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CPST 020 - Fundamental Computer Skills

This course will introduce the student to the basic skills required for using a computer; prepare, save and retrieve word processing documents; find and print information from the Internet, and use simple information systems.

 

Hours: 60 (Laboratory Hours 3)

 

Total Weeks:  20

 

Prerequisites: 

Basic reading and writing skills

 
Course Content:
Students will be able to demonstrate the following core skills:
Keyboarding:
- correct touch typing techniques and procedures for letters but not for top row numbers/symbols
- achieve a typing speed of 10 wpm or alternatively a speed equal to their handwriting speed.
Basic Knowledge of Computers:
- list the basic parts of a computer system (system unit, monitor, keyboard, mouse, floppy disk drive, hard disk drive, and printer)
- properly start and shut down a computer system
- start and close a program
- use a mouse
- operate a printer (power on, put on line/off line, load paper)
- describe a diskette, its care, and limitations
- describe some common uses of computers in society
Word Processing:
- create a new word processing document
- edit a document
- save a document to a disk
- print a document
- retrieve a document from a disk
- use tools such as a spell checker or thesaurus
Introduction to Information Technology
- browse the internet
- search the Internet/World Wide Web
- use the library's computerized information system
- send and receive e-mail

 

Learning Outcomes:
The student will be able to :
- perform basic start-up and shutdown procedures on a computer
- perform basic file procedures using a graphical user interface
- perform basic word processing procedures needed to create and edit a simple document
- achieve a typing speed of 10 wpm, or alternatively a speed equal to their handwriting speed
- use simple information systems to find information
- use a printer
Performance tasks:
The student will be required to perform all tasks in an acceptable manner in a practical demonstration.

 

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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