TAFD-117: Industrial Computer Applications

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Trade & Apprentice Education
Skilled Trade & Apprenticeship
Academic Level
Course Subject
TAE - Foundation
Course Number
Course Title
Industrial Computer Applications
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Introduces computer systems and associated components typically found in the industrial environment. Presents basic skills in word processing, database, spreadsheet, email, specialized vendor software, and communication software. Also covers Internet and Intranet environments, including searching for industry manuals and parts, downloading software and drivers, and other related tasks. Utilizes the Windows operating system in conjunction with proprietary software. Discusses the HFC learning management systems. Laboratory activities.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Course overview
  2. Computer basics
  3. Input and output devices
  4. Processing and storage
  5. Computer security and protection
  6. Computer ergonomics
  7. Software installation
  8. File management
  9. Peripheral devices
  10. Overview of computer applications
  11. Word processing software
  12. Spreadsheet software
  13. Presentation software
  14. Database software
  15. Email management systems
  16. Communication software
  17. Internet basics
  18. Web browser and search tools
  19. Electronic data sheets
  20. Computer programming
  21. CAD/CAM software
  22. Simulation software
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the history of computers from the abacus to Zenith.
  2. Explain the basic calculator functions including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and scientific notation.
  3. Identify and explain the function and use of the keys on a standard keyboard.
  4. Identify, explain, and use the elementary personal computer commands.
  5. Identify and use peripheral computer hardware.
  6. Identify the different operating systems; i.e. machine language, DOS, and Windows.
  7. Explain the function and use of data storage systems and their components.
  8. Identify and use data storage media, including Cloud storage.
  9. Prepare, save, and retrieve documents utilizing word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and computer graphics software programs.
  10. Demonstrate rudimentary computer programming with proprietary software.
  11. Demonstrate the use of an elementary CAD program with proprietary software.
  12. Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills through class presentations and written reports.
  13. Utilize and maintain a weekly log or journal of all course activities.
  14. Utilize and maintain a personal spreadsheet to track course progress.
  15. Utilize the intranet to send and receive assigned and personal emails.
  16. Utilize a web browser to access information from the Internet.
  17. Utilize simulation software to introduce the AMTEC integrated manufacturing system trainer.
  18. Utilize individual and group problem solving skills to work through class projects.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
    The final grade for this course will consist of an accumulation of grades and scores earned on various projects during the semester. They are as follows:
  1. Weekly Competencies = 40%
  2. AMTEC Curriculum = 25%
  3. Worksheets = 10%
  4. Internet Assignments = 10%
  5. Shop Talks = 5%
  6. Shop Memos = 5%
  7. Class Journal = 5%

Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.



General Education Categories
  • Computer Technology
Institutional Outcomes
  • Computer Technology

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date