Course Syllabus


Survey of Computer Information Systems - Semester and Year - 3.0 Credits - No PreRequisites - Online


This course is a part of the MCC Z Degree Program. The “Z” indicates “Zero-Textbook-Cost.”  There are no costs associated with the required [online textbooks or interactive websites] for this class. If you are interested in taking more classes like this one, you can find them by typing “Z Degree” in the MCC Class Schedule Keyword Search field. Classes for the Z Degree are all online.



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Location: Online


Overview of computer technology, concepts, terminology, and the role of computers in business and society. Discussion of social and ethical issues related to computers. Use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. Includes uses of application software and the Internet for efficient and effective problem solving. Exploration of relevant emerging technologies.

Course Attributes:

General Education Designation: Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications - [CS]

Arizona Shared Unique Number SUN#: CIS 1120  


  1. Identify common hardware components of computer systems and describe their uses. (I)
  2. Identify different types of software and their uses. (II)
  3. Describe common uses of networks. (III)
  4. Describe Website Technology. (IV)
  5. Use the Internet to communicate, collaborate, and retrieve information. (IV, VII)
  6. Explore system security and privacy issues. (III, IV, VII)
  7. Create macros and understand the basics of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). (V)
  8. Describe the steps in planning and implementing technology solutions. (VI)
  9. Determine when technology is useful and select the appropriate tool(s) and technology resources to address a variety of tasks and problems. (VI, VIII)
  10. Identify terminology and the uses of technology in business and society, including limitations. (VI)
  11. Identify positive social and ethical behaviors when using technology and the consequences of misuse. (VII)
  12. Describe how technology is used in the departments of a business and in various career paths. (VIII)
  13. Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. (IX)













Grading Scheme










212 and below


Since this is an online course, attendance and homework requirements are fulfilled through communication with the instructor, participation in online discussion activities, and electronic submission of assignments.  Two or more verifiable online contacts per week constitute satisfactory attendance. Students who fall below the minimum contact requirement may be dropped from the course at the instructor's discretion.

Excused Absences

“Excused” absences, according to MCC’s policies include ONLY those due to college sanctioned events or religious observances.  Long term medical leave (with documentation) will be excused at the instructor’s discretion. Jury duty or subpoenas will be excused with documentation.

Attendance Withdrawal Policy

If you stop attending this class after the 45th day of the semester, your instructor may award a grade of W, Y, or F depending on your status in the class up until the day you stopped attending.  Please discuss any desires to withdraw from the class with your instructor so together you can decide on the best course of action.


Academic Support

SmartThinking Online Tutoring

All MCC students have access to 10 (ten) hours of prepaid online tutoring in multiple sessions through the semester by choosing one of four options below: Enjoy 10 (ten) hours of prepaid online tutoring in multiple sessions throughout the semester by choosing one of the four options below:

  • Writing Center – Have your writing reviewed by a tutor
  • Drop-in Tutoring – Chat now with a live tutor
  • Scheduled Tutoring – Schedule to meet with a live tutor in the future
  • Offline Questions – Send a tutor an academic question.


Learning Enhancement Center:

Many students find that college coursework provides new academic challenges.   Students who wish to deepen their understanding of course concepts, extend their skills, and improve their performance in their course(s) are encouraged to use the free tutoring and other support services in the Learning Enhancement Center.  Tutoring is available at 10 campus locations (including two at Red Mountain). Visit or call the LEC office to learn how they can help you. It is located on the 1st floor of the Elsner Library. 

Phone: 480.461.7678    Red Mountain: 480.654.7735


Writing Center:

The Writing Center provides one-on-one appointments to help students during any phase of the writing process: brainstorming, prewriting, researching, drafting, and revising. The Writing Center is located on the 1st floor of the Elsner Library.  Phone: 480.461.7513.


*Note: use the tutoring information that is relevant to your course/campus.

Disability Services

Information for Students with Accommodation Needs:  If you have a documented disability (as protected by the Americans with Disability Act) or if you are pregnant or parenting (as protected under Title IX) and would like to discuss possible accommodations, please contact the MCC Disabilities Resources and Services Office at 480-461-7447 or email

Access to Course Materials: If you are experiencing difficulty accessing course materials because of a disability please contact your instructor.  All students should have equal access to course materials and technology.

Please request your accommodations through the MCC Disabilities Resources and Services Office at 480-461-7447 or email

Early Alert (EARS)

Mesa Community College is committed to the success of all our students.  MCC has adopted an Early Alert Referral System (EARS) to aid students in their educational pursuits.  Faculty and Staff participate by referring students to campus services for added support. Students may receive a follow up call from various campus services as a result of being referred to EARS.  Students are encouraged to participate, but these services are optional.


It is your responsibility to understand the policies listed in this syllabus as these are the guidelines that your instructor will follow for grading, attendance, etc.  It is also your responsibility to read and understand the college policies included in the student handbook as they may apply to you in the case of an incomplete grade, withdraw for failure to attend, etc.

MCC Student Handbook


Students who officially withdraw from credit classes (in fall, spring, or summer) within the withdrawal deadlines listed below will receive a 100% refund for tuition, class and registration processing fees. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or a college holiday will advance to the next college workday except for classes fewer than 10 calendar days in length or as specified by the college. Calendar days include weekdays and weekends. Refer to individual colleges for withdrawal and refund processes. Never attending is not an allowable refund exemption or an excuse of the debt incurred through registration.

Length of Class

Official Withdrawal Deadlines for 100% Refund

1-9 calendar days

Prior to the class start date

10-19 calendar days

1 calendar day including the class start date

20-29 calendar days

2 calendar days including the class start date

30-39 calendar days

3 calendar days including the class start date

40-49 calendar days

4 calendar days including the class start date

50-59 calendar days

5 calendar days including the class start date

60-69 calendar days

6 calendar days including the class start date

70+ calendar days

7 calendar days including the class start date

*Course fees and registration processing fees will be refunded only if the student qualifies for a 100% refund. Debts owed to any MCCCD college must be satisfied before any refunds are paid to the student. Refunds for students receiving federal financial assistance are subject to federal guidelines. Requests for exceptions to the refund policy must be filed within one year from the semester in which the course was taken.


MCC and other Maricopa Colleges use Canvas, an online learning management system.  Whether your class is face-to-face, hybrid, or entirely online, course materials should be accessed by students in Canvas.             

How to Access Canvas                                                     


You will need a student email account so that your instructor can communicate with you regarding course work and performance in this class.  This is available to all MCC students at no charge. Contact your instructor through your Maricopa email or through Canvas. Emails from accounts other than Maricopa (Yahoo, msn, Hotmail) will go into spam and will delete immediately.  You must check your email account every day.

Setting Up Your Maricopa Email


Any opportunities for extra credit will be given to the whole class.  There will be no special extra credit assignments for certain individuals to raise their grades.


Academic misconduct and dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, excessive absences, use of abusive or profane language, and disruptive and/or threatening behavior.  All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Chair of the Business Department and other appropriate authorities. Students displaying acts of academic dishonesty are subject to grade adjustment, course failure, probation, suspension, or expulsion.  See the student handbook for more information regarding cases of academic misconduct.


Part of becoming a better Business student is learning to appreciate the ideas and critiques of others.  Part of our purpose in this class is to come together as a community of learners in which ideas are shared and we learn by doing and explaining, not just by watching.  Often, you will find that your classmates have different perspectives than you and can offer tips or techniques that can enhance your learning and understanding. You have a lot to learn from the instructor, but you also have a lot to learn from each other.  Students are expected to come to class prepared to participate. Remember, none of us is as smart as all of us! Everyone has something to offer. You will be asked to work cooperatively with others and you are expected to be a contributing member to your group.


Students do not fail at the end of the semester.  If a student is failing in the last week, it is because of what he or she has done throughout the semester.  Keep up with the work. Keep track of your points and percentage in the class. Keep track of assignment due dates on the course calendar.  Remember, you cannot complete all the assignments in the last few days of the semester.


If you are an F-1 student, I'm so glad that you're in my class! You bring diversity and a world perspective to the classroom, and that helps me to fulfill one of MCC's student outcomes: Cultural and Global Engagement. Please know that you must adhere to the attendance policy that is set for this class and is listed in this syllabus. If you are withdrawn by me for the class for non-attendance, I will not place you back into the class. If you earn a W or Y (for non-attendance) and this brings you below the required 12 credits that you need to maintain your F-1 status in the USA, I will not change your grade to an F. You are given the grade that you earn. If you fall out of status, you can go through a process called "F-1 Reinstatement" with the International Education (IE) Office located in Building 36N. IE regularly sends you messages to your MCC email regarding immigration matters. Be sure to check it regularly! They also check attendance reports for all F-1 students on a weekly basis. You are here in the USA to be a student on your F-1 full time study visa, and we'll help you to maintain that status.

College-Wide Online Students Course Survey

Near the end of this course, you may receive an invitation to complete a course survey via Canvas and your MCC email. Your constructive feedback plays an important role in shaping quality education at MCC. All responses are completely confidential, and your name is not stored with your answers in any way. In addition, instructors will not see results from the survey until after final grades are submitted. Your participation is greatly appreciated. The course survey is only given in some MCC courses, so you may not receive a survey in all courses.


Our goal at MCC is to excel in teaching and learning. We are here to empower individuals to succeed in their local and global community. As part of this commitment, Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (iSLOs) have been created with the goal of embedding educational experiences in all MCC courses. ISLOs are skills and knowledge students attain through courses and experiences. Students who complete a degree, program or certificate will know they leave MCC with these skills or knowledge. MCC’s iSLOs are known as MCC’s 4Cs. They are Critical Thinking, Communication, Civic Engagement, and Cultural and Global Engagement. The iSLO embedded into this course is [Enter Institutional Learning Outcome].

Visit Student Learning Outcomes for more information.

Learn and Earn: Do you have a 3.5 GPA? Read on!

Learn and Earn! Do you have a 3.25 GPA? Read on! The Honors Achievement Award is open to students who have completed 12 college-level credits within the Maricopa Colleges and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25. If this is you, apply to the Honors Program at Mesa Community College, enroll in at least 6-graded credits, including one 3-credit honors course for the semester. To be awarded funds, you must complete the honors course with at least a “C” grade and participate in one co-curricular activity during the semester. Any students who qualify for this award should contact the Honors Office at 461-7079, Kirk Center 35S, or ask me about it!  More information can be found at:


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