FS104 Computer Applications :: Art Institute

Course Overview


Syllabus: Monday Class

Syllabus: Saturday Class

Class Meetings Mondays, 8:00–11:50AM
Saturdays, 8:00–11:50AM
Session Fall 2010
Instructor Dawn Pedersen
Email [email protected]
Phone 916-320-1371

Course Description

This course introduces students to the basic operation of computer hardware on both Mac and PC platforms. File management and storage, basic word processing, spreadsheet and database techniques are explored. The use of scanners, printers, external drives and other equipment will be examined. Students will also be introduced to the Internet as a research and networking tool.

Course Focus

This class focuses on the PC hardware, the Windows XP OS, and Microsoft Office applications. We will begin with an overview of what a computer actually is, what it does and how it works. Once this foundation has been established we will move on to study file structures, naming conventions, networking, the Internet, the World Wide Web, search engines, word processing, spreadsheet creation, presentation skills and finally, the future of computing. This class is designed to be general in its scope.

Course Competencies

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

  • Operate a personal computer using current operating system interfaces
    • Use correct terms and definitions to describe the operations and applications of computers
    • Summarize hardware characteristics based on configuration, compatibility, processing speed, cost, and rendering speed
    • Match appropriate connection devices with external equipment
    • Compare and contrast operation systems
    • Describe and apply the major steps in the “imaging chain”
    • Produce documents using word-processing, spreadsheet, and database tools
    • Transfer data across platforms
    • Correlate keyboard functions with menu operations
    • Define characteristics of peripheral communications standards
    • Demonstrate cross-platform applications
    • Apply database and spreadsheet skills
    • Protect data and equipment through the use of virus utilities
    • Perform basic disk maintenance and data retrieval operations
  • Use and manage computer hardware peripherals for input, output, and storage
    • Operate difference kinds of peripheral hardware, including printers, scanners, external drives, and Wacom tablets
    • Employ appropriate input-output devices
  • Use an Internet browser
    • Identify the operational characteristics of the Internet and intranets as these compare to standalone systems
  • Manage and organize files
    • Create and organize directories, folders, and documents using file management techniques

Course Prerequisite


Process for Evaluation

  • Attendance and Participation 10%
  • Assignments and Exercises 50%
  • Mid-Term Project/Examination 15%
  • Final Project/Examination 25%

Recommended Text

Microsoft Office 2007 Brief Concepts and Techniques, by Gary B. Shelly; Thomas J. Cashman; Misty E. Vermaat, Thompson Course Technology, 2008, ISBN-10: 1-4188-4325-3, ISBN-13: 978-1-4188-4325-0


Course Outline

IMPORTANT NOTE: Assignments not completed in class will be assigned as homework. This schedule may change based on class experience and instructor’s discretion.

Week Class Date Topic Assignment Summary File Name Points Due Date
1   Computer Hardware and History        
2   Operating Systems and Software        
3   Microsoft Word, Working with Files, and Design Principles        
4   Layout in Word and Fonts        
5   Resume Formatting and Find & Replace        
6   The Internet        
7   Tracking Changes, Mail Merge, and Microsoft Excel        
8   Databases & Microsoft Access        
9   Microsoft Powerpoint        
10   Presentation Strategies and Making Graphs in Microsoft Excel        
11   Final Project Lab