Contents

Introduction   1

How to Use SAM    2

Logging in the First Time as a Pre-registered Student 2

Profile Information  4

Logging into SAM as a New User  6

Forgot Password  11

Grace Periods  12

Existing Users  14

Account  16

My Account 16

Notifications  17

Help   18

Sections  19

My Sections  19

Joining a Section  20

Activities  22

Activity Calendar  22

Activity List 24

Taking Assignments  26

Adding a Product 26

Searching for and Selecting an Assignment 28

Taking Assignments from the Activity Calendar View   28

Taking Always Available Assignments from Activity Calendar View   30

Taking Assignments from the Activity List View   32

Exam Assignments  34

Training Assignments  36

Using the Content Player  38

Title Bar: Assignment Information  38

Question Area: Assignment Questions and Tasks  38

Control Panel: Content Player Controls  39

Control Panel: Content Player Controls (Continued)  39

SAM Path Assignments  41

Project Assignments  43

Starting and Submitting a Project 44

Dealing with Project Errors  46

Completing a Reading Assignment  48

Gradebook  49

Reports  51

Viewing Reports  52

Dropbox  54

Adding a File in Dropbox  54

Deleting a File in Dropbox  55

Deleting a Note in Dropbox  56

Recovering and Resuming from a Crash or Lost Connection   57

Internet Explorer  57

Microsoft Edge  57

Firefox for Windows  58

Chrome for Window   58

Safari 58

Logging Out  60

 

Introduction

SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) is a web-based application that measures student proficiency in Microsoft Office software and technology-related topics. SAM teaches Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook and Internet Explorer, in addition to foundational computer concepts. SAM uses skill-based assessments, interactive training, real-world projects and just-in-time remediation to help students master essential computing skills.

SAM offers exams, training, projects and path-based assessment and readings. The student manual introduces the basic functions of SAM.

How to Use SAM

Logging in the First Time as a Pre-registered Student

Use the following procedure to log into SAM:

Step

Action

1

In your browser, enter http://sam.cengage.com in the Address field and press the Enter key.

Result: The SAM Login page displays.

2

Enter the username and password you received.

3

If this is your first login and your institution has a site license,

If this is your first login and your institution does not have a site license,

Click Login.

Enter your SAM Key code at the prompt. If you need to purchase a Key Code, go to http://www.cengagebrain.com.

The SAM Terms and Conditions page displays. (The SAM Home page displays on subsequent logins.)

Click Login.

4

When the SAM Terms and Conditions page displays, click I Agree to accept the terms and conditions.

5

Enter and Confirm your secret question and secret answer.

When finished, click Submit.

6

Enter and confirm a new password.

When finished, click Submit.

Result: The Activity Calendar displays.

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Profile Information

Enter your profile information. See the following table for more information on each field:

Field Type

Description

 

First name

Maximum 50 characters and cannot contain any of the following: ~ ` ^ * “  $ % # ! \ / > < & ; : | ,

Middle initial (optional)

Maximum 1 character and cannot contain any of the following: ~ ` ^ * “  $ % # ! \ / > < & ; : | ,

Last name

Maximum 50 characters and cannot contain any of the following: ~ ` ^ * “  $ % # ! \ / > < & ; : | ,

Username/Email

Must be 6 to 50 characters and cannot contain any of the following: ~ ` ^ * “  $ % # ! \ / > < & ; : | ,

NOTE: Your username cannot be changed once you save your profile.

Password

6 to 17 characters; use letter, numbers and underscores only.

Alias (optional)

Minimum 6 characters; maximum 20 characters and cannot contain any of the following: ~ ` ^ * “  $ % # ! \ / > < & ; : | ,

ID# (optional)

Maximum 20 characters and cannot contain any of the following:  ~ ` ^ * “  $ % # ! \ / > < & ; : | ,

Communication Email (optional)

Maximum 128 characters

Secret Question

Select a secret question from the drop-down menu

Secret Answer

Enter an answer to the selected Secret Question

Blackboard ID

Enter your Blackboard ID

IMPORTANT: The username/email and password you enter become your login credentials for Cengage Brain (http://www.cengagebrain.com). If you have a Cengage Brain account, use that username and password when you register for SAM. (See Login Help)

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Logging into SAM as a New User

Follow these steps when you log into SAM for the first time:

Step

Action

1

In your browser, enter http://sam.cengage.com in the Address field and press the Enter key.

Result: The SAM Login page displays.

2

Click the New User button.

3

Enter your school’s Institution Key.

4

Click Submit.

Result: A confirmation message displays to verify the institution’s identity.

5

Click OK. You may need to add a Key Code to access SAM.

If…

Then…

If your institution has a Key Code license,

Enter the 18-digit Key Code at the prompt. If you need to purchase a Key Code, go to http://www.cengagebrain.com.

NOTE: Your institution may have a grace period where you can access SAM temporarily without entering a Key Code.

If your institution does not have a Key Code license,

n The My Profile page displays.

n  Proceed to Step 8.

6

Click Save.

Result: The My Profile page displays.

7

Enter the necessary information in the fields. Required fields display with an asterisk.

NOTES:

n You must enter and confirm your username and password in the corresponding text boxes. You cannot copy and paste.

n CengageBrain checks the username you enter. If it finds it, a prompt directs you to enter your CengageBrain password to login.

8

Click Save to save your user information.

Result: The Review and Confirm page displays.

9

Click Revise if you want to change your profile information and then click Save.

Result: Changes are accepted.

10

Click Confirm in the My Profile dialog box from step 8 to continue.

Result: The Terms and Conditions page displays.

11

Click I Agree to agree to the terms.

Result: The Activity Calendar displays.

NOTE: A prompt to join a section displays.

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Forgot Password

If you forgot your password, use this procedure to reset your password.

Step

Action

1

On the SAM Login page, click the Forgot your password button.

Result: The Retrieve Your Password dialog box displays.

2

Enter you username and click Continue.

3

In the dialog box that displays, enter the answer to the security question and click Submit.

Result: SAM sends an email to your email address on record with a link to reset your password.

4

Open the email and click the password reset link. Follow the instructions to reset your password.

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Grace Periods

Some students have grace periods up to three weeks where they can access SAM without providing an access code. This is only applicable for students in an institution where they purchase Key Codes to access SAM and have the Grace period option enabled. The Grace Period duration may vary.

This table details the differences between Key Code Institutions and Site License Institutions:

Key Code Institution

Site License Institution

Students may have a grace period depending on their institution settings. Grace Periods can be up to three weeks long.

Students do not need to enter an access code to use SAM.

Follow these steps to access SAM while using a Grace Period.

n  When registering for SAM as a New User, click Enter Later when it prompts you for a Key Code.

n  The amount of time you have left for the grace period displays every time you log into SAM.

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Existing Users

If you are an existing user (completed your initial login to SAM), use the following procedure to log in.

IMPORTANT: SAM supports single sign-on (SSO) with Cengage Brain (http://www.cengagebrain.com) enabling you to use the same username and password for both systems. If you are a returning SAM user, the first time you log in to the SAM environment, SAM checks Cengage Brain for an existing account. If you have an account, a prompt displays enabling you to enter your Cengage Brain password to link the SAM account with Cengage Brain. Use your SAM password on subsequent logins to SAM.

Step

Action

1

In your browser, enter http://sam.cengage.com in the Address field and press the Enter key.

Result: The SAM Login page displays.

2

Enter your username and password.

3

Click Login.

Result: The Activity Calendar displays.

 

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Account

You can change your account settings in the top right corner of SAM.

My Account

Use the following procedure to update your SAM account:

Step

Action

1

Click the My Account button on the upper-right side of the page.

Result: Your account information displays.

2

Review the information. Click Edit to make changes.

Result: The My Account Details dialog box displays.

3

Edit the information as necessary. You cannot change grayed-out field values. Name fields cannot contain any of the following characters: ~ ` ^ * “  $ % # ! \ / > < & ; : | ,

4

Select a Secret Question from the dropdown menu and enter a Secret Answer to set your security question.

5

Click Save to save the changes to your account.

Notifications

System messages display in the Notifications dropdown. Notifications include system downtime or failure to meet system requirements such as installing Adobe Flash player. Plan your schedule accordingly if there are periods when SAM will not be available to you.

 

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Help

If you require technical assistance, you can access documentation through the Help menu or contact Cengage Customer Technical Support. 

To open the documentation, select the link to either the online help or the User Manual.

If you need technical assistance, do the following:

Step

Action

1

Click Help

2

Click Tech Support.

Result: The Cengage Customer Technical Support page opens in another tab.

3

Under Returning User, enter your SAM/Cengage Brain username/email address and password and click Sign In.

4

On the Select a Product menu, click Select Product and select SAM

Result: The SAM Knowledgebase page displays. From here you can do the following:

n Browse articles, downloads and tutorials in the left column.

n Search the knowledgebase by entering one or more keywords in the Search field and clicking Search.

n Enter a new problem by clicking No, please create a new case on the upper-right side of the page. Follow the online directions to complete your case.

 

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Sections

You can view the sections in which you enroll or you can enroll in new sections. You are either enrolled automatically or wait listed depending on how the instructor set up the course.

My Sections

View the sections in which you are enrolled using the following procedure:

Step

Action

1

On the Navigation bar, click Sections.

Result: The My Sections page displays and you see a list of sections in which you are enrolled or wait listed.

2

The My Sections initially display by section name To sort the sections, click a heading row to sort by it.

3

To filter by instructors:

Click the Instructor drop-down menu and select the appropriate instructor from the list.

4

To view section details:

Click the section’s Name to view the section name, course name, term, instructor and required textbook.

Result: The Section Details window displays.

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Joining a Section

Use the following procedure to join a section. You can join sections only if the instructor enables auto-enrollment. SAM places you on the waiting list if instructors do not enable auto-enrollment. The instructor decides whether to enroll you.

Step

Action

1

On the Navigation bar, click Sections.

Result: The My Sections page displays. You can view a list of sections in which you are enrolled.

2

Click the Join a Section tab.

Result: A list of available sections displays.

3

To select an instructor, use these steps:

n Select an instructor from the Instructor drop-down menu to see the sections offered.

n Click a column head to sort by it.

NOTE: If a course has multiple instructors, a carat displays. Click the carat to view all instructors.

Result: The available sections for the selected instructor display.

4

Click the Join Section icon.

Result: A confirmation message displays.

NOTE: Depending on your instructor’s section settings, you may be auto enrolled into the section or wait listed. 

5

Click the Close icon.

Result: You return to the Join a Section page. The course no longer displays in the Join a Section list.

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Activities

You can view and take assignments from either the Activity Calendar or Activity List view. The Activity Calendar displays assignment available and due dates on a calendar. The Activity List displays assignment details in a list format.

NOTE: By default, the option box is selected for Set Calendar as default view. To change the default view to the Activity List, deselect the option box. The next time you log into SAM, the Activity List will display instead of the Calendar View.

Activity Calendar

By default, the Activity Calendar displays when you log into SAM. The Activity Calendar displays activities that become available and when they are due in a calendar format.

NOTE: The first time you log into SAM, no sections display. Register for a section in the Sections tab.

Action

Result

Set Calendar as default view

By default, the option box is selected for Set Calendar as default view. To change the default view to the Activity List, deselect the option box. The next time you log into SAM, the Activity List will display instead of the Calendar View.

Activity Calendar Display

The Activity Calendar displays Exams, Training, Projects and SAM Paths. Badges display next to the activity type. A gray badge indicates the assignment becomes available that day. A red badge means the assignment is due that day. The number in the badge refers to the number of activities of that type. Hover over a badge to display the assignments and Due Dates. Click the hyperlink to begin the assignment.

Filter Activity Types

Activity types that are checked display in the Activity Calendar view. NOTE: Activity filters settings apply to the Activity Calendar, Activity List and Reports pages.

Sections filter

Select a section from the dropdown menu. All sections display by default. Enter text for partial search functionality.

Days

Click a day to display the Daily Assignments dialog box. The dialog box displays additional assignment details, including the due date and time, number of attempts allowed and how many times you attempted the assignment.

Unavailable assignments

The assignment name displays in gray in the dialog box if the assignment is not available or past due.

Begin an assignment

Select an assignment from the Daily Assignments dialog box to begin.

Result: The Assignment Start or Project dialog displays.

Always Available

Always Available Assignments display in the top left corner with the number of assignments that are always available.

n Click the dropdown menu.

n Select the activity type you want to view by selecting the check box. All activity types are enabled by default.

n Click the assignment name to launch the assignment.

Hover over functionality

Point the mouse at any activity on the calendar.

Result: Text displays with assignment details including the due date.

Switch month

Select the arrow next to the month to navigate the calendar.

 

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Activity List

Click the Activity List view to see a list of all activities. The Activity List displays assignments from all sections by default. From this menu, you can select assignments to begin. The Activity List displays the assignment name, type, availability, due date, section and status. Assignments that you completed and have no more attempts available do not display in the Activity List.

Action

Result

Sections filter

Select a section from the dropdown menu. All sections display by default. Enter text for partial search functionality.

Sort

The Activity List initially displays by assignment name. Click a heading row to sort by it.

Filter Activity Types

Select a type of activity to remove it from the list view. Activity types that are checked display in the Activity List view.

NOTES:

n If you use the Always Available filter, you need to turn on a filter for one or more assignment types for assignments to display.

n The Always Available filter is on by default. Assignments with no due date do not display in the Activity List view while the filter is off.

n Activity filter settings apply to the Activity Calendar, Activity List and Reports pages.

Due Date

The Due Date column displays both the date and time an assignment is due.

Available

Lists the assignments availability.

Status

Status describes your progress on an assignment.

Type

The type describes whether the assignment is an exam, training, project, SAM Path or reading.

Sections

The Section column lists the course associated with the assignment.

Begin an assignment

Click an assignment to begin.

Result: The Assignment Start or Project dialog box displays.

NOTE: Some assignments require an 18-digit keycode. Enter the correct keycode when prompted. See Adding a Product for more information.

 

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Taking Assignments

You can launch assignments in SAM through the Activity Calendar or Activity List. You can take exams, training, projects, and SAM Path assignments in SAM or launch into the MindTap reader. Some assignments are password protected. Instructors provide the password. Enter the password at the prompt.

Adding a Product

Depending on how your institution licensed SAM, you may need to enter Key Codes to access specific assignments like readings, exams, training and projects. Assignments that require a Key Code display with Key Code Required in blue text.

If this is the case, your assignments display as inactive until you add the necessary product using the following procedure:

NOTE: Your institution may have a grace period where you can access SAM temporarily without entering a Key Code. After the grace period expires, you cannot take assignments, access scores or reports until you enter a Key Code. For more information, view the Grace Periods section.

Step

Action

1

Click Add Product.

Result: The Add Product window displays.

2

Enter the product’s 18-digit Key Code.

If you need to purchase a Key Code, go to http://www.cengagebrain.com. If you do not have the correct Key Code for the assignment, a message displays asking for a Key Code.

NOTE: Your institution may have a grace period where you can access SAM temporarily without entering a Key Code.

3

Click the Enter Key Code button.

Result: The Add Product dialog box closes and the assignments display as active.

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Searching for and Selecting an Assignment

Before you can work on an assignment, search for and select it. Students can search for assignments through either the Activity Calendar or the Activity List.

Taking Assignments from the Activity Calendar View

Use this procedure to begin an assignment using the Activity Calendar:

Step

Action

1

Navigate to the Activity Calendar view.

2

Narrow the list of assignments by selecting a Section from the drop-down menu or an Assignment Type from the Activity filter.

NOTE: Assignments that display with a gray badge become available that day. Assignments with a red badge are due that day. The assignments display only on their available or due date. You can take the assignment between the availability and due date. To take the assignment, click the day it is available or due.

3

Select a day to view assignment details for a day.

Result: The Assignment Details window displays. Click X on the window to close.

4

Click the assignment name.

Result: The Assignment Start or Project dialog box displays.

5

Click Start to begin an assignment.

Result: Either the Content Player or Project dialog box displays.

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Taking Always Available Assignments from Activity Calendar View

Use this procedure to begin Always Available Assignments:

Step

Action

1

Navigate to the Activity Calendar view.

2

Narrow the list of assignments by selecting a Section from the drop-down menu or an Assignment Type from the filter bar.

Result: The Calendar view updates.

3

Click the Always Available Assignments drop-down menu.

Result: A list of assignments displays.

4

Select a check box to enable or disable assignment types.

5

Click the activity name. The Assignment Start or Project Start dialog box displays.

6

Click Start to begin an assignment.

Result: Either the Content Player or Project Dialog box displays.

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Taking Assignments from the Activity List View

Use this procedure to begin an assignment using the Activity Calendar:

Step

Action

1

Navigate to the Activity List view.

NOTE: Sort the list by clicking on a column heading

2

Narrow the list of assignments by selecting a Section from the drop-down menu or an Assignment Type from the filter bar.

3

You can work on assignments if they are listed with an availability of Always or Now. Enable the Always Available filter to view assignments with no due date. The assignments display in blue.

4

Click the activity name.

Result: The Assignment Start or Project Start dialog box displays.

5

Click Start to begin an assignment

Result: Either the Content Player or Project Dialog box displays.

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Exam Assignments

Use the following procedure to take an exam.

NOTE: Before you start an exam, close all applications except your browser. Then, close any additional browser windows or tabs unless otherwise indicated by your instructor. This helps ensure that the SAM Content Player performance is not affected. This is especially important if you take a timed exam.

Step

Action

1

Select an exam from the Activity Calendar or Activity List. If your instructor specified a password for the assignment, SAM prompts you for it. Enter the password and click OK.

Result: The assignment details display in a new window, listing the following information about the assignment:

n The name of the assignment

n Instructions

n Incorrect actions allowed per task and question

n The number of times an exam can be retaken

n The number of retakes you have remaining

2

Click Start.

Result: The Content Player starts and the exam begins. See Using the Content Player for further information.

3

Follow the instructions that display.

4

In the Control Panel, click Exit to close the Content Player. A message displays if there are any incomplete questions. Click Yes if you want to exit or click No to continue working on the exam. SAM does not grade incomplete questions.

IMPORTANT: Your exam does not submit if you close the Content Player by closing the browser window.

 

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Training Assignments

Use the following procedure to take a training assignment.

NOTE: Close all applications other than your browser and additional browser windows or tabs unless otherwise indicated by your instructor. This ensures that the SAM Content Player performance is not affected.

Step

Action

1

Select a training assignment from the Activity Calendar or Activity List. If your instructor specified a password for the assignment, SAM prompts you for it. Enter the password and click OK.

Result: The assignment details display in a new window, listing information about the training, including:

n The name of the assignment

n The Due Date

n Notifies you if the Due Date passed. You can still take the training for practice, but the score does not update in the Gradebook or Reports.

2

Click Start.

Result: The Content Player starts. See Using the Content Player for further information. Follow the instructions.

3

Click Exit in the Control Panel to close the Content Player when you are done. A message displays if there are any incomplete tasks. Click Yes if you want to exit or click No to continue working on the training.

IMPORTANT: Your training does not submit if you close the content player by closing the browser window.

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Using the Content Player

You use the SAM Content Player to take exams and trainings assignments.

There are three areas in the SAM Content Player:

n  Title Bar

n  Questions Area

n  Control Panel

Title Bar: Assignment Information

The title bar of the Content Player’s window lists general information about the assignment including:

n  Your name

n  The name of the assignment

Question Area: Assignment Questions and Tasks

The question displays either the question you need to answer or the simulated task you need to complete. Follow the displayed instructions.

When you begin a training, a window describing the training task displays. Click Continue to proceed with the training.

Control Panel: Content Player Controls

The control panel at the bottom of the page displays the Content Player controls. These include:

Control

Description

 

These controls enable you to do the following:

n Open and close the menu of questions.

n Select specific questions to answer.

n Select tasks to perform.

For training assignments, different SAM versions and training types have different controls:

n Intro:  Provides a basic summary of the task.

n Observe mode:  Provides audio and visual instructions for the task.

n Practice mode:  Helps you perform the task by providing audio and visual prompts.

n Apply mode : Enables you to perform the task without assistance.

n CC: Enables you to use Closed Caption.

The following are controls for various course subjects:

 

Controls

Course Subject

Microsoft Office2010

Microsoft Office 2013

Computer Concepts (training about Windows or the computer)

Control Panel: Content Player Controls (Continued)

Control

Description

n Displays when you are taking an exam.

n Displays the ID of the current task or question.

Enables you to go to the previous or next question in the task list.

n Displays when you are using training.

n Ends one training mode and takes you to the next.

NOTE: If clicked while in practice mode, it takes you to the next task.

 

n Display when you are using the training’s Observe and Practice modes.

n Enable you to reset, rewind, pause and fast forward through the demonstration of each task.

n Enable you to mute and unmute the audio presentation.

n For Computer Concepts, enables you to use Closed Caption.

n Display when you are taking an exam.

n Indicate the time remaining for a timed exam.

n Indicate the number of attempts you have to answer the question or complete the task.

Closes the Content Player.

n If there are any unanswered questions or incomplete tasks, the following warning displays:  There are unfinished tasks. Are you sure you want to exit?

n Click Yes to exit or No to return to the session.

If you exit, you also see a summary of the session. You can click Print to print the summary or click Close to end the session and return to the Preview Exam or Preview Training window.

Click Close to close the Preview window and return to the Exam, Training or SAM Assignments page, depending on where you clicked Preview.

IMPORTANT: Do not use the X of the Windows control to exit the Content Player. If you click the X of the Windows control, you will lose your work.

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SAM Path Assignments

SAM Paths are assignments consisting of sequential combinations of exams and training. Supported path combinations include the following:

n  Pre-Exam > Training > Post-Exam: Take a Pre-Exam, then a training, then a Post-Exam.

n  Training > Exam: Take a training, then an exam.

n  Exam > Training: Take an exam, then a training.

SAM Path scores may display separately in the Gradebook as Exam and Training Assignments or as one score in the SAM Path Assignment Type depending on the assignment settings set by your instructor.

NOTE: You need to complete SAM Path Assignments in the order that they display.

Use the following procedure to take SAM Path assignments:

Step

Action

1

Select a SAM Path from the Activity Calendar or Activity List. If your instructor specified a password for the assignment, SAM prompts you for it. Enter the password and click OK.

Result: The assignment details display in a new window.

2

Click an assignment on the list.

Click Start.

Result: The Content Player displays.

3

Follow the instructions for the assignment.

4

Click Exit in the Control Panel to close the Content Player. A message displays if there are any incomplete questions. Click Yes if you want to exit or click No to continue working on the exam. SAM does not grade incomplete questions.

IMPORTANT: The exam or training assignment does not submit if you close the content player by closing the browser window.

5

Complete all components for the SAM Path assignment.

 

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Project Assignments

Projects are SAM assignment types which require you to work in the appropriate Microsoft application.

When working on a project, download a start file to your computer. Use the start file to complete your work with the appropriate Microsoft application. Upload the completed file back to SAM for grading.

SAM includes two types of projects: Standard Projects and Textbook Projects. The instructions for standard projects come from SAM while the instructions for textbook projects come from the book.

This table outlines the differences between Standard Projects and Textbook Projects.

Step

Standard Projects

Textbook Projects

Start File

Download the start file.

Download the Start File.

WARNING: You need to download the starting data files from SAM. You cannot use the files downloaded from Cengagebrain or elsewhere as instructed in your book.

Instructions

Download the instructions from SAM to complete the project.

Follow the instructions in the book to complete the project.

WARNING: Do not open a new file. You need to download the starting data files from SAM. You cannot use the files downloaded from Cengagebrain or elsewhere as instructed in your book.

Submitting Files

Change the file name to match the name from the Project dialog box.

Change the file name to match the name from the Project dialog box.

 

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Starting and Submitting a Project

Starting a Project

Use this procedure to take and then submit a project assignment in SAM:

Step

Action

1

Select a project from the Activity Calendar or Activity List.

Result: The project list displays.

2

Click to select a Project from the list.

Result: The Project details display.

 

3

Click Start to display the project instructions.

Result: The Project Instructions, Start File and Assignment Submission window displays.

NOTE: The dialog box may display have different information depending on the SAM Project.

4

If…

Then…

Standard Project

n Click Download Instructions.

n Click the download links for the start file and other project files, if any.

n To save the file to your local disk, select the Save File option box and click OK.

Textbook Project

n Click the download links for the start file and other project files, if any.

n Follow the instructions in the book.

n To save the file to your local disk, select the Save File option box and click OK.

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Submitting a Project

Submit your projects using the following procedure:

Step

Action

1

Save the project files with the proper naming convention.

2

Select the project.

Result: The Project dialog box displays.

3

Navigate to the completed project file.

NOTE: Confirm that the filename match the filename listed in the Project dialog box.

4

Select the file to submit.

5

Click Submit.

Result: SAM grades the project automatically.

NOTE: SAM checks the uploaded project file to verify the filename, file type, size and run a virus scan. If any of these checks fail, a message displays. Fix the error and upload the completed project file.

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Dealing with Project Errors

When you submit a project for grading, SAM performs a number of checks:

n  The embedded key in the uploaded file matches the key assigned to your start file

n  The uploaded file name matches the name expected by SAM

n  The file type matches that of the project’s start file. In other words, if a Word 2010/2013 document (Example: .docx extension) is expected, then you need to upload a Word 2010/2013 document

NOTE: Microsoft applications add the file extensions to the file automatically. Users should not add the file extension when saving the file.

n  You did not use Office 2010/2013 to complete the project

n  The file contains no viruses

n  The file does not exceed SAM maximum file size (Office 2010: 1741 KB; Office 2013: 5 MB)

If the completed project file fails any of these tests during upload, it will not be accepted by SAM, and you will see an appropriate alert. To resolve these problems, refer to the following sections.

Wrong Key

You are not using the SAM account that downloaded the original start file. Log back in to SAM using the correct start file and account.

Wrong Name

Rename the file to the name SAM expects. Refer to the Project information on the Activity Calendar or Activity List page for the correct file name.

Wrong Format

You changed the format of the project start file using the Save As function. For example, you might have saved a Word 2010/2013 document (.docx) as a Word 97-2003 file (.doc). Use the Save As function to save the document using the format that SAM is expecting.

If you changed the document to something other than its native format (e.g., you changed a Word document to an HTML document) and you do not have the original start file, download a new start file from the Project information through the Activity List or Activity Calendar and start over.

Wrong Application

You used an application other than Office 2010/2013 to work on a project file. SAM rejects project files created by applications such as:

n  Office 2008 for Macintosh

n  WordPad for Windows

n  Any version of the full Office 2007 suite (This requires SAM 2007.)

n  Any third-party application that supports Office 2010/2013 file formats

Virus Detected

Run an anti-virus utility to disinfect your computer and any other computer on which the file might be stored. Popular products include Norton AntiVirus and McAfee VirusScan.

The anti-virus utility does one of two things to the project file:

n  If possible, it disinfects the project file and you can submit it again.

n  The anti-virus utility could quarantine or delete the file. Download the project file again from the Project information through the Activity List or Activity Calendar and start over.

Maximum File Size Exceeded

This occurs if the file you are uploading is has exceeded the maximum size (Office 2010: 1741 KB; Office 2013: 5 MB).  To fix this, edit the file, remove any extra content and upload it again. For Access projects, compress the database prior to submission to SAM. From the Office menu, select Manage/Compact and Repair Database.

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Completing a Reading Assignment

If your instructor has selected a Cengage eBook for your section, the instructor can assign readings from that book. If you have purchased that eBook through Cengage Brain (http://www.cengagebrain.com), you can read that book online from within SAM using the following procedure:

Step

Action

1

Select the reading assignment from the Activity Calendar or Activity List view.

2

If…

Then…

You purchased the eBook through Cengage Brain http://www.cengagebrain.com

The name of the Reading Assignment is underlined. Click the name of the assignment and another browser window or tab opens.

You have not purchased the eBook yet

The assignment name is underlined. You are prompted for a license that can be purchased through Cengage Brain.

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If this is the first time you have accessed the eBook, the MindTap Service Agreement displays. Click Accept to continue or click Decline.

Result: The eBook displays.

 

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Gradebook

Gradebook enables you to view your assignment scores for each section in which you enrolled including scores for the SAM Exams, Projects, Training and SAM Path Assignments as well as Custom Assignments.

Step

Action

1

Select the Gradebook tab.

Result: The Gradebook tab displays.

2

Select a section from the drop-down menu.

NOTE: Entering text beings the search.

Result: The Gradebook displays for the selected section.

3

If…

Then…

The Gradebook displays in Percentages

n Weights display for all assignment types.

The Gradebook displays in points

n Weights do not display for all assignment types.

Gradebook set up to display percentages:

Gradebook set up to display in points:

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NOTES:

n Instructors decide whether or not to display the Gradebook to students as well as what elements of the Gradebook to display (Final Score, Scores, and Weights).

n If your instructor has set up the Gradebook for the section to display to students, you can view the score information for each assignment. You may have to wait for a specified date.

n If your instructor has updated the assignment score, total points or final score the change reflects in the Gradebook.

n If your instructor has not set up the Gradebook for the section to display to students, the following message displays: SAM cannot display the gradebook at this time. Either your instructor has not given you access or you have no scores to display.

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Assignments are grouped by their Type. Click the arrow icon to expand an assignment type.

NOTE: If the SAM Path Assignment Type displays, one score displays for each SAM Path Assignment.

Result: The list of assignments for the expanded Type display.

5

Click the score to view the report.

Result: The report displays.

 

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Reports

You can view Exam Results and Training Progress from the Reports view. You can also view Study Guides for exams and SAM Path assignments.

 

Description of Report View

Action

Result

Sections filter

Select a section from the drop-down menu. All sections display by default. Enter text for partial search functionality.

Filter Activity Types

Select a type of activity to remove it from the list view. Activity types that are checked display in the Reports view.

NOTE: Activity filters settings apply to the Activity Calendar, Activity List and Reports pages.

Sort

The Reports initially display by assignment name. Click a heading row to sort by it.

Submitted

The Submitted column displays the date and time when you submitted the activity.

View all Reports

Click View all Reports to view every report from a section.

Different activity types have different reports. A message displays if the report is not available for students to download. The following are the reports you can download for each activity type:

n  Exams

Study Guide: The Study guide lists tasks and provides links to training.

Results

n  Training

Training Progress

n  Projects

Download submitted project file

Study Guide: The Study guide lists tasks and provides links to training.

n  SAM Paths

Study Guide: The Study guide lists tasks and provides links to training.

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Viewing Reports

To view a report, use this procedure:

Step

Action

1

On the Taskbar click Reports.

2

Use the Activities filters to locate a specific assignment type (Exams, Training, Projects or SAM Paths).

3

On the Section drop-down menu, select the appropriate section.

4

You can view individual reports, study guides or view all reports for the selected section.

n Click the Report icon to the right of the appropriate assignment to open and view the report.

n Click the Study Guide icon to the right of the appropriate assignment to open and view the study guide.

n Click View all Reports to view all reports for the selected section.

Sample Report

5

To close the report, click the X icon in the upper right of the report window.

IMPORTANT: Do not click the X icon for your browser or you will exit SAM.

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Report Viewer Controls

The report viewer includes the following controls at the top of the page:

Control or Entry

Action

Go to the first page of the report.

Go to the previous page.

Enter page number and press ENTER

Go to a specific page.

Go to the next page.

Go to the last page.

Go back to parent report if applicable.

Enter a search term in the Find Text field

Search for specific words within the report such as a section name.

n Click Find to find the first occurrence of the word.

n Click Next to find the subsequent occurrences of the word.

Print Using PDF link

Converts the report to Adobe’s PDF format.

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Dropbox

Dropbox is a file box where you submit files for instructor review. You can store up to 350 MB in Dropbox.

NOTE: Do not submit project assignment files through Dropbox. Submit project files by uploading the finished file through the Project Assignment dialog accessed through the Activity List or Activity Calendar view.

Adding a File in Dropbox

To submit a file in Dropbox, use the following procedure:

Step

Action

1

On the Navigation bar, click Dropbox.

2

On the Section drop-down menu, select the section for the Dropbox you want to view.

3

Click Submit New File to upload a file.

4

Click Choose File to select the file.

5

Click Save.

Result: The assignment displays in the Dropbox. The file type, name, size and time submitted display.

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You can also view notes from your instructors by clicking the view icon. The note also displays in the Note column.

Deleting a File in Dropbox

To delete a file in Dropbox, use the following procedure:

Step

Action

1

Click the Trash Can icon next to the name of the file you want to delete.

Result: A warning prompt displays.

2

Click OK.

NOTE: You cannot retrieve a deleted file.

Deleting a Note in Dropbox

To delete a note in Dropbox, use the following procedure:

Step

Action

1

Click the Trash Can icon next to the note you want to delete.

Result: A warning prompt displays.

2

Click OK.

NOTE: You cannot retrieve a deleted note.

 

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Recovering and Resuming from a Crash or Lost Connection

If your computer crashes or you lose your connection to SAM during an exam or training, you can restart once conditions return to normal. Log in, navigate to the Activities List view, and select the assignment. The Content Player begins where you lost connection, and SAM saves any complete questions and tasks.

If you have a problem logging back in to SAM or re-starting the Content Player, clear your browser’s temporary Internet and history files using the following procedures.

Internet Explorer

Use this procedure to clear your browsing history on Internet Explorer:

Step

Action

1

Start Internet Explorer.

2

On the Tools menu, select Delete Browsing History.

Result: The Delete Browsing History dialog box opens.

3

Select the Temporary Internet Files and History check boxes.

4

Make sure the other check boxes are not selected.

5

Click Delete.

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Microsoft Edge

Step

Action

1

Start Microsoft Edge.

2

Click the ellipses icon to open the Settings menu.

Result: The Settings menu displays.

3

Click Settings.

Result: The Settings tab displays.

4

Click Choose what to clear..

Result: History tab displays.

5

Select the following fields to clear.

n Browsing history.

n Cookies and saved website data.

n Cached data and files

n Download history.

6

Click Clear.

Result: Browsing data clears.

7

Restart the browser.

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Firefox for Windows

Use this procedure to clear your browsing history on Firefox:

Step

Action

1

Start Firefox.

2

On the Tools menu, select Clear Recent History.

Result: The Clear Recent History dialog box opens.

3

Select the appropriate Time range to clear from the drop-down menu. If in doubt, select everything.

4

Select the Browsing & Download History and Cache check boxes.

5

Make sure the other check boxes are not selected.

6

Click Clear Now.

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Chrome for Window

Use this procedure to clear your browsing history on Chrome:

Step

Action

1

Start Chrome.

2

On the Tools menu, select Clear browsing data.

3

Select the following:

n Browsing history

n Download history

n Delete cookies

n Cookies and other site and plug-in data,

n Cached Images and other files

4

Make sure the other check boxes are not selected.

5

Click Clear browsing data.

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Safari

Use this procedure to clear your browsing history on Safari:

Step

Action

1

Start Safari.

2

On the Safari menu, select Reset Safari.

Result: The Reset Safari dialog box opens.

3

Select the Clear History and Empty Cache check boxes.

4

Make sure the other check boxes are not selected.

5

Click Reset.

 

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Logging Out

Once you are done using SAM, click the Logout button in the upper-right corner of the page. The SAM login page displays.

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