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For questions on assignments, please go to FAQ - Assignments page.

Q1: Can anyone take this course?
A: Yes.  However, this course is designed for the self-motivated and disciplined student who requires a substantial degree of scheduling flexibility. Please consider this carefully before enrolling in the course.
Q2: How do I find the course information?
A: You can find the course information page from WebCT.  An orientation session is held at the beginning of each term the course is offered. Important aspects of the course will be discussed at the orientation so please try to attend. If you would like to receive this information as soon as you register please email the instructor at llemley@pjc.edu with your request.
Q3: When is the date of orientation?
A: Usually, it is scheduled on the first Saturday of the new semester, at 10:00 am. and will be held in Room 2146, Building 21, Academic Computing Center.  Please check WebCT during the week before the semester starts.  It will be announced there should the schedule be changed.
Q4: How can I access this course?
A: A username and password to add this course, and address to the course will be e-mailed to you soon after registration. (The date of the orientation will also be included.) If you do not receive this information within 10 days after the drop/add period, please contact the instructor. This information will also be available at the orientation session. You will not have access to the course until you have secured a username and password.  Please sent your email address to your instructor.
Q5: What will I learn from this course?
A:

This course is intended for a course that includes a brief introduction to Windows XP and Office 2003. No experience with a computer is assumed, and no mathematics beyond the high school freshman level is required. The objectives of this course are: to learn the fundamentals of Windows XP and Office 2003; to acquaint yourself with the proper procedures to create documents, worksheets, and presentations suitable for coursework, professional purposes, and personal use; to discover the underlying functionality of Office 2003 to become more productive; to develop an exercise-oriented approach that allows learning by doing; to encourage independent study and help those who are working alone or in a distance education environment. This course meets A. A. computer competence requirement.

Q6: Do I need to purchase a textbook?
A: You can purchase  the book - Microsoft Office 2003- Introductory Concepts and Techniques by Shelly & Cashman (ISBN 0-619-25477-7) at PJC bookstore or Lemox bookstore located on Underwood Avenue next to PJC. 
Q7: What kind of computer do I need for taking this course?
A: This course requires a multimedia computer (Sound card, CD player and speakers) with Internet access at a minimum of a 28.8 Kbps modem. The student must have access to Windows PC or Macintosh running either Netscape Communicator 4.0 or above or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or above.
Q8: What kind of software do I need for taking this course?
A:

The student must have access to Windows XP and Office 2003.  Microsoft has made available Microsoft Office XP Standard for Students at an estimated retail price of $149.  Retail stores selling the software include: Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Costco, Fry's Electronics, Gamestop, Microcenter, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Sam's Club, Staples, Target and in selected Authorized Education Resellers.  It is sold at Wal-Mart for $129.96.

You can find more information about the Microsoft Office 2003 Standard for Students at http://www.microsoft.com/office/forstudents/  

Q9: Can I take this course without buying Microsoft Office XP?
Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 are installed on all the computers in the Academic Computing Centers on Pensacola, Warrington, Milton and NAS campuses. Please check with each ACC concerning their lab hours.

For those of you don't have Office 2003 and don't plan to purchase one, You can download your free 60-day Office 2003 Standard Edition Trial Software at http://www.microsoft.com/office/editions/prodinfo/standardtrial.mspx. The trial software download is 228 megabytes (MB), and approximately 500MB of free hard disk space is required to install the trial after download. It is strongly recommended that you have a reliable broadband Internet connection to download this trial—download times will vary depending upon the speed of your Internet connection.

Q10: What kind of browser do I need for taking this course?
A:

Supported browsers for use with WebCT are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape and AOL. Other browsers, such as Opera, Safari, and Mozilla, are not supported for use with WebCT.

The following browsers are recommended:

-Internet Explorer (IE) version 5.0, 5.5, 6.0.
-Netscape version 6.2.x and 7.0
-AOL 7.0 and 8.0

Q11: I have problem logging in to WebCT or the WebCT Chat Room.  What should I do?
A: You must have java enabled in your browser to use chat. To have Java Virtual Machine installed on your computer, you need to first, install Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1a) on your computer and then download and install Java virtual machine from Sun Microsystems.

If you have installed programs that block popups from opening you may experience some login problems. These programs often block useful JavaScript's too. Here is some useful information about popup blockers and WebCT from Portland Community College at http://spot.pcc.edu/webct/student/popup.htm.

Q12: What if I have questions concerning assignments?
A: Answers to the questions that most students have are posted on the bulletin board inside of WebCT or FAQ - Assignments.  Please email your instructor if you have more questions.
Q13: What do I have to do to get my grade?
A: Final evaluation of a student's performance in the course will be based on a series of 10 assignments. The assignments will be associated with chapter materials and will be e-mailed to the instructor or posted on the bulletin board. The Assignment page inside of WebCT contains all assignments and they will total a maximum 100 points. There are 5 tests, one at the end of each module, and they will total a maximum of 500 points. 
Q14: Anything else do I need to know?
A: The key to your success largely depends on the effort you put into the course. If you follow the instructor's guidelines and use the resources provided, you can successfully complete the course and earn 3.0 college credits. If you have questions at any time, please contact your instructor for assistance.
 

 

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Last updated: 06/22/06