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CPST 020 - Fundamental Computer Studies

This course is designed to build confidence with basic computer operations. It will introduce students to basic knowledge about computers and build their skills in the following areas: operating systems, ergonomics, word processing, the Internet, email, and computer maintenance. Students can choose from several options: keyboarding, digital photos, security, social networking, file management, and E-Commerce.

 

Hours: 60 (Laboratory Hours 3)

 

Total Weeks:  10

 

Prerequisites: 

None

 

Non-Course Prerequisites:
None

 

Co-requisites:
None

 

Course Content:
CORE
A. Computer Systems
- Basic parts of a computer system
- Properly start and shut down a computer system
- Start and close a program
- Common uses of computers in society
- Mouse/pointing device/touchscreen
- Operate a printer (power on, put on line/off line and load paper)
B. Word Processing
- Create a new document
- Edit, save, print, retrieve documents
- Spell checker and thesaurus
C. Electronic Communication
- Internet
- Favourites/bookmark bar
- Online forms
- Searches
- Send and receive email including attachments
OPTIONS
A. Ergonomics
- Identify workspace ergonomics conditions
B. Keyboarding
- Touch typing techniques and procedures for letters
- Increasing speed to a minimum of 10 adjusted wpm
C. Basic maintenance issues
- Software updates and patches
- Deleting browser cache and history files
- Defragmenting hard drives
- Backing up important files
D. Internet
- Security issues
- Consequences of disclosing personal information on-line
- Accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, and bias
- On-line forms
E. Social Networking
- Benefits and dangers
- Social networking technology
F. E-commerce
- Advantages and disadvantages
- Steps involved in making an on-line purchase
- Questions to ask before making an on-line purchase
- Security indicators for on-line payment
- Online banking options
- Websites to plan a trip
G. On-line services
- Library websites to search for, request, and renew books and other resources
H. File Management
- Folders and files to organize images
- Differences between file types and sizes
- File backups
I. Digital Photography
- Transferring and organizing pictures
- Manipulating and improving basic digital images
- Photos on a photo sharing site
- Sending images via Email

 

Learning Outcomes:
The student will be able to :
A. Computer Systems
- List the basic parts of a computer system (system unit, monitor, keyboard, mouse, USB drive, hard disk drive and printer)
- Demonstrate the ability to properly start and shut down a computer system
- Navigate an operating system (Windows 7 and/or 8)
- Demonstrate the ability to start and close a program
- Describe some common uses of computers in society
- Use a mouse/pointing device/touchscreen (where applicable)
- Print a document
- Clean a monitor/keyboard
B. Word Processing
- Create a new word processing document
- Edit a document
- Save a document to a storage drive
- Print a document
-Retrieve a document
- Use tools such as a spell checker or thesaurus
C. Electronic Communication
- Use and navigate the Internet, including favourites/bookmark bar, Online forms, Searches
- Send and receive email including attachments

OPTIONAL Skills
A. Workspace
- Identify workspace ergonomics conditions
B. Identify basic maintenance issues (5%)
- Software updates and patches
- Deleting browser cache and history files
- Defragmenting hard drives
- Backing up important files
C. Keyboarding
- Use correct touch typing techniques and procedures for letters but not for top row numbers/symbols
- Achieve an adjusted typing speed of 10 wpm
D. Internet
- Examine the Internet from a security perspective
- Identify the potential consequences of disclosing personal information on-line
- Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, and bias on electronic information sources such as You Tube
- Fill in on-line forms
E. Social Networking
- Identify and discuss the benefits and dangers of social networking (chat rooms, instant messaging, Twitter, Facebook)
- Increase knowledge and real-word technical skills by using social networking technology
F. E-commerce
- Explain advantages and disadvantages of selling and buying on the Internet
- List steps involved in making an on-line purchase (print and save proof of transactions; archive and print emails)
- Create a checklist of questions to ask before making an on-line purchase
- List security indicators for on-line credit cards, PayPal and other online payment forms
- Investigate online banking options
- Navigate websites to plan a trip: book a flight, hotel and/or car rental
G. On-line services
- Use library websites to search for, request, and renew books and other resources
H. File Management
- Create and name folders and files to organize images
- Describe the difference between file types and sizes
- Perform file backups
I. Digital Photography
- Transfer and organize pictures from a digital camera to the computer
- Manipulate and improve basic digital images
- Build and manage photos on a photo sharing site
- Send images via Email
J. Communication
- Describe online synchronous communication (such as Skype or Google+ Hangouts)

 

Grading System: Letter Grades

 

Passing Grade:  D

 

Percentage of Individual Work:  100

 

Textbooks:
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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