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BA242 Business Software Applications

Fall 2011

Business Software Application


University of Tennessee Course Code: BAUD 242 Fall Semester 2011 Instructor: Mrs. Angel Norman, MBA
Course E-mail: BA242@utk.edu Phone: 865-974-2551 Office Location: Stokely 605 Office Hours: Times will be posted on BlackBoard Class Times: W/F 8:00 AM 8:50AM W/F 9:05 AM 9:55AM Classroom: Stokely Management Center G2 GTA Information will be posted on BlackBoard

Course Description. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a strong foundation in the use of spreadsheet and database software. Students will learn and apply various spreadsheet tasks including the construction, formatting, analysis, and presentation of spreadsheet data. Students will learn and apply various database tasks including database object construction, data entry and modification, query creation, data management, and database management. Text & Materials: Exploring Microsoft Excel 2010, Comprehensive by Robert Grauer, Keith Mulbery, & Mary Anne Poatsy, (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011): ISBN-10: 0-13-509859-2 Access 2007 in business by Joseph M. Manzo (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008): ISBN 10: 0-13-174341-4 Registration Code for MyItLab from Pearson: http://www.myitlab.com - Textbooks and MyItLab Code are sold bundled in the UC Bookstore Microsoft Office Professional 2010 installed on personal laptop (academic pricing in the UC Computer Store) Electronic readings, class slides, supplemental information and assignments that are posted on the Blackboard sites. Blackboard Use in BA242 (https://blackboard.utk.edu/webapps/login/) You should be automatically enrolled in the Online@UT (Blackboard) system. For Blackboard help, go to http://online.utk.edu/stu_how_to.shtml Technology Requirements, Help and Loaners: UT e-mail Account: https://tmail.utk.edu CBA and this course requires each student own a laptop http://bus.utk.edu/tis/undergrad.html. - Specifications at http://www.bus.utk.edu/tis/resources/buying.htm. Microsoft Office Professional 2010 (academic pricing in the UC Computer Store) Wireless Networking at UT http://wireless.utk.edu/ Students with laptops can go to the OIT Service Center or contact them via email (http://oit.utk.edu/helpdesk/ and/or http://remedy.utk.edu/contact/). There are a limited number of laptop loaners for students whose laptop is temporarily not working and in the process of being fixed. Please send an email to cbahelp@utk.edu to check on the availability of a loaner. However, loaner usage is temporary only; you must have your own laptop.

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Important Note Regarding Course Changes. Occasionally, there is a need to make changes to grading procedures, class schedule and/or content. If it is necessary to do so, we will strive to achieve fairness when making such adjustments. Please check your e-mail and Blackboard announcements frequently for notification of adjustments. Disability Accommodation. Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. Please contact the Office of Disability Services at 865-974-6087 in Hoskins Library to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. http://ods.utk.edu/ Learning Objectives. This course will help you become successful business professionals by acquiring the knowledge and skills listed below. To acquire a conceptual understanding of the appropriate use of spreadsheet and database technologies to organize, analyze, and present data. To understand the differences in the strengths and limitations of spreadsheet and database technologies, leading to better decisions in the selection for their use. To develop and improve proficiency in spreadsheet and database design, implementation and use. To enhance analytical and presentation skills through the use of spreadsheet and database technology features.

Course Policies and Procedures: Professionalism. The primary goal of the programs in the College of Business is to prepare students for entry into professional business fields. Throughout your program, the faculty expects students to develop and exhibit professionalism. Professionalism includes, but is not limited to, being responsible, being conscientious, exercising care in the performance of work, and exhibiting integrity and respect for others. The faculty encourages students to participate in professional development activities sponsored by the College. Preparation. This course is rigorous, and it makes significant demands on your time. Your investment of time and effort in this course is well justified by the long-run benefits that you can expect in your business career. Although the course is rigorous, students who keep up with the materials, do all of the assignments, and participate in the learning experiences do very well. Classroom learning best occurs when students are adequately prepared for class. Thus, the faculty expects students to read and prepare assigned material prior to class as set forth in the course syllabus. As part of their preparation, students should check Blackboard regularly for assignments and other communications. Remember that your instructor is here to help you learn but you are responsible for the learning that occurs. Students who have difficulties mastering the materials should seek advice from the instructor or graduate teaching assistant. In the final analysis, you are also responsible for the learning that will occur throughout your career and lifetime. Class Attendance and Participation. The faculty expects students to attend their classes. If a student must miss class for a valid reason, the student should notify the instructor about the absence, preferably in advance. Students are responsible for any academic work missed during class absences. Attendance is documented for assessment purposes. If you make the decision to skip a lecture meeting, please be advised that you are making a conscious choice to miss a material percentage of the overall course content, and this can negatively affect your grade. You are encouraged to actively participate in the class. If you have
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questions, ask them. If the discussion concerns a topic related to your job experience please contribute. The class will be much more rewarding and interesting if you take an active role in it! Being prepared (reading and completing the assignments prior to class) is important because one of the goals of this class is for you to integrate information about technology, information systems, corporate strategy, and business processes. Therefore, most class sessions will involve critical discussions, problem solving, and applied learning rather than merely repeating the materials in the text. For this to be successful, you should be thoroughly familiar with advance preparation materials before coming to class.

Integrity. The faculty expects students to approach their studies with honesty and integrity. Students must do their own work on exams, quizzes, homework, papers, presentations, and projects unless the course syllabus specifically allows for group work. Dishonest behavior in completing assignments and exams will not be tolerated and will be reported to College administrators and the Student Judicial Affairs Office. Students are expected to adhere to the Universitys Honor Statement set forth in Hilltopics and reproduced below and to follow the detailed academic standards described on pages 11-13 of Hilltopics. An essential feature of The University of Tennessee is a commitment to maintaining an atmosphere of intellectual integrity and academic honesty. As a student of the University, I pledge that I will neither knowingly give nor receive any inappropriate assistance in academic work, thus affirming my own personal commitment to honor and integrity. Cheating. Academic dishonesty is an important issue in the College of Business, and we are implementing policies and procedures to proactively identify and discipline students who choose to engage in unethical behavior. Our goals include enhancing the integrity of the academic process and protecting the rights of students who make the commendable choice to avoid shortcuts and strictly abide by the UT Honor Statement. CHEATING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN ANY FORM IN THIS COURSE. The penalty that shall be applied in a case of cheating is a grade of F in this course, and the incident will be reported to College administrators and the University Student Judicial Affairs Office. The UT Honor Statement guidelines and examples of violations are listed on pages 11-13 of Hilltopics, available at http://dos.utk.edu/hilltopics/. The following examples are provided for additional guidance: Sharing questions and answers from exams (within or between classes) is cheating. Copying and/or modifying another students work (including any part of any electronic file) is cheating. REPEATING STUDENTS (and groups with students who are repeating the course) Using files or documents created during previous semesters is cheating. Talking with members of other project groups during a group exercise is not cheating as long as each group does its own work. Copying and/or modifying another groups work is cheating. The GTAs and instructor will actively monitor to detect shared assignments. Assignments are compared across sections and semesters. Please do your own work. If at any time you are in doubt about the appropriateness of an activity, discuss it with your instructor before you proceed. Similarly, if you have done something that you later think might be questionable; we encourage you to talk to your instructor about it.

Deadlines and Exam Policies. Students should submit papers, homework, and projects on or before the assigned due dates. Unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise, NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED. ABSENCE FROM A SCHEDULED EXAM WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL WILL RESULT IN A GRADE
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OF ZERO. Makeup or early exams will be permitted only by prior arrangement with the instructor (on a case by case basis). No late exams will be given without prior approval obtained before the scheduled exam is given. (The only exception to this rule involves rare and unusual circumstances occurring en route to the exam.) Makeup exams will cover the same material but will not be the same format as the regular exam. Quizzes may be administered randomly throughout the semester, and no make up quizzes will be given. Approval for make up or late work will depend on the nature of the situation, the timing and nature of the request, and valid documentation/verification. Valid excuses include documented military duty, documented medical emergencies, documented jury duty, documented death of an immediate family member, etc. Sleeping late, forgetting, missing a ride back to campus, or just not feeling well are not valid excuses for make ups. An e-mail or phone call to the instructor just before an exam or assignment deadline does not constitute prior arrangement. Failure of the e-mail system does not excuse assignment lateness, so please send in assignments early enough to ensure timely arrival. (However, the instructor will monitor for UTK system downtimes.)

Laptop Use. A properly functioning laptop with wireless capabilities and Office 2010 Professional software is required for this course. You will need your laptop to complete the computer-based lab exercises via MyItLab and to complete in-class activities. Unprofessional or improper behavior/use of laptops will result in restrictions during lectures.

Course Communications. Online communications are a critical component of this class. You will use the wireless network during labs. You will use Blackboard to retrieve course documents and course announcements, to interact with group members on group work, and to post assignments and exam materials. UT email will be used to communicate with students. If you typically use an email account other than your UT account, it is your responsibility to log into the utk.edu system and forward your UT emails to another address. Go to http://online.utk.edu/pdf/routingemail.pdf for forwarding instructions, or log on to https://tmail.utk.edu/uact/.

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COURSE STRUCTURE AND ASSESSMENTS Exams. There will be two exams in this course. Exams are comprehensive in nature and knowledge of material covered in prior weeks is assumed and will likely appear on subsequent exams. The exams are designed to assess your basic understanding of the concepts and their application. These exams will entail individual, computerbased elements that test your learning of computer-based activities. Individual Assignments. The objectives of the individual assignments (Home Work, MyItLab, Cases 1 and 2) are to help students understand the course material, and to help both the students and the instructor recognize any points that are not yet completely understood. Participation. There will be in-class discussions, questions, and hands-on projects and out-of-class labs and help sessions to develop students understanding of the course concepts. Students are expected to participate in all of these activities. Occasionally, in-class work will be submitted. The in-class submissions will NOT be announced prior to class and CANNOT be made-up. Grading Grades will be calculated as follows; please note the UT Grading Scale below: Assessment Home Work & MyItLab Assignments Case 1 Case 2 Mid-Term Exam Final Exam Participation Total Points Possible Points 150 50 50 75 125 50 500 Percentage 30% 10% 10% 15% 25% 10% 100% Grade A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF Grade Range % =/> 92.0% 90.0-91.99 88-89.99% 82-87.99% 80.0-81.99 78-79.99% 72-77.99% 70.0-71.99 68-69.99% 62-67.99% 60.0-61.99 <60.0 Grade Points 4.0 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.3 1.0 .7 0

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Class & Preparation Schedule Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Date 8/17 8/19 8/24 8/26 8/31 9/2 9/7 9/9 9/14 9/16 9/21 9/23 9/28 9/30 10/5 10/7 10/12 10/14 10/19 10/21 10/26 10/28 11/2 11/4 11/9 11/11 11/16 11/18 11/23 11/25 12/2 12/5 Wednesday Exploring: Office Fundamentals (pp. 1-66) Exploring: Chapter 2 (pp. 129-176) Exploring: Chapter 3 (pp. 177-228) Exploring: Chapter 4 (pp. 229-286) Exploring: Chapter 5 (pp. 287-340) Exploring: Chapter 6 (pp. 341-385) Exploring: Chapter 7 (pp. 385-442) Exploring: Chapter 7 (pp. 385-442) Mid-Term Exam Exploring: Chapter 11 (pp. 603-617) Case 2: Materials on BB Manzo: Chapter 1 (pp. 1-18) Manzo: Chapter 2 (pp. 53-75) & Chapter 6 (pp. 260-279) Manzo: Chapter 3 (pp. 106-135) & Chapter 4 (pp. 137-171) Materials on BB No assigned reading Final Exam for Section 2 Friday Exploring: Chapter 1 (pp. 67-128) & Chapter 10 (pp. 529-580) Exploring: Chapter 8 (pp. 443-486) & Chapter 11 (pp. 581-602) Exploring: Chapter 3 (pp. 177-228) Exploring: Chapter 4 (pp. 229-286) Exploring: Chapter 5 (pp. 287-340) Exploring: Chapter 6 (pp. 341-385) Fall Break Case 1: Materials on BB Exploring: Chapter 9 (pp. 487-510) Case 2: Materials on BB Manzo: Chapter 2 (pp. 19-52) Manzo: Chapter 3 (pp. 77-106)

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Manzo: Chapter 3 (pp. 77-135) & Chapter 4 (pp. 137-171) Manzo: Chapter 5 (pp. 193-258) Thanksgiving Final Exam for Section 1

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BA 242 TOPICS
TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED

SPREADSHEET Formatting (e.g., borders, shading, colors, highlighting, fonts) Formulas (cell arithmetic) Functions (e.g., SUM, AVERAGE, NPV, FV) Cell referencing (e.g., absolute, relative, ranges, other worksheets/workbooks) Organizing and grouping data (e.g., concatenate, parsing, sort, filter, group) Charting (e.g., chart types, chart elements) Conditional formatting Boolean logical functions IF functions and nested IF statements Formula audits (e.g., precedents, dependents) Tabular data analyses (e.g., VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, INDEX) Data tools (e.g., data sets, valuations) What if (1 and 2 variable) Pivot tables Goal Seek Protecting (e.g., workbooks, cell locks, hiding/displaying data) Comments, text boxes DATABASE Tables (e.g., create, edit, properties, fields, validations, defaults, referential integrity) Queries (e.g., single, joins, criteria, calculations, parameters, updates, delete) Forms (e.g., labels, boxes, check box, calculated controls, combo box, buttons) Reports (e.g., groups, summaries, calculated fields, formatting, modify, create, queries)

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