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Posted: 06/27/07

 SCT 100 Introduction to Microcomputers

Course Description:

Introduces the fundamental concepts and operations necessary to use microcomputers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include: computer terminology, introduction to the Windows environment, introduction to networking, introduction to word processing, introduction to spreadsheets, and introduction to databases.

 

Competency Areas:

Hours

Computer Terminology

Class

1

Introduction to the Windows Environment

D. Lab

4

Introduction to Internet

P. Lab/O.B.I.

0

Introduction to Word Processing

Credit

3

Introduction to Spreadsheets

 

 

Introduction to Databases

 

 

Introduction to Presentation Graphics

 

 

 

Prerequisite:

Provisional admission

Corequisite:

 

 

Course Giode

 

Competency

After completing this section, the student will:

Hours

Class

D. Lab

P. Lab/

O.B.I.

COMPUTER TERMINOLOGY

2

0

0

Computer uses

Describe how all people are being affected by computers in their daily lives.

 

 

 

 

Identify the many current uses of computers.

 

 

 

 

Describe how computers will be used in the future.

 

 

 

 

Identify employment opportunities.

 

 

 

Basic concepts

Describe the three basic elements of data processing (i.e., input, process, output).

 

 

 

 

Identify the functional units of a computer system (i.e., the processor, input devices, output devices, and secondary storage devices).

 

 

 

 

Describe the purpose of an operating system.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE WINDOWS ENVIRONMENT

1

5

0

Concepts

Describe the purpose of WINDOWS on a microcomputer.

 

 

 

Graphical user interface

Demonstrate the ability to access a variety of software applications using the graphical user interface (GUI) features (i.e., the ability to have multiple applications open at any given time and switch from application to application).

 

 

 

File management

Demonstrate the ability to use File Manager.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO INTERNET

1

3

0

Concepts

Describe the purpose of networking in a microcomputer environment.

 

 

 

Practical usage

Demonstrate ability to access the Internet.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO WORD PROCESSING

1

8

0

Concepts

Describe the purpose of word processing software.

List typical functions performed by word processing software.

 

 

 

Practical usage

Create and save a document.

 

 

 

 

Create and save a document. Demonstrate formatting options (i.e., typefaces, font and point size, setting margins and tabs, line spacing, and justification).

 

 

 

 

Modify and print a document.

 

 

 

 

Use the spell check feature.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS

2

10

0

Concepts

Describe the purpose of spreadsheet software.

List typical functions performed by spreadsheet software.

 

 

 

Practical usage

Create and save a spreadsheet.

 

 

 

 

Modify and print a spreadsheet.

 

 

 

 

Use the graphical feature.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO DATABASES

2

10

0

Concepts

Describe the purpose of database software.

List typical functions performed by database software.

 

 

 

Practical usage

Create and save a database.

 

 

 

 

Modify a database, and generate a report/ query.

 

 

 

 

Perform a sort or an index on a database.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TP PRESENTATION GRAPHICS

1

4

0

Concepts

Describe the purpose of presentation graphics.

 

 

 

Practical usage

Create a presentation. Edit and format a presentation.

 

 

 

 

Modify a presentation using custom animation techniques.

 

 

 

 

Suggested Resources

Books:

 

Shelly, G. B., et al. (1995). Using computers: A gateway to information and Microsoft Office. Danvers, MA: Boyd & Fraser.