Welcome to CMPE 003 - Personal Computer Concepts

General Class Information

Course assignments and weekly quizzes will be available through the Canvas portal.  You will need to use your CruzID and your Gold Password.  You can log in to the main canvas portal through https://login.uconline.edu/ or go straight to this class page: https://cole2.uconline.edu/courses/577577.

If you need help with Canvas, you can go to http://itrequest.ucsc.edu, or email canvas.help@ucsc.edu, or call 459-HELP. You can also visit the ITS Help Desk in person in Kerr Hall Room 54, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Class Number:



Gerald B. Moulds

Email: gmoulds@soe.ucsc.edu

(Note: If your issue can be resolved by your TA, please contact them first. Due to the volume of email I receive, I may take several days to respond.)

Instructor Office Hours:

WEEK OF THANKSGIVING: My office hours will be Monday, November 21 (not Wednesday) from 1pm-3pm.

Wednesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm, or by appointment.

Office: Engineering-2 Room #237A  (Here is a map)

Lecture times:

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:20-4:55pm, Classroom Unit 2.

Teaching Assistants:

Brigit Schroeder - brschroe@ucsc.edu

Amir Pourshafiee - apoursha@ucsc.edu

Who is my TA?

  • You will receive an email early in the quarter, providing you with the name of your TA.


Required Reading:

Please bookmark the Reading List.  There will not be a traditional textbook in this class.



  • Labs are NOT mandatory. 
    • You only need to attend a lab if you would like some help from one of the course TAs. 
  • You may drop in on ANY of the four labs for help, even if you are not enrolled in that lab. 

Monday/Tuesday/Friday labs are held in the Ming Ong PC Lab (Merrill Room 103- Left side).  A map to Ming Ong be found here.  Thursday's lab will be held in Baskin Engineering 109, located outside the building to the left of the main entrance.  (Here's a map.)

1A: Mondays, 1:00-2:30pm - Ming Ong

1B: Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:30pm - Ming Ong

1C:  Thursdays, 5:30pm-7:00pm - Baskin Engineering 109

1D: Fridays, 10:00-11:30am -Ming Ong

Exam times:

Midterm Exams (each worth 15% of your final grade):

Exam 1: Thursday, October 13 (Section 1)

Exam 2: Tuesday, November 8 (Section 2)

Exam 3: Wednesday, December 7 at 4:00pm (Section 3)


Bring a pink Scantron form (form F-1712, available at the Bay Tree Bookstore) and pencils on exam days.

If you know you cannot make an exam, or need special arrangements, inform me at least a week ahead of the scheduled exam time.  If you miss an exam due to illness or emergency, contact me as soon as possible.


Academic Integrity:

Cheating in any part of the course may lead to failing the course and severe academic discipline.


Special Accommodations:

If you have special needs, we will accommodate you. Also, the Disability Resource Center offers services that are confidential and free of charge.


Course Outline:

This course covers the concepts of hardware and software used in personal computing. The lectures provide a background in terminology and fundamental concepts. The assignments provide hands-on practice using basic office applications and creating simple web pages and applications.



This course is worth 5.0 credits. Students cannot repeat this course for credit.


Grade Evaluation:


  • 45% = 3 Exams (15% each) Worth 1500 points each.
  • 15% = 10 Quizzes (1.5% each). Each is worth 150 points. 50 of these points will come from a class participation question referencing something that happened during a recent class lecture.
  • 40% = Best 4 of 5 Homework Assignments (10% each) Each is worth 1000 points.


Your grade will be assigned: A=90% and above, B=80%-89%, C=70%-79%, D=60%-69, Fail=below 60%

Free Microsoft Office 365

Students can download Microsoft Office 365 for free at https://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education.
Assignments 1 and 5 require spreadsheet and slideshow software, although if you prefer not to use Microsoft Office you're welcome to use Libreoffice (free software) or Numbers/Keynote (for Mac).

Late Quizzes and Assignments.

Quizzes can NOT be submitted late, for any reason.

Assignments submitted in the 24 hours after the due date will receive a late penalty. After this grace period, unexcused lateness may result in a grade of zero. If you have a valid excuse for a late assignment, contact your TA or the Instructor.




Note on submitting Assignments 1-5:

  • All assignments are submitted through Canvas, accessed through the "Assignments" link on the class portal.
    • Click on "Assignments"
    • Click on the Assignment #  you are trying to submit.
    • Click on the blue box labelled "Submit Assignment".
    • Browse for the assignment.
    • Click "Submit Assignment."
    • (Some assignments may have additional requirements as well.)
  • Assignments #1 and #5 use Microsoft Office, any version (Mac or PC). This software is installed on most of the PCs available in labs on campus.
    • You may also use the Open Office application suite. This suite is free for download, but students unfamiliar with the software may have trouble installing or using the software. We'll go over this software suite in class.
  • Assignments #2 and #3 will require a plain text editor, with files saved in plain ASCII format (I'll explain this in detail during class.) This can prove tricky for Mac users, who need to change some preferences on TextEdit for the assignments to display properly - ask the instructor or your TA for help.


Assignment 1 - Spreadsheet. Here are links to the assignment and an example - Due Thursday October 6


Assignment 2 - Web Page. Here are links to the assignment and an example - Due Thursday, October 20


Assignment 3 - Javascript. Here are links to the assignment and hello_java.html - Due Thursday, November 3


Assignment 4 -Programming. Here are links to the assignment - Due Thursday, November 17


Assignment 5 - PowerPoint Presentation. Here is the link to the assignment - Due Monday December 5




All quizzes are taken on Canvas and must be submitted by 11:55pm of their due date. Quizzes can not be submitted late for any reason. Each quiz is available by the Saturday before its due date.


  • Chapter 1 Quiz - Due Wednesday, September 28
  • Chapter 2 Quiz - Due Wednesday, October 5
  • Chapter 3 Quiz - Due Wednesday, October 12
  • Chapter 4 Quiz - Due Wednesday, October 19
  • Chapter 5 Quiz - Due Wednesday, October 26
  • Chapter 6 Quiz - Due Wednesday, November 2
  • Chapter 7 Quiz - Due Wednesday, November 9
  • Chapter 8 Quiz - Due Wednesday, November 16
  • Chapter 9 Quiz - Due Wednesday, November 23
  • Chapter 10 Quiz - Due Wednesday, November 30