*Southern Polytechnic State University* *Department of Business Administration* *Faculty Course Assessment Report* *Summer 2009* * * *Course Number : MGNT 2201* *Course Title : Introduction to Computer Applications* *Instructor : Dr. Sarah M. North* * * *Catalog Description:* An introduction to word processing, spreadsheets, and database business applications using the personal computer. The course includes an introduction to the personal computer and operating systems. ** * * *Grade Distribution :* * * *A* *B* *C* *D* *F* *W* *Total* *13* *6* *0* *0* *2* *0* *21* * * *Modifications Made to Course:* This course was modified to be a hybrid course last two semesters. The modification was continued for this current semester. Additional components were added to the online portion of the course including releasing, collecting, and grading assignments online using Vista/WebCT. Test were also created and installed online. * * *Course Outcomes Assessment:* Based on my decades of teaching and mentoring experience and expertise in the filed, I used multiple measures in a variety of settings to evaluate my course outcomes. Specifically, I used the following as a measure of success in my teaching: I. Conduct comprehensive evaluations of students� mastery of content and skill by conducting appropriate examinations, project presentations and discussions. II. Monitor students� ability to link the subject matter to real-life situations. III. Observe students� level of confidence in the materials learned and their application. IV. Seek informal feedback from peers who teach the same or similar subject matter. The following briefly describes the detailed outcome assessments for this course: * *To understand and apply advanced concepts and techniques for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. * In-class and online lectures, demonstrations, and practices were prepared and delivered to students. Through these components students grasped and applied concepts and techniques for all designated computer applications. Regular and prompt feedback was provided while students were engaged in hands-on sections of the assignments and practices either in-class or online via Vista/WebCt. * * * *To identify, develop, and demonstrate integration of microcomputer applications. * Four major modules (e.g., Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Database, and Presentation) were completed in this course. In addition, a few sessions were assigned to integration of these various applications. Students identified, developed and demonstrated the integration skills by providing examples and by completing specific targeted exercises and assignments. * *To describe, articulate, and develop tools to various management-related data and information. * A major component of this course was to prepare and discuss in detail several management-related data and information systems in class. In addition, applications tools were demonstrated to show students how to apply them to different situations. At the completion of this phase, students were required to describe and develop tools for specific situations. All assignments were graded in detail and appropriate feedback was provided to students. * * *Student Feedback:* Direct students� comments were collected and are reported as follows: �This course was very useful. I learned Excel and Access which will help me with my other homeworks;� �I like the online assignments and tests. Online announcement was good and helped with keeping up with due dates;� and �I recommend this course to all the business students.� * * *Reflection:* This course was offered for the third semester as a hybrid course. Although the prior semester seemed to be successful in achieving objectives for this course, additional modification was made to the course to further refine it. Based on the history of this course, the major challenge for the students and me has been covering the required material with a good understanding and developing the ability to demonstrate them with proper real life examples. To partially achieve this, a major question bank was provided by the textbook publisher who allowed us to test the level and breadth of the students� knowledge on a regular basis. This quick feedback allowed the students and me to revisit some of the materials for a deeper understanding of different points of view and emphasis. The hands-on portion of this course was also very challenging for students and for me. After a few group and face-to-face sessions of instructions, students gradually felt comfortable enough to complete assignments online and submit them as attached files through the Vista/WebCt assignment tool. * * *Proposed Actions for Course Improvement:* Improvements to this course are very similar to prior semesters. * Improve the current interactive online evaluation for rapid feedback on exercises and assignments. * Include additional examples of tools used in business environments. * Increase case studies related to information systems and the use of various tools. * Continue to create and disseminate more learning modules and major projects. * *