Course Details

College Dubai Women's College
Department Business
Term Semester 1
Academic Year 2014-2015
Course Code BUS-1023
Course Title Software Applications I

Faculty and Contact Details

Instructors Location Ext Contact Hours
Tridib Chatterji C-30 492 4
I will usually respond to e-mails within 24 hours as long as they are sent during the week. For emails sent during the weekends, the earliest I will respond is by Sunday. If you need to see me outside of class, please make an appointment with me through the Outlook calendar one day in advance.

Course Description

This course introduces computer terminology, hardware, software, operating systems, and information systems relating to the business environment. The main focus is on business software applications for personal and organizational productivity, including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, statistical packages and business-oriented utilizations of the Internet and mobile communications technology. It provides an overview of the integrated software packages most often used in the workplace and how to use computers to communicate and solve management problems in contemporary business environments.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

CLO-1 Define basic terminology and concepts relevant to computer and mobile hardware, software and peripheral devices, and their physical and wireless connectivity.
CLO-2 Explain basic security procedures and information technology concepts and techniques, as applied in a business environment.
CLO-3 Apply industry standard business software tools and practices to perform business functions productively.
CLO-4 Use online resources to obtain reference materials applicable for business operations.
CLO-5 Discuss the effective use of contemporary information and communication technology, including mobile technology and Web 2.0 based applications, in business.

How you will Learn in this Program

This course provides you with important opportunities for learning through:

1 Enhancing understanding through case studies, classroom discussions and homework assignments
2 Developing presentation skills through group presentations
3 Participating in individual and group exercises, class discussions and activities
4 Developing research skills using library resources, the internet and local publications.

Instructors will encourage active class participation and student centered learning. This will be achieved through class activities, discussion, exercises, homework assignments, project work (individually and in groups), internet and library research. 

Your success will depend on the amount of EFFORT that you contribute to these activities. Your Professional Conduct will also be determined by your level of participation, attendance and adherence to college policies.

Semester Schedule:

Week LOs Learning Activities %
Assessment Item Deadline
1 LO 1 Introduction to the course

Computer Terminology and Concepts:
Chapter 1 -
Information systems, hardware, software, and connectivity.
2 LO 2, 4 The Internet (PPT)
Chapter 2 - The Internet, the Web, communication, searching, e-commerce and the Cloud.

HCT Portal, Outlook & File Management:
Email: new, reply, forward, delete, find recipients, subject lines, message etiquette, attachments, cc’ing, sort by size, empty trash.
Calendar: make, delete, change,
categorize appointments.
Portal: set home page, My Profile,
schedule, grade report, BbLearn access.

File Management:

Folders & files: name, rename, move, delete.
3 LO 4, 1 MS Word:
Formatting and styles with flyers and memos.

Quiz 1 (Chapters 1 and 2)
15% Quiz Week 3
4 LO 3 Use of Technology (PPT)
Chapter 11 - Information technology and the future.

Professional reports using referencing tools and formatted with headings, table of contents, cover page, footnotes, endnotes, citations and bibliography in MLA and/or APA styles.
5 LO 5, 3 Excel
Enter data, format cells, cell styles, basic formulas and charts.
6 LO 3 Quiz 2 (Chapters 10 and 11)

More charts and graphics.

Introduce Project1
Excel and Word Project - Research topics on technology
10% Quiz Week 6
7 LO 3 Excel
Business applications and What-Ifanalysis. More functions in the Skills Review.
8 LO 3 Project time: Independant Learning      
9 LO 3 Project time: Independant Learning      
10 LO 3 Introduce Project 2:
Presentation on research topics

Create presentations with graphics,notes, animations and transitions.
30% Project 1 Week 10
11 LO 3 PowerPoint
Modify and manage presentations,
timings and hyperlinks.

Web Research issues
12 LO 3,4,5 Application Integration
Business memos using Word and Excel.

Integrating Word and the Web.
13 LO 4,5 Work on Project 2 (Presentations)      
14 LO 3,4,5 Presentations 15% Project 2 Week 14
15 LO 4,5 Revision      
16   Final Assessment 30% Final Assessment Week 16

The assessment schedule in the portal is here. The HCT grading structure is here.

Description of Assessment Items:

Projects and Assessments Overview
Quizzes 2 Quizzes covering terminology and concepts
Project 1 Excel and Word Report. Group research report formatted to professional business standards and integrating Word, including referencing tools.
Project 2 Presentations based on Project 1
Final Assessment Individual practical assessment of LO 3 integrating Excel and PowerPoint based on a client’s brief requiring presentation and interpretation of tables and charts constructed from information on a business scenario (20%), and written assessment of LOs 1, 2, 4 and 5 (10%).

Blackboard Vista and Safe Assign

You need to keep a close eye on Blackboard. Your instructor will regularly upload the discussion topics/information material on various issues related to your course. You must complete the discussions/assignments/projects before the allocated date/time. All written assessments must be submitted by the assigned deadline using Safe Assign.

To avoid, plagiarism it is important for you to apply the Modern Language Association (MLA) standard of in-text referencing for any written work. If you need to know more about this referencing technique, please refer to:

Application of Big6

Students are required to apply Big6 information literacy concepts in completing their projects. For more information, refer to the Big6 template on your Black Board Vista Course Site or visit

Academic Honesty

All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct. Any violation of academic ethics will be unacceptable in this class. Students must always submit work that represents his or her original ideas and words. If any of the ideas or statements are not the student's original ones, all relevant sources must be cited. Ideas and statements that require citation are not only all hardcopy or electronic publications, copyrighted or not, but also all verbal and visual communication when the source of the cited information/content is clearly identifiable. In this course academic dishonesty may result in rejecting the student's work and giving no credit for that assignment, or giving a failing grade for the entire course.

To avoid plagiarism, students are required to submit all their assignments to Safe Assign on BB Vista before final submission. Please remember that HCT has ZERO tolerance policy towards cheating. If you have any questions related to Safe Assign, please consult with your instructor for clarification.

Deadlines Policy for Assessments and exams

All assessments must be submitted on the deadline at the set time in the appropriate format. Late submissions will have 5% deducted for each calendar day that they are late. After 5 days, the assignment will not be accepted and the student will receive zero for that assessment. It is the student's responsibility to solve any technical issues before the due date.

If a student is ill and misses a deadline, a medical note must be provided within 3 days. The student will be given a maximum extension equal to the number of days of documented illness based on teacher discretion. (for example, if a student is sick for 3 days, she will have a maximum of 3 days extra to submit her assignment). For group assessments, each situation will be considered on its own merits and the teacher will use their discretion.

If a student misses an exam or a presentation, she will receive zero. If a medical note is provided within 3 days of the exam date, an alternative assessment will arranged between the student and the teacher.

Attendance and Participation Policy

Participation is vital. Participation does not mean just being physically present in class. The lesson can only be dynamic and interesting if each student is there and takes an active part in class activities. When you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out about the work assigned at the class you missed by contacting your classmates. It is polite to let your teacher know why you have missed a class but you will still be marked absent.

Arriving to class within five minutes after class has begun is being late. Arriving after 5 minutes is considered absent for that period. This is also true if you are late returning from a break. You are also considered absent if you leave class and not return shortly after having been marked present.

For course grades that have a mark for Attendance, please see below on how the marks will be distributed:

Absence percentage
Absence with 0%-0.9%
Absence from 1.0% - 2.9%
Absence from 3.0%-3.9%
Absence from 4.0%-4.9%
Absences over 5.0% -9.9%
Absences 10% and over

Marking Guidelines

All of your written work will use the following guidelines. It is your responsibility as a student to read and understand what is required for each grade level. In addition, the MLA Style must be used for referencing.

Grade Assessment
A/A- A grade of "A" means that the work is judged to be of exceptionally high quality, going well beyond what is needed to be acceptable.  It is an excellent work with NO errors. "A-" level work shows originality, depth of thought, factual accuracy, and good logic, shows that student has met the entire requirement of the project in an excellent manner.
B/B+ A grade of "B+" means that the work is judged to be of high quality, going well beyond what is needed to be minimally acceptable.  "B" level work shows some of the same good qualities as "A-" level work, but not as consistently. (Maybe lacks originality, and is less deep and student has missed out on SOME important issues or work contains SOME errors)
C/C+ A grade of "C+" means that the work is acceptable--that is, it meets the basic standard of college level work in terms of relevance, factual accuracy, and logic.  "C" work is at the minimum acceptable level.
D A grade of "D" means that the work does NOT meet the standards for acceptable college level work, but it does exhibit some positive qualities that indicate that it deserves some credit for having been done.
F A grade of "F" means that the work is so weak that it does NOT earn college level credit or the work was not completed at all.

Required Reading

Every student is required to read and understand the following sections of the Student Handbook

1. Graduate Outcomes 4. Plagiarism
2. Attendance policy 5. Breaches of academic honesty
3. Cheating 6. Late submission of assessment items

It is your responsibility to understand & follow these policies - stating that you did not know about them is NOT an acceptable excuse!

If you are unsure about any of these policies, please see Student Services