Course Number:
CIS 120
Transcript Title:
Computer Concepts I
Aug 09, 2022
Aug 17, 2022
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Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
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Repeats available for credit:

Placement into IRW 115 or WR 115, placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98; basic computer skills equivalent to CAS 133 or BA 131

Course Description

Introduces computing fundamentals from older, mature technologies through recent and emerging technologies. Utilizes Open Educational Resources (OER) and key applications, such as word processing, spread sheet, database, and presentation software, to solve realistic problems. Explores the benefits and risks of the online environment. Recommended: placement into IRW 115 or WR 115, placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98; basic computer skills equivalent to CAS 133 or BA 131. Audit available. 

Course Outcomes

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

  1. Use technology ethically, safely, securely, and legally.
  2. Identify and analyze computer hardware, software and network components.
  3. Install, configure, and remove basic software and hardware and to make intelligent purchase decision.
  4. Applyknowledge of OER, word-processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software techniquesto solve basic computer information systems problems.
  5. Design a basic business web page using current HTML OER software.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include:  Projects with original work, computer problem solving exercises, web page design, journals, group discussions, open ended assessments.

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

  • 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 software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Database Management Systems software
    • Presentation Software
    • Career-Specific Software
  • Programming Languages
    • Markup Languages (HTML)
  • 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
    • Systems Development Concepts and Theoretical Models