PCC/ CCOG / CIS

Course Content and Outcome Guide for CIS 120

Course Number:
CIS 120
Course Title:
Computer Concepts I
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
30
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Introduces computing fundamentals from the past into the future, utilizes key applications to solve practical problems, and explores the benefits and risks of living online. Designed for the student who is already computer literate with the MS Office applications, e-mail, and the Internet and focuses on applying this literacy to practical IT applications. Provides a foundation to pursue an IT pathway and helps prepare students for the IC3 certification. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Recommend: basic computer skills equivalent to CAS 133 or BA 131. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Identify and analyze computer hardware, software and network components to manage and change operating system
settings, install and remove software and hardware and to make intelligent purchase decision.
2. Apply systems development, word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation software techniques to solve basic information
systems problems.
3. Design business web pages using current xhtml coding standards.
4. Use relational database systems to organize data for efficient access and maintenance.
5. Analyze compression techniques and file formats to determine effective ways of securing, managing and transferring data.
6. Use technology ethically, safely, securely and legally.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

In satisfying the assessments, students must demonstrate at least 3 of the following:
  • Service Learning
  • Contextual written tasks in or outside of class.
  • Written case study analysis.
  • Individual or team projects.
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes and/or examinations.
  • In-class interactive role-plays
  • Participation
  • Self-Assessment

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


 
Subject Matter: Concepts, Themes, Issues (Topical Areas):
(Themes, Concepts, Issues, Competencies, and Skills)
  • Hardware
    • Identity categories of computers
    • Identify basic hardware components
    • Discuss how information is processed
  • Explore categories of software
    • Identify the role of software
    • Operating system overview
      Application software overview
      • Productivity Software concepts and uses
        • Word Processing
        • Spreadsheet
        • Database Management Systems (DBMS)
        • Presentation Software
        • Programming Languages
        • Markup Languages (HTML/XHTML)
        • Career-Specific Software
  • Computers and Society
    • Identify key historical landmarks
    • Careers using computer technology
    • Proprietary/Commercial vs. Open Source
    • Copyrights
    • Ethics
    • Privacy
    • Information accuracy
    • Computers in Daily Life (Work, Education, Entertainment, Home)
  • Integration
    • Identify criteria for selecting a computer
    • Integrating hardware and software
    • The Internet/WWW (World Wide Web)
      • Use the Internet as a Research Tool
      • Browsers, email, list serves, bulletin boards
      • IP Protocols (FTP, HTTP)
    • Systems Development Concepts and Theoretical Models

 
 

Related Instruction

Computation
Hours: 20

Outcomes:

1. Identify and analyze computer hardware, software and network components to manage and change operating system
settings, install and remove software and hardware and to make intelligent purchase decision.
2. Apply systems development, word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation software techniques to solve basic information
systems problems.
3. Design business web pages using current xhtml coding standards.
4. Use relational database systems to organize data for efficient access and maintenance.
5. Analyze compression techniques and file formats to determine effective ways of securing, managing and transferring data.
 

Activities:

Direct instruction (+ study time) in discipline-related computations
involving number conversions between binary, octal, decimal and
hexadecimal base numbers related to memory addresses, memory
data type representation and media size specifications.