An introductory survey of computers and their role in the modern world. Emphasis is on computer terminology, hardware and software. Opportunities for hands-on experience using micro-computer applications will be included. Software may include spreadsheets, word processing, database management systems and the world wide web.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Be familiar with both computer hardware and software for microcomputers;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the role computers play in our lives now and in the future;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the programming process;
4. Demonstrate an understanding of computer terminology;
5. Demonstrate knowledge of application software functions;
6. Use a graphic interface;
7. Format and edit word processing documents;
8. Maintain database files and create data base reports;
9. Identify software-licensing requirements;
10. Identify communication hardware;
11. Solve problems using spreadsheets.
Course topics will include the following:
1. Computer competency
2. Application software-basic tools
3. Application software-power tools
4. System software
5. The CPU
7. Secondary storage
8. Communications and connectivity
9. Files and databases
10. The Internet
11. Computer equipment/peripherals
12. Computer security, ethics and the future
Method of Instruction:
3. “Hands-on” exercises
Types of Assignments:
1. Reading: Weekly textbook assignments
2. In-Class “Hands On” assignments, including safe hardware assembly and basic software use
3. If a course website is available, students may do practice exercises and complete Internet assignments online.
1. Computing Essentials Annual Edition: 1998-1999 by Timothy J. O’Leary and Linda I. O’Leary.