Introduction to Computers: Using Windows

Course Number: CAS 103W
Transcript Title: Intro to Computers/Windows
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: March 23, 2020
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


Placement into RD 115 and WR 115


CAS 121 or equivalent typing skills

Course Description

Introduces the computer, including the use of Moodle, Internet, Email, cloud computing, and Google Drive (or similar). Explores the fundamentals of the Windows (PC) operating system, including basic computer operating system functions such as: file structure, accessories, control panel, and system tools. Develops basic computer vocabulary, and includes open-ended projects in which newly learned skills are applied. Recommended CAS 121 or equivalent keyboarding skills. Prerequisites: placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Access the Internet, send Email, understand cloud computing, and create and share a document using Google Drive (or similar).
  2. Use features of the Windows operating system, including system tools.
  3. Create documents using Windows accessory programs.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include journals, vocabulary, assignments, forums/discussions, or open ended projects.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues:

  1. Learn to log into, upload and download from Moodle
  2. Learn to access the Internet, send email, create and share a document using Google Documents/Drive (or similar).
  3. Computer and Operating System Terminology including how it applies to buying a computer
  4. File Management structure and hierarchy
    • File management, including search, sort, copy, move, delete, rename, and create files and folders.
    • File attributes, including file names, extensions, icons, size in bytes, date created and modified, and location.
    • Save and Save As.
    • Accessory programs found within the operating system(Windows: Paint, Note Pad, Word Pad etc.)
    • Control Panel items, such as Personalization, System, and Windows Firewall.
    • System Tools found in the operating system (Windows: Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter)

Students will create open ended projects that apply some of the skills being learned. Other related topics.