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CST-130 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The course emphasizes problem-solving skills for all disciplines, such as finding reliable information on the Internet, using spreadsheets to analyze information quantitatively, developing databases to store and retrieve information, creating visual computer presentations to accompany reports, and designing Web pages.  A final integrated project is required.  The course focuses on computer competencies for the non-major.  [3 credits]

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  1. Develop an introductory level of competence, confidence, and experience in the use of microcomputer application packages for word processing, spreadsheet, file processing, database, statistical analysis, graphics, and Internet communications through hands-on practice.
  2. Discover the primary functions of major operating systems, and use the major operating system utilities.
  3. Study the principles and requirements for protection of data assets that are created and/or processed on microcomputers.
  4. Describe the processes required to use microcomputer program packages as problem-solving and decision-making tools.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Numerous Lab exercises
  2. One Independent project
  3. One Research abstract
  4. Group Discussions

REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK(S) OR MATERIALS:

Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com  for textbook information.

OTHER COURSE INFORMATION:

  • The course requires the student to have a Memory stick and other location to store electronic files
  • This course requires heavy the use of Joule, email, Internet, and Office 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).  These tools are available in the Notre Dame labs in Rice Hall.  Students must be able to access Internet and email.