Business Computer Applications Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

Byrd Business Building 344

Office Hours

Hi! I am looking forward to working with you this semester.

Please contact me by email through the course in Blackboard if you would like to schedule a day and time to meet on Zoom to get your questions answered or to receive additional guidance on course concepts. Flexibility in scheduling is available, so do not hesitate to ask for what works for you.

Know two things:

  1. I am here and ready to assist you and guide you at whatever level works for you. If you are at a level that permits you to work this course completely independently, go for it. If you need assistance, a lot or a little, please communicate that. Many times what feels like a big thing holding you back is a small obstacle we can work on together to get past in a short period of time.
  2. There are many tasks to complete in the course. Every week, multiple tasks, for the entire 8 weeks. Block off time to get these assignments complete. This is how you will learn and how you will demonstrate competency with this material.

Good luck this semester!!

Course Information

COVID-19 Protocols

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Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016

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BCIS-1305-003 Business Computer Applications


Course Description

Students will study computer terminology, hardware and software related to the business environment. The focus of this course is on business productivity software applications and professional behavior in computing, including word processing (as needed), spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics and business-oriented utilization of the Internet.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 3 lab)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


Although you have outside buying options available, speak with your instructor before buying from a source other than the AC Bookstore. We want to ensure you have the correct product.

  • Simnet for Word, Office, and Excel 365/2019, Nordell, ISBN 1264511094, Copyright 20, Edition 1, Binding Digital Content; $100.00 @ the AC Bookstore

The physical textbook is NOT required, but is available for direct purchase from the publisher (McGraw Hill) if you learn more effectively utilizing printed text. Let your instructor know if you need the textbook.

The SIMnet access code is a REQUIRED element of this course; it is not possible to complete this course successfully without obtaining a valid access code.


   Office 2019 / Microsoft 365

This course requires that you have installed on your computer the paid version of Office 2019 or Microsoft 365 (formally known as Office 365).

Earlier versions of Microsoft Office (2016, 2013, 2010, etc.) are not fully compatible with this course. "Free" software such as AC's free home access to Office 365, Open Office or Google Docs/Sheets, or Wordpad are not compatible with this course.


Please check with your instructor if you have questions about appropriate software options.

Access code to SIMnet (see textbook information above)

USB flash drive (for file download and transport) or access to a cloud storage service (optional)

A PC (personal computer) running Microsoft Windows 7 or higher operating system and a high-speed internet connection. All work is completed online with an internet connection.

Students may also use a Mac/Apple computer with the paid version of Office 2019 or Microsoft 365 installed.

A Chromebook or tablet does not have the necessary functionality to complete important elements of the course.

The Underground, the computer lab in the basement of Ware Student Commons, has computers with the appropriate software installed and available for your use.

Student Performance

Students will utilize word processing, presentation, database,and spreadsheet software, as well as Internet research, to prepare documents and presentation materials, with a focus on understanding the impact of computer use and technology on our society, culture, and the business world.

At successful completion of course student will be able to:

Describe the fundamentals of information technology concepts – hardware, software, security, and privacy.

Demonstrate proper file management techniques to manipulate electronic files and folders in local, network, and online environments.

Create business documents with word processing software using spelling and grammar check, format and layout, tables, citations, graphics, and mail merge.

Create business documents and analyze data with spreadsheet software using (1) tables, sorting, filtering, charts and graphics, pivot tables, macros; (2) statistical, financial, logical and look-up functions and formulas; and (3) add-ins

Create business multimedia presentations with presentation software using templates, lists, groups, themes, colors, clip art, pictures, tables, transitions, animation, video, charts, and views.

Create databases and manage data with database software using tables, fields, relationships, indexes, keys, views, queries, forms, reports, and import/export functions.

Integrate business software applications.

Use web-based technologies to conduct ethical business research.

Use “goal seeking” and “what-if analysis” to solve problems and make adjustments/recommendations in a business environment.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to maintain a high standard of individual honor in their scholastic work. Students who are guilty of cheating, plagiarism, copying, or dishonesty may receive a 0 on an assignment; may be excluded from class with a grade of F; or, in flagrant cases, may be suspended from the College (see Student Rights and Responsibilities).

Students who give another student their files or allow another student to use their work are committing a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.  Students who engage in this unethical behavior risk being subject to disciplinary action in accordance with College policy.

The Faculty of the CIS Program reserve the right to ask a student to verify any portion of a test or assignment by reproducing any specific section or the entire test/assignment in question.

Any action that compromises the computer systems at Amarillo College, including but not limited to hacking or cracking, can result in a grade of "F" in this course and possible further disciplinary action.

Integrity violations (using all or part of someone else’s file) in SIMnet will result in both parties receiving a grade of 0 for the assignment and there will be no makeup for that assignment. Integrity violations are automatically flagged by SIMnet software whenever elements of another person's file are detected in an uploaded student file.

Grading Criteria

Course grades will be assigned based upon the following criteria:

>89.5  = A
>79.5  = B
>69.5  = C
>59.5  = D
<59.5  = F

Student evaluation is based upon the following assignments and weights:

Intro/Concepts (10 assignments) 15%
SIMBook Lessons (16 assignments) 20%
SIMnet Projects (12 assignments) 30%
SIMnet Capstone Projects (2 assignments) 20%
SIMnet Integrated Final Project (1 assignment) 15%

Two attempts are permitted on the SIMnet Projects. When two attempts are completed, the higher grade will be used for grade calculations.

 One attempt is permitted on the SIMnet Capstone Projects and SIMnet Integrated Final Applications.

Unlimited attempts are permitted on the SIMnet Lessons and SIMBooks. When multiple attempts are taken, the highest grade will be used for grade calculations.


All Week 1 assignments must be completed by Sunday of Week 1 (June 12 @ 11:30 pm), in order to be considered Present in the course. Failure to complete all assignments by this date may lead to an administrative drop from the course.

Check your email daily.  The email address used by your instructor is the email address issued to each AC student. Your instructor will communicate important course updates, guidance, and hints via email.

Complete assignments by the scheduled date/time. Late work is not accepted.

Students should plan on spending a minimum of 8-10 hours per week on this course. This time commitment is not an exaggeration. Actual amounts will vary depending on weekly assignments, topic complexity, and prior experience with the subject matter.

Emails are typically answered within 24 hours. If you do not receive a response within that time frame, please resend your message as a reminder.


The schedule below represents a planned outline for the course. Actual dates are subject to change. Please check your email daily for course updates from your instructor.
  • Assignments are due by 11:30 pm each SUNDAY during Weeks 1-7
  • Assignments are due by 11:30 pm on THURSDAY (7/28) during Week 8

See the assignment checklist posted in your Blackboard course as a mechanism to monitor due dates and your progress in the course.

Week 1: Introduction to Course, Computer Concepts

Week 2: Word, Computer Concepts

Week 3: Word

Week 4: Excel, Computer Concepts, Word Capstone Project

Week 5: Excel, Computer Concepts

Week 6: PowerPoint, Computer Concepts, Excel Capstone Project

Week 7: PowerPoint

Week 8: Access, Integrated Final

Additional Information


June 6:               Spring 2 Classes Begin
June 13:             Census Day (Administrative Drop for Non-Attendance)
June 20:             Juneteenth Holiday (AC Closed)
July 4:                 Independence Day Holiday (AC Closed)
July 20:               Last Day to Withdraw from Spring 2 Classes
July 28:               BCIS-1305 Last Day - All work due by 11:59pm


  • The Underground: AC's new student technology/collaboration lab in the basement of the Ware Student Commons on the Washington Street Campus:
  • Computer Services Center: Located within the AC Bookstore, trained staff will diagnose computer-related issues and repair problems on a fee-for-service basis. Laptop rentals are also available. Visit the Computer Services Center website for additional details:
  • Student & Faculty Help Center: Located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons, the Help Center provides technical support to students and faculty. The Help Center offers assistance in logging into AC Connect, Blackboard, resetting passwords, and general computing and software questions. Visit the Student & Faculty Help Center website at
  • Advocacy & Resource Center: The Advocacy & Resource Center is located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons. A variety of resources are available in the areas of social services, a food pantry, a clothing closet, and adult student programs. Visit the Advocacy & Resource Center website at
  • Counseling Center: At the Counseling Center, student and counselor work together to develop more personal awareness and the skills needed to overcome barriers to success. All services are free and confidential. Visit the Counseling Center website at:
  • Legal Clinic: The Legal Clinic is a free, walk-in clinic assisting enrolled AC students on various legal issues including family law, immigration, probate, landlord-tenant issues, and general legal matters. Visit the Legal Clinic website at

Syllabus Created on:

05/24/22 10:10 AM

Last Edited on:

05/24/22 10:10 AM