Merrillville High School


    Course Scope & Sequence



    2018-2019 Academic Year - Trimester 3






     Course Expectations, Goals & Routines



    Guidelines & Expectations:


    MS Office Software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Publisher), Windows operating systems and Schoology are interactive computer, system and internet technologies incorporated into class experience.

    Best Practices and Multiple Intelligences drive learning.


    Teaching strategies for this course include facilitated discussion (with visuals as needed), demonstration and modeling, classdiscussion, hands-on guided practice, cooperative and collaborative activities,feedback and projects that focus on the concepts of Informatics.   


    Attendance and Classroom Policies

    MVSC Corporate attendance policies are enforced.  Students are expected to be on time and physically seated in their assigned seats when the bell rings. Otherwise, the student is late and all late students will need to present a pass to enter the classroom.  The type of absence will affect your grade. 

    ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CLASS THEY ARE DUE unless otherwise indicated on the syllabus.  

    There WILL be homework almost every day.  If you do not like doing homework, either use your time wisely to complete it if there is time in class available OR learn to discipline yourself to understand how valuable this work is and joyfully do it and turn it in on time.   There will also be in-class assignments and projects.  They're called in-class assignments because you are expected to do them IN-CLASS.  

    Unless a significant crisis arises such as an earthquake,flood or terrorist attack, late work will not be accepted.  This syllabus identifies assignments due for the entire semester.  If you have an excused absence on the date an assignment is due, the assignment will be turned in the first day you return to class.  If you have an unexcused absence, the grade on the due assignment will be a “0”.  If you know you will be absent, arrangements must be made to complete assignments early or make specific arrangements with me in advance. Failure to honor negotiated late submissions will result in a “0”.  Assignments may be emailed to me at any time before due date.


    Academic honesty speaks volumes for your integrity.  Students must always submit their own original work!  If you use the work or ideas of others, the source must always be cited.  Plagiarism is claiming someone else’s work to be your own and copyright infringement (whether it bears the symbol or not) is illegal.  You will receive a Zero for assignments that are not properly cited or used without permission and a referral.  Additional occurrence of plagiarism or infringement will result in referral and/or failing the class.

    Cite your work honestly and accurately!  Wikipedia or other unreliable Internet sources are unacceptable.  Verify your sources and work and know that I am very internet and computer savvy.  The integrity of your work reflects both your effort and your ethics.

    We all are busy and have stressful schedules.  If you are having problems with this class,you need to talk with me as soon as possible. If you don’t let me know, I won’t be able to help you and will have noother recourse but to look upon your work as inadequate.

    Because of their disruptive natures and pursuant to MVSC electronic devise policy, there will be no evidence of cell phones, MP3 players, CDs, headphones, I-pods or any other electronic devices in my classroom.  These devices will be confiscated and given to student services.

    Each student will wear his/her ID on a lanyard at all times and carry his/her Pirate Planner.  Pirate Planners are required for passes.  Not having an ID or lanyard may result in a referral.

    Students will be prepared by bringing textbooks, workbooks,paper, pencils and homework due to each class.  Students will be responsible and respectful and refrain from talking or disruption when I am teaching.  Bags/purses will be off the tables during class and not readily accessible for temptation.  Students will be quiet and attentive during announcements.  To show professionalism and maturity, students will use common sense, good communications skills and exhibit a positive attitude in class.

    The computers in this classroom are for this class only!  Students will agree to read,understand and abide by the MVSC Computer Usage Policy before using computers. Students understand that logging on to Social sites such as Facebook or YouTube will result in an automatic detention, referral or classroom contract.  Additionally, the following will result in disciplinary action as well:

                                                    “messing with” classroom technology

    Intentionally damaging a computer or components

    Intentionally harming another student


    I reserve the right to use a classroom contract when I feel your behavior is disruptive and detrimental to the learning of your peers.  Refusal to sign the contract does not negate it.  


    Your questions about the material are NOT an imposition –they are most welcomed and one of the highlights of my day!  Chances are if you have a question, someone else is thinking the same thing but is too shy to ask.  Please ask questions!  You’ll learn more, it makes the class more interesting and you are helping others learn as well.


    Learning is a group activity and the behavior of each person in class directly affects the learning outcomes of the others.  If we keep this perspective in mind, the classroom experience will be better and more rewarding for everyone involved.


    Course Description


    Computer Science III: Databases introduces students to the basic concepts of databases including types of databases, general database environments, and the importance of data to the business world. Discussion with hands-on activities will include database design, normalization of tables, and development of tables, queries, reports, and applications. Students will be familiarized with the use of ANSI Standard Structured Query Language. Discussions will include database administration and data maintenance. Students will be introduced to data concepts such as data warehousing, data mining, and BIG Data. Students will develop a business application using database software such as Microsoft Access. Students will be required to demonstrate skills such as team building, work ethic, communications, documentation, and adaptability.

    ● Recommended Grade Level: 11, 12

    ● Required Prerequisites: Computer Science I

    ● Recommended Prerequisites: Computer Science II

    ● Credits: 2 semester course, 2 semesters required, 1-3 credits per semester, 6 credits maximum

    ● Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for all diplomas

    *  Qualifies as a quantitative reasoning course

    * CTE course in Computer Science pathways


    CS III: Database Academic Standards                    SYLLABUS