You will complete all of your coursework using the Prometheus Series course materials available at myeducator.com. The Prometheus Series is an online program that contains all of the course readings, tutorials, and assignments for this course. You must subscribe to the online course materials to complete this course.
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At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to do the following:
The learning outcomes above reflect the formal knowledge we plan to help you develop by the end of the course, which are assessed via exams and assignments and reported back for accreditation purposes. However, there is one other unofficial learning outcome I would like you to develop. This is unofficial because it is very difficult to evaluate.
You must learn how to find answers to your own technology questions and to solve your own problems. Yes, as your instructor, I am here to teach and to help. However, what makes someone a technology master is not that they know everything there is to know about IT. That is an impossibility because no other discipline changes faster than IS. You are a real master if you know how to find all of the answers to your IT problems. There is nothing more empowering than knowing that you don’t have to depend on others in order to succeed. Countless recruiters have stressed the importance of this skill to us. They want employees who know how to take the initiative to solve a problem and who can improve existing solutions.
An exclamation employees and students are much too casual about making when learning a new technology (or taking a course) is, “I am so confused!” The person making that statement often implies a jab at whoever may have caused the confusion rather than a sincere plea for help. What this statement implies to me (and managers) is that an employee or student is unwilling to put in the effort required on their part to process the information they have already been given or have access to (e.g., Google). Too often we want to blame others when the going gets a little tough. You have the power to be an IT master if you are willing to do a little research. That does not mean that you should never ask for help. When you have put forth adequate effort, I absolutely want you to ask me and the TAs for help. However, if you are one of those types who feels that “all technology hates me” (you know who you are), then I want you first to try forcing yourself to find some answers on your own.
All of the homework instructions are contained in the assignment files you download from the MyEducator website. Use the “Assignment” menu item in the workbooks to access these instructions and to submit assignments for grading. Each of the homework assignments will require you to use the skills you have gained from working through the respective lessons. Please note that only the points earned on the Test Your Skills assignments will count toward your final grade in the class.
You will have two opportunities to complete each homework assignment. Your score will be the average between the two attempts. There is no time limit on the homework assignments.
You may also notice that chapter 9 is missing from your materials in the MyEducator e-book. This is not a mistake. I’ve asked MyEducator to remove that chapter (which covers PivotTables and PivotCharts) because it will be covered thoroughly in IS 201 (required for all Marriott School majors).
Contact your instructor at email@example.com once you have completed every assignment in the course and let him know that you have completed all assignments in the course. He will then record your MyEducator.com grade in this system which will allow you to request the final exam. You will not be able to take the final until he records your MyEducator.com grade.
You’ll notice that Microsoft Access is not included on either the midterm or final exam. Rather, the homework chapter you will cover on Access will help prepare you for the database component at the beginning of IS 201 (which is required for all Marriott School majors). Therefore, I highly recommend that you take IS 201 immediately after taking this class. IS 201 is only a prerequisite for accounting and IS majors. All other students can take IS 201 at any time during their programs. However, you will learn valuable skills in IS 201 that will help you to get internships and will make other classes easier because you have the relevant technical skills. I have added this paragraph into the syllabus because I have lost count of the number of students who have lamented to me that their finance, supply chain, and other majors would have been much easier if they had taken IS 201 before their junior year.
The midterm and final projects are basically extended assignments that will require all of the skills you have acquired throughout the course up to that point. The midterm covers Excel basics; formulas and functions; logic and reference; date, time, and text; and charting. The final project will cover basic modeling, advanced modeling, statistics, and optimization. The rules for exams are the same as those for homework.
This course includes a Final Exam. The final exam is short and only has 10 multiple choice questions. The questions are high level questions regarding the course content. If you have reviewed the course readings, you will have no problem passing the exam. The final exam will account for 6% of your final grade.
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