Schoolcraft College

Schoolcraft College is one of the 28 Michigan Community Colleges participating in the Michigan Colleges Online https://www.oercommons.org/hubs/mco OER initiative. This group is a space to evaluate, organize, and share OER with our faculty and students.
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E-Text Template

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This is a template for creating an accessible, mobile-friendly e-text using other openly licensed content. It can be customized and re-branded to work for any subject area at any institution. A working knowledge of HTML and CSS is required.

Material Type: Textbook

Principles of Accounting I

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Introduces accounting principles with respect to financial reporting. Demonstrates how decision makers use accounting information for reporting purposes. Focuses on the preparation of accounting information and its use in the operation of organizations, as well as methods of analysis and interpretation of accounting information.

Material Type: Textbook

Beginning Excel

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This textbook was written for a community college introductory course in spreadsheets utilizing Microsoft Excel. While the figures shown utilize Excel 2016, the textbook was written to be applicable to other versions of Excel as well. The book introduces new users to the basics of spreadsheets and is appropriate for students in any major who have not used Excel before.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Barbara Lave, Diane Shingledecker, Julie Romey, Mary Schatz, Noreen Brown

Culture Talk: Egypt

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CultureTalk - Arab World features native speakers from across the Arabic-speaking world giving filmed interviews, in Arabic and sometimes English, on selected topics. Text-based translations and transcriptions are often provided as downloadable documents for most Arabic videos. The videos engage a number of region/country-specific topics, including cultural traditions, religion, politics, and sports.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lecture, Reading

Telling Stories: Witness to a Brawl

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Students explore how an artist emphasized the narrative in a work of art that depicts a single moment from the story. They then write a newspaper article, using visual clues in the painting to imagine how the narrative depicted may have unfolded.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Lesson Plan

Science Update Podcasts

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Podcasts of the Science Update radio show are available by subscription, or they can be streamed or downloaded directly from the website. These daily sixty-second radio features, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), cover the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine. Subscription podcasts are delivered each Friday directly to subscribers' computers. Archived shows dating back to December 2005 are available.

Material Type: Lecture

Business Information Systems: Design an App for That

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Students in introductory Management Information Systems (MIS) courses often ask what a career in MIS looks like. Lacking a clear vision, they make their own assumptions. Often they assume the career involves programming with little human interaction. That MIS is a technical field could not be further from the truth. MIS job descriptions typically require candidates to be able to collaborate, communicate, analyze needs and gather requirements. They also list the need for excellent written and communication skills. In other words, MIS workers are constantly interacting with other people both inside and outside the organization. They are coming up with creative solutions to business problems. Business Information Systems by Frost, Pike, Kenyo and Pels is designed to help students get a feel for what a career in MIS would be like. The authors' students report that they learn more about information systems from their internships than from their IS courses. Consequently, they designed a book that looks very much like an internship--an introduction to the field followed by a substantial project. The authors begin Unit 1 by introducing the information systems landscape. The unit kicks off with a discussion of all the usual suspects: the information systems triangle, the systems development life cycle, transaction systems (ERP, SCM, CRM), collaboration systems, and business intelligence systems. Other aspects of the landscape such as usability, outsourcing, database concepts and so forth are introduced throughout a chapter in unit 2 where they fit in naturally with the flow of the project. Unit 2 is the substantial project which runs over a number of chapters. Students will plan, build, and develop a proposal for an iPhone application. They will develop a very realistic mockup. They also build a website to help market and support the app. Students are engaged because the project is fun and feels real. However, they are simultaneously learning business concepts and MIS skills. With Designing Information Systems, even as freshmen, you can give your students an experience that emulates MIS in operation. Business Information Systems: Design an App for That by Frost, Pike, Kenyo and Pels is a text that will help students learn Information Systems by doing Management Information Systems. Request a desk copy or examine the book online now to see how this text might work in your course or department.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Jacqueline Pike, Lauren Kenyo, Raymond Frost, Sarah Pels

Information Systems for Business and Beyond

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Welcome to Information Systems for Business and Beyond. In this book, you will be introduced to the concept of information systems, their use in business, and the larger impact they are having on our world. This book is written as an introductory text, meant for those with little or no experience with computers or information systems. While sometimes the descriptions can get a little bit technical, every effort has been made to convey the information essential to understanding a topic while not getting bogged down in detailed terminology or esoteric discussions. Learning objectives can be found at the beginning of each chapter. Of course, all chapters are recommended for use in an introductory information systems course. However, for courses on a shorter calendar or courses using additional textbooks, a review of the learning objectives will help determine which chapters can be omitted. At the end of each chapter, there is a set of study questions and exercises (except for chapter 1, which only offers study questions). The study questions can be assigned to help focus students’ reading on the learning objectives. The exercises are meant to be a more in-depth, experiential way for students to learn chapter topics. It is recommended that you review any exercise before assigning it, adding any detail needed (such as length, due date) to complete the assignment.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: David Bourgeois

Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking

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From audience analysis to giving a presentation, Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking will guide students through the speech making process. The authors focus on the process of speech making because they have created this book to be a user-friendly guide to creating, researching, and presenting public speeches. While both classic and current academic research in public speaking guide this book, the authors believe that a new textbook in public speaking should first, and foremost, be a practical book that helps students prepare and deliver a variety of different types of speeches — and that is the primary goal of this book.With practicality in mind, the authors developed, Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking, as a streamlined public speaking textbook. Many public speaking textbooks today contain over twenty different chapters, which is often impossible to cover in a ten-week quarter or a sixteen-week semester; this textbook is eighteen unique chapters. The fifteen chapters are divided into four clear units of information: introduction to public speaking, speech preparation, speech creation, and speech presentation.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Jason Wrench, Anne Goding, Danette Johnson, Bernardo Attias

Parallel Computing, Fall 2011

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This is an advanced interdisciplinary introduction to applied parallel computing on modern supercomputers. It has a hands-on emphasis on understanding the realities and myths of what is possible on the world's fastest machines. We will make prominent use of the Julia Language software project.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Alan Edelman

Computer Concepts Video Lectures

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These are the video lectures for my computer concepts course. The link above will provide anyone with FREE access to my course (use the promo code THANKYOU). Here is a description of the course: You are about to embark on an exciting journey learning about the information revolution and the incredible world of computers. This course is very practical and applicable. It focuses on teaching you skills you can use. These skills include not only specific hands-on skills, like "right-clicking" and taking "screenshots," but also skills such as keeping yourself safe online, not texting while you're driving, and what to look for when buying computers (just to mention a very small fraction of the skills this course will teach you). This is a university level course designed to introduce individuals to the world of computers, so it is rich in its depth and breadth of content. I have taught this course for over a decade and have refined it to be incredibly amazing and awesome. You are going to love this course and it will forever change your life. You will gain skills in this course which you will use for the rest of your life and which will make your life easier. Knowing how to use computers is essential in our day-and-age. This course will give you the skills you need to use computers well. Presented with high-quality video lectures, this course will visually show you how to easily do everything with computers. This is just some of what you will learn in this course: Learn the basic principles of hardware including circuits, coding schemes, binary, the five generations of computers, Moore's Law, IPOS, registers, cache, RAM, magnetic storage, optical storage, solid-state storage, ROM, BIOS, the motherboard, buses, and the CPU. Learn how to operate a computer including a vast array of hands-on skills – just to mention a few for example: managing files, backing –up files, right clicking, taking screenshots, determining your computer’s properties, upgrading your computer, changing settings on your computer. Learn how to use word processing software including the creation of a title page, document sections, headers and footers, styles, an automatically generated table of contents, the insertion of images, references, and the insertion of an automatically generated citation of works referenced. Learn how to use spreadsheet software including formulas, functions, relative references, absolute references, mixed references, and the creation of a graph or chart. Learn how to use video editing software including adding credits and transitions then publishing that video to a video hosting website such as YouTube. Learn how to use databases including table creation, the setting of a primary key, the establishment of table relationships, the setting of referential integrity, and the creation and execution of a query. Learn how to use presentation software to more effectively give presentations. Learn to do some simple programing including designing, coding, testing, debugging, and running a program. Learn about the world wide web including sending email, conducting searches , having familiarity with online educational resources such as Khan Academy, and having an awareness of online "cloud computing" tools such as Google Word Processing, Google Spreadsheets, and the many other online tools offered by Google. Learn about application software and system software including operating systems, utilities, and drivers. Learn about networks including architecture, topology, firewalls, security, wireless networks, and securing wireless networks. Learn about the Internet, the World Wide Web, censorship, the digital divide, net neutrality, differing legal jurisdictions, website creation, multimedia, social media, and eCommerce. Learn about information systems, systems development, and the systems development life cycle. Learn about program development, programming languages, and the program development life cycle. Learn about databases including table creation, primary keys, relationships, referential integrity, queries, and structured query language. Learn about privacy and security issues related to computers. Learn about robots and artificial intelligence including the Turing test. Learn about intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and the creative commons. Learn about ethics and ethical issues relating to the use of technology. Learn about health ramifications of using computers including repetitive stress injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, and ergonomics. Learn about e-Waste and other environmental concerns related to technology. Lifetime access to this course allows you to easily review material and continue learning new material. After taking this course, you will have a thorough understanding of how to use computers well. From beginners, to advanced users, this course is perfect for all ability levels. This course will add value to everyone's skillset.

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Todd McLeod

John Wood Community College: SLF 110 Computer Applications for the Small Business - SkillsCommons Repository

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This course prepares students who are unfamiliar with computer applications to use the Internet for research and communication. Microsoft Office® programs will be used to prepare business letters, newsletters and spreadsheets. Focus will be on formatting and content. Please note that all course materials and content are provided in the IMS Common Cartridge (IMSCC) format. The content can be accessed by opening the IMSCC file using your organization's Learning Management System application (these include Blackboard, D2L, Canvas etc.). Additional information about accessing Common Cartridge files can be found on the IMS Global Web site: http://www.imsglobal.org/cc. Future plans for the Skills Commons Web site include a feature that will allow users to view and download course content that is provided in the IMSCC format. Please refer to the "Enabling Others to Reuse Your Materials” page for more information: http://support.taaccct.org/enabling-reuse/. Each IGEN Consortium college has established an Industry Advisory Group as part ...

Material Type: Full Course

Information Literacy Training for Students in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences Published

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These exercises are originally part of the KLaSS module developed by King's College London Library Services to provide information literacy e-learning to students across our faculties. They were built and developed with Adobe Captivate 9 and published in HTML5 format, suitable for use with Moodle.This set of exercises is designed to provide information literacy support to students in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, which encompasses subjects like Informatics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Geography. The database used to demonstrate the principles is Web of Science, a broad resource holding literature on a wide variety of STEM subjects.The lessons cover the following topics:Planning an effective literature search - how to focus a research question and identify its key topics and componentsFinding literature - how to use different search techniques like truncation in Web of ScienceFinding full text articles in Web of Science - how to use the SFX system to look up the full texts of search results, and what to do if you don't immediately get accessWeb of Science Search Tips - using slightly more advanced techniques to run better searches, like using phrase searchingCombining searches in Web of Science - how to use AND & OR to broaden and refine seaches in Web of Science to retrieve relevant articles and informationFiltering search results in Web of Science - how to use Web of Science's filtering options to futhere refine results and exclude irrelevant articlesEach topic has a demonstration video, narrated by the author Tom Edge.The exercises have been published in HTML5 format so they should be compatible with any modern LMS. The authors have only used these files in Moodle 3.0, so cannot offer support for another LMS.

Material Type: Module

Authors: John Woodcock, Thomas Edge

The "Living" Room A Case Study in Artificial Intelligence, Collaborative Systems, and Language Understanding

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This case study analyzes the reasoning processes and types of information that we need to embed in collaborative software systems in order for these systems to demonstrate intelligent behavior and allow us to interact with them in a natural way. The central character of the case, Kate, is a college student who lives in an "intelligent" dorm room that converses with her as a friend would. Developed to introduce the ideas of collaboration and natural language understanding in an upper-division course in artificial intelligence, the case can be adapted for non-technical audiences for use in developing critical thinking skills.

Material Type: Case Study

Author: Stephanie E. August

To Test or Not to Test: A Case Study on Ethics in Computing

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In 1991, faulty computer instructions caused a massive shutdown of phone systems in several major cities in the U.S., including Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The instructions were part of a revised version of software that was not tested fully because the changes were considered too small. Developed as part of the ethics module for a computer science course for non-majors, this case emphasizes good software development techniques, including full compliance with the rules.

Material Type: Case Study

Author: Junaid Ahmed Zubairi

Introduction to EECS II: Digital Communication Systems, Fall 2012

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An introduction to several fundamental ideas in electrical engineering and computer science, using digital communication systems as the vehicle. The three parts of the course - bits, signals, and packets - cover three corresponding layers of abstraction that form the basis of communication systems like the Internet. The course teaches ideas that are useful in other parts of EECS: abstraction, probabilistic analysis, superposition, time and frequency-domain representations, system design principles and trade-offs, and centralized and distributed algorithms. The course emphasizes connections between theoretical concepts and practice using programming tasks and some experiments with real-world communication channels.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: George Verghese, Hari Balakrishnan