CPST 030 - Intermediate Computer Studies

Computer Studies are increasingly becoming an important part of daily life in personal, work, and educational environments. The goal of an Intermediate Level computer course is to introduce adult learners to the use of the computer as a tool so that they will become more self-confident and therefore able to function more efficiently with a computer.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 30; Laboratory Hours: 90)


Total Weeks: 20



“C” or higher in CPST020 or equivalent.


Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
A: Keyboarding
B: Introduction to Computers
C: Operating System
D: Word Processing
E: Electronic Communications
F: Options


Learning Outcomes:
Core Skills
Students will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:
A. Keyboarding
- Use correct touch typing techniques and procedures
- Achieve an adjusted typing speed of 20 wpm
B. Introduction to Computers
- List the basic parts of a computer system (system unit, monitor, keyboard, mouse, USB drive, hard disk drive and printer)
- Demonstrate the ability to properly start and shut down a computer system
- Demonstrate the ability to launch and terminate an application program
- Develop an appreciation of the evolution of computer technology and the range of applications in society
- Describe commonly used computer terminology and acronyms
- Describe the difference between hardware and software
- Demonstrate the use of the features of a mouse including left click, right click and scroll
- Demonstrate the ability to operate a printer (power on, put on line/off line and load paper)
C. Operating System
- Describe the basic operations of an Operating System (launching applications programs and managing system resources)
- Demonstrate the ability to correctly name and locate files and folders
- Demonstrate the ability to perform basic file operations using the operating system (copy, move, erase and rename)
D. Word Processing
- Create a new word processing document
- Edit a document, including cutting and pasting text
- Print a document
- Save a document to a specified location
- Retrieve a document from a specified location
- Use tools such as a spell checker or thesaurus
- Format a page using basic page layout properties (margins, justification, boldfacing and line spacing)
- Demonstrate the ability to use help features and tutorials
- Create headers, footers and page numbering
- Manipulate margins
- Create tables, columns, page and section breaks
E. Electronic Communications
- Browse and search the Internet
- Send and receive email with file attachments
F. Options
- Importing information from other sources such as graphs, graphics, spreadsheets, databases and the Internet
- Perform basic spreadsheet and database operations
- Prepare and deliver a presentation using a computer
- Demonstrate the ability to participate in an online course
- Identify workspace ergonomics conditions
- Identify software maintenance issues (software updates and patches, deleting browser cache and history files, defragmenting hard drives, backing up important files, etc.)


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.