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Introduction to Computers (COMI-1100)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to Computers is a one(1) semester course which meets four(4) hours a week. Two(2) hours are spent in lecture, and two(2) hours are devoted to work in the computer laboratory. In addition there will be several hours of hands on assignments that can be performed at home or at CCRI. The laboratory assignments include SAM (Skills Assessment Management) and Office 2003 projects which are designed to familiarize the student with computer concepts and procedures. The student will have experience using Windows XP, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: This computer literacy course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles of computers and information processing. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will gain an understanding of hardware and software concepts and how they are used in information systems. The scope of this course includes a historical background that traces the development of the modern computer and the emphasis is placed on the understanding and knowledge of information systems. There is also a great emphasis on the operation and terminology of computer systems.

Objectives for the student are given at the start of each chapter. These objectives will state what is expected of the student and are designed in terms of student achievement rather than teacher performance. Many objectives are in the cognitive domain as well as the manipulative  domain.

TEXTBOOKS: Discovering Computers Fundamentals, by Shelly, Cashman,Vermaat, and Microsoft Office 2003: Introductory Concepts and Techniques by Shelly, Cashman, Vermatt, of Course Technology.

MATERIALS:

1. 3.5 inch high-density diskettes

2. SAM CD set

COURSE OUTLINE

   MODULE 1

        An Overview of Using Computers

        Software Applications: User Tools

        The Central Processing Unit (CPU)

        Input and Output Devices

        Windows Desktop

        Windows Explorer

        Word Processing (WORD)

Module 2

        Peripheral Equipment Continued

        Magnetic Disk Systems

        Printers

        Multimedia

        Spreadsheets (EXCEL)

Module 3

        Data Communications

        Networking

        Database Management (ACCESS)

        Graphical Presentations (PowerPoint)

        Introduction to Web Pages

ATTENDANCE POLICY: All students are expected to attend every class. Students will, at all times, be responsible for all material and information given out during class time. This will be applicable whether or not a student attends a particular class.

ASSIGNMENTS: All assignments are due when scheduled. Assignments will be graded and 10 points will be taken off for each class day the assignment is late. Assignments for a specific software package will not be accepted after the written exam has been given for the software package. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

EXAMS: There will be nine(9) SAM examinations plus a laboratory packet due for grade for this course. Only under the most extenuating circumstances will make-up exams be given. Make-up exams will be given at the instructor's discretion.

GRADING:

All individual SAM exams and the Lab Packet will receive a grade between 0 and 100.

AVERAGE 65-69 =D

AVERAGE 70-79=C

AVERAGE 80-89=B

AVERAGE 90-100=A

 

For more information e-mail marshall@ccri.edu

or

Call Professor Martin T. Marshall (401) 884-0514

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