Steel Valley Middle and High School    

Course Syllabus


Title of Course: Computer Literacy

Credit / Term: 1 Term - 18 Weeks  .5 Credits

Recommended prerequisite: None                 

Grade Level: 9-12

Date of Last Update: 2/12/10


Course Description


Topics include but are not limited to: word processing; databases; digital image processing; Sound recording and editing; Databases; Video Editing; PowerPoint Presentations; HTML for web pages; CAD/CAM and spreadsheets (including charts and graphs).


Our goal is to teach students skills that will enable them to make better use of the computer while giving them a sample of what is offered in Steel ValleyŐs other computer classes.


Student Requirements and Expected Levels of Achievement


Students taking the course will be expected to:


1.    Attend Class Regularly

2.    Complete all lessons with at least a 60% level of competence.

3.    Complete all tests with a score of at least 60%

4.    Complete the final exam with a minimum of a 60% score.



Classroom Policies


Students are expected to:


1.    Attend class regularly and participate in classroom assignments
2.    Complete all class work by an assigned due date
3.    Bring all materials necessary to complete the lesson for the day
4.    Complete all projects, assessments, and practicals (tests)
5.    Correctly follow lab procedures and safety rules
6.    Complete make-up work in a timely manner.
7.    Seek help when needed.

8.    Sit in their assigned seat.

9.    Do their own work. Students who provide or submit work that is not their own will receive a Ň0Ó on the assignment and may be subject to further disciplinary action.

10.  Abide by all student regulations and network policies as outlined in the student handbook.

11.  Make the best use of class time to work on the computer.

12. Students are not permitted bring in or consume food, drink or gum in the computer lab.





Standards and Benchmarks


Essential Skills Are Aligned with State Standards/Anchors

Specific alignment information is provided on the lesson plans.





Course Content


Computer Class Course Syllabus

Mr. Specter and Ms. Sekura


90 Class days

18 Weeks


Course Intro OS – File systems – 2 days




            Network use

            Rules for safety



Computer Hardware – 2 Days

            WhatŐs in the box?


Office - Intro 1 day (Document Prep - MOS)

Word – 4 days

            Skills – Copy and paste

            Spell check

            Proof Reading


            Excel – 9 days

                        Basic spreadsheet



                        Auto sum



            Computer File Types – 3 Days

                        Graphics Formats

Program Data types


            PowerPoint – 13 days


                        Slide generation


                        Custom Animations    


            Filemaker Pro – 10 days

                        Setup and edit databases


            Practical – 2 days



Desktop Publishing – 12 days

            In Design or Word




Sketchup (CAD) - 7 days

            Purpose of CAD




Vector-Based Graphics – 6 Days

            Adobe Illustrator or Freehand

            Vector vs. bit mapped graphics

            Shading and tools


IMOVIE – 2 days

            Edit footage




            IT Essentials - 3 days

                        Computer Parts

            CCNA - 2 days

                        Computer networking overview

            Practical – 1 day


Digicom Intro – 1 day


Photoshop Elements – 4 days



HTML – 5 days

HTML Intro   

Create web pages







Procedures for Assessment


Assessment procedures will align with standards and skills taught Most assessment will be by skills-based tests



Math Integration


Math will be integrated into the course through the very nature of the course content. Specific units will include Excel 2, 3a and 3b where students will need to convert fractions to percentages. Additional units using math include the Freehand robot and camera lessons where measurements must be taken in both points and inches. The CAD/CAM lessons have been expanded to require math skills as well.


Reading Integration


Reading will be integrated into the course through the use of the lesson instructions.


Writing Integration


Writing will be integrated into the course through several lessons. These include but are not limited to the following:

In the second desktop publishing lesson students are required to write three stories. Additional writing skills are taught in our second word lesson that covers proofreading skills. Other lessons include editing text for content, such as our first desktop publishing lesson.


Technology Integration


Technology is integrated into the course by its very nature.


Course Materials



Lessons developed by the Steel Valley Faculty



         Microscoft Office




         Google Sketchup

         Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

         CISCO on-line Curriculum

         Adobe Illustrator or Freehand

Filemaker Pro

         IMovie or Adobe Premire

         Sound Studio

         Adobe In-Design (Possibly)

         Text Edit

         Other software as required (Subject to Change)





Grading Policy/Rubric




The in-class assignments will count as 75% of the final grade each grading period.  


Tests (Practical Skills-based Exams) will count as 15% of the final grade each grading period. 


Student participation and attendance will make up the remaining 10% of the studentŐs grade. 


Grade Distribution:




90 – 100% =   A        


80 –  89%  =   B                    


70 –  79%  =   C


60 –  69%  =   D


  0 --  59%  =  F