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Credit - Degree Applicable
Effective Quarter: Fall 2014

I. Catalog Information

CIS 4
Computer Literacy
4.5 Unit(s)

 

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

Formerly: (Formerly Computer Information Systems 93.)

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

Description: Introduction to basic computer literacy concepts. 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 along with an overview of basic security and privacy concerns. An integrated software package for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, e-mail, Internet and presentations are introduced.


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.Review the history of computer development within the discipline of computer science.
B.Demonstrate knowledge of computer hardware/software components
C.Apply security settings and recognize basic privacy issues
D.Identify terminology and use basic functions of application software
E.Explore networking concepts
F.Explore the Internet to confidently and competently use its features
G.Explore communication and social media tools
H.Utilize and apply introductory operating system concepts

III. Essential Student Materials

 None

IV. Essential College Facilities

 None

V. Expanded Description: Content and Form

A.Review the history of computer development within the discipline of computer science.
1.First Generation computers 1830-1940’s
2.Early commercial computers
3.Home computer evolution
4.Unix based computers
5.Early processors
6.Programming language evolution
7.Mass storage
8.Microprocessor
9.Early Apple computers
10.Operating system evolution
11.Computer virus
12.Printer evolution
13.Software applications
14.World Wide Web creation
15.Wireless networking
16.Social media evolution
17.Mobile device
B.Demonstrate knowledge of computer hardware/software components
1.Computer concept fundamentals
a.Hardware
b.Software
2.System components
3.Connectors and ports
a.CPU
b.Memory
c.Storage devices
1.Primary storage
2.Secondary storage
3.Optical disks
4.Online storage
d.Motherboards
4.Input/output
a.Scanning
b.Alpha/Numeric inputting
c.Printing
C.Apply security settings and recognize basic 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.Identify terminology and use basic functions of 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 to confidently and competently use its features
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.Cultural impact of social media
a.User demographic changes
1.Gender
2.Class
3.Generational
3.Cloud computing
a.Cloud drives
b.Shared cloud applications
c.Cloud collaboration
d.Smartphones
H.Utilize and apply introductory 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

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 such as using a spreadsheet and database program to create and format business documents.

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.Examples of Primary Texts and References
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.Examples of 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