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CST-130-20, Intro to Microcomputer Application (SP13)

INSTRUCTOR:  Nance Keyes (nkeyes@ndm.edu)

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME:  Saturdays B Schedule (12:00-2:45): February 2, 9, 23; March 2, 9, 16; April 6, 13, 20; May 4. Exam: May 11

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  

Introduction to the microcomputer as a problem-solving tool. Techniques for using word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, database, presentations, and communication programs will be presented. Students will be required to understand the function and importance of operating systems, interfaces, and environments and demonstrate skill in the use of the microcomputer as applied to a broad range of applications. A final, independent project, selected by the student, will be required.

LEARNING 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. Understand the processes required to use microcomputer program packages as problem-solving and decision-making tools.

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:  

Numerous Lab exercises
One Independent project
One Research abstract
One Case Study w/Debate
Group Discussions

REQUIRED TEXT:  

-Beskeen, Cram, Duffy, Friedrichsen, Reding, Microsoft Office 2007 Premium Video Edition Introductory, Course Technology, ISBN 978-0-324-82708-8
-Memory stick or location to store electronic files
-This course requires heavy the use of Joule, Email, Internet, and Office 2007 (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.