Survey the field of computer technology and information management. Covers computer hardware, the use of the Internet for communication, e-commerce, information retrieval, the social impact of technology, computer security, networking, and industry-related careers. Also introduces students to the Windows operating system, Internet browsers, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software using computer laboratory sessions. This course satisfies the HFC's General Education Computer Literacy requirement.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- The HFC Network
- The Internet and the World Wide Web, Search Engines, Research, Information Literacy
- Application Software
- Computer Hardware: Input, Output, Processing, Storage
- Operating Systems and Utility Programs
- Communications and Networks
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Common Databases
- Computers Security, Privacy, Netiquette, and Ethics
- Log into and out of a computer network.
- Setup, send, and open e-mail, including attachments.
- Operate basic PC hardware, including common input, output, and storage devices.
- Perform file management tasks, including finding, organizing, saving, copying, and printing files.
- Use basic word processing functions to prepare a document that incorporates a variety of formatting options.
- Locate information on the Internet, identify appropriate search terms, download files, and use a search engine effectively.*
- Prepare a spreadsheet that incorporates basic formulas and a variety of formatting options.*
- Create and view a slideshow using basic presentation software functions.
- Identify issues and recommendations related to computer ethics and netiquette.
- Recognize common threats to computer security and privacy, such as viruses, phishing, and identity theft; and identify methods of prevention.*
- Describe job types in the Information Technology field.
- Explain how electronic commerce operates.
- Develop an appreciation for how technology can help in educational and vocational endeavors.
Assessment and Requirements
Exams, Quizzes, Homework, and Laboratory Assignments