CIS 701 Master Help File


Prof. Auciello's Virtual Classroom Quiz

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The purpose of this form is for students to help each other through "tips and techniques" about projects.  This form can be used (2) ways:  

(1)  Browse thru it and read the responses of other students, and then apply that knowledge to your assignments, and respond "I got it, Mr. A."  You don't earn any points with this answer, but hopefully, you learn something!

  (2)  For extra credit,  25 points per response,  respond to each question with your own 'smack',  your own answers, then report on the   Atten / Partic  Form enter  the # of the questions you answered, for example, "25mh1-4"  for responding to items #1 - 4, or  "25mh9" (item #9)  Click here to see example:   Note the  "mh1-9" and "mh10" entries by Paul Young.

You may bypass any question -- Just write "Will look at this, later, Mr. A!"

Of course, the more you write the better; those who contribute most will be appreciated, but even if you write "I got it, Mr. A",  answer each question.   Use this form as many times as you like.  Once you have responded to an item,  you may go back to it  to improve your answer.  Write me if you have any questions.  JA. out.

Feb. 19, 2003. Realizing that there is relationship between the "Quality" of my course and the "Quantity" (Number) of  students who can take it, I am "kicking my course up a couple of notches" by creating this Interactive DataBase that every  student can write to and read from, extending "Learning Community"  to "Virtual Learning Community"! So, refer to GRADE.DOC and the chronological list of assignments, after you finish a project,  you must post "How you did it." to this site. What tips, techniques, short-cuts, and importantly, what you learned to share with  classmates! Likewise, students may read "Tips and Techniques"  for doing a project, prior to or while doing the project! This is Quality, this is Communication, and Virtual Learning! Take from the Data Base what you need, and Add to its knowledge where  you can, with your name recorded for the future!  Make your answers Quality. JA. Out.


DE CLASS RULES (Policies and Procedures)


Parts or all of these classes are Online.  Grading is based on points earned for work completed, posted on Atten/Partic Form, and verified by Instructor. Points (or "Scoreboard") is your personal contract for a grade. "derules.htm"  explains (3) ways to earn points. Name the 3 ways to earn points.  Can you name another?

Q002:   Principles of Visual Communication (pvc.doc)

This is one of the pieces that helped shift the class paradigm from Text to Visual-based Communications! This is a classic work.  Understand it thoroughly. Write a short comment for each one, and "I agree or I disagree". Can you add any more Principles? What do you think of these Principles?

Q003:  Principles of Total Quality Management   (14tqm.html)

These 17 Principles, based on Dr. Deming's "14 Points for Management" were developed when Jim McCracken and I were teaching TQM, SPC, and Problem-Solving.   They will help you to function in a High-Quality, High-Performance environment.  (50 points extra credit if you can find an article written by me and Martin Madigan on the web.)  Simply, write "I like this / I agree or I don't like this, I disagree" under each Principle. The Goal here is for you to have Mastery of TQM.  This assignment just has to be read, understood, and commented on. Can you add anything to these Principles?  Do you have a comment on them?

Q004:  Mastering Word Processing    ( 701word03.doc )

Click Microsoft Office, click "Word".   You may skip this and come back to it later.  The clue for this lesson is to type in the text and make it look like the handout.  Same spacing, same font, same images.  Only press <Enter> at the end of a paragraph.  Read the tips of your classmates.   Fill in all blanks.

Q005:  Using the "701 Start Disk"

Note the words on the label:   "701start"   and "start".   Navigate your way to "Accessories",   click "Command Prompt",   type A:\  followed by the <Enter> key (putting you in the A:\  drive).   Then type  "701start" which starts the program, and the Password is "start".   Unless you are told to repeat the lesson, you passed for 25 points per lesson.  You may enter the point on the A/P form like this -- 25micro-01 + 25micro-02.  I have a program (grade) that will verify your passing.   Ask me.  Learn how to run the "Grade" program.

Q006:  Getting an email address.     ( 701email.htm )

Please describe the steps that you took in getting a email address.

Q007:   CRITICAL THINKING ASSIGNMENT.     ( 701 CRITICAL THINKING ("RED CAR") )   (Maybe, wait on this)

Refer to 701-REDCAR.DOC -- After completing the assignment, give short answers: What is the "Red Car"? How fast did they go? When they stopped running, was this a plus or minus for transportation in Los Angeles? Go as deep as you can. Clues: Pacific Electric vs General Motors (look it up)! Show me how deep you can go!   You can answer this as "I will do it later, Mr. A."

Q008:   LET'S GET REAL!   "GRADE.DOC"  and "putting points on the scoreboard"

Find http://auciello.tripod/GRADE.DOC  in the Virtual Classroom.  (If any link does not work, type it into the address line of the browser, exactly as it appears, respecting the case of the letters.)  Note that  Checklist #1, #2 are in the textbook.  Check off these skills as you learn them.  Go find them, work them, and write down "I got the checklists, Mr. A.  I can handle this."

If students are taking the class who have limited computer skills, and not skilled using email and the web), they must attend class every MON and TUES to get "hands-on" instruction.  Must come.  Period.  You have to do at least 400 points worth of work per week, or you will be dropped!  But that is not too difficult.  You get 25 points per class day for going to the "701 Master Help" file, and answering questions, plus another 25 points for teaming with someone, and can get 25 points for passing each quiz on the 701 START DISK!  Also, you get points for downloading projects, some of which you just have to read and sign (then put them in your notebook), such as TQM and Principles of Visual Communication (find this)).   The real learning, of course, comes when you actually "do" the stuff yourself. 

Comment on the above,  please. 


Q009:   701-MAP.

Keep it simple.   Go to Yahoo.  Find Maps.  Key in your zip code.  Get a map of your community on the screen.  Hit the <Print Screen> key, next to F12 key.  Then open WORD, blank document,  then click Edit - Paste  ... and the map should get "pasted" onto your document.  Get help if you need to on this.  Print this out,  Put in book.   Submit 100-701map  for points.  Later, if you can go to Paint, and Mark an "X" where the nearest Library is, I will give you another 100 points.    You can do this later.

I will post more questions every week.  So keep looking. 


Q010:   REVIEW.      A bit of a review -- click  

Refer to the example at top of page. Note that points are increasing per entry.  Note use of short names.  New points are added each time to old points, giving a new total. You can go back at any time, and re-enter points.  Note when Paul Young wrote "25mh1-9" it means that he completed Master Help Items #1 - 9.  Instead of the 25 points for automatically checking it,  first you must go to this document and respond to any questions that you have not done, then  record your latest entries on the ATTEN / PARTIC FORM.    DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

Questions: (1) Are your points increasing? (2) Do you know how to enter your points?  If not, see me ASAP.  (3) Refer to the top of this form. How did Paul Young state that he had completed Master Help items # 1 - 9,  and item #10.


Q011:   GRADE.DOC.

This is the MASTER ASSIGNMENT LIST. Refer to it.  Follow it.  If you hit a project too hard, wait a while until your classmates have done it, and explained their technique in "701 MASTER HELP" 

Questions:   (1) How else besides the projects on 'GRADE.DOC' can you earn points? (2) How can you use this form for help?   State exactly how to do it.  (3) I will reward the "front runners" with Letters of Recommendation -- If we all help each other in this way, is this approaching a "Virtual Learning Community"?  


Q012:   Getting points from the Master Help Form.  701mashel.htm 

To help you along, I am now giving points like this -- 25t (for Mandatory Attendance-Checking In on Mon-Thurs) + 25mhx (where mhx designates an item on this form) + 25JA (helping a student with initials of JA) + 100xxx (xxx = name of project, like MAP).

Questions:   Explain these lines:                                                              0124,Young,Paul,03,07,08,650.(50 pvc-doc),
0124,Young,Paul,03,07,09,800.(50 pvc-doc+100mh1-4),
0124,Young,Paul,03,07,10,875.(75 mh5-7),

How many questions on the Master Help Form did Paul Young answer? What are the numbers of the Questions?  What does "mh" stand for? Is this  a sneaky way for Mr. A. to get you to use this form and get information from your peers?  Can you learn from your classmates?                                                     


Q013:   Using the VIRTUAL CLASSROOM     click

This page has two key principles:  Movement and Color.  Images and Text are scrolling (click on any image on top to see their home page), and it is color-coded with the "701" info in Yellow.

Look at the page now.  Is it Page 1 or Page 2?  How do you get to Page 2?  What color is the "ALL" category?  What color column is the email assignment in? How many points for submitting your email address? What is the name and the html name of the Introductory Quiz?  Why are the Word Quiz 01 and Excel Quiz 02 worth 250 points? (No one in this class has yet passed them yet with an 80 or above -- show me what you know).  Is the Space Science Test something that I co-developed with Dr. Moreno?  Name 3 links that are in the CIS 701 Topics Column?  What is the number of my Web Design course?                                             


Q014:   Prof. Auciello's Virtual Classroom (page 2)   click

What page number is this? Does it have the same color coding as teh 1st Page? Do you like the "light cream background?  It takes a long time to load, (almost impossible at 56K modem speeds) because it uses Java Applets, short Java Programs that each have to individually load that it uses for the "hover" buttons. If you can't load it, just pop in the CD and get it. The CD contains the web site.  Are the same programs that are on the web site also on the CD?  Why does the CD load faster?  Take "Required Quiz #1" if you think you need it for 50 points. How many pages is 701-GLOSS?  What is it about? Explain what you think the "Final Projects" are?                                                      


Q015:   Page 2  (continued)

 Open   and look at it while answering these questions.

Note "701 Quiz 01" click it.  It covers much the same material. Take it if you like for 50 points. How many points does it say on the page?  Click "701 Quiz 01a" -- What is the subject of this quiz?  Click and see the version with cartoons!  The "701 Quizzes" are called "Web Quizzes". How many 701 Quizzes are there?  Do they help you learn?  The "Check-in" projects are also a kind of a help file.  How many "Check-in" DE Students lessons are there?  Take these for 50 points each if you need to.


Q016:   The "ALL" column on Page 2   click

Name (2) point-generating projects in the "ALL" column. Check out "Interview with God", an insightful link sent by my daughter.  She also sent "Courtroom Humor" to me years ago.  Check out all the links in this column -- which ones do you like best?  Check out "757 Slide Show" and Cindy Liu's Home Page Which do you like best?  Why?  OK. enough "Prep" time. Let's start the projects!  Go!                                                      


Q017:   Brochure (3 Fold) --

Download the above link.  Understand the page numbers and how it folds. Figure out how to print on both sides.  Understand that this is just a Table.

pg 5


pg 6


pg 1

pg 2


pg 3


pg 4

The 1st Row = 1st Page. The smaller columns are at the seams of the folds.  A good Brochure communicates a message with High-Visual-Impact, with images and text reinforcing each other!  It takes about 3 pages of text and images, so find a website, download and save about 3 pages of info to a WORD document. Plan your brochure, and working one column at-at-time, build it, saving as your go!  Please describe below, step by step, exactly how you built your brochure, so that you can teach others.  50ec-3f pts for doing this. 

1003f -- for printing it out.
4003f -- for customizing it, producing a World Class Presentation Quality "Work of Art" in color, that communicates a 'themed' message effectively using color, text, Word Art, and images!
503f -- for writing a 'step-by-step' description of how to create this brochure.


Q018:   CR3.DOC -

CR3 is a 200-point project needs to be printed out, and all the questions answered in pen.  Some questions have been answered.  Answer them yourself anyway.  Sign it, and put in Project Notebook, which is turned in for a Final Grade the last week of class.  Explain how you did this project.       



THIS IS SO IMPORTANT:   TO WORK EFFECTIVELY IN TODAY'S BUSINESS-HI-TECH ENVIRONMENT,  ONE HAS TO PRESENT HIM/HERSELF DIGITALLY!   Business Cards with pictures, logos, email, web addresses, cell #, street addresses, etc.  helps to define you!  This is the only way to work in today's world, and is something that I feel strongly about teaching you!

I put the format of 10 business cards in a WORD by making a table of 2 columns and 5 rows (3" * 2.5").  The technique is to work on, say, the upper left cell, inserting an image (learn to wrap text around image), and text info, artistically and clearly communicating.  Then copy that cell to the next column, then copy the entire row to the next row, and so on.  Putting this on glossy photo paper really takes this "up a notch".  

My TA's, Herlin Guerra  and Oswaldo Razo, took this even further by making the cards in Portrait Mode, and adding a colorful- watermarked background.  This became "World Class"!

Please describe the steps you took in creating Business Cards, with  attention to any "special"  techniques that you took!   Be Well. JA.  Out.


Q020:   Greeting Card Project.    pages 4 & 1

pages 2 & 3

First of all -- If you "get" that the Spanish is "Fractured", give yourself 10 points.  Second -- this is not the best card, most of my students have created cards that put mine to shame, but makes me proud of them!  To do this assignment, and I am trying so hard here to put lessons OnLine for your,  take a piece of paper, hold it landscape, like above, and mark it 4, 1 on the outside, and 2, 3 on the inside.  Make sure that when you open it, you see 4, 1 outside, and 2, 3 on the inside.  Then understand that this is a table, with almost invisible margins.  (Pages  2, 3, are showing, right?).   Put text and images (insert Clipart) on these pages.  

Showing outside pages (4, 1)




Download the card format from the links above.  

Question:  What are the steps to create the Greeting Card?  






Q021:   Lakers Statistical Project     

Steps are:  (1) get Lakers Stats use Google or other search engine (100 pts).  (2)  Open Excel.  (3) Highlight Stats,  (4) Paste them to an Excel Sheet.  (5)  Sort by FG%.  (6) Format sheet like #5 below (100 pts).   (7)  Using Chart Wizard, make a bar graph.  (8) Copy and Paste (C and P) graph to Paint where you make the "Team Average" line using the line tool, and the words "Team Average" using the Text Tool.  (9)  C and P it to WORD, where you center it, and add text to the bottom, and print it.  (200 pts).  (400 pts total).  Then of course enter it in the ATT/PART form as 400LAKERS.    This project will develop some excellent computer skills!  JA.

This is written as the Playoffs begin in April 2004.  The goal here is to develop Desktop Visual Information skills.

(1-3)  I expect you to be able to find "Stats" on the Official Lakers Web Site, then please highlight them as a "block of data" . a rectangle. From "Player" upper left to the entry in the bottom rights.  If you can't find them, click   Extra credit (50): How did I find this link?

4) Paste it to Excel, corner A1.   












(5) Check it out!  The data is not sorted.  What an impending disaster.  How could you make a clear graph unless the data is organized?  How could you visually represent data clearly unless it first is organized?   We have to "SORT"  the data. 

Note that the  data is sorted below.  To sort,  click "Data", and try to figure it out / "hack" it by following the prompts and your imagination and intuition.  (These programs are engineered to for you to use logic and intuition. ) If you are stuck, come see me .







(6) Formatting the Sheet. Click the "Select All" cell in the corner.  With the "Format" toolbar enabled, ("fill color" with white, then "Format Cells" put cell borders. Then use "Cell Alignment"  to align the column headers as shown above (5):

(7) Making a Bar Graph:  The best method is to click on  the Chart Wizard (CW).  But what if your Excel Program does not have this button or icon showing on the Toolbar?  So, now you  have to do some 'discovery' or 'hacking' .... There are toolbars at the top of the screen.  They are accessible through the View Tab on the File Toolbar, the top toolbar.   Go "Hack" at it.  Turn various Toolbars on and off,  to help you understand them.  Usually,  the Chart Wizard button comes on as part of the Standard Toolbar.  The first time it didn't for me; but by turning it off and on,  it appeared on my Standard Toolbar.  CW is a tool on the Standard Toolbar.  Hack away until it appears by enabling / disabling Toolbars thru the View Tab (right after File, Edit).


The trick is to highlight the data columns, by dragging the mouse over each one while holding the "Ctrl" key down, allowing multiple highlighting. 

Repeat after me ... "Select the Player and his corresponding FG% by dragging carefully down each column while holding the Ctrl Key down!"   (This is how to get data in non-adjacent columns into the CW.  If you are worrried, that the FG% for Shaq is not highlighted,  kudo yourself.  It actually is, but does not show it.   Also, note col "F", FG%, is sorted in descending order.    


Follow the prompts from the CW until you have a graph that looks like this.   Each graph has its own "areas" or sub-sections such as:  Chart  area, category, legend, title, etc that can be accessed and modified by right-clicking (r-c) on them.  For example to modify the Category Area, r-c on it,  Format Axis, etc to achieve the alignment of the names.  Hack it.


(8 - 9).  The final product -- on a World Class Presentation Quality Level befitting the Lakers -- has the Chart Area filled with color,  the Name Category aligned at 45%, is elongated along the height dimension to make the differences in the FG% more distinct, and using 'Paint' the Team Average Line and Caption are inserted.     C and P this image to Paint, where the Team Average (find this number) is drawn by the line tool, and its caption is written using the Text Tool,  then save it.   Finally,  insert this image to WORD where you center it, and add text to the bottom.  Print it out.  Log 400 points on the A/P form,  400LAKERS.   ...  Additional notes from Prof. A.:  This document vividly communicates!   Pictures are worth 1000 words:  Enhanced pictures speak thousands of words!  This is truly a World-Class assignment, a vital tool to have in your skill set portfolio.   Make this happen.  Put in your notebook for me to see!   JA.  Out.

The following explanation was provided by Herln Guerra,  Prof. Auciello's T.A.

701 Lakers Project.

By creating this project you will not only have fun working for the Lakers, also you will learn some of the most common and useful tasks to work with Microsoft Excel, the Microsoft software that can be used to compute calculations, accounting and create interactive charts.

       The first thing to know when you are working with a computer (today in 2004) is that you don’t have to worry if you have done something wrong.  The operating systems that computers use nowadays come with a feature which let users fix any problems by “restoring the system” to a certain day.  So, for example, you find out that you have done something wrong to your computer today you can restore it to yesterday functionality and everything will be OK again.  (Note that your files will not change or be lost, the only thing that is “restored” are the operating system files).  Similarly, with the Microsoft Suit (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Outlook) there is the function called “Undo” which is represented by an arrow that indicates “to go back.”  If you do something wrong while working in any of Mr. A’s project, don’t worry, you just have to click this button and everything will be back to normal.  The function is found in the “menu bar” in the “Edit” option and its name is “Undo.”  Then, play around with the programs until you understand the functions.

       Back to the Lakers Project!  Basically the project is about copying, modifying and outputting in form of a chart the data that is found in the following website:

 When in the website, you will see a left-hand menu in which one of the options is “Stats” (short for Statistics).  This is the link you want to click to start the project. 

 Now that you are in the page, we will start the steps of copying/pasting your data: 

  1. You can see a page that contains a table in the middle with information regarding the team and their performance for the year 2004.  You can use this information if you would like or either click in the link that calls for the 2003 statistics.
  2. To copy this information you will need to select it first.  Go ahead and position your mouse cursor in the number that is at the last column and the last row of the ONE CHART TITLEd “PLAYER AVERAGES.”  The name of the row is “Opponents” and the column is “PPG.”  ( The number, when I wrote this, was: 85.2; the cursor has to be on the number 2).
  3. Now click the right button of your mouse and drag until you hit the first column and first row, which is named “PLAYER.”  Make sure that the cursor ends at the “P” in “PLAYER.”
  4. You are supposed to see the information highlighted (usually a dark blue highlight).  If so, proceed - If not, go back from step one.
  5. Right click and “Copy.”  (Before copying any text or figure you have to make sure that the cursor is in any of the highlighted area)
  6. Open a Microsoft Excel spread sheet. (Just click the Excel icon, wherever you have it.  Usually you have to go to “Start,” then “Programs,” then “Microsoft Office” and then the Excel icon)
  7. When the application opens, go to “Edit” menu and then “Paste.”
  8. You can see now all the information you copied, but now Excel has formatted it to fit in the program.  NOW YOU HAVE COPIED AND PASTE THE INFORMATION.  NEXT WE WILL START FORMATTING.

  Formatting the Lakers data with Excel.    

  1. First we need to clear the format that the data has and leave as normal data. (If you notice the data has some rows that have a different color and some of the row heights are too big).  Go to “Edit,” look for the option “Clear” and in the sub-menu for this section click “Formats”. Now you can see that all the letters, numbers and the rows’ heights are all the same. 
  2. Next, we need to change the font.  If you notice by now the date is still highlighted, the blue shade is all over the data… if this is not true you need to go back to step 8 of the previous section.  The font should be: type Arial - Bold, Size 9 and color Purple.  In the formatting toolbar make sure to make all those selections and change the color to purple.
  3. No we deed to shorten the columns’ width and there are two ways to do it.
    1. The best way is by clicking on each column’s heading.  I you notice there is a letter for each column and each letter is divided a boundary, a dark line in between the two columns.  We can fix the width of the column by just double clicking in the boundary of the column and the width will change to actually feet the perfectly.   So, let’s use this system instead. Go in each of the columns and double click in each 
    2. The second way of doing it is more general.  Just go to “Format” menu and then select “Column” and then “Width.”  The problem with this option is that you will have to select a width and all the columns will turn to that with. For this project a width of 7 will do.  However, if you do this some of the data will not fit and some other, the space will be too big.
  4. The data should look together now.  To start shaping the data similarly to the one Mr. A has done for us (take a look at it:, we need to put borders on all the cells.  Go to “Format” menu “Cells.”  You should have a pop up menu with many option to format text.  Click in the tab that reads “Borders,” click the squares that read “outline” and “inside.”  Then hit OK.
  5. We need to widen the row number ONE.  Put the cursor in the boundary that divides row 1 and row 2, (the line in between them).  Click and hold while pulling down.  Notice that while you do this, there numbers appearing in a yellow strip; this is giving you the dimensions of the row while you pull it down.  For this project pull down ‘til you hit 33.00, which in pixels is 44.
  6. We have done all of this while the data is still highlighted, but now is time to select only the firs row.  For that you just need to put the cursor on the row heading 1 and then click it.  You’ll see how only this row is now selected.
  7. Now we will make the headings in this first row to look at about 45 degrees.  Go to “Format” and then click in “Cells” again.  You now have the same pop up window we used for the borders.
  8. Click in the tab “Alignment,” and under the “Orientation” graph you will see the word “text” and a line.  Click the first upper little square, which should turn red and the “text” will look 45 degrees cricked.  Click OK to close.


YOUR DATA SHOULD NOW LOOK, IF NOT EXACTLY LIKE MR. A’s, ALMOST THE SAME.  You are done with this part.  We need to create the Graph.

  Creating the chart from the data.  For this part, we will use column A which contains the names of the players, and column F, which is FG%.    

  1. Start by selecting the names of the players only.  Do not select the two last rows as these two are not names of players.  The names should be highlighted.
  2. Next we need to select the data in column F while the information in column A is still selected.  For this task you will need to press the Ctrl (control) button, hold it down and then with the mouse start selecting the information in the column F.  So go ahead and first press the “Ctrl” button and then place the cursor over the first number on column F and drag down until you select the number for the last player.   DO NOT SELECT ALL THE NUMBERS.  The numbers highlighted should be the same as the names of the players.
  3. We need to call for the “Chart Wizard,” which will assist us creating the chart.  In the “Insert” menu select the “Chart” option.  This will bring a pop-up window, which is the wizard.
  4. This function (Chart Wizard) will help you create the chart, just make sure you are using the same chart that Mr. A has in his sample.  That will be:  in the “Chart Type”  you must have selected “Column” and then the first type of graph in the right hand square should be selected, it is named “Clustered Column.”
  5. Once you know the right chart is selected click “Next.”  Because we have already selected the data, you don’t need to anything else in this part.
  6. Click “Next” again.  Now you need to insert the title of the chart.  Do it on the “Chart Title” field.  The title should be the same Mr. A has.
  7. You can click “Finish” now because all the information has been entered.
  8. You can see a chart that appeared in front of all the numbers (or you should see that).  Before we move down the chart let’s change the color of the “Plot Area,” the area or background where the purple columns appear.  Just double click anywhere on the gray area and a pop-up window will appear.  Select the color that you like.
  9. We need to move the chart down. Click anywhere in White area and drag the chart to a position where all the info can be see.

  You are done with the chart.  Now, you have to enter all the other required information (name, class, etc) and also you can play with the chart to make it look a bit more interesting.  For example you can bold the letters or numbers in the axis by doing the same thing we did to the “Plot area.”

That is all for this project.


Describe the steps necessary in detail to produce the document above.