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Computer Literacy and Applications - 1st year

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

6. I/O

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:

1. Lecture

2. Demonstration

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.

Sample Text:

1. Computing Essentials Annual Edition: 1998-1999 by Timothy J. O’Leary and Linda I. O’Leary.