Basic Course Technologies-MAC Version

110 Points
Exercises 2,3 and 4 are optional, they do not have to be done, and are included for information purposes.
PgP 12/18/2021
PgP 1/23/2022(4)

Learning Objectives

This assignment introduces fundamentally important concepts for completing the rest of this course.
You will begin to develop a digital technology toolkit that will serve you well in your career.

After completing this assignment you will be able to:

  1. Create purposeful folder structures
  2. Create and annotate screen shots using key combinations Cmd + Shift + 4, or Cmd + Shift + 3;
  3. Check the operational status of your computer, and perform bios and software updates
  4. Connect and configure multiple external monitors
  5. Perform various software installations
  6. Install, configure and log into a Zoom web conference
  7. Subscribe to D2L course calendar feeds using the Microsoft Outlook desktop client
  8. Connect to the WSU network from off-campus using Virtual Private Network-VPN, technology
  9. Subscribe to curated business sources
  10. Create and combine PDF files
  11. Compose and send appropriate email communications
  12. Submit assignments, and check for confirming email

Assignment Overview
This assignment reviews basic computer concepts that you will need in this course and throughout your career.

You are expected to have a working knowledge of the following utilities.
If you do not understand how to use an item, perform a Google Search, refer to the WSU Technology Knowledge Base,  ask a teaching assistant, or ask the instructor:

  1. OS X version recommended by WSU ITS Department (need Print to PDF and other features-if not you must figure out work arounds)
  2. Set your primary email address to Winona State University.
    1. Go to the StarID self-service site
    2. Select the 'Sign in to Profile' tab
    3. Login with your StarID and password
    4. Click the 'Office 365 Contact' tab
    5. Click the 'Select New Student Contact Card' button
    6. Select the corrrect version of your Winona State email address
      1. CORRECT-->firstname.lastname
      2. DO NOT SELECT-->
  3. Have the Outlook Desktop Client installed and configured on your laptop.
  4. Install and configure One Drive for Business.
    Your username is:
    If you encounter problems, search online for, and install the latest version of "Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365" or Mac Equivalent
    Again, login using your
    See Tech Support in Somsen 207 if you still have problems.
  5. Log into your LinkedIn Learning account. (More info here)
  6. Finder-to create and modify files and folders.-also see LinkedIn Learning
  7. Libraries-to organize your work into virtual folders.
  8. Context sensitive shortcut menus are activated by right-clicking various objects in a window.
  9. Tool bars, menu bars, status bars can be turned on and off using context sensitive menus.
  10. Use of common shortcuts , these will often work even when the menu options will not-
    1. Cmd+A to select All
    2. Cmd+C to Copy
    3. Cmd+V to Paste
    4. Cmd+Z to Undo
    5. Cmd+Ctrl+Q to lock screen
  11. Use of the help screen to learn terminology
  12. Appropriate browser/application pairings. Note these can and do change!
    1. Chrome-Google Drive, YouTube, D2L
    2. FireFox-???, general web browsing?
    3. Internet Explorer, Edge-One Drive for Business, Office365
  13. Useful browser add-ins: Chris Pedrick's Web Developer Toolbar for FireFox
  14. Know basic HTML tags
    1. in FireFox menu select View>Page Source
    2. in IE menu select View>Source
    3. refer to W3Schools
  15. Validating HTML code-refer to the W3C Markup Service
  16. Using browser to print web pages as .pdf file
    1. Make sure url appears in the Header or Footer-
      see Firefox example
      see Chrome example
  17. Troubleshooting advice-at first try finding a solution yourself
    1. Learn to Google any error message before asking anyone else
    2. Refer to LinkedIn Learning
    3. Learn to use Stack Overflow
    4. Learn to use; see D2L for more info
  18. When seeking advice from teaching assistants or professor via email use proper etiquette
    1. subject line identifying course, section, assignment
    2. use of accurate terminology
    3. use complete sentences and proofread
    4. provide screen shots of error messages-use the Snipping Tool

Exercise 1-Finder

It is essential that you know how to create folder structures to organize your work.
You will use OneDrive to do this.
If you do not have OneDrive installed and configured, before proceeding, refer to the resources in the Assignment Overview above.
Some of your work will be stored on your laptop, such as screen shots to prove that you have accomplished certain tasks.
During this course you will use File Explorer to create a series of folders in OneDrive with paths such as: ' '
OneDrive will look somewhat like the image below, but with the appropriate course:
One Drive OneDrive Folder
You will be using this folder structure for organizing screen shots and other working documents throughout this course.

(10) 1. Make a screen shot of the folder that you just created in Finder.
Save the screen shot as "Ex1" in your ' ' folder.
It can be a .jpg, .png or other appropriate file format.

Screen Shot Ex1

Exercise 2-Software Updates, Hardware Check-OPTIONAL

To succeed in this course, and in your career, It is essential that your computer (hardware and software) be functioning correctly.

  1. Do a software update.
  2. If your laptop does not seem to be running correctly, go to tech support in Somsen 207 for assistance in resolving the problem.

Note- other in-depth testing and computer information may be available from tech support.

(10) 2. Make a screen shot of the 'Mac Software Update' window showing that your system is up to date.
Save the screen shot as "Ex2" in your ' ' folder.
It can be either a .jpg or .png file.

Screen Shot Ex2

Exercise 3-Multiple Monitors-OPTIONAL

Note: you are welcome to use the multiple monitors in Somsen 301 or Somsen 329 whenever the rooms are available.

The MacBook Pro laptop can support two external monitors by using a CalDigit TS3+ USB-C Dock
There are four of these located in the last aisle, furthest from the classroom door.
Why are additional screens necessary? Some reasons:

To setup, use and disconnect an external monitor from your laptop follow the instructions below.

 Note: With your mouse you can click and drag a window freely and smoothly between monitors that are correctly positioned.  If you cannot do this, something is wrong.

Multiple monitors Three monitors, outlined in red, orange and blue.

When using LCD projectors or video conferencing screen sharing you can have a ‘public’ and ‘private’ display. The primary laptop display can be private, viewable only by the user. The external LCD monitor and the ceiling mounted LCD projector both display the same ‘public’ image. This allows the user to view class notes, email, Desire2Learn information privately on their laptop. Note that the user can still use their laptop and LCD projector to display the same image as is done now, and disregard the external LCD monitor. This is known as ‘mirroring’.

  1. Connect the video cables to the appropriate ports, depending on your laptop model. See the teacher or TA if you need assistance.
  2. Right click a blank area of your desktop and choose 'Display settings', the Settings dialog box will appear.
  3. Refer to the figure below and adjust the settings as shown to position and orient your monitors correctly. You may need to click the 'Apply' button several times during this process.
    Note that:
    1. If three monitors do not appear, click the 'Detect' button.
    2. Under 'Multiple displays' all three should be set to 'Extend desktop to this display'
    3. Click the 'Identify' button to find the number of each monitor.
    4. "Monitor 1" will be your laptop display
    5. "Monitor 2 or 3" will be your landscape display, and it should be positioned above your laptop.
    6. The final monitor will be your portrait display, and it should be to the left of your laptop and the portrait monitor.
  4. In the graphic, select your portrait monitor.
  5. Under 'Orientation' select 'Portrait'.
  6. Click 'Apply' in the lower right.
display settings Individual display settings

  1. As necessary drag your monitors into the correct physical location as depicted in the 'Select and Arrange Displays' section at the top of the Settings dialog box. Then click apply to accept the changes. You may need to repeat this procedure.
  2. To test that you have configured your monitors correctly you should be able to move the Settings dialog box between all three monitors seamlessly by clicking and dragging on the dialog box title bar. Repeat the above steps as necessary until you can do this.
  3. Close the dialog box.

(10) 3. Make sure that you have content displayed in all three monitors. You can have a different website visible on each monitor.
Then Make a screen shot of all three monitors.

Save the screen shot as "Ex3" in your ' ' folder.

Screen Shot Ex3

Exercise 4-Software Installation-OPTIONAL

Install the following software onto your computer

  1. Mac-refer to these instructions or see tech support on how to install Dreamweaver CC. 
  2. As an alternative to for creating PDF files you can install Adobe Acrobat Professional from the Software Additions program.
  3. Git-obtained by downloading from the Internet.
    Optional: Refer to this LinkedIn Learning tutorial "Up and Running with Git and GitHub" by Ray Villalobos for more details.

(10) 4. After installing all of the required software open Finder.

Make a screen shot showing Dreamweaver installed.

Save the screen shot as "Ex4" in your ' ' folder.

Screen Shot Ex4

Exercise 5-Zoom Web Conferencing

  1. Browse to       Click the 'Download Client' link at the bottom of the page to install the latest Zoom Client for meetings.
  2. Click the 'Sign in' button, your username is ; password is your WSU network password
  3. Note: your Single Sign On screen may be slightly different Zoom Signin
  4. From the D2L 'Course Info' widget click on the url for the web conference.
    eProfessor Zoom Room-
    Note: if doing this assignment outside of class time, log into your personal Zoom room.
  5. Under Settings>General, check 'Always show meeting controls'
    The meeting control toolbar will appear at the bottom of your Zoom meeting window-see screen shot in next step. Zoom Meeting Controls
  6. On the meeting controls, open the Participants and Chat windows Zoom Setup

In your Zoom account, click the 'Profile' on the left side and view your profile.
Make the window big enough to view at least the information shown below.

Zoom Profile

(25) 8. Use the Snipping Tool to make a screen shot of your profile.

Save the screen shot as "Ex5" in your ' ' folder.

Screen Shot Ex5

Exercise 6-Subscribe to Outlook Calendars
All of the assignments for this course are listed in the D2L calendar. You can also view the assignment due dates in your Outlook desktop client by subscribing to the feed provided by D2L. Follow these steps so that you have all of your assignment due dates for this course available.
  1. Log into D2L and load this course.
  2. Click on 'Calendar' or 'Materials>Calendar' from the menu.
    click Calendar
  3. Click on the 'Settings' icon. (also note the Subscribe icons, you will use this later)
    click settings
  4. Make sure to check 'Enable Calendar Feeds"
    check enable calendar feeds
  5. Click the Subscribe button (see Step 3) and select your course from the list, then copy the calendar feed, and paste it into Outlook.
    Select course
    calendar feed url
  6. Open Outlook Desktop, choose File>Account Settings>Account Settings...   When the dialog box appears choose the "Internet Calendars" tab, click "New..."  Paste the D2L calendar feed url, click "Add", use the course name as the folder name, click OK, then click close.
    calendar feed
  7. It will take several seconds to install, then your Outlook Caldenar will appear with the new calendar feed for this course.
    You may need to adjust your calendar settings to view the due dates properly.
    'Week' view is shown below instead of the typical 'Work Week' view so that you can see the Saturday assignment due dates.
    calendar feed
  8. Repeat as desired to add calendars from other D2L courses.
    You can also subscribe to calendars from your favorite sports teams, if they make the feed available.

(10) 6. After installing the D2L calendar feed for this course into your Outlook desktop client, take a screenshot of this course's calendar in Outlook using the Snipping tool.

Save the screen shot as "Ex6" in your ' ' folder.

Screen Shot Ex6

Exercise 7-VPN

This MUST be done while you are off-campus, or in Somsen 301 using the one network patch cable designated as 'VPN'.
Using WSU wireless or WSU network connections such as Warrior or Wazoo will not work, but it may work if you use the WSU 'guest' wireless network.
First read these instructions on connecting to the WSU VPN:
Note: For additional assistance, and if the above hyperlink does not work, search the WSU website for "Cisco VPN"

  1. Turn off your Wi-Fi on your laptop.
  2. Connect to the HBC VPN USB-C 3.1 cable that attaches to the HP dock
    USB-C dock
  3. Wait a few seconds, do a Google search to check your IP address.
    check IP
  4. Click the Windows button, type "Cisco AnyConnect" and press enter to bring up the login dialog box.
  5. Click the 'Connect' button, in the Username box enter your StarID, enter your WSU network password, and click 'OK': 
    Product Key
  6. After a few seconds the dialog box will minimize and an icon will appear in the Task Tray. 
    dialog box
    Double click it to open the dialog box. Then click the 'gear' in the lower left to show the Statistics. 
    export stats
  7. Click the 'Export Stats...' button, save the file 'test.txt' in the same folder as the Exercise 1 screen shot.
  8. Open test.txt and print it as a pdf file names Ex7Test.pdf
    It will look like this:
    save stats

(10) 7. Make sure to print the Cisco VPN Statistics file as 'Ex7.pdf'' and save it in the folder ' '

Print PDF file Ex7

Exercise 8-Publications


To keep informed, you are strongly encouraged to read the many magazines available to you at no charge through Flipster.
Through the Krueger Library, you have access to the online versions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Instructions are below.  If you have questions, please contact the Krueger Library.


New York Times:

1) Click on this link:

2) Choose the third item in the list,  “New York Times (Institutional Subscription”

3) For your username, use your Then choose a password and indicate that you are “Student”. Choose your graduation year.

4) You may also have access to the NYT app through WSU Apps.

*To subscribe, you must sign up on campus.*

(10) 8. After subscriping to the New York Times, login and take a screenshot of the current edition's home page using the Snipping tool.

Save the screen shot as "Ex8" in your ' ' folder.

Screen Shot Ex8NYT

Wall Street Journal

1) Click on this link:

2) Enter your StarID and the password associated with your StarID

3) Follow the instructions and fill out the subscription form

4) Users with an existing account have the option to connect to the institutional subscription at the bottom of the “Create Account” page.

5) Repeat these steps every 180 days.

You may also have access to the WSJ app through WSU Apps.


(10) 9. After subscribing to the Wall Street Journal, login and take a screenshot of the front page using the Snipping tool.

Save the screen shot as "Ex8WSJ" in your ' ' folder.

Screen Shot Ex8WSJ

The Krueger Library now has access to many popular titles (Business Week, Fast Company, Time, Newsweek, Entrepreneur and many more) on your laptop or iPad!  To learn how to access these, please consult this library guide.


(10) 10. After accessing Flipster, open the latest issue of Wired magazine and take a screenshot of the cover using the Snipping tool.

Save the screen shot as "Ex8Flip" in your ' ' folder.

Screen Shot Ex8Flip

Exercise 9-PDF File Creation

To proceed you must have Windows 10 installed, which includes 'Print to PDF' ; or Adobe Acrobat Professional installed, which will appear as "Adobe PDF " in the Print Dialog Box.
print to pdf Print dialog box

Refer to this url and follow these steps.
You will be creating one .pdf (portable document format) file from the screen shots that you have taken, and the pdfs that you have generated.

  1. Open File Explorer, make sure the screen shot files are properly named(Ex0, Ex1, Ex2 , Ex3.. )  
  2. Select all of the screen shots to be combined.
  3. Right Click and select 'Print' from the pop-up menu.
  4. In the bottom center of the 'Print Pictures' dialog box uncheck the box "Fit picture to frame"
  5. See the howtogeek article for more options.
  6. Click on 'Print' and save the file with the name  "ScreenShots.pdf" in your ' ' folder.
  7. Use PDFill (installed in Exercise 4) to merge the ScreenShots.pdf file with the Ex7.pdf file created in Exercise 7, and save it as 'Formative00.pdf' in your ' ' folder.

(10) 11. Upload your file 'Formative00.pdf' to the D2L 'Formative00' Assignment folder.

Exercise 10-Composing Professional Emails

Composing and sending clear, professional emails is an important skill to learn and master for your career.
Google 'composing effective emails' and read some of the tips provided, such as these 10 tips found at the Seton Hill website.
Then check your Outlook Email account to confirm that you have received a copy of this email.
If you did not receive a confirming email, something is wrong, and you need to troubleshoot and resolve the problem.
Explain to the student the need to press Submit and check that they received an email.
Also that they need to upload any required files to the D2L Assignment Folder.

(10) 12. To complete this Exercise click this link   and send a professional email to Professor Paulson stating that you have completed Exercise 9 of Assignment Formative00. 
Replace (course) in the subject line with the class you are in: MGMT353
Do not have any spaces in your subject line.
The subject line must look something like this:

email subject line
  1. Add your email address to the cc: field
  2. Use the skills you learned to edit the email and ensure it has a professional tone.
  3. Proofread the email, checking grammar and typographics.

Exercise 11-Submit Your Assignment

For this final Exercise, and to complete this assignment please read all of these instructions.
Make sure that you have

When these tasks are completed press the Submit button below.
(10) 13. Assignment submission