Personal Computing


Instructor: Debbie Lillie Gomez


Gives the student the knowledge and experience needed to use a personal computer effectively. A range of computers and software will be available; as much as possible, the student will be able to learn about systems, which are directly usable in his or her area of study. Topics include discussions of computer hardware, the range of capabilities of the personal computer, how to evaluate a piece of software, and how software is written.  Satisfies G.E. area F1.  Co-requisite: CS 4000-lab.  You must be enrolled in both sections.  Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. (Credit may not be given for both CS 2000 and CS 4000.). 


Textbook: How Computers Work 10th edition by Ron White.  This book is available for under $30.00  


Lecture:  MW 12:00 - 12:50 in DBH166

Lab Times: MWF 1:00-1:50 DBH120.  You are welcome to come to any of my lab times; priority will be given to the students enrolled in the section.


Office Hours:  The lab times are the best time to meet with me.  I can also meet after 2:00, or by appointment.


I will cover the lab assignments in class quickly.  I will then be available in the computer lab times to go over the assignments again with anyone who needs or wants additional explanations.


I expect students to attend lectures and turn assignments on time. Classes will be recorded and available in Canvas in case you need to miss a class or if you want to review a lecture. Only students enrolled in this class will be able to see the recordings within the Blackboard component of this course.  Please be aware that the microphone might capture your voices in addition to my lecture.


All students must be respectful of others and control your use of electronics.  Playing games or browsing the web is disruptive to others around you.  In this case, you can excuse yourself. 



Please be sure to always include cs4000 in the subject line, of any and all e-mails to me!






Quizzes: 400 points - Quizzes will be done on-line at There will be eight quizzes, one on each part of the book.  You will have one week to take the quiz, once it is announced in class. 


Assignments: 400 points – Assignments will be listed in Canvas and posted when the assignment is given.  Assignments are due at midnight on the due date. Assignments can be turned in up to one week after due date, 10% will deducted each day on late assignments, up to 50%.  We will be creating newsletters, modifying digital pictures, making budgets, building web pages and exploring other technologies.


Presentations: 200 points - There will be in-class presentations done in groups of three or four students.  You will need to form your own groups. The topic will be on some form of new technology.  Presentations will be the last weeks of the class.


You can see your current grades at anytime in Canvas and you should be checking your grades on a regular bases. There is no need for surprises at the end of the term.  Your grades are your responsibility, If you have a question or a concern with the score of any assignment or quiz please e-mail me with your concerns as soon a possible, do not wait until the last weeks of the semester.




93% to 100%

A -

90% to 92.9%

B +

87% to 89.9%


83% to 86.9%

B -

80% to 82.9%

C +

77% to 79.9%


73% to 76.9%

C -

70% to 72.9%

D +

67% to 69.9%


63% to 66.9%

D -

60% to 62.9%


59% or lower