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Course Syllabus


EDU 6605                                            Computer-Based Instructional Technologies
Course Number                                               Course Title

Cynthia W. Sparks, Ed. D.                 Term II  2002.  01/11,12: 01/25, 26; 02/08,09
Instructor                                                        Term/Dates

            Friday, 4:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Norfolk Naval Station, Bldg. N19, Computer Lab.  Students must check in and out at the quarterdeck for each class session.

CONSULTATION HOURS: Dr. Sparks will be available in the assigned classroom before and after each class session.  She may be reached at 421-7346 (H) or 547-0153 ext. 199 (W).
E-mail address: 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an advanced survey course in those classroom adaptable technologies that are associated with the personal computer.  Emphasis is placed on familiarity with keyboarding, disk operating systems, and tool software.  Proficiency with word processing, database and spreadsheet in an integrated program is developed.  Students present a lesson augmented with an electronic slide show produced during the course. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course students will:

·        Acquire a technology vocabulary and knowledge of computer concepts.

·        Acquire an understanding of the impact of computers on classroom instruction.

·        Acquire an understanding of the basic information needed to use computers professionally.     

·        Develop competence in using computers in the area of education.

·        Develop a theoretical rationale for the use of computers in education.  

·        Demonstrate an understanding of the primary application of computers in education.

·        Gain exposure to real life experiences in designing and using computers in the classroom.

·        Gain exposure to uses of and be able to evaluate software for educational application.

Students will fulfill the requirements for the Virginia Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel:

            Standard 1            Operate a computer system and utilize software

            Standard 2       Apply knowledge of terms associated with educational computing and technology

Standard 3            Apply productivity tools for professional use—word processing, databases, presentations tools, and spreadsheets.

Standard 8            Demonstrate knowledge of ethical and legal issues relating to the use of technology.


TEACHING METHODS: This course will be taught in a computer lab with hands on activities. The class will require participation from students in learning basic skills in the four application programs using Microsoft Office—word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation tools.  This class is a beginning class that assumes that students need to learn the basics of operating a computer and the applications that are the foundation tools of technology use in the classroom. 

GRADING POLICY:            There will be a final exam that counts 25 % and demonstrates student’s skills learned with basic computer applications.  A research paper (case study) on a topic of the student’s choice which counts 20%.  Two reports on articles dealing with instructional technology in education for 10%. Four  projects that demonstrate your ability to use the applications for 20%.   Finally, a lesson plan and classroom presentation that is worth 25%.

Guidelines for Article Review:

1.         Select two articles relating to computer-based instructional technologies.  The topics can relate to any subject of interest to you concerning technology in education.

2.         A copy of the original article or a reference to the website address should be submitted with each review.

3.         Each review of an article will be one page word processed, single spaced with bibliographical information included at the end of the review.

4.         The one page will include a concise summary of the article (author's purpose, main points, etc.) and critique (your evaluation, comparisons, etc.).  The critique should relate to your job experience, general experience, and knowledge gained from other related readings.

5.         Articles for review should be dated 1998 or later.

Guidelines for Assignments dealing with each basic application

  1. There are four applications that will be studied and each one requires the demonstration of competence by the completion of a project using that application
  2. The application projects are
    1. Word processing—a newsletter
    2. Presentations—a slide show
    3. Spreadsheets—a demonstration spreadsheet dealing with a budget
    4. Databases—a demonstration database of something you which to inventory or track
  3. Each project must be turned in by the final weekend (Friday). These projects are very important as they are the practice activities that enable you to really learn the application under study.

Guidelines for Research Paper/Case Study

1.         Identify an educational environment or topic related to instructional technology appropriate for a review.  The topic for study can relate to any concept that you wish to study related to technology in your particular job.

2.         The length of the paper will depend on the depth of your study but will be double spaced with an introduction, purpose, summary, and bibliography.

3.         Research must be written according to the APA Publication Manual.

4.         Each study will include a final section summarizing knowledge gained.

Guidelines for Lesson Plan and Presentation.

1.         Identify a topic for instruction which incorporates instructional technology in the lesson format.

2.         Plan and design the lesson including: lesson summary, objectives (SOL) or competencies, expected student outcomes, vocabulary, materials needed, prerequisite skills, procedure, and evaluation.

3.         Present the lesson to the class and provide a written copy of the lesson plan upon completion of the oral presentation.

 REQUIRED TEXT: None.  Web site address will be supplied where all handouts and notes will be posted.





Class 1

Windows/ E-mail

Establish an e-mail account and E-mail the instructor giving her the address and a self-assessment of your computer skills

Class 2

Basic Word Processing/Desktop Publishing

Create a newsletter that is related to you current job or discuss the components of your dream job. Publicize what you do or wish to do in the future



Create a slide show that is about you. The show should showcase your talents. Include a title slide, a graphic, a digitized picture, and a sound in your presentation.

Class 4


Create a spreadsheet concerning your budget requests for technology and technology related materials for your job.

Class 5


Create a database to display some set of information you use in your current job.

Class 6

Final Project presentations

Final Exam (afternoon)*


*Schedule of Presenters to be determined.

RECOMMENDED READING:            Current articles from periodicals dealing with instructional technology. 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT:            Any student whose disabilities fall within ADA must inform the instructor at the beginning of the term of any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES:            Students who have or may be dealing with a disability or learning difficulty should speak with the instructor or contact the Office of Student Services at 451-8202.

This page was updated on:  04/10/02