Computer Basics
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Basic Skills requirement.

DESCRIPTION: A pass/fail course that requires passing a two-part exam. The exam includes objective-type questions and performance section where the student uses computer applications to produce a final product. The topics in the exam will include the basic computer operating system, word processing, spreadsheet, and Internet skills. If desired, a student can prepare for the exam by completing self-paced tutorials that will be provided over the Internet. No class time is required. This course fills the online learning requirement.
TAUGHT: Winter, Summer, Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Basic Computer Concepts and Maintenance
Microsoft Windows
Word Processing (Microsoft Word)
Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel)
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Use and identify the basic components of the personal computer
1.1. Identify the “computer system unit” and its components
1.1.1. Identify CPU
1.1.2. Identify RAM
1.1.3. Identify ROM
1.1.4. Identify Motherboard
1.2. Identify storage devices
1.2.1. Identify and classify the Hard drive
1.2.2. Identify the Floppy drive
1.2.3. Identify the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
1.2.4. Identify other storage drives (Zip, Jaz, etc.)
1.3. Identify I/O devices (peripherals)
1.3.1. Identify mouse (other pointing devices)
1.3.2. Identify the Monitor
1.3.3. Identify keyboard
1.3.4. Identify and classify scanner
1.3.5. Identify and classify printer
1.3.6. Identify and classify digital still/video camera

2. Use a computer operating system to access computer applications and organize information
2.1. Identify the purpose of the operating system
2.2. Identify various operating systems – Windows, Macintosh, Linux / Unix
2.3. Organize saved content into folders and subfolders
2.4. Open various applications
2.5. Search for and Find information on the computer
2.6. Change location of application shortcuts
2.7. Delete items

3. Use the essential features of a word processor (Word-basis, but generic)
3.1. Create new documents
3.1.1. Create new document from scratch
3.1.2. Create new document from template
3.1.3. Identify various document views
3.2. Manipulate and format text
3.2.1. Make text bold, italic, underline
3.2.2. Change text font, size
3.2.3. Insert columns
3.2.4. Use outline function
3.2.5. Copy text, Cut text, Paste text
3.3. Insert graphical features
3.3.1. Insert table
3.3.2. Insert graphic
3.3.3. Use drawing tools
3.4. Identify editing tools
3.4.1. Identify spell-check functions
3.4.2. Identify grammar-check functions
3.5. Modify page layout
3.5.1. Adjust margins
3.5.2. Adjust paragraph spacing and indents
3.5.3. Insert headers, footers
3.6. Save a document
3.7. Print a document

4. Use the essential features of a spreadsheet (Excel-basis, but generic)
4.1. Create new spreadsheets
4.1.1. Create new workbook
4.1.2. Create new worksheet
4.1.3. Differentiate between when to use a spreadsheet and word processor
4.2. Define spreadsheet layout – rows, columns, cells
4.3. Insert and modify text
4.4. Format cells and text
4.5. Calculate figures
4.6. Insert graphical features
4.6.1. Insert chart
4.6.2. Insert graphic
4.6.3. Use drawing tools
4.7. Modify page layout
4.7.1. Adjust margins
4.7.2. Adjust paragraph spacing and indents
4.7.3. Insert headers, footers

5. Use the Internet to find and communicate information
5.1. Use the essential features of an Internet Browser
5.2. Find specific information
5.2.1. Use the strengths of various Search engines
5.2.2. Refine searches
5.3. Use the Internet to communicate with others
5.3.1. Send and receive E-mail messages
5.3.2. Identify dynamic web pages
REQUIREMENTS: CS 100 - Computer Basics is a pass/fail "test-out" course.
The only requirement to pass the course is to pass 2 tests.

Test 1 is a multiple choice test
Test 2 is a hands-on test - where you complete certain specified tasks on the computer.

A combined score of 80% is required to pass.

The scores from the 2 tests will be combined to determine your grade.