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Course Materials and Technology Requirements

Spring 2017 Semester

Required Materials

Textbooks and MyITLab


Exploring Excel 2016 cover

MyITLab logo

Textbooks: Exploring Microsoft Office 2016, Comprehensive Editions for Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint
Published by Pearson
Excel ISBN: 978-0-13-447944-6
Access ISBN: 978-0-13-447945-3
Word ISBN: 978-0-13-447946-0
PowerPoint ISBN: 978-0-13-447948-4

The textbooks are invaluable for learning the skills required by the course. It is recommended that students read through their textbooks to learn about how Microsoft Office is used and its features. The textbooks are also great references in case of problems with completing course assignments.

Software: MyITLab for Exploring Office 2016, WVU Custom Edition
Published by Pearson
Must be purchased as part of one of the below bundles.

MyITLab software provides a computer-based simulation environment for learning how to use Microsoft Office and to assess student knowledge of how to use Microsoft Office. It also provides support for automatically grading MyITLab Bonus Projects assignments. MyITLab simulations have a one-to-one mapping to Hands-On Exercises in the course textbooks.

Bundle Options

The course textbooks and MyITLab must be purchased as part of a bundle. Unless you specifically want print copies of the textbooks, you should buy the Electronic Bundle.

Electronic Bundle with eTexts and MyITLab

Direct Purchase
Available online from Pearson: $120.00

ISBN 978-1-323-65761-4
Available from Barnes & Noble: $184.30
Available from Book Exchange: $165.35
Available from BookHolders: $152.80

Purchasing from Pearson automatically provides access to MyITLab and the eTexts.  The version sold at the bookstores is an access card for MyITLab and the eTexts.

Print Bundle with Print Books, eTexts, and MyITLab

ISBN 978-1-323-65760-7
Available from Barnes & Noble: $202.85
Available from Book Exchange: $182.05
Available from BookHolders: $212.30

The print bundle includes printed copies of the 4 Exploring Office 2016 textbooks plus an access card for MyITLab and the eTexts.


MyITLab is required and must be purchased new for each student.  MyITLab and eText access are valid for 12 months.

Microsoft Office

Office 2013 LogoWindows version of Microsoft Office 2016 Professional/Pro Plus or Microsoft Office 365

These versions include Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

Office for Mac does not include Access and lacks other features required for CS101 assignments.

Free Download

WVU students can now install a compatible version of Office 365 for free on up to 5 computers. Learn more at the WVU Information Technology Services website.

Public Labs

Microsoft Office and all other CS101 software is installed in CS101 Open Lab and the on-campus public labs.

Supplemental Content

Supplemental Content coverSupplemental Content for Microsoft Office 2016
Published by West Virginia University

This material is available as a free download on the Supplemental Content page.

This document is an addendum to the course textbooks. It contains information that students should read and understand on the skills covered by the course.

Computer Requirements

All of the required software is available on computers in CS101 Open Lab, on WVU Libraries public computers, and in the ITS computer labs.

To use your own computer, you will need the following:

Additionally, you may wish to have the following items:

If you have a Mac, please be aware:

The CS101 website and Pearson eText are supported on Windows and Mac computers as well as iOS and Android mobile devices. A Windows or Mac computer must be used to complete MyITLab Lessons. A Windows computer, or Mac running the free virtual machine, is required to complete Homeworks, Participation Projects, and MyITLab Bonus Projects.

Please see the Technical Support page for information on how to get assistance if you have computer problems. If you are considering purchasing a new computer, WVU's recommendations are available here.

WVU Login Account

Your WVU Login account will be used to login to CS101 computers and websites. You must claim your WVU Login account before use. If you encounter problems with WVU Login, call ITS Help Desk at (304) 293-4444.

It is your responsibility to have a working WVU Login account. Failure to do so may keep you from completing required work and can impact your grade.

Materials Purpose and Usage

Computer Science 101 uses a variety of materials to help teach the course subject matter.

Readings from the Exploring Office 2016 textbooks and Supplemental Content are strongly recommended and beneficial. While the content covered here is generally also taught in MyITLab Lessons, reading the textbook and Supplemental Content will provide an additional way of understanding the material. The textbook will also be helpful in case you encounter difficulty completing MyITLab Lessons questions as there is a one-to-one mapping between the MyITLab questions and Hands-On Exercises in the textbook.

The training component of MyITLab Lessons are an excellent way to learn the skills covered by this course. These computer-based training exercises will guide you through the process of completing tasks in Microsoft Office. While you may skip the trainings and go directly to the graded MyITLab Lessons assessments, we suggest starting with the trainings so that you are fully prepared with the material for when you are in class and when you complete the MyITLab Lessons assessments. Completing the trainings will also familiarize you with the tools you will need for the Participation Projects, Homeworks, Exams, and MyITLab Bonus Projects.

Other instructional materials used with the course are marked if they are required, recommended, or optional.