CISC100 Introduction to Computers

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

I. Course Number and Title
CISC100 Introduction to Computers
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
The laboratory is an essential part of this course. Students will complete at least one assignment in each of the following topic areas:
  1. Word Processing
  2. Spreadsheet
  3. Internet Research
  4. Graphics

Evaluation: Students will demonstrate the ability to use the prepackaged software presented in class. A comprehensive project, with a weight of 10-20% of the final grade, will be required of all students enrolled in this course.
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, operating systems, the Internet, email, and the use of computer applications, including word processors, spreadsheets, graphics, and the impact of computers on society.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. 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;
      4. demonstrate how to use electronic mail as a method of communication;
      5. demonstrate the use of the appropriate search techniques to locate information on the Internet and World Wide Web and assess the reliability of the information source;
      6. create and modify word processing, spreadsheet, and electronic presentation documents using appropriate features of the selected application; and
      7. discuss computer ethics and the impact of computers on society.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Introduction to Computers
      1. using and operating a computer
      2. running application programs
      3. using the operating system for disk organization and maintenance
    2. Introduction to email on the Internet
      1. using email to send and receive messages and attachments
      2. browsing the World Wide Web
      3. using appropriate Internet terminology
      4. using email and the Internet ethically
    3. Web page
      1. creating a simple home page
    4. Word processing
      1. creating and using documents
      2. formatting and enhancing documents
      3. saving and opening documents
      4. editing text
      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. using different forms of output
    6. Database concepts
      1. using databases, such as search engines, CD-ROMs, indexes, the Web, the library
      2. using search logic and Internet utilities
      3. critically analyzing information found using electronic searches
      4. using sources and information ethically
    7. Presentation graphics
      1. using and creating an electronic presentation
      2. formatting and enhancing presentations
      3. integrating elements from other applications
      4. using different forms of output
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. 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, will be required of all students enrolled in this course.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Departmentally selected textbook. Details provided by instructor of each course section. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 5/07; Revised 10/2010