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
- 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