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
- Course overview
- Computer basics
- Input and output devices
- Processing and storage
- Computer security and protection
- Computer ergonomics
- Software installation
- File management
- Peripheral devices
- Overview of computer applications
- Word processing software
- Spreadsheet software
- Presentation software
- Database software
- Email management systems
- Communication software
- Internet basics
- Web browser and search tools
- Electronic data sheets
- Computer programming
- CAD/CAM software
- Simulation software
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Describe the history of computers from the abacus to Zenith.
- Explain the basic calculator functions including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and scientific notation.
- Identify and explain the function and use of the keys on a standard keyboard.
- Identify, explain, and use the elementary personal computer commands.
- Identify and use peripheral computer hardware.
- Identify the different operating systems; i.e. machine language, DOS, and Windows.
- Explain the function and use of data storage systems and their components.
- Identify and use data storage media, including Cloud storage.
- Prepare, save, and retrieve documents utilizing word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and computer graphics software programs.
- Demonstrate rudimentary computer programming with proprietary software.
- Demonstrate the use of an elementary CAD program with proprietary software.
- Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills through class presentations and written reports.
- Utilize and maintain a weekly log or journal of all course activities.
- Utilize and maintain a personal spreadsheet to track course progress.
- Utilize the intranet to send and receive assigned and personal emails.
- Utilize a web browser to access information from the Internet.
- Utilize simulation software to introduce the AMTEC integrated manufacturing system trainer.
- Utilize individual and group problem solving skills to work through class projects.
Assessment and Requirements
- 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:
- Weekly Competencies = 40%
- AMTEC Curriculum = 25%
- Worksheets = 10%
- Internet Assignments = 10%
- Shop Talks = 5%
- Shop Memos = 5%
- Class Journal = 5%
Texts, handouts, and/or workbooks will be determined by the TAE Department.
- Computer Technology
- Computer Technology