BCIS 2610: Introduction to Computers in Business
Fall Semester 2015

Instructor: Dr. Richard Vedder, Professor of Information Technology

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Office hours: BLB 312-J, by appointment
Email: vedder@unt.edu   BCIS 2610 does not use Blackboard!

 

Dr. Vedder's 2610 Sections This Term:

BCIS 2610.001 T 2-5, BLB 180

 

If you are registered for Section 001 (Tues.):   Your tutor/grader is:

---not yet known, stay tuned.

 

CoB Labs Tutor Hours (in BLB 131) --

http://www.cob.unt.edu/lab/tutor.php   Please note that ALL BCIS tutors should be able to help you with BCIS 2610-level questions.

 

SYLLABUS FOR THIS SEMESTER --

Section 001 syllabus.pdf

 

EMAILING YOUR ASSIGNMENTS --

Start your Subject line with your section number (xxx), and then with whatever the given assignment requests.
Email to:


BCIS2610.001@outlook.com

The Grader will at some point acknowledge receipt by sending you a response which says “R” in its title line.  If you send your homework to me, you will lose 10% off the top for not following the assignment’s instructions.

 

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WINDOWS AND MAC KEYBOARDS --

Most Windows keyboards that use a USB connector will work with Macs running Windows.  The following are the primary key differences between a Windows keyboard, and Mac:

Windows Keyboard

Macintosh Keyboard

CONTROL

COMMAND (for most shortcuts) or CONTROL

ALT

OPTION

Windows/Start

COMMAND/Apple

BACKSPACE

DELETE

DELETE

DEL

SHIFT

SHIFT



 

ANNOUNCEMENTS --

1. EMAIL ALL ASSIGNMENTS TO YOUR SECTION’S Address (see above).  If you email them to me, there will be a 10% grade penalty (i.e., a lost letter grade) – plus you risk me not being able (for unforeseen reasons) to forward your work to the grader by the due date.

2. Generally, I am ready and willing to answer all of your questions.  BUT I do get tired of emailing answers you can find in the syllabus or at the 2610 web site, or at my sub-site.  So do not be surprised if I respond to any such questions with “syllabus,” or “web site.”

3. I will send out from time to time BROADCAST EMAILS to everyone in the class, using the UNT Bulkmail System.  This system delivers messages into the unt_course_messages folder in your Eagle Connect account. As with all official UNT mail, you are held responsible by UNT for knowing the contents of each message, even if you did not read it.  So when school’s in session, check your Eagle Connect account daily!

4. CAMPUS CLOSURES: Should UNT close campus, it is your responsibility to keep checking your official UNT e-mail account (EagleConnect) to learn if  your instructor plans to modify class activities, and how.

5. COMPUTER SECURITY ARTICLE: Click here to read an interesting article about the wide range of threats to your computer.

This course adheres to the UNT policy on academic integrity.  The policy can be found at http://vpaa.unt.edu/academic-integrity.htm

 

 

WHERE TO GO IN THE BLB FOR ADDITIONAL HELP --

2610 Tutors work in the BLB 131 suite.  CoB posts their office hours at the CoB labs, on hallway bulletin boards, and online at the CoB site. 

UNT Computing Support (Helpdesk; for general computing problems access):
Sage Hall 130
http://www.unt.edu/computingresources.htm
helpdesk@unt.edu
940-565-2324

COBA Computing Support (for COBA Lab problems):
BLB 240 suite
http://www.coba.unt.edu/lab
940-369-8613

 

 

EXAM STUDY GUIDES --

These are posted inside the BCIS 2610 folder on the College of Business’ S-drive, accessible from a CoB Lab (not UNT General-Purpose Labs).

 

 

GRADED ANSWER SHEETS --

We destroy all exams after grading.  If you want to look at your answers, make an appointment with the tutor/grader to do so.

It is VERY UNLIKELY that you would see the exact same question from a midterm used again in the optional final.


 

ADDITIONAL FREE SOFTWARE YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER --

SECURITY

I suggest that you run one major anti-everything software program, plus some additional specialty programs, because running two majors at the same time can cause conflicts, especially of you do not know what you are doing.

Major Anti-Everything:  Microsoft Security Essentials or AVG AntiVirus Free Edition

Specialty Programs: Malwarebytes Free Edition (good vs. keyloggers, for example). WinPatrol alerts you when software wants to change your startup; you can also control how your computer starts up.  RoboForm Free Version is an excellent protected password storage program.  Truecrypt is excellent when you want to encrypt files, folders or even drives.

UTILITY PROGRAMS

7-Zip for compressing files.  SugarSync if you need more cloud storage than your UNT OneDrive account.  CCleaner for removing the software debris that slows performance over time.  Belarc Advisor and PCWizard will tell you more than you might ever have dreamed about what is inside your computer.  Earth Alerts is good for weather information.

MEDIA PROGRAMS –

Audacity for recording and editing audio.  VLC Media Player will accept almost any media format.

 

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