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CPST 030 - Intermediate Computer Skills
CPST 030

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

  • Total Hours: 120
  • Lecture Hours: 1
  • Laboratory Hours: 5
Total Weeks:  20

This course is offered online:  No

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

Learning Outcomes:

The student will be able to:

  • Using correct keyboarding techniques, type 20 words per minute or alternatively, at a speed greater than their handwriting.
  • List the basic parts of a computer system: the computer processing unit, the monitor, keyboard, mouse, floppy disk drive, hard disk drive, and printer.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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.).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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

Course Offered in Other Programs:  No

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

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