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CPSC 100 - Introduction to Computers and Computer Applications
CPSC 100

This introductory course provides a broad social and technical understanding of computers. It deals with questions such as: What are computers? How do they work? What can they do? How will they affect us now and in the future? CPSC 100 has both lecture and lab components. Lecture topics include history, hardware, software, networks, security, and programming. A major portion of the course is devoted to lab work on common computer applications, including word-processing, spreadsheets, database management, and presentations. Programming is introduced but not emphasized.

Credits:  3

  • Total Hours: 60
  • Lecture Hours: 22.5
  • Laboratory Hours: 37.5
Total Weeks:  15

This course is offered online:

Prerequisites:  None

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Explain the five parts of an information system
  • Distinguish between system software and application software
  • Define Operating system, Utilities, Device Drivers
  • Distinguish basic applications from specialized applications
  • Identify four types of computers
  • Describe data, document, worksheet, database, and presentation files
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, database management, presentation programs
  • Set up security priorities in Windows
  • Identify communication channels, network topology, and network security
  • Use a word processor to create a flyer, resume, and research paper
  • Use a spreadsheet with numbers, texts, charts, formulas and equations
  • Use databases to create data tables, queries, reports, and relational tables
  • Make a presentation file with pictures, audios, and automatic slide show
  • Write, compile, and run a simple C++ program
Grading System:  Letters

Passing Grade:  D (50%)

Nature of Participation:
  • The participation mark will be based on the activity of students during class and their efforts to contribute to the discussions and cooperating with classmates.
Percentage of Individual Work:  90

Percentage of Group Work:  10

Course Offered in Other Programs:  Yes

Other Programs: Business Management

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

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