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Course Materials and Technology Requirements

Required Materials

Textbooks and MyLab IT


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Recommended Textbooks: Exploring Microsoft 365, 2021 editions for Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint
Published by Pearson
Excel ISBN: 978-0-13-760246-9
Access ISBN: 978-0-13-760250-6
Word ISBN: 978-0-13-760243-8
PowerPoint ISBN: 978-0-13-760247-6

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 365 is used and its features. The textbooks are also great references in case of problems with completing course assignments.

Required Software: MyLab IT for Exploring Microsoft 365, WVU Custom Edition
Published by Pearson
Must be purchased as part of one of the below bundles to obtain promotional pricing.

MyLab IT software provides a computer-based simulation environment for learning how to use Microsoft Office and to assess student knowledge of how to use Microsoft 365. It also provides support for automatically grading MyLab Extra Credit Projects assignments. MyLab IT simulations have a one-to-one mapping to Hands-On Exercises in the course textbooks.

Package Options

MyLab IT and the course textbooks must be purchased as part of a package. Unless you specifically want print copies of the textbooks, you should buy the Electronic Access Code.

Electronic Access Code with eTexts and MyLab IT

Direct Purchase from Publisher
ISBN 978-0-13-831053-0

Available online from Pearson: $79.00

Bookstore Purchase
ISBN 978-0-13-831054-7

Available from Barnes & Noble: $79.00 (price match available)

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


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

Free 14-day temporary access to MyLab IT (not including the eText) is available from Pearson. All work must be completed within this 14-day period to avoid purchasing a MyLab license.

See the MyLab IT Registration Instructions page to learn how to register the software.

Microsoft 365 (formerly Microsoft Office)

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Microsoft 365 or Windows version of Microsoft Office 2019/2021 Professional/Pro Plus

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

Microsoft 365 for Mac does not include Access and lacks other features required for CS101 assignments. Students can use Windows Virtual Desktop to run Microsoft 365 for Windows from any Internet-connected computer including Macs.

WVU students can install a compatible version of Microsoft 365 for free on up to five computers. Learn more at the WVU Information Technology Services website. Microsoft 365 and all other CS101 software is installed in the CS101 Learning Center and the computers in the WVU Libraries.

Supplemental Content

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Supplemental Content for Microsoft 365
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 the CS101 Learning Center and on WVU Libraries public computers. We strongly caution against students allowing others to use their computer or using others' computers to do their work as this often leads to academic integrity violations.

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 MyLab Lessons. You cannot use a Chromebook to complete this course.

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 Microsoft 365 textbooks and Supplemental Content are strongly recommended and beneficial. While the content covered here is generally also taught in MyLab 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 MyLab Lessons questions as there is a one-to-one mapping between the MyLab questions and Hands-On Exercises in the textbook.

The MyLab Lessons are an excellent way to learn the skills covered by this course. These computer-based training exercises and their learning aids will guide you through the process of completing tasks in Microsoft Office.

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