CISC100 Digital Literacy

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Computer/Information Science

I. Course Number and Title
CISC100 Digital Literacy
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
The laboratory is an essential part of this course. Students complete at least one assignment in each of the following topic areas:
  1. Word Processing
  2. Spreadsheet
  3. Internet Research
  4. Presentation Graphics
VI. Catalog Course Description
A hands-on course for non-majors dealing with personal computers in a wide variety of settings. Topics include: basic computer concepts, computer hardware, operating systems, the Internet, online safety and security, email, computer applications including word processors, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, databases, and the impact of computers on society.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:
    1. identify the major components of a computer system and evaluate its potentials and limitations;
    2. explain the purpose of a computer operating system and the uses of commercially available software;
    3. explain and demonstrate how a user can manipulate folders to organize files on a disk and online;
    4. demonstrate safe computing practices and safe, effective use online communication tools;
    5. demonstrate the use of the appropriate search techniques to locate information in electronic databases and on the Internet, and assess the reliability of the information source; and
    6. create and modify word processing, spreadsheet, and electronic presentation documents using appropriate features of the selected application.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Introduction to Computers
      1. Computer hardware fundamentals
      2. Installing and running programs
      3. Software licensing and piracy
      4. Operating System basics
      5. Disk organization and cloud storage
      6. Computer networks
    2. The Internet
      1. Web browsers
      2. Navigating the World Wide Web
      3. Online safety and security
      4. Cloud computing and web apps
    3. Introduction to online communication
      1. Sending and receiving messages and attachments
      2. Using email and the Internet ethically
      3. Social media, Learning Management Systems (LMS), and other online communication tools
    4. Word processing
      1. Creating and using documents
      2. Saving and opening documents
      3. Editing text
      4. Formatting and enhancing documents
      5. Using different forms of output
    5. Spreadsheets
      1. Creating and using spreadsheets
      2. Using different data types appropriately
      3. Using formulas and functions
      4. Creating and reading charts/graphs
      5. Formatting and editing spreadsheets and charts
      6. Integrating elements from other applications
    6. Database concepts
      1. Using digital databases, such as search engines, indexes, and library resources
      2. Using search logic
      3. Critically analyzing information found using electronic searches
      4. Using sources and information ethically
      5. Creating a simple database
    7. Presentation graphics
      1. Using and creating an electronic presentation
      2. Formatting and enhancing presentations
      3. Integrating elements from other applications
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of Course Learning Goals is based on participation in class discussions, written tests, labs, and other assignments, as well as performance-based tasks as appropriate. A comprehensive project, with a weight of 10-20% of the final grade, is required of all students enrolled in this course.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally selected textbook. Details provided by instructor of each course section. See course format.

Review/Approval Date - 5/07; Revised 10/2010; Revised 8/2014; ; New Core 8/2015