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Credit - Degree Applicable
Effective Quarter: Fall 2013

I. Catalog Information

CIS 93
Computer Literacy
4.5 Unit(s)

 

Requisites: Advisory: English Writing 1A or English as a Second Language 5.

Hours: Four hours lecture, one and one-half hours laboratory (66 hours total per quarter).

Description: Introduction to the computer for non-computer science students. History of the computer, hardware, software, operating system mechanics, system management utilities, basics of networking and the internet. The social impact and future of computers for communication systems are discussed. An integrated software package for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, e-mail, Internet and presentations is used.


Student Learning Outcome Statements (SLO)

 

• Student Learning Outcome: Manipulate data in a spreadsheet


 

• Student Learning Outcome: Manage file and folder properties in the operating system.


 

• Student Learning Outcome: Extract information from a database program.


II. Course Objectives

A.Demonstrate knowledge of computer operating systems and computer hardware/software components
B.Utilize and apply an operating system concepts
C.Apply security settings and recognize privacy issues
D.Use application software
E.Explore networking concepts
F.Explore the Internet
G.Explore communication and social media tools

III. Essential Student Materials

 None

IV. Essential College Facilities

 None

V. Expanded Description: Content and Form

A.Demonstrate knowledge of computer operating systems and computer hardware/software components
1.Computer concept fundamentals
a.Hardware
b.Software
2.History and future of the computer
3.System components
a.CPU
b.Memory
c.Storage devices
1.Primary storage
2.Secondary storage
3.Optical disks
4.Online storage
d.Motherboards
5.Connectors and ports
6.Input/output
a.Scanning
b.Alpha/Numeric inputting
c.Printing
B.Utilize and apply an operating system concepts
1.Operating System features
a.Display settings
b.Password protection
c.Disk de-fragmentation
d.Operating system updates
2.File management
a.Libraries
b.Folders
c.Filtering
3.System management utilities
a.Firewalls
b.Remote management
C.Apply security settings and recognize privacy issues
1.Security issues
a.Malware
b.Phishing
c.Pharming
d.Computer protection
e.Anti-virus software
2.Privacy issues
a.Cookies
b.Opting out
c.Online privacy policies
d.Privacy settings
3.Computer crime
4.Data Encryption
a.Encrypting File System (EFS)
b.Encryption benefits
c.Encryption drawbacks
D.Use application software
1.Word processing
2.Spreadsheet
3.Database
4.Presentation
5.Email
6.Backup and data integrity
E.Explore networking concepts
1.Network configurations
a.Bus
b.Star
c.Ring
d.Mesh
2.Network Types
a.Local area networks
b.Wide area networks
c.Peer-to-peer networks
d.Setup home network
F.Explore the Internet
1.History of Internet
2.E-learning
3.E-commerce
a.Online Storefronts
b.Auctions
c.Electronic payment services
4.Search engines
5.Instant messaging
6.File sharing
7.Connect to Internet
a.Routers
b.Dialup
c.DSL
d.Cable
e.Satellite
f.T1
8.HTML
a.HTML codes
b.Style sheets and CSS
c.Web hosting
G.Explore communication and social media tools
1.Social media and networking tools
a.Twitter
b.Linkedin
c.Myspace
d.Facebook
e.Blogs
f.Newsgroups
2.Cloud computing
a.Cloud drives
b.Shared cloud applications
c.Cloud collaboration
d.Smartphones

VI. Assignments

A.Reading from texts and handouts
B.Written homework questions from assigned readings
C.Problem-solving documents and project activities using various software applications

VII. Methods of Instruction

 Discussion and problem solving
Quiz and examination review
Laboratory experience which involve students in formal problem solving activities
Interactive software
Lecture and visuals

VIII. Methods of Evaluating Objectives

A.Midterm and final exams or quizzes to evaluate comprehension and mastery of key terms and concepts as well as application skills related to analysis and synthesis of computer concepts.
B.Participation in lab skills exercises that demonstrate ability to critically evaluate the proper use of appropriate computer hardware/software and computer concepts to complete a given set of computer-related tasks.
C.Writing project(s) to evaluate ability to analyze critically and synthesize course materials related to appropriate computer usage in a modern society.

IX. Texts and Supporting References

A.Required Texts
1.O'Leary, Timothy J., O'leary, Linda “Computing Essentials”, Making It Work for You, Arizona State Univ-Tempe, McGraw Hill Publishing, 2013.
2.___, Simnet, “Computer Concepts”. McGraw Hill Publishing, 2013.
3.Coulthard,Glen J., "Computing Now", McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2013.
B.Supporting Texts and References
1.None

X. Lab Topics

A.Use an operating system such as Windows, to manage files, interact with peripherals, and adhere to computer security guidelines.
B.Use word processing software to create and edit a document
C.Use spreadsheet software to create a spreadsheet with formulas
D.Use database software to extract information
E.Use presentation software to create a presentation
F.Explore the Internet using a search engine
G.Explore social media tools