• Computer Applications Course Syllabus & Pacing Guide

    Wilson Memorial High School

    189 Hornet Road

    Fishersville, VA 22939

    Telephone: 540-886-4286

    Instructor: Mrs. Vickie Lilley

    E-mail: mailto:vlilley@augusta.k12.va.us

    Room: 42


    Textbooks/Materials: Century 21: Computer Applications & Keyboarding; Microsoft Office 2016: Introductory Concepts & Techniques; Microsoft 365; Content Area Exercises

    Hardware: Networked HP computers; Laser Printer; InkJet Printer

    Software: Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Office 2016, MicroType Pro

    Description: This course is designed for secondary school students to develop real-life, outcome-driven approach skills for digital citizenship, basic computer operations, keyboarding, application software (word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia applications, databases), and career exploration. This course promotes skills that can be applied across the curriculum and offers preparation relevant to 21st-century skills and postsecondary education.

    Expectations of Students: Excellent attendance, prompt arrival to class, good attitude, good manners, good classroom behavior, good work ethic, willingness to learn, ability to read and follow directions, ability to work independently, completion of all computer assignments at school. Homework in this class is held to a minimum as long as work is completed in class.

    Units/Time Frame/Objectives

    • Unit 1: Applying Basic Computer Operations (15 days)
      • Key alphabetic, numeric, and symbol information.
      • Improve keyboarding techniques.
      • Increase keyboarding speed and accuracy to meet industry standards.
      • Proofread copy.
      • Keyboard using the touch method
      • Become familiar with hardware and software terminology
      • Use proofreading symbols properly
    • Unit 2: Using Word Processing Applications (35 days)
      • Create, format and edit letters, envelopes, and memos
      • Create and format outlines and research papers
      • Create, format and edit tables
      • Identify a variety of word processing programs.
      • Compose business documents.
      • Key business documents.
      • Enhance documents by using page layout and graphic design features.
      • Prepare addresses on labels and envelopes.
      • Obtain assistance from electronic references and documentation.
      • Integrate keyed information and notes directly from conversations, meetings, and media.
      • Key research-related documents.
      • Complete special forms.
      • Merge files to produce form letters.
      • Integrate database data, spreadsheet data, and graphics into a word-processed document.
    • Unit 3 - Using Spreadsheet Applications (15 days)
      • Create, format and edit worksheets
      • Identify a variety of spreadsheet programs.
      • Enter data and formulas in a spreadsheet.
      • Edit data in a spreadsheet.
      • Analyze data in a spreadsheet.
      • Create graphs and charts to visually represent spreadsheet values.
    • Unit 4: Using Multimedia Applications (10 days)
      • Identify a variety of presentation applications.
      • Identify the components of an effective presentation.
      • Build a multimedia presentation.
      • Enhance a multimedia presentation with specialized features.
    • Unit 5: Using Database Applications (10 days)
      • Identify a variety of database applications.
      • Create a database.
      • Populate the database.
      • Process material using database features.
      • Apply database skills to solve a problem. 
    • Unit 6: Investigating Digital Citizenship (3 days)
      • Define copyright, computer ethics, and netiquette.
      • Apply copyright standards, computer ethics, and netiquette.
      • Use best practices for data security.
      • Manage digital identity and reputation.
      • Apply best practices for cyber and social media presence.
    • Unit 7: Exploring Careers (3 days)
      • Correlate digital application skills with the appropriate career pathways.
      • Develop or update a print and/or electronic résumé.
      • Complete an online and/or a written job application form.
      • Create an electronic and/or hard-copy portfolio.
      • Participate in a mock interview.
    • Unit 8: Integration Unit - Word, Excel, and Access (15 days)
      • Integrate word processing, worksheet and database files, and applications


    • Grades in this class will be calculated using a 100-point numerical scale. Classwork and tests will be given a numerical grade between 1 and 100.
    • Classwork must be turned in within a week of when the assignment is given to receive full credit. All classwork must be turned a week before grades are due. Students will be notified of all deadlines. Assignments not turned in will receive a zero (0).
    • All assignments fall under three categories and are given the following weight at the end of the grading period:
      1. 50% Major Assessments (Summative)
        • Includes all tests and some major classwork assignments
      2. 40% Minor Assessments (Formative)
        • Includes remaining classwork assignments
      3. 10% Practice/Participation
        • Includes Class Attendance & Participation plus Bell Work assignments
    • Note: Extra credit opportunities may be available
    • A letter grade will be given using Augusta County’s standard as follows:



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     Final Exam

    • Since this class does not have an SOL Test, an appropriate end-of-course examination will be taken. Students may exempt the end-of-course examination by…
      • Meeting the attendance requirement of no more than five (5) absences AND
      • Achieving a final average of 90 or above
    • In the case of an exam exemption, an exam grade of “No Mark” will be entered.
    • The final course grade will be computed by averaging the numeric grades from each grading period.

    Class Attendance and Participation

    • Actively participating in the class involves listening to and following all of the instructor’s directions, taking notes, not disturbing those around you, and staying on task throughout the class period.
    • Bad attitudes, not keeping the room clean, and putting materials away improperly will also result in lost points.
    • Attendance is very important due to the fact that class work cannot easily be made up at home. If you need to be absent, please see me the day you return to get your assignments. The lab is open from 7:45 - 8:17 AM. Additional times may be arranged if necessary.

    College Credit
    Completion of two business courses with a grade of A or B satisfies the articulation agreement with Blue Ridge Community College plus earns the designation of “Career & Technical Completer” at graduation.

    State of Virginia Career & Technical Education Competencies

    Detailed descriptions of tasks for each competency are available at http://www.cteresource.org/verso/courses/6611/digital-applications-formerly-computer-applications-tasklist.


Last Modified on July 29, 2019