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CIT 100 - Computer Fundamentals and Applications

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This is a general computer literacy course. Students learn computer fundamentals (hardware, software, using a Microsoft Windows operating system), essential applications (word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software), working online (networks, Internet and email) and the impact of computing and the Internet on society. Students develop skills with common applications to use a computer as a tool, make informed decisions concerning computer generated information and obtain basic information systems concepts and terminology.
Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes are consistent with many of the requirements of Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3), an industry-recognized certification program that covers a broad range of computing knowledge and skills to prove competency in essential computer areas. The IC3 is a global, validated, standards-based training and certification program for basic computer and Internet knowledge and skills.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify hardware components, their functions and performance issues in various computer systems and the factors involved in purchasing a computer system.
  2. Identify different types of software, their relationship to hardware, their function in a computer system, their task- appropriate use and considerations involved in purchasing and upgrading software.
  3. Identify the role of an operating system such as Microsoft Windows and how to use its features such as modifying the user interface, changing system settings, managing files and installing/uninstalling software.
  4. Use common application interface elements and commands for creating, opening, formatting, editing, saving and printing files.
  5. Produce word processing documents using basic functions, graphics, tables and automated formatting tools in an application such as Microsoft Word.
  6. Generate spreadsheets using formulas, functions, formatting, charts, tables, sorting and filtering in an application such as Microsoft Excel.
  7. Construct effectively designed and formatted presentations in an application such as Microsoft PowerPoint.
  8. Identify network fundamentals and the benefits and risks of network computing.
  9. Investigate Internet fundamentals, including browser options, security considerations, search tools and content evaluation.
  10. Critique the influence of computing and the Internet on society, including privacy, legal and ethical issues.
Listed Topics
  1. Types of computer systems
  2. Hardware components and how they interact with software
  3. Factors involved in purchasing a computer
  4. Types of software (systems and applications)
  5. Types of systems software (operating system and utilities)
  6. Operating system features and commands
  7. Common elements of application software interfaces
  8. Different types of application software (word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, and browsers)
  9. Features and use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation and browser software
  10. Network fundamentals
  11. Internet features and usage
  12. Impact of computing and the Internet of society
Reference Materials
Textbooks/materials, current and appropriate software, multimedia for lecture and demonstration as required by instructor; access to the Internet
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Technological Competence
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 03/15/2019
Last Reviewed: 11/11/2022

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