CIT240 Computer Applications for Ministry (2 credit hours)

At Ohio Valley University, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community
that integrates higher learning, biblical faith, and service to God and humanity.

Class days/times: MTWTF 9:00am-12:00noon, 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Isom, Room #142
Instructor: Bruce Terry
Office: East Annex, Room 201
Phone: (304) 865-6120 (office); (304) 295-6486 (home)
E-mail: bruce.terry@ovu.edu; Web site: http://bterry.com
Office hours:
after class daily
15 minute breaks at 10:15am and 2:15pm

I. Textbooks:

II. Course Description:

CIT 240 Computer Applications for Ministry (3 credits) A hands-on course in how to use the computer in ministry situations. Includes how to develop web pages using HTML, Javascript, and CSS, how to develop vision aids using presentation software, how to use the computer for Bible study, and how to develop a church bulletin using the computer. Prerequisites CIT 140 or consent. Offered Maymester.

This course will focus on computer applications that can be used in ministry. The course will cover web site development, presentation software, biblical research using software and the web, and development of church bulletins using word processing software for layout.

III. Rationale:

This course addresses the following objectives of the Bible program:

Objectives For Every Student

Provide students with training in Christian life and ministry

Objectives For Majors

Train students in a specialized area of ministry and study through a minor area of interest

IV. Integrating Faith and Learning:

Romans 10:17 says, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ" (ESV).  Consequently, this class will use biblical texts and references to texts to help the student grow in faith.  But simply hearing is not enough.  Jesus told those who believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32 ESV).  So it is necessary to keep doing what we learn.  In light of this, this course will also contain references to application of principles learned.  One of the objectives is a faith objective.  It will not be assessed for a grade, but life is such that it will be assessed, one way or another.  My prayer is that you will pass that test of life.

V. Course Objectives and National Standards:

  1. To enable the student to write web pages in HTML and publish them on the World Wide Web.
  2. To enable the student to develop a slide show using presentation software to enhance lesson effectiveness.
  3. To enable the student to produce a church bulletin using word processing software.
  4. To acquaint the student with Bible and religious study resources that are available on the web and as software.

This course is designed to cover only those computer skills that may prove useful in ministry and church situations. It does not meet the computer requirements for the teacher education program. It does emphasize meeting the W3C standards for web page development and accessability standards required by the federal government.

VI. School of Biblical Studies Mission Statement:

At the School of Biblical Studies, we seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community by encouraging biblical faith to produce life-long truth-seekers who serve God in His kingdom throughout the world.

VII. Course Requirements and Evaluation:

Assessment of whether the objectives have been met will be based on the student's performance on projects assigned by the teacher and on the student's ability to follow instructions and produce creative work as described below. Academic abilities assessed include reading with understanding skills as evidenced by on-line articles assigned, homework, and classroom discussion; writing skills as evidenced by a bulletin article; analytical and creative skills as evidenced by web pages and a powerpoint lesson; and memory organization and retention as evidenced by an quiz over HTML.

Your grade for the class will be based on attendance, three web projects (a personal home page, a church page, and a study links page), five web items (a button, an animated button, a formatted page using tables, a form, and a mapped image), a presentation of a Bible lesson involving at least five slides, a church bulletin, and quizzes and/or homework over HTML commands and assigned reading.

Ten points will be given for attendance. One point will be deducted for each class hour missed, including those missed for illness. Two grace hours will be given to all students to allow for absences due to illness and excused absences for official school business. Note well: Grace hours will be applied first to excused absences.

Additional readings/quizzes/essays/maps may be assigned.

All work is expected to be turned in on time. If for some reason you cannot make the due date, please ask my permission to turn the work in late.

Definition of a Credit Hour

In 2011, the US Department of Education and OVU's accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, established requirements regarding how much time is required to be spent on a course for each credit hour earned. As a result, all colleges and universities have been required to establish policies that adhere to this definition. In keeping with this requirement, OVU expects you to spend a minimum of two hours outside of class doing course work (reading, doing homework, writing papers, reviewing for tests, etc.) for each hour you spend in the classroom. Because this is a 2-credit hour course, you should expect to spend a minimum of 60 hours outside the classroom doing work for it. Since 45 hours of classtime (15 over the requirement so that students can have instructor help with their homework) are scheduled, only 45 hours of outside work are expected.

VIII. Grading System:

The final grade will be based on your work in the following way:

          Three web projects                                    30%
          Five web items                                        25%
          Presentation of 5 slides                              15%
          Church bulletin                                       15%
          quizzes                                                5%
          Attendance                                            10%

Extra credit in these areas will not be allowed to exceed these percentages. Your final grade will be A, B, C, D, or F. An A will be given for an average of 100-90, a B for 89-80, a C for 79-70, a D for 69-60, and an F for any average below 60.

IX. Academic Integrity Policy:

Because Ohio Valley University expects students to follow the highest standards of honorable conduct in all areas of life, it is essential that students maintain high standards of academic integrity. Cheating, plagiarizing (whether intentionally misrepresenting another's work as one's own or failing to follow appropriate requirements of documentation), and helping others cheat or plagiarize are all violations of these standards, as is falsifying records such as those kept for field experiences, practica, internships, etc. Students who engage in these behaviors in a course in which they are enrolled will face appropriate consequences, which could include failing the assignment in question, failing the course, being placed on restricted status (i.e., the student will not be allowed to participate in on-campus activities, including intramurals, and may not represent Ohio Valley University in public events, including athletic competitions, performances, and presentations), or being suspended or dismissed from Ohio Valley University. Students who engage in these behaviors when they are unrelated to a course in which they are enrolled will also face appropriate consequences, which could include being placed on restricted status or being suspended or dismissed from Ohio Valley University. If a student believes he or she has been falsely accused of academic dishonesty, or if the student believes the consequences of an incident of academic dishonesty are unjust, the student may ask that the situation be reviewed. To ask for a review, the student should give to the vice president for academic affairs written notice of the appeal and the reasons for it within three business days of being informed of the consequences of the alleged incident; detailed instructions about the appeal procedure are available in the catalog or from the Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's work as your own, whether you mean to or not. Copying or paraphrasing passages from another writer's work without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Translating passages from another writer's work in another language without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Copying another writer's work without putting the material in quotation marks is plagiarism, even if credit is given. Allowing another writer to write any part of your essay is plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious crime. The maximum penalty at OVU is expulsion from the University.

Plagiarism is easy to avoid. Simply acknowledge the source of any words, phrases, or ideas that you use. If you're not sure how to quote or paraphrase a source or if you need help with the format of endnotes or bibliographies, check with me. While you can (and in fact should) seek the help and advice of friends, classmates, and tutors, be sure that your written work is completely your own.

X. Policy for Attendance and Tardies:

OVU Catalog:

Regular class attendance is most important. Instructors are responsible for recording and reporting attendance in each of their classes. Attendance at 75% of the required class meeting is required to receive credit for a given course; in other words, if a student misses 25% or more class sessions including both excused and unexcused absences, the student will fail the course.

Course Policy:

Attendance in class is mandatory; it will be part of the basis for the grade given. If you cannot attend for good reason, either notify me beforehand or as soon as possible afterward. This applies even if you have an excused absence. You will be expected to do all work of any classes missed, except for pop quizzes. If you do not intend to attend regularly, kindly withdraw from the class now.

Do NOT miss class simply because you do not have an assignment finished. Do NOT miss class if you can possibly come; save any absences for sickness or death in the family. If you have an extended illness, please contact me to let me know.

Kindly try to be a class on time. If you are consistently tardy for no good reason, I reserve the right to count three tardies as an absence. I do count half absences.

If you have to leave early, please inform me before class. Do not schedule extra work, doctor's appointments, etc. during class time if at all possible. If you are too frequent in leaving early, I reserve the right to count early departures as a partial absence, adversely affecting your grade.

Absences may be excused if you bring me documentation that you were hospitalized, ill with a contagious disease, involved in an accident, on school business (up to five hours), or there was a death in the immediate family. More than five hours of absences which include three hours of unexcused absence will result in your being dropped from the course with either a W or an F at my discretion. You may pay a fine and petition to be reinstated. Additional unexcused absences will result in your being dropped without future reinstatement. No credit will be given for a course in which absences, both excused and unexcused, total more than 25% of the hours of the course (i.e., as many as 12 class hours). Should you approach this limit, you will be asked to withdraw from the course (if possible). I reserve the right to drop you from the course as a warning once you have at least 6 total hours absence. If you are dropped for any reason, reinstatement is not guaranteed and will be granted only if a plan for success is presented. Note well: Absences may adversely affect your grade, as outlined above under the topic Course Requirements.

Please turn off cell phones before entering class. If you should have wireless service in the classroom, do not use your messaging service on your laptop or PDA. I reserve the right to count you absent should you disregard this. Cell phone use for voice or text during a test will result in failure of that test.


If (and only if) you are unable to complete assigned work for the class because of an extraordinary life-event, you may request a grade of Incomplete. The request must be made through the registrar's office seven calendar days prior to the last day of class, and the vice president for academic affairs reviews these requests. The procedure is defined in the OVU catalog.

XI. Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, inform your instructor and your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.

XII. Bibliography:

See recommended book above and links on course web site.
Software below is Windows software. Mac and Linux users should download Crossover to run the software.

XIII. Course Calendar:

Course Plan

 5/11/15 -- Introduction to the Course
            Installation and Use of Notetab
            HTML links
            HTML symbols

            homework: Learn HTML commands
 5/12/15 -- Quiz over HTML commands
            Theory of page development (gracefully degrading)
            Set up of accounts on server
            Use of WinSCP to upload to server
                Mac users see the Stackexchange web site for SFTP clients for Mac

            Setting permissions on web pages
            Production of images using Paint
            Conversion of images using Irfanview and GIF Movie Gear
            Introduction to GIMP

            homework: make a button or other graphic for home page
                      work on a personal home page
                      do homework over Accessible Site Design Guide
 5/13/15 -- HTML tables
            HTML forms
            Using cgiemail
            Checking pages in different browsers and the W3C Validator

            homework: make a table on a web page
                      make a formatted web page using tables
                      make a web form using cgiemail
                      first draft of bulletin article due
                      make a personal home page
 5/14/15 -- Tables using NVu 

            Image Mapping using GIMP as explained in these instructions
            Cascading Style Sheets
            HTML iFrames

            homework: map an image on a web page
 5/15/15 -- More on Cascading Style Sheets
            Assign Bible Links page topics

            homework: search web for Bible study sites
                      finish church web page

 5/18/15 -- Presentation Software
            Development of Bible Lesson Presentation

            homework: make a biblical presentation with at least 5 slides
 5/19/15 -- Review Bible resources on web and Bible study software
            Work on Bible Links web pages
            Bible Works, Bibloi (Bible Windows), Logos, E-Sword, Olive Tree

            homework: have Bible Links web page ready
 5/20/15 -- Producing a Church Bulletin (Layout)

            homework: work on Church Bulletin
 5/21/15 -- Finish Church Bulletin

N. B.: Homework is listed before the class for which it is due!


This syllabus is on-line at http://bterry.com.

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