CPST 030 - Intermediate Computer Studies

Computers are a 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 to become more confident and able to function more efficiently with a computer.


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


“C” or higher in CPST 020 or higher 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:
A. Keyboarding
    - use correct touch typing techniques and procedures
    - achieve an adjusted typing speed of 20 wpm
B. Introduction to Computers
    - 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 differences between hardware and software
    - demonstrate the use of the features of a mouse, trackpad and other pointing devices
    - 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 and 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 and edit tab stops, tables, columns, page and section breaks
E. Electronic Communications
    - browse and search the Internet
    - send and receive email with file attachments
    - recognize security problems associated with Internet
F. Options
    - import 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
    - identify software maintenance issues (software updates and patches, deleting browser cache and history files, defragmenting hard drives, backing up important files, etc.)
For a detailed learning outcomes: https://www.bctransferguide.ca/transfer-options/adult-basic-education/past-abe-guides/ (2022-2023)


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


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