CGS2060 Computer Fluency


Students are responsible for reading and understanding all information provided in this syllabus.
Ignorance of policies and procedures stated here may result in a lower final grade.


Mr. Ken Baldauf, 850-644-1615

Office Hours: TBA in 103 MCH

Classwork Help Hours: TBA in 304 MCH


CGS2060, Computer Fluency, teaches important computer and digital technology concepts and skills necessary to succeed in careers and in life. Course topics range from computer literacy basics, to today's hottest technologies, to the information systems on which today's businesses and organizations depend. This course is designed to provide relevant technology coverage for all degree programs.


  • Digital Technology Basics
    • The Digital Revolution
    • General Purpose and Special Purpose Computers
    • Hardware: Processing, Storage, and I/O
    • Software: System Software and Application Software
  • Network Technologies
    • Telecommunications: Wired and Wireless Technologies
    • Computer Networking
    • The Internet and Web
  • Management Information Systems
    • Databases
    • E-commerce
    • Business Systems
    • Systems Development
  • Digital Media
    • Digital Music and Audio
    • Digital Graphics
    • Digital Photography and Video
    • Interactive Media
  • Information Security
    • Information Security and Vulnerability
    • Machine-Level Security
    • Network Security
    • Wireless Network Security
    • Internet Security
  • Digital Society, Ethics, and Globalization
    • Living Online
    • Freedom of Speech
    • Privacy Issues
    • Ethics and Social Responsibility
    • Globalization



  • Operating Systems and File Management
    • Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, or Linux
  • Personal Information Management (PIM)
    • Contacts, Calendars, and To-Do's
  • Internet Communications
    • Email, Instant Messaging, SMS Texting, Online Forums
  • Word Processing
    • Any advanced word-processing application that can save to Microsoft Word format
  • Spreadsheet Management
    • Any advanced spreadsheet application that can save to Microsoft Excel format
  • Team Project
    • Work as a group to apply the above skills to design a solution to a professional problem

Student Choice 1 (choose one)

  • Presentation Software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Digital Photography and Photo Editing

Student Choice 2 (choose one)

  • Digital Media Production (video, audio)
  • Web 2.0 and Rich Internet Applications (social networking, social bookmarking, wikis, media sharing, Google Docs, etc.)
  • Web publishing (Web site, Blog, Podcast, or Vodcast)


By the conclusion of this course, students who earn a passing grade, will be able to:


This course has no prerequisites, however, since it is co-listed with CGS2100, students who have earned credit in, or are currently enrolled in CGS2100 may not take CGS2060.


Online: Students registered for sections of this course designated as "online" will have no scheduled weekly class meetings in a classroom. There will be an orientation session scheduled during the second week of the semester which students may attend to learn about class procedures, policies, and requirements. Online students will have access to instructors at the online Help Desk, and on campus in the Computer Help Labs. Online students need to be physically present on campus in Tallahassee to take exams.

Onground: Students registered for sections not designated as "online" are enrolled in an onground section of the course. Onground students have one weekly class meeting on campus where lessons are provided and assignments are discussed. Onground students will have numerous online activities in addition to the weekly class meeting.





Assignment: Digital Communications
Assignment: Personal Information Management

Assignment: Word Processing/Web Research*
(students must earn a C- or better on this assignment to pass the class)

Assignment: Spreadsheets
Assignment: Group Project
Assignment: Student Choice 1
Assignment: Student Choice 2
Exam: Operating System and File Management
Exam Word Processing


Exam Spreadsheet
Exam Concepts 1: Digital Technology, Network Technology
Exam Concepts 2: Business Information Systems, Digital Media
Exam Concepts 3: Information Security, Social Issues
Class Participation


Points-to-final-letter-grade conversion:
A- [900-909] A [910-1000]  
B- [800-809] B [810-879] B+ [880-899]
C- [700-709] C [710-779] C+ [780-799]
D- [600-609] D [610-779] D+ [680-699]
  F [0-599]  

* The Word Processing/Web Research assignment functions as the "computer competency component" of this course (see below).


The successful completion of this course satisfies FSU's Computer Competency Requirement for many majors. Students should check with their academic advisor to confirm that this course will meet the requirement for their major.

The Word Processing/Web Research assignment functions as the "computer competency component" of this course. According to the policies of the University: "In order to fulfill FSU’s Computer Competency Requirement, the student must earn a “C-” or better in the course, and in order to receive a “C-” or better in the course, the student must earn at least a “C-” on the computer competency component of the course. If the student does not earn a “C-” or better on the computer competency component of the course, the student will not earn an overall grade of “C-” or better in the course, no matter how well the student performs in the remaining portion of the course."




Success in the course depends heavily on students checking email and announcements posted on the class Web site. Most communication between teacher and student occurs online. Students are expected to check email, and announcements on the class Web site daily Monday - Friday. The class agenda and grade book should be checked at least once a week to stay current on what needs to be done and what has been graded. Failure to do so may result in missed opportunities and poor grades.


The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University’s expectations for the integrity of students’ academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to “. . . be honest and truthful and . . . [to] strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University.” (Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, found at


Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should:

  1. register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; and
  2. bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type.

This should be done during the first week of class.

This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.

For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the:

Student Disability Resource Center
97 Woodward Avenue, South
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4167
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)