AGRI 1309
Computers in Agriculture

Western Texas College

  1. Basic course information
    1. Course description:  Use of computers in agricultural applications.  Introduction to programming languages, word processing, electronic spreadsheets, and agricultural software.
    2. Any required or recommended prerequisites:  No prerequisites.
  2. Student learning outcomes
    1. Upon completion of specified course material, the student will complete assignments utilizing computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets and databases in a laboratory setting.   Assignments will be assessed with rubrics pertaining to subject material which will be given to the student at the time of assignment.
    2. Upon completion of the course, the student will apply information presented in the course pertaining to operating systems and applications to prepare a portfolio for an agribusiness.  This will serve as the final exam and will be scored on a 200-point scale assessed with a rubric.
  3. Grading system and course requirements
    1. Grading system:  Final grades will be assigned based on a point system of assignments.  Students will earn an A, B, C, D, F, I, W, Q. Final grades are as follows:
                                  A=1080 points and above
                                  B=960-1079 points
                                  C=840-959 points
                                  D=720-839 points
                                  F=719 points and below
    1. Course requirements:    
                          Three Major Exams – 300 points
                          Library research – 100 points
                          Lab – 600 points
                          Final Exam – 200 points
  4. Information on books and other course materials
    1. Required books:  Microsoft Office 2007: Introductory Concepts and Techniques, Windows XP Edition, 1st Edition, ISBN-10: 1-4188-4327-X
    2. Supplies and equipment:  USB Flash Device (memory stick, jump drive)
  5. Course policies and class conduct
    1. Make-up tests, late assignments, final exams: There will be no make up exams given and no late assignments accepted.  If a student knows that he/she will be gone on the day of an exam or assignment, arrangements must be made prior to the absence.  No final exams will be given early.
    2. Attendance policy:  All students are expected to attend all classes and labs and on time. If a student comes in late, it will count as an absence.  After a student has been absent three hours, it will be reported to the counseling center.  After a total of six hours missed, the student may be administratively dropped.  Disruptive behavior will result in the student being removed form the class. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they are on a roll sheet.
    3. Academic integrity:  Cheating will result in being removed from the class.
    4. Cell Phones:  Cell phones must be turned to silent or turned off during class.
  6. Other policies
    1. Safety:  A number of safety measures are in place for your continued protection.  In the    event of inclement weather, shelters have been designated at several locations on campus.  Your student handbook will have a map of these locations and you should familiarize yourself with each.  The shelters will be marked at the entrance.  Western Texas College is part of the citywide call list, which is activated by the local law enforcement personnel.  Warnings will be given throughout the campus once the call is received.
    2. Emergency: All offices serve as emergency communications points.  Please notify the nearest WTC staff member should you become aware of the need for assistance of any type.  Campus phone: Dial 911.
    3. Bad weather policy: In the event of classes being dismissed for inclement weather, holiday, national disaster, or other unavoidable circumstance, the instructor will be responsible for notifying the students as to what the make-up requirements will be.  Sufficient work will be documented to offset the number of hours missed.  This notification of required make-up work will be given to students within one week upon resuming classes.
    4. ADA Statement: Western Texas College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.  The college counselors have been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations.  Information concerning the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the rights provided there under, are available from the college counselors.
    5. Special assistance:  If, as a result of a disability, a student needs special assistance to participate in a class, the counselor is to be notified immediately so that the prescribed process can be initiated.
    6. Affirmative action:  Western Texas College is an equal opportunity institution and is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  7. Course organization and schedule
    1. Weekly course schedule:
Week 1  Introduction
Week 2 Windows XP/Files to USB flash drive
Week 3 Word Chap. 1/Tri Valley Stables Flyer
Week 4 Exam #1/Word–Chap. 2
Week 5 Word - Chap. 3/Resume and Cover Letter
Week 6 Word Web Feature/Resume as a Web Page
Week 7 Exam #2
Week 8 Excel – Chap. 1 /Embedded Charts
Week 9 Excel – Chap. 2 /Formulas, Functions
Week 10 Access – Chap. 1/Recruiter Activity
Week 11 Exam #3
Week 12 PowerPoint – Chap. 2/Powerpoint Applications
Week 13 Outlook – Chap. 1/Outlook Applications
Week 14 Email Services, options
Week 15 Review
Week 16  Final Exam

          Disclaimer:  The above schedule, policies, procedures and assignments in this course are subject to change.



Last Modified: May 20, 2013