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CIS 210 (70652)  - 18 week online course

Introduction to Computer Applications - Using Microsoft Office 2016

Welcome to distance education at Cuesta College. My name is Michele McAustin and I will be your instructor for the 18 week online version of CIS 210 – Introduction to Computer Applications. This letter is to inform you of some of the important details prior to the commencement of this class.

Instructor Contact Information:

Instructor:    Michele McAustin

Phone:           (805) 546-3100, ext. 2698 Monday through Friday

Office:            SLO Campus, Room 4302, Business Education Building

Email:             mmcausti@cuesta.edu 

Course Overview - Student Learning Outcomes

This course is an introductory course in computer applications which will utilize Microsoft Office 2016.
The course Student Learning Outcomes are:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the development and use of information systems in business.
  • Discuss security, ethical and privacy issues resulting from the use of computer technology.
  • Demonstrate the process to create basic word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentation software.
  • Demonstrate application of the information systems concepts and methods through the completion of a comprehensive project using computer based solutions to business problems.  

Please be prepared to spend 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class. Are you wondering how successful you may be at a distance education course? Take the Self-Assessment SurveyLinks to an external site..

Accessing Canvas:

This course will be taught using Canvas. This is a Web-based Learning Management System (LMS) used to facilitate teaching an online class. This platform provides the framework for the CIS 210 class including student data files, the tools to receive and send course material, video presentations and a grade book.

A few days prior to the beginning of class your instructor will send an e-mail to your myCuesta e-mail account with more information about how to access the class in Canvas. You will NOT be able to access Canvas until the course begins.

Please click here Canvas Quick Reference to become familiar with Canvas.

College Policies:

Each student is required to follow all school guidelines and policies

Class Requirements - Textbook - Communication:

You will need to have access to your myCuesta email account and the World Wide Web. You will also need to purchase your textbook prior to the first day of class. The textbook is available in the College bookstoreLinks to an external site. . Many may also want to rent the textbook from either CengageLinks to an external site. or CheggLinks to an external site.. The textbook is also available at the Cuesta College Library Reserve for a 2-hour checkout. Listed below are the textbook details:

Title: Discovering Computers & Microsoft® Office 365 & Office 2016: A Fundamental Combined Approach, 1st Ed.

ISBN:       978-1-305-87180-9                           textbook image.jpg

Authors:   Campbell, Freund, Frydenberg, Last, Pratt, Sebok, and Vermaat

Publisher: Cengage Learning

It is essential that you understand the basic concepts of e-mail, web navigation and online communication to succeed in this course.

Please visit Cuesta College’s Distance Education websiteLinks to an external site. for FAQs and online resources. Also visit the Online Student Readiness TutorialsLinks to an external site. focused on enhancing the academic and technical skills needed for success in the online learning environment.

Most of our communication for the online class will be through the written word. Please use the same respect and courtesy you would when speaking to a classmate or instructor in a face to face class. You may notice that the written word sometimes comes across harsher and you may be at a loss as to how to communicate a point. Please review a Netiquette (Internet etiquette) siteLinks to an external site. for further guidelines.

Computer and Software Specifications:

The browser requirements and minimum qualification required for this class are detailed in the Distance Education technical FAQsLinks to an external site.


  • 1 GHz or equivalent computer with a minimum of 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended), a color monitor, a DSL, cable modem, or satellite for broadband access, a sound card and headphones or speakers.
  • An account with an ISP (Internet Service Provider).
  • A minimum of 500 MB of free space on computer hard drive


If you have any further questions prior to the first day of class, please feel free to email me at mmcausti@cuesta.edu or call me at 805-546-3100 ext. 2698.

I look forward to having you in this online course.

Thank you

Michele McAustin

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