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
This course is offered online:
Writing, Math skills.
CPST 020 Fundamental Computer Skills is recommended.
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
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Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.