COMI-1100 Introduction to Computers - 3 credits

 

 

 

   

 

Course Description:

 

This computer literacy course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles of computers and information processing. Students will be introduced to the operation and terminology of computer system as well as certain microcomputer application packages such as word processing, spreadsheets and presentation graphics software. 

Topics to cover

 

  

1.      Chapter 1: What is a Computer

Exam account setup–practice test

2.      Chapter 2: Hardware
Chapter 7: The Internet

3.      Windows 
Chapter 3:
File Management

4.      Word-processing  - Creating and Editing

5.      Word-processing  - Format and Organize Text

6.     Chapter 5: Application Software
Chapter 6:  System Software

7.     Spreadsheets - Creating a Workbook

8.      Spreadsheets  - Creating Charts

9.      Chapter 4: Digital Devices and Multimedia
Chapter 8: Communicating and Sharing

10.  Graphic Presentation  - Getting Started with Powerpoint

11.  Graphic Presentation  - Formatting a Presentation

12.    Chapter 9: Networks and Communication

13.  OpenOffice

14.  Google Docs

15.  Exam and Assignment completion

 

 

Course Objectives:

 

To familiarize each student with modern Computer Concepts

To make each student more proficient in using a computer keyboard and mouse

To make each student competent in using Windows

To make each student competent in using Email

To make each student competent in using the Internet and World Wide Web

To make each student competent in using On-Line college web sites

To make each student competent in using Word Processing

To make each student competent in using Spreadsheets

To make each student competent in using Presentation Graphics Software


Outcomes by topic

 

Computer Concepts

List the parts (internal and external) of a computer and describe the main function of each

Use basic computer terminology while using computer applications

Explain the purpose of gathering and managing information as an integral part of conducting business

 

Windows

Perform basic Windows operations

Work with files and folders

Understand software installation, basic configuration operations and compatibility issues

 

The Internet and World Wide Web

Use the internet as a research tool

Do basic functions of Internet applications

 

Email

Use email system components

Demonstrate a basic understanding of email organization

 

Application Software

                Describe the various types of application software

 

Operating Systems

                Understand software installation, basic configuration operation and compatibility issues

 

Components of the System Unit

Demonstrate knowledge of individual parts that make up the system unit of a stand alone PC and relationships between components

Demonstrate basic knowledge of PC hardware troubleshooting and maintenance

 

Input – Output

                Demonstrate knowledge of basic input and output devices

Demonstrate the use of a mouse, keyboard, display screen, printer, PDA...

 

Storage

Identify various storage media

Describe the characteristics of the various storage media

 

Communications

Describe uses of computer communications

Explain the purpose of communications software

 

Word Processing

                Demonstrate basic Word Processing skills of creation, formatting and editing

                Save, update and print a Word Processing file

                Demonstrate the ability to create simple word processing documents such as letters, memos and basic reports

 

Spreadsheets

                Demonstrate the ability to design, create, modify and troubleshoot spreadsheets

                Demonstrate the ability to create graphs and charts

                Demonstrate the ability to apply spreadsheet principles to real-life situations and to solve business problems

 

Presentation Graphics Software

Demonstrate the ability to use the components of presentation software creatively and effectively

Demonstrate proficiency in using presentation software functions


Key Competencies by Topic

 

Computer Concepts

                Define the term computer and describe a computer system

                Diagram, label, and describe components of a Personal Computer System

                Explain the function and limitations of computers

                Explain the distinction between information and data

                Discuss the trends of IT hardware and software

                Use the keyboard and mouse

                Explain the concepts of technology patenting, copyrighting, and software licensing

                Conduct a simple cost/benefit analysis for purchasing different PCs

 

Windows

                Coordinate mouse and keyboard applications

                Browse through and locate files

                Create folders; organize files on disk and in subfolders

                Customize the desktop, create shortcuts and set date and time

                Use Windows accessories and Help

Install new software on a stand-alone computer using default options

Read and follow directions accompanying software products

 

 

The Internet and World Wide Web

            Use the main functions of Internet browsers

            Use Login and password systems                     

            Use basic search engines and explain search results

            Refine searches to obtain more specific information

            Move between Web pages using addresses and links

            Produce a list of appropriate Internet address for a specific topic

            Explain the impact of Internet on systems and applications

                Identify the rules of "Netiquette"

 

 

Email

                Describe and explain the purpose and basic features of email systems

                Create and send short, simple concise messages

                Receive, reply, forward, save and delete messages

                Create, send and save attachments

                Develop folders for organizing saved messages

                Explain and use appreciate email etiquette

                Explain the issues of virus contamination through email and discuss protection strategies

               

 

Application Software

                Identify the various types of software

                Explain how to start an application

                List the key features of commonly used business applications

 

Operating Systems

Install new software on a stand-alone computer using default options

Read and follow directions accompanying software projects

Explain the concepts of technology patenting, copyrighting and software licensing

Explain the issues of virus contamination through email, discuss protection strategies

 

Components of the System Unit

Diagram, label and describe the components of the system unit

Explain how hardware components interact

Describe the functionality of the central processing unit

Describe the functionality of memory

 

 

Input – Output

Diagram, label and describe the input – output devices

Identify input and output options for physically challenged users

 

 

Storage

Diagram, label and describe storage devices

Use a storage device to save and load files

Describe the appropriate use of the various storage media

 

 

Communications

Diagram, label and describe communication devices

Discuss the components required for successful communications

Differentiate among types of networks

Explain the purpose of communications software

 

Word Processing

                Create, edit, save and print documents

                Locate, organize and open existing documents

                Create, edit, delete and move text

                Format text, paragraphs and bulleted items

                Use tab and margin settings

                Use print preview and other print options

                Use find and replace functions and options

                Use navigation keys and functions

                Use utility tools including spell checker, thesaurus and grammar checker

                Work with outlines, footnotes and endnotes

                Embed graphics and charts in documents

                Use on-line Help to learn software features and function

 

 

Spreadsheets

                Explain and apply spreadsheet design principles

                Develop, edit, save and retrieve spreadsheets

Print spreadsheets using print options

 Format spreadsheets

Use simple and advanced formula

Create graphs and charts from spreadsheets

Troubleshoot spreadsheets and resolve errors

Use online help to learn about features and correct problems

Apply spreadsheet principles to business decision making

               

Presentation Graphics Software

Explain the features and functions of a presentation software package

Create, edit and save presentation slides and handouts

Use master slide to create new slides and notes

Use the different templates and slide backgrounds

Create slides that are easy to read and choose effective fonts and layouts

Use the outline feature to move text and slides

Sort and organize slides

Organize the presentation in a logical sequence according to purpose and audience

Use slide transition and build effects

Import graphics

Create effective presentations communicating clearly the topic

Create interesting presentations appealing to the target audience

Analyze the effectiveness of the design of a presentation and make recommendations for improvement

 

 

 

 

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