Computer Concepts and Applications – INFT 110

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will introduce the student to the operation and use of computers. Specific applications taught include operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. In addition, students will learn basic terminology and concepts related to the use of computers in today’s society.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course is designed to offer the student a hands-on introduction to computer concepts and applications. It will assist in fulfilling institutional aims through integrating university-level computer competencies.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Utilize concepts relating to the Internet, hardware, and software.
    2. Define basic computer terminology.
    3. Demonstrate file management by using Windows (i.e., creating folders, arranging files, changing views, altering properties, etc.), utilizing Windows Explorer.
    4. Demonstrate the use of email effectively including sending of files to another user and the use of Liberty Webmail.
    5. Create and edit basic documents including a research paper, business letter, and tables utilizing techniques learned with Word.
    6. Create basic formulas and manipulate a fundamental spreadsheet with Excel.
    7. Demonstrate an effective presentation utilizing PowerPoint.

Core Competency Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate basic competency in operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, email, and presentation software.
    2. Determine the nature and extent of information needed.
    3. Collect or retrieve and evaluate the information that is appropriate to the academic level or discipline.
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information.
    5. Access and use information legally and ethically.
    6. Use, individually or as a member of a group, information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the thread of at least 1 classmate. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

SAM System Check Screenshot

The student will submit a screenshot of the SAM System Check to prove his or her computer is properly configured to work with the course software.

Training Activities (11)

The student will use MindTap/SAM to complete training activities covering a range of software, including Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The student must complete each activity in one sitting. Training activities must be completed to 100% to receive credit.

Exams (11)

The student will use MindTap/SAM to complete exams that assess knowledge of software being covered in each module/week. Exams are similar in format/function to the training activities but have a time limit of 1 hour and 15 minutes. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes and contain between 7 and 40 questions, depending upon the software being covered. The student must complete each exam in one sitting to receive a grade.

Email Assignment

The student will send a properly formatted email to the instructor that follows a set of predefined instructions. While emailing is a common function in today’s society, there is a difference between sending a casual email and a properly formatted email that the student will encounter in the professional workplace. This assignment will focus on emphasizing the key components of a professional email.

Projects (11)

The student will use MindTap/SAM to complete projects using his or her personal Microsoft Office 365 or Office 2016 software. Projects will cover a range of software including: Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The student will perform the steps as instructed in the directions, paying attention to the order of steps. The student will submit projects via MindTap/SAM.

Capstone Projects (3)

The student will use MindTap/SAM to complete 3 Capstone Projects that assess the student’s overall knowledge of the 3 main software programs studied: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The Capstone Projects are the culmination of all information presented and will combine elements from readings, Training Activities, Exams, and Projects. Capstone Projects may be completed either immediately following the coverage of that topic (Modules/Weeks 4, 6, and 7) or during Module/Week 8.