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Instructor Welcome & Contact Information


Welcome to Computer Science 101! I look forward to working with you this semester as we learn how to use Microsoft Office and how it can be used to support data analysis and problem solving.

It will be very important for you to be self-motivated and disciplined to ensure that you stay on top of your CS101 work. CS101 is a 4-credit hour course and has the workload similar to other 4-credit courses like Calculus. You won't be in the classroom for 4 hours a week, but it's a good idea to set aside time just like if you were. I suggest planning for at least 5 hours per week on this course, although your individual needs may vary.  If you have a question about the course, please contact me. My email address is, and I try to respond within 24 hours.

To learn and master the content, we have selected the Exploring Microsoft Office 2016, Comprehensive Editions for Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint as your textbook.  To give you practice with the material, we will give you participation projects that will be due as the semester progresses.  To both allow you to practice and be evaluated in a practical manner with the material, we have selected Pearson's MyLab IT software.  Additionally, you will be assigned 6 Homeworks, and 3 Exams.  

Please visit the Start Here page for information on how to get started and find all of the course components.

About Your Instructor

My name is Robert Phipps. I've been teaching CS101 on campus and via distance since 2002.  I have an undergraduate degree from Shepherd University, and a master's degree from West Virginia University.  In addition to teaching CS101, I am a professional technologist for the Eberly College at WVU.  I provide desktop support to many of the units of Eberly.  What that means for me is that I often get to see the practical implications of what I teach in the classroom.  

I live in Fairmont with my wife and my nine-year-old You Tube obsessed son (so phone calls after 8 pm make me cranky).  I love to read mystery novels - it's a great break from the doing IT work and teaching.  I especially love Donna Leon's Commassario Brunetti novels, Margaret Maron's Judge Knott series, and Martin Walker's Bruno, Chief of Police books.  The best book I've read lately is The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. My reading project for spring was to read Milton's Paradise Lost and Thomas Hardy's Mayor of Casterbridge.  I succeeded!  This year I am working on the Shakespeare 2020 project.  The goal is to read all of Shakespeare's plays this year.  I don't think I'll manage all of the, but I've enjoyed all three parts of Henry VI so far! When I'm not deep in a novel, or prying my son loose from his xBox, I'm busy plotting of my next trip to Disney World and avoiding the stairs

Please do not hesitate to contact me via email ( or via phone at 304-293-9506. Please don't be shy about asking questions - being able to pose a question means that you're engaged!

I look forward to getting to know all of you.

Contact Information

The best way to contact me is via email, please use your WVU MIX account and include your full name and section number.

Robert Phipps
E-mail Address:
(304) 293-9506 or (304) 376-7023
306 Brooks Hall, (Morgantown, Downtown Campus)
Office Hours:
By appointment.  I'm generally available most days..  Please just let me know you want to stop by.
If you would like to arrange a Skype session or a phone call, please email me for a time.
If you wish to meet at a certain time, please email me in advance as I may have other engagements.