Computer Concepts I

Course Number: CIS 120
Transcript Title: Computer Concepts I
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 7, 2016
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.


CAS 133 or BA 131

Course Description

Introduces the history ofcomputing fundamentals, utilizes key applications to solve practical problems, and explores the benefits and risks of living online. Designed for the student who is already computer literate with the software applications, e-mail, and the Internet. Focuses on applying computer literacy to practical IT applications. Recommended: CAS 133 or BA 131. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Identify and analyze computer hardware, software and network components to manage and change operating system settings, install and remove software and hardware and to make intelligent purchase decision.
  2. Apply systems development, word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation software techniques to solve basic information systems problems.
  3. Design a web page using current HTML software.
  4. Use relational database systems to organize data for efficient access and maintenance.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include:  Projects with original work, computer problem solving exercises, web page design, journals, group discussions, open ended assessments.

Course Activities and Design

Activities may include: online readings and videos, class discussions, reflection writings, open ended assignments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Hardware
    • Identity categories of computers
    • Identify basic hardware components
    • Discuss how information is processed
  • Explore categories of software
    • Identify the role of software
    • Operating system overview
    • Application software overview
  • Productivity Software concepts and uses
    • Word Processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Database Management Systems software
    • Presentation Software
    • Career-Specific Software
  • Programming Languages
    • Markup Languages (HTML)
  • Computers and Society
    • Identify key historical landmarks
    • Careers using computer technology
    • Proprietary/Commercial vs. Open Source
    • Copyrights
    • Ethics
    • Privacy
    • Information accuracy
    • Computers in Daily Life (Work, Education, Entertainment, Home)
  • Integration
    • Identify criteria for selecting a computer
    • Integrating hardware and software
    • The Internet/WWW (World Wide Web)
      • Use the Internet as a Research Tool
      • Browsers, email, list serves, bulletin boards
    • Systems Development Concepts and Theoretical Models