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CI-506: Admin
CI-506 Managerial Computing, 3 credits
Saturday afternoons, 4:10 pm - 6:45 pm.
Pgh Rm. 201.
Instructor: Ed Quigley 724.774.2088
Dept. Head: Fred Kohun, Ph.D. 412.262.2788
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Why Education??

"People are people before they are lawyers, or physicians, or merchants, or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible people, they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians. What professionals should carry away with them from an University, is not professional knowledge, but that which should direct the use of their professional knowledge, and bring the light of general culture to illuminate the technicalities of a special pursuit. People may be competent lawyers without general education, but it depends on general education to make them philosophic lawyers--who demand, and are capable of apprehending, principles, instead of merely cramming their memory with details. And so of all other useful pursuits, mechanical included. Education makes one a more intelligent shoemaker, if that be your occupation, but not by teaching you how to make shoes; it does so by the mental exercise it gives, and the habits it impresses." -- J. S. Mill, Inaugural Address at St. Andrew's

CI506, Managerial Computing. This course introduces concepts of computer information systems and information processing and how to use microcomputers and various application software. Emphasis is on the development of microcomputer literacy including an overview of and an introduction to hardware configurations (microcomputers and networks), system software (DOS and WINDOWS), and application software (word processing, spreadsheets, databases) commonly found in business. The course introduces concepts and issues if information systems and focuses on the introductory and intermediate knowledge needed for understanding how to create, process, and provide information needed in an contemporary business environment.


Grade Structure. The course grade will be composed of these factors:

Attendance will be documented by the instructor. Department policy holds that students missing 25% of classes receive a Failing grade.

Integrity: Individuals/Groups who cheat, plagiarize, or misrepresent their work will receive a Failing grade for the course. This extends to the notion of intellectual property rights. When you use material (fair use) acknowledge it and give credit for it.

Professionalism: Students will behave with professional decorum and restraint. All participants will be treated with respect and dignity. Professionalism is not mutually exclusive with informality, and informality is encouraged.

Assignments are due as indicated. If business travel or personal logistics preclude meeting an assignment, please coordinate with the instructor at the earliest opportunity. Written assignments must be typed, double-spaced, and include a cover sheet. Always identify the question being answered. You may encounter problems completing assignments; this is to be expected-- let the instructor know about them.

Presentations must be professional and involve appropriate techniques and materials.

Projects are opportunities to use this course in the real world. If you would like to propose a project that would be useful in your job, life, or portfolio, please do propose it.

Feedback is welcome and encouraged. If the material isn't clear, if something gets in the way of learning, or if you have something to tell the instructor, please do. ASAP. Suggest! Ask! Challenge! (You're paying for this, aren't you?)

Software is used in this course; you may choose your applications/platform, as long as your work meets the constraints of the assignment. Software assignments will include DOS, Windows, Windows95, Spreadsheets, Databases, and the Internet.