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CSCI 109 : Introduction to Computers and Applications

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Introduction to Computers and Applications
Students are required to already have an understanding of traditional computer-based applications before beginning CSCI 109. These applications include word processing, basic spreadsheet use, basic database use, basic presentation software use, electronic mail, and accessing web resources via the Internet. The purpose of this course is to build on students' existing knowledge of using computer systems and pertinent applications. Students will increase their skills with the most popular computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail, presentation software, and Internet. Computer literacy is presented through lectures, discussions, and readings on the computer process, the impact of computers on society, emerging technologies, and hardware and software purchasing decisions.

In CSCI 109, students will examine the basics of computer system design and applications for workplace activities, which may stem from business, research lab, and project-based directives. Emphasis is placed on understanding the fundamentals that are presented in the course, so that students are able to apply these techniques in the workplace. This course also provides additional experience in the conceptualizing and presenting of solutions to various business requirements. CSCI 109 supports the development of individual creativity and provides a means for adding to students’ computer and application-based skill-set.

Alignment with departmental program outcomes is indicated in parentheses. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

1. Utilize word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software to plan, create, and edit documents and generate reports.

2. Identify the basic elements of a window, explain windows terminology, explain how information is passed between and shared among various applications, and demonstrate basic file management techniques.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of computer security/vulnerability/privacy issues. Explain reasons for backing up files and demonstrate back-up methods.

4. Identify key components of computer systems including data storage, input, output, primary memory, and secondary storage devices. Explain the use of each and how they function together to enable the system to operate.

5. Discuss the importance of computer system connectivity and accessibility. Identify the various methods for networking multiple computer systems, show a basic understanding of how each operates, and demonstrate knowledge of client/server computing. Explain the logic of using the Internet as the backbone for a computer network.

6. Explain the role of ethics in computer systems development and operations. Discuss the impact that viruses, spyware, and malicious activities have had on computer software development.

7. Demonstrate competency in using internet search techniques. Use the internet to locate research materials and judge the relevancy and authority of the internet material.

8. Discuss the impact computers have on society today and the impact that emerging technologies could have on society in the future.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Mr. Jeffrey Ferner - 3/31/2015
Johnelle Korioth, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Johnelle Korioth, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
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