Introduction to Computer and Applications - C 101

Course Objectives

  1. An understanding of computer hardware and software;
  2. An understanding of, and the ability to use, graphical and command-line interfaces;
  3. A working knowledge of the following Internet-related tasks: communicating via Email, Web browsing, and information retrieval using Web resources;
  4. A working knowledge of data processing tasks using word processors and spreadsheet applications;
  5. The ability to find resources in the library using a range of available electronic facilities;
  6. The ability to critically evaluate resources found on the Internet and in the library.

Course Content

  • Application Software
  • Task-oriented software
  • Business software
  • Ethics and application software
  • Word Processing with MS Word
  • Operating systems
  • Operating systems for personal computers
  • Operating systems for networks
  • Operating systems for large computers
  • Word Processing with MS Word
  • Central processing unit
  • The central processing unit
  • Memory
  • How the CPU executes program instructions
  • Storage locations and addresses
  • How the control unit finds instructions and data
  • Data representation
  • The system unit
  • Speed and power
  • Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel
  • Input and output
  • Input
  • Output
  • Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel
  • Storage and multimedia
  • Magnetic disk storage
  • Optical disk storage
  • Magnetic tape storage
  • Backup systems
  • Multimedia
  • Processing stored data
  • Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel
  • Networking
  • Data transmission
  • Communication Media
  • Network topologies
  • Introductory Databases with Microsoft Access
  • The Internet at home and in the workplace
  • Searching the internet
  • E-commerce
  • Intranets
  • Virtual private networks
  • Introductory Databases with Microsoft Access
  • Social and ethical issues in computing
  • Workplace issues
  • Legal issues
  • Ethics in computing professional ethics
  • Ethical use of computers
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Introductory Databases with Microsoft Access
  • Security and privacy: Computers and the internet
  • Computer crime
  • Viruses
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Presentations with Microsoft Power Point
  • System analysis and design
  • Overview of the systems development life cycle
  • Presentations with Microsoft Power Point
  • Programming and languages: Telling the computer what to do
  • The programming process
  • Levels of languages
  • Programming languages
  • Presentations with Microsoft Power Point
  • Management information systems
  • Management model
  • Managing personal computers
  • Microsoft Outlook

Recommended Text:

Gary B. Shelly, Misty E. Vermaat, Discovering Computers 2011 Living in a Digital World, Course Technology, 2011

Gary B. Shelly, Misty E. Vermaat, Microsoft Office 2010 Introductory, Course Technology

Robert H. Frank, Absolute beginner's guide to computer basics.6th ed, McGraw-Hill, 2012