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CPST 030 - Intermediate Computer Skills

This is a practical introduction to using the computer as a tool with a focus on word processing and the Internet.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 1; Laboratory Hours: 5)


Total Weeks: 20



Basic reading, Writing, Math skills.
CPST 020 Fundamental Computer Skills is recommended.


Course Content:
The course topics include keyboarding, an introduction to computer hardware, the computer operating system, word processing information systems, the Internet, and an introduction to the basic spreadsheets and databases.

1. Keyboarding

2. Basic Parts of a Computer System
- Start up and shut down procedures
- Computer terminology and acronyms
- Storage media

3. Operating System
- File and Folder maintenance using find, copy, move, erase, rename
- Printing

4. Word processing
- Creating, editing, printing, saving, retrieving documents
- Use of tools such as spell check and thesaurus
- page, character, and paragraph formatting

5. Information Systems
- Internet, email, search engines
- Web site creation

6. Spreadsheeting
- Formulas, labels, layouts, simple functions, cell references
- Create graphs

7. Database Operations
- Wizards
- Creating simple databases
- Forms and reports


Learning Outcomes:
The student will be able to:
1. Using correct keyboarding techniques, type 20 words per minute or alternatively, at a speed greater than their handwriting.

2. List the basic parts of a computer system: the computer processing unit, the monitor, keyboard, mouse, floppy disk drive, hard disk drive, and printer.

3. Demonstrate the ability to:
- Shut down and start a computer system, use a mouse, launch and terminate an application program
- Describe storage media and its proper care
- Discuss the evolution of computer technology and the range of applications in society
- Describe commonly used computer terminology and acronyms and the difference between software and hardware

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the operating system by:
- Describing the basic operations of an operating system (ie. how to launch and manage system resources).
- Performing basic file and folder maintenance using the operating system (find, copy, move, erase, and rename)
- Operating a computer printer (power on, put on-line/off-line and load paper).

5. Perform word processing skills by:
- Creating a new word processing document
- Editing a document, including cutting and pasting text
- Printing, saving, and retrieving a document
- Using tools such as spell check or a thesaurus
- Changing a page using basic formatting properties
- Altering character formatting (bold, underline, italic, font size and style, etc.)
- Changing paragraph formatting (tabs, indenting wrapping, bullets, numbering, line spacing, etc.).

6. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of information systems by:
- Using e-mail
- Searching for information
- Evaluating information from the Internet
- Creating a simple web site
- Using the library's computerized information system

7. Perform basic spreadsheet operations by:
- Defining data, formulas, cell, range, column, row, and labels
- Using simple functions and cell reference
- Using simple layouts
- Creating basic graphs
- Demonstrating the use a spreadsheet in math and other classes.

8. Perform basic database operations
- Through the use of wizards
- By creating a simple database
- By using forms and reports


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work:  100


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

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