RIVER PARISHES COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Computer and Information Systems
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to computers and their uses in society. In
students will be made aware of the use of
applications of computers in the home, education,
industry. An introduction to application software and
its uses in, but not limited to,
word processing, spreadsheets,
database and multimedia, should be included.
computers, systems and the management of information in a business environment to
improve managerial decision
making. Students apply wo
rd processing, spreadsheets,
database managers, presentation software, and web
authoring software used in a
technologically advanced business.
Suggested Enrollment Cap:
completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Recall the hardware components and operations of the microcomputer;
Demonstrate basic operating system functions using Windows;
Distinguish between system software and application software;
tasks in a word processing application program;
Use tasks in a spreadsheet application program;
Employ tasks in a relational database application program;
Demonstrate tasks using a presentation graphics application program;
Apply tasks using a web page dev
elopment application program; and
Recognize internet terminology and know how to use the internet.
Think critically, collect evidence (statistics, examples, testimony) and make
decisions based on the evidence, comprehend and analyze texts, and solve
ms using methods of critical and scientific inquiry;
Communicate effectively using standard written English; and
Use computer technology to access, retrieve, process, and communicate
The student will be assessed and grad
ed using some or all of the
following assessment tools based upon each individual professor’s or instructor’s grading
methods, scales, and rubrics:
Students will complete a pre
post survey; and
The instructor will make use of homework, quizzes, application
examinations to assess the level of a student’s mastery of these outcomes.
will be done as defined per the individual instructor’s grading policy listed in the
These assessment tools will be generated and graded by
individual course instructor.
3 semester hours
3:00 TTH 8:00
Materials: USB Flash Drive (
higher), Paper, Pen, #2
Gary B. Shelly, Thomas J. Cashman, and Misty E. Ver
Discovering Computers 2010
Living in a Digital World, Complete.
. All students are required to purchase the
Lecture Notes is available on
This course is an introduction to computers and their uses in society.
In addition, students will be made aware of the use of application of
computers in home, education, and industry. An introduction to
application software and its uses in, but not limited to, word
processing, spreadsheets, Power point presentation, database and
multimedia. Internet and New Computer Technologies will also be
This course presents an introduction
to computers and their
applications in business, educational, and scientific settings. The
course includes both textbook topics and hands
on experience using
operating systems, word processing, spreadsheet, and database
management software packages on IBM
Upon the completion of this course, students should be able to:
Identify the principle parts of a computer and the functions of
each part, including input and output devices, memory, and
Identify ways that the computer
could be used in their major
field and how they would approach the selection of hardware
Demonstrate the usage of the Internet, the World Wide Web,
and identify various products available as Web applications.
Explain the various communicatio
ns technologies and
differentiate between a local area network and a wide area
Demonstrate the usage of Operating system (Windows XP), Word
processing package, Database package, and Spreadsheet package,
Power Point Presentations on an IBM microcom
puter type. Discuss
the present and possible future impacts of the computer on society
and current technologies. Discuss computer
related careers and
certification programs available.
Scale Final Grade
90 to 100%
80 to 89%
70 to 79%
60 to 69%
F < 60%
Incomplete Below = 0
Attendance and preparation are keys to succeed in this course.
Students are expected to attend all lectures. Students who enter the
class after the roll has been taken are consi dered absent. An offi ci al
documentati on for absences should be provi ded.
in class policy:
Any acts of classroom di srupti
on that go beyond the normal ri ghts of
students to questi on and di scuss wi th i nstructor the educati onal
process relati ve to subject content wi ll not be tolerated, i n accordance
wi th the Academi c Code of Conduct descri bed i n the Handbook.
Ri ver Pari shes Communi ty College seeks to meet the needs of i ts
students i n many ways. See the Offi ce of Di sabi li ty Servi ces to
recei ve suggesti ons. More i nformati on and appli cati on form for
di sabi li ty accommodati on i s avai lable at the followi n
g li nk
http://www.rpcc.edu/f ut ureDi sabi li tyAccom.cfm?page=f ut ure
devices in class
Cellular telephones, pagers, CD players, radi os, and si mi lar devi ces
prohi bi ted i n the classroom and laboratory faci li ti es. Calculators
and computers are prohi bi ted duri ng exami nati ons, unless speci fi ed.
si ze computers may be used i n lecture for the
purpose of taki ng notes.
Beepers, cell phones and headpho
not allowed i n the classroom.
Children in class
Chi ldren are not allowed i nsi de the classroom
. If your chi ld i s si ck
make alternate arrangements wi th the i nstructor to complete mi ssed
Food in class:
No Food and dri nks are allowed
i n the Computer Lab.
Students who mi ss a lecture, test, assi gnment, or the fi nal must
provi de offi ci al documentati on concerni ng thei r absence wi thi n 2
days. Students are responsi ble for
obtai ni ng
the course notes,
handouts, and lab assi gnmen
for classes that
mi ssed. In
nearly every case, lecture notes and assi gnments wi ll be avai lable on
. These students should make prior arrangements with
the instructor to complete the required test or assignment. Alternative
/or assignments will be given to these students. Athletic
events and employee
related assignments will not be considered as
excuses or official documents for missed/late assignments and/or
tests. Please contact instructor immediately after you have missed
Exam/Quiz to schedule an alternative time to make up the missed
All assignments must be submitted at the beginning of the class
period. Late assignments will not be accepted unless there is a
Due to adverse weather conditions or other unforeseen
circumstances, classes may have to be cancelled. Unless indicated
otherwise, activities assigned for that day will then be due at the
following class period. Please check your RPCC email
prior to the
scheduled class period.
All student grades earned on the homework assignments, projects,
tests, and the final are recorded on the respective work submitted.
The College will mail all other reports and final grades to students
compliance with the Privacy Act, records will not be posted or
released in any other manner.
To appeal a grade, send an e
mail to your instructor’s
mail address within two days of receiving the grade. Overdue
appeals will not be con
The instructor will keep all records for one semester. Students should
keep all graded work. In the unlikely event of a grade discrepancy, the
student must produce all graded work as evidence.
This instructor complies
with all regulations governing the academic
integrity of students as outlined by the college. All homework
assignments and projects are considered “pledged”. In other words,
do not collaborate unless it is a group project.
arning Resources: Since the development of the total
person is part of our mission, assignments in the library and/or the
Learning Resources Center should be included to assist students in
enhancing skills and in using resources. Students should be
raged to use the library for reading enjoyment as part of lifelong
If there is any student in this class who, due to a disability, has need
standard note taking, test taking, or other course modif
please contact Academic advisor.
Do not place any assignment in the faculty mailboxes or offices
without consent and it will not be accepted. Faculty will not be
responsible for loss of work that is not submitted in class.
assignment should contain cover sheet consisting of your name,
student ID, Course number, Section, Class meetings Days and time,
Chapter number, Problem number, Page Number and Assignment
number. If an assignment has multiple sheets, then staple them
together. Do not staple different assignments together. Disorganized
assignments will receive zero points. All Assignments should be
submitted in a manila folder.
Weekly homework and laboratory assignments can only be handed
immediately BEFORE lecture begi
ns the following week. For
example, Week 1 assignments are due at the beginning of the Week
2 lecture. Plan to spend six to eight hours each week on reading,
homework, and labs.
Plagiarism is defined as using and passing off as one’
s own ideas,
data, or writings of another or presenting as one’s own idea or
product derived from an existing source.
Cheating is defined as obtaining information through fraud or deceit:
either by the use of unauthorized notes, books, or other sources p
to or during examinations, or by using information under false
pretenses. It includes premeditated cheating, which is defined as
conscious, preplanned, deliberate cheating with materials prepared in
Students are expected to uphold the schoo
l’s standard of conduct
relating to academic honesty. Students assume full responsibility for
the content and integrity shall be that a student’s submitted work,
examinations, reports, and projects must be that of the student’s own
work. Students shall b
e guilty of violating the honor code if they:
or turn in the work of others as their own work.
Use of unauthorized assistance in any academic work. Modify,
without instructor approval, an examination, paper, record, or report
for the purpose of o
btaining additional credit. Give unauthorized
assistance to other students. Misrepresent the content of submitted
The penalty for violating the honor code is severe. Any student
violating the honor code is subject to receive a failing grade for the
course and will be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. If a
student is unclear about whether a particular situation may constitute
an honor code violation, the student should meet with the instructor to
discuss the situation.
For this class, it i
s permissible to assist classmates in general
discussions of computing techniques. General advice and interaction
are encouraged. Each person, however, must develop his or her own
solutions to the assigned projects, assignments, and tasks. In other
s, students may not “work together” on graded assignments.
Such collaboration constitutes cheating. A student may not use or
copy (by any means) another’s work (or portions of it) and represent it
as his/her own. If you need help on an assignment, conta
Instructor, not other classmates.
Exams will cover all assigned reading and material covered in class.
Questions could be a combination of multiple choice and hands on
project on an application like word, excel or power point. Exams will
be conducted during class time. Exam dates will be announced in
class and on
In the event of unforeseen circumstances, students must submit a
petition and request an “I” grade. Students who earn an incomplete
“I” grade should make
arrangements with the instructor and complete
all requirements prior to six weeks of the following semester.
Otherwise, a grade of “F” will be reported. Alternative tests, final
exam, and/or assignments will be given to complete the course.
In order to receive a passing grade, students must submit all
assignments; take all the tests, and the final exam.
The final exam will be comprehensive.
Expanded Course Outline:
Introduction to the policies and usage of Computers
History of Computers Video
Introduction to Computers
Introduction to the Internet and WWW, and application
Video on Hardware
Application Software (Lecture and hands
The Components of the System Unit
Operating Systems and Utility Programs
Power Point 2007
Communications and Networks
Communications and Networks
Computer Security, Ethics and Privacy
GENERAL EDUCATION GOALS
Introduction to Computer Technology
General Education Goals
Exams and graded
Exams and graded
applications and their
impact on society
nature of fine and
cultural, political, and
system and tolerance