades will be assigned as objectively as possible, according to the following 7-point scale: A = 93 – 100 B = 85 – 92 C = 77 – 84 D = 70 – 76 F = Below 70
Course Schedule: First Meeting Date: August 15, 2013 Last Day to Add: August 19, 2013 Labor Day Holiday: September 2, 2013 Fall Break: October 14-18, 2013 Last Day to Drop without Grade Penalty: October 29, 2013 Thanksgiving Holidays: November 28-29, 2013 Final Exam: Last week of class Last Day of Class: December 16, 2013
I will make every effort to return tests within two class meetings and written assignments within one week. CRITICAL SUCCESS STRATEGIES: (Recommended topics that students need to know) • • • • •
Assignments will be graded on professionalism, accuracy in following instructions, style, and completeness. All documents must be neatly typed, spell-checked, and include the student’s name, date, and file name in the handout’s header. The deadlines for submitting these assignments are posted in the Blackboard calendar. All assignments must be submitted on or before the due date/time by 10:00 p.m. EST. No exceptions!! Do not wait until the last day due to begin your work to avoid not being able to get in touch with me or problems with any computer/Internet problem;, all to avoid a grade of zero. Access www.johnstoncc.edu or http://bb.johnstoncc.edu for links to Blackboard. A “BB” icon is also located on the JCC homepage. If you do not have a home computer, the open lab in Wilson C2007 is available for you to complete these assignments. Check with the lab assistant for times. The JCC Library may be another available option. The instructor will be available during office hours to assist students and if necessary, during pre-approved appointments outside the office hours. Please respect that the instructor has other duties during nonscheduled office hours. Students may contact the instructor by calling her office or via email. Please use the 3
instructor’s email listed in the syllabus, email@example.com. Emails sent to another address may not be answered or sent to spam. NEVER send ANY assignments through email or gmail. It will not be accepted! •
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Please use your JCC gmail account when contacting the instructor; do not use your hotmail, AOL, yahoo, etc. email. When sending an email, please include your class name and section in the subject line. Ex: OST 233 J01. Failure to do this may result in an email being unanswered if the instructor has to respond to or research what class/section you are enrolled in to answer your question. When sending emails, be sure your subject line is descriptive. An email without a subject or something vague like “Hey” will send your email to the bottom of the list to be read. If you send an email, please check for a response before asking if I have read your email. Most all emails are responded to quickly. Food and drink will not be allowed in classrooms. All classrooms are non-smoking. If you need a bathroom or water break before the conclusion of class, please leave and return as quietly and quickly as possible; you do not need permission for this short break. Extended breaks will count negatively towards the attendance record. Do not lock yourself out of the room. Do not leave the classroom to talk on your cell phone or you will not be allowed to return to the class and a tardy will be counted against you. Recording devices are not allowed in the classroom. Properly dispose of all trash. Push your chair under your table to clear the row for traffic. Make sure book bags and other items do not block the rows. Placing your items under your desk is most appropriate. Any discussion or examples used in the “classroom” are solely for the purpose of explanation, education, or debate and do not necessarily represent the views of the instructor, Johnston Community College faculty, or staff. Student responsibilities are to read the chapter for that week and complete all exercises and assigned assignments before the next class meeting; the instructor’s lecture should not be the students’ first time seeing or hearing the new material. All course materials, including the syllabus and schedule, are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendance in class is expected of all students in order for them to achieve their potential in class and to develop desirable personal traits necessary to succeed in employment. To be engaged, you must actively participate in all components of the course. Since course content and teaching methods vary, each department will determine its own requirements for attendance. Please read the following information carefully and be sure you understand your requirements for this course. • All students must enter class prior to the class 10 percent (census) date, which is set forth by the NC State of Community Colleges for reporting purposes. The 10 percent date for this class is August 28, 2013 which is the final date for entering this class. Any missed work will be the responsibility of the student to make up and catch up with the assignment schedule. A penalty for late work will not held during this time only. Attendance Policy: All students must enter class prior to the class 10 percent (census) date, which is the date set by the state for reporting purposes. Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students in order for them to achieve their potential in class and to develop desirable personal traits necessary to succeed in employment. Students who fail to attend by this date will be dropped from the class roll. Since course content and teaching methods vary, each instructor will determine his or her own requirements for attendance. For this course, if a student misses more than 12.5%*, or 4 days of classes in the course the student will be dropped. Three tardies count as one absence as well as three early departures before class is over. The student can be dropped at ANY TIME during the semester including that time period before the date designated each semester as the last day a student can drop without grade penalty. The 12.5%* rule includes absences from class for any reason. If a student is dropped by an instructor due to excessive absences, a grade of “WF” will be issued and could affect his/her financial aid. The student must obtain the permission of the instructor to reenter class. If 4
this request is denied, the student may petition the Dean for reinstatement. If the Dean denies the request, the Vice President of Instruction will make the final ruling on the decision. •
Class attendance is calculated from the first scheduled class meeting to the last.
Students who choose to participate in College related activities such as SGA or Athletics must adhere to the attendance policy. Students are responsible for informing their instructors in advance of absences and are expected to make arrangements for making up work missed. In such cases, upon approval of the instructor, class time missed will not be counted as absences provided the students are otherwise in good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA).
Punctuality is critical to the student’s successful completion of this course; therefore, the following items apply: • Three tardies of less than 10 minutes or leaving early equals one absence • Tardies past 10 minutes or leaving more than 10 minutes early equals one absence • Sleeping during class • Texting or other uses of cell phones and electronic devices during class • Taking extended bathroom breaks Students should set their watches to match the time stated at www.time.gov for Eastern Standard Time. Do not rely on your cell phone or other telecommunications device to give you the correct time. Students who choose to participate in College related activities such as SGA or Athletics must adhere to the attendance policy. Students are responsible for informing their instructors in advance of absences and are expected to make arrangements for making up work missed. In such cases, upon approval of the instructor, class time missed will not be counted as absences provided the students are otherwise in good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA). The penalties of being dropped due to excessive absences are: 1. A grade of “WF” will be issued and calculated in his/her grade point average 2. Dismissal from class 3. Risk of financial aid loss Permission to be reinstated will be at the instructor’s discretion. Should this request be denied, the student may petition the program director for reinstatement. If the program director denies the request, the student may appeal to the department dean who will make the final ruling. A student may be dropped by an instructor due to excessive absences at any time during the semester, including that time period before the date designated each semester as the last day a student can drop without grade penalty. The 12.5% includes an absence from class for any reason and students will always be accountable for materials covered, due dates, and all assignments made during their absence. Protect your grade point average and go through the formal drop procedure before your instructor drops you. Being dropped from a class (WF) is the equivalent of an “F” on your grade report. Many programs require a 2.0 average to graduate. Note: Students with certain types of financial aid may be penalized financially if they drop below full-time status (less than 12 credit hours in regular semester, less than 9 or 12 credit hours in summer school depending on type of financial aid); consult with your financial aid representative to discuss your situation. Note: If you or someone you are responsible for has regular, ongoing doctor appointments, ask the medical staff to schedule these appointments for times that do not conflict with class. You do not have to take the first appointment offered; you have some input into what time your appointments are, but you must vocalize your wishes. RELIGIOUS OR SOLEMN OBSERVANCE POLICY 5
Johnston Community College authorizes two excused absences from classes each academic year for religious or solemn observances. For the purposes of this policy, an academic year begins on the first day of fall classes in August and ends on the last day of summer classes in July each year. Students requesting absence from class for religious or solemn observance must complete the Religious or Solemn Observance Absence Request Form and obtain instructor approval at least two weeks prior to the date of the absence. Students who miss class for religious or solemn observance will be granted the opportunity to make up work missed due to the absence. GENERAL POLICIES CLASSROOM RULES: • • • • • • • • • • • •
Laptops are not allowed. Pen and paper works great for taking notes. The required text will be the only books allowed to be used or read during class. No audio recorders are allowed. No eating is allowed in class. No one is allowed to get up and leave to take a phone call. Cell phones are to be turned off (not on vibrate) during class. They are to be placed in a purse or book bag during class. Students will be professional and address the instructor as Ms. Parrish. Students will respect the instructor and other classmates. No one is to be talking while the Instructor or another student is talking. Put your name on all flash drives, CD-ROMs, and textbooks in case you lose these items. Be sure to only mark your CD-ROM on the printed, not shiny side; use a Sharpie or magic marker, not pen or pencil. Food and drink will not be allowed in classrooms. All classrooms are nonsmoking. Properly dispose of all trash. The instructor has the authority to recognize students in class who are not following class rules.
Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarship and morality. A complete listing of all college policies is available in the latest edition of the JCC catalog. Academic Integrity: The following regulation sets forth rules of conduct prohibiting cheating. Taking or acquiring possession of any academic material (test information, research papers, notes, etc.) from a member of the college staff or student body without permission; receiving or giving help during tests; submitting papers or reports (that are supposed to be original work) that are not entirely the student’s own; not giving credit for others’ work (plagiarism). Violation of one or more of these rules may result in one of the following sanctions: Reprimand Suspension Probation Expulsion Interim Suspension Loss of Academic Credit or Grade
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College policy does not allow minors to be brought to class(es). Minors are not allowed on campus while parents are attending class(es). Bringing guests to class(es) is a potential disruption for others and places the college in a position of liability. Cell Phones & Electronic Devices: Use of cell phones, pagers or other electronic devices while attending class or participating in class-related activities (i.e., labs, clinical, etc.) is prohibited without prior approval of the instructor. These devices must be silenced before entering the classroom or during participation in a class-related activity. Cell phones are to be turned off. They are to be placed either in a book bag or a purse. The first time a student uses a cell phone in any manner (talking, texting, checking messages, etc.) they will be reprimanded in class. A second infraction results in the student leaving the classroom and counted absent. Future infractions will result in disciplinary action consequences. Anytime a student is caught using a cell phone, the entire class is in jeopardy of receiving a pop quiz. Confidentiality Policy: In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, Johnston Community College does not release student information concerning attendance, grades, GPA, or withdrawals to anyone, including parents or employers, without proper documentation to the Registrar's office. If documentation is provided, the Registrar will notify faculty if it is ok to release information.
Campus Resources & Information (Please see the JCC website for complete information including hours of operation) • The open computer lab is located in Wilson, Room C2007. Other general use computers can be found in the Library and the Academic Skills Center. You will need a valid student ID to access these areas. • Academic assistance is primarily available through the Tutoring and Writing Center (TWC). Tutoring sessions, workshops, and numerous learning resources are available free of charge to currently enrolled students. Tutoring is available in most subject areas by peer and professional tutors. Please see the TWC site under Quick Links at www.johnstoncc.edu •
Additional academic assistance is available through: • Faculty Office Hours • Academic Skills Center • SMARTHINKING online tutoring • Student Support Services Program (TRIO)
• Disability Services – The Disability Services Office helps adapt Johnston Community College’s general services to the individual and specialized needs of students who have special health conditions, disabilities, or limitations. Services are provided in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Acts of 1973, as amended in 1998 in Part IV of the Workforce Investment Act, Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act of 1998, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Our goal is to ensure all qualified students with equal opportunity and access to all programs and facilities. Disability Services Office – 919-209-2120 Student Services Office – 919-209-2128 TTY – 919-209-2154 7
If you have a documented disability and feel that you are entitled to classroom accommodations, please visit the Disability Services Office. Note that you must reapply each semester. Be sure to schedule a meeting with your instructor to discuss the accommodations the first week of class. • Inclement Weather Policy – The President or designee of Johnston Community College will be responsible for canceling classes in the event of inclement weather or other emergencies. Unless announcements are made to cancel or delay classes, classes will be in session. If classes are canceled or delayed, announcements will be made on the local television and radio stations, the JCC website (HtmlResAnchor www.johnstoncc.edu) All work missed during this time will be made up by all students. • • JOLT - Distance Education Center: Student Help Desk: (919-464-2260)If you are experiencing technical difficulties and/or have general distance education questions, please contact the Instructional Technology and Distance Education Center at 919-464-2260 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • Safety and Evacuation Information - If fire alarm goes off we have to leave the classroom, if tornado warning we must go to hallway. Evacuation routes are indicated on the maps posted in each classroom.
JCC’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region and the improvement of the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that they meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students. As members of this organization, each college is required to go through the SACS reaffirmation process every ten years. This year, Johnston Community College (JCC) is participating in reaffirmation. As part of the reaffirmation process, each college is required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that identifies a specific area for improvement. Entitled “On the Write Path,” JCC’s QEP focuses on improving written communication. "On the Write Path,” demonstrates the commitment by JCC to emphasize the importance of effective writing and provides the skills necessary to communicate through writing. This commitment is supported by all members of the College including faculty and the administration. The QEP is important because it is required for reaffirmation. “On the Write Path” will help students discover, sharpen, and employ their writing skills in their academic, professional, and personal lives.
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Class Schedule: (May be changed at instructor’s discretion.) OST 233- Course Schedule Orientation
Syllabus and Blackboard Review
August 19 – 25
August 26 – September 1
September 3 – 8
Chapter 3; Labor Day Holiday (9/2)
September 9 – 15
September 16 – 22
Review/Test/Assessments Test (Chapters 1-4)
September 23 – 29
September 30 – October 6
October 7 – 13
FALL BREAK 14-18 Week 9
October 21 – 27
October 28 – November 3
October 29 Last day to drop without grade penalty Week 11
November 4 – 10
Review/Test/Assessments Test (Chapters 5-9)
November 11 – 17
November 18 – 24
November 25 – December 1
Chapter 12; Thanksgiving Holidays (11/28 * 29)
December 2 – 8
Tests/Assessments and Exam Review; (Chapters 10-12) Portfolio Due
Final Exam & Presentations Due
Course: OST 233 J01 –Office Publications Design Instructor: Paula Parrish Semester: Fall Semester, 2013 Student Acknowledgement The act of enrollment at Johnston Community College indicates acceptance by the student of published rules and policies of the college. The purpose of this code is not to restrict student rights but to protect the rights of individuals in their academic pursuits. (Please see the college website for additional information on these and other JCC policies.) I acknowledge that I have read and understand the instructor’s syllabus. I therefore, assume FULL RESPONSIBILITY for my attendance and the consequences for my absences. I understand the instructor’s evaluation policy. Furthermore, I understand the requirements and expectations for this course and assume responsibility for following the standards outlined in the course syllabus.
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