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Introduction to Windows

Course Number: CAS 103
Transcript Title: Introduction to Windows
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 20
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F, P-NP (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode:


Placement into RD 115 and WR 115

Course Description

Introduces the Microsoft Windows operating system on Personal Computers. Includes file management, basic word processing, using the mouse with Windows, other Accessories, and some basic features of the Control Panel and System Tools. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  1. Use file management skills to organize and maintain files on a computer.
  2. Use a Windows-based operating system to perform basic computer tasks.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

This is a Pass/No Pass course with a letter grade option. Students must choose before the completion of 80% of the class.

A grade will be issued based on:

  • Completion of all assigned units.
  • Completion of a File Management Performance Test.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Computer and Operating System Terminology
  • Mouse Skills
  • File Management

Competencies, Skills

  • Using a Graphical User Interface (GUI).
  • Multitasking.
  • File management, including search, sort, copy, move, delete, rename, and create files and folders.
  • File management hierarchy and use of Computer function.
  • File attributes, including file names, extensions, icons, size in bytes, date created and modified, and location.
  • Save and Save As.
  • Using a mouse.
  • Help features.
  • Accessories programs, such as Notepad, WordPad, and Paint.
  • Control Panel items, such as Personalization, System, and Windows Firewall.
  • System Tools, such as Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter.
  • Other related topics.