CIS: Introduction to Computers

CIS: Introduction to Computers

Welcome and Expectations of the Course

This course is designed to familiarize the business person, first time microcomputer user, and transfer student with the skills needed to successfully operate a microcomputer using commercially available software. Computer history, hardware, software, systems design, and social issues are discussed and analyzed, and students will be able to demonstrate computer literacy upon successful completion of this course. Students are introduced to the concepts and techniques of computer programming using the programming language BASIC, and emphasis is placed on using commercially available software for business applications, e.g., word processing, database, and spreadsheet.

Advisory: This course requires college-level reading and English comprehension. Please get tested at the College Assessment Center (SSC-104) to ensure your ability.

Meeting Times: 18 weeks, 54 hours of lecture, 54 hours of lab

Textbooks: Technology in Action, Seventh Edition: Prentice Hall New Perspectives on Microsoft® Office 2010, First Course, 1st Edition Computer Programming Basics: Text to be provided

Supplies: USB Flash Drive (any size) for homework.
Methods of Instruction: Classroom lecture and demonstration, laboratory exercises, and assigned reading in computer literacy.
Grading Standards:
Literacy Quizzes
Lab Work
% of Grade




Number of Tests

Chapters 1-8 in Technology in Action
Windows XP / Internet Explorer, Word, Excel, Charting, Access, QBasic

Your grade will be computed in the following manner:

Your total points for each area of Literacy Quizzes, Projects/ Exams, and Lab Work will be divided by the total points for that area giving you the Grade for that area. The resulting grade will be shown as above. These results will be added together giving you a total percentage for the course from 0-100. The corresponding letter grade will be assigned as follows:

100-90=A  89-80=B  79-70=C  69-60=D  59-0=F, 100-70 CR 69-0 NC


1.    Attendance is required for all classroom and laboratory periods

2.    Electronic devices must be turned off within classroom and laboratory

3.    Food and drinks are prohibited in both the classroom and the laboratory

4.    Children are not allowed in classrooms/laboratories and cannot be left unattended in the hallways. All students must be enrolled at Gompers Continuation High School or must receive a pass from the office to be on campus.

5.Under special circumstances Room C lab will be open during lunch for project work. When working outside of class during lunch make sure to sign in or the time will not be counted. Any other time outside of class can be used to do labs but these will not count toward required class time. Class Time for sports activities must be made up. See the instructor to make up missed class time for games and sports practices.

6.    Projects can be completed during lab time or outside of class. Cooperation between students is encouraged on these projects but each student’s work must be unique. All project assignments are due on Thursday of each week.

7.    Quizzes and exams must be completed during class/lab time by the individual student without assistance of other students. Textbooks and notes are allowed for exams but not for Technology in Action (TIA) quizzes.

8.    Project due dates and test dates are listed on this sheet. Missed assignment makeups are at the discretion of the Instructor.

9.    Students requiring special consideration due to physical or mental limitations should contact the Special Education Department at Gompers Continuation High School to ensure appropriate assistance.

10. Students having English as their secondary language (ESL) should take the ESL Assessment Test to ensure they have the necessary language skills to complete this course satisfactorily.

11. You can be dropped from the course for absence from the first class meeting or from six hours of class/lab time. Roll will be taken at the scheduled start of class/lab. If you are not present at that time, you will be considered absent. If you have a previously scheduled conflict, please notify the Instructor BEFORE that class. If you have an emergency, please notify the Instructor as soon as possible.

Class Agenda: (subject to change with notification)

Period 2

20 minutes of typing per day

Review of last assignments

lecture on new topic

Guided practice

Period 3

10 minutes of typing

Work day procedure

Subjects per week will be posted in a calendar.
Student Learning Outcomes

1.    Select the appropriate application for the assigned task

2.    Demonstrate the ability to create an appropriate document

Basic Computer Concepts

Computer Components and Operations

CPU, keyboard, mouse and monitor

CPU, input, output, memory, storage

Speed/capacity: GHz versus GB

External connections: peripherals versus networks


Operating Systems: Windows, Mac OS, Linux/Unix

Applications: word processing, spreadsheet, database, programming


Windows XP




Disks, directories and folders



File Manipulation

Internet Explorer

Screen elements







Creating Tables






Opening documents


Spell check











Entering data/formulas/data types


Copying/moving cells and cell contents

Auto Filter



Program structure and format

Printing data


Sorting/searching/filtering tables