Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
SC 12A
Course Title:
Introduction to Computer Applications
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Course Description

Introduces hardware and software, operating systems, graphical user interface, word processing, spreadsheets, electronic mail and the Internet, along with problem solving, business graphics, applications integration, database processing and HTML programming. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1.       Uses word processing in business and industry communication.

2.       Analyzes information with computer based tools that assist employees in the workplace.

3.       Allows student to create and maintain a collection of information and access the data in a variety of methods to best use the information.                 

Course Activities and Design

Students will be expected to log into the tracking system. The idea is similar to a workplace environment. It is your responsibility to log in and out. If student does not fulfill this requirement he/she will not be credited for the time spent and it will prevent one from passing this course.

Students will log in when they arrive to class and out when they leave for any appointment and log back in back when they return. Students will log out when they leave for the day.

Attendance may be taken in addition to the tracking system. Students must be in class. Attendance is part of the outcome criteria.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Be able to explain and demonstrate a fundamental computerization concept
  • Be able to summarize the difference in application usage
  • Be able to use a variety of applications
  • Be able to share information between two applications
  • Be able to create a variety of documents, including
  • Complete the portfolio assessment
  • Reflective statement (The day program students will have multiple reflections. The evening students need at least one reflective statement about your experience at the Skill Center and in the class)
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three to four well organized and correctly formatted business related document. They should not be all the same kind of document.
  • Examples of Excel spreadsheets that you may have created
  • Possible certain types of handwritten work or test results
  • A hard copy of a PowerPoint presentation if one if completed.
  • Other items that are appropriate for the portfolio

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Computer Hardware

·         Hardware

·         Historical context

·         Terminology

·         Local Area Networks


·         Operating Systems

·         Application Software

·         Internet browsers & Email

·         MS Office

·         Word processing

·         Spreadsheets

·         Data Bases

·         Internet integration

Ethics and Security

·         Viruses

·         Copyright

·         Privacy

·         Security