COSC 1301
INTRO TO COMPUTING

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: Computer terminology, hardware, software, operating systems, and information systems relating to the business environment. The main focus of this course is on business applications of software, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, and business-oriented utilization of the Internet.
    2. Required Prerequisite: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe the fundamentals of computing infrastructure components: hardware, application software, operating systems, and data communications systems.
    2. Delineate and discuss societal issues related to computing, including the guiding principles of professional and ethical behavior.
    3. Demonstrate the ability to create and use documents, spreadsheets, presentations and databases in order to communicate and store information as well as to support problem solving.
    4. Describe the need and ways to maintain security in a computing environment.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. The final exam must be proctored. (ask your instructor for more details)
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Lab Assignments          30%
    2. Exams                           15%
    3. Project                            20% 
    4. Final                              35%
  5. Information on Books
    1. Required Book: Computers Are Your Future, 12th Ed. LaBerta, ISBN-10: 0-13-254494-6
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam Schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal Information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Student with disabilities

 

Course Content

Chapter 1
Spotlight 1

COMPUTERS AND YOU
ETHICS

Chapter 2

INSIDE THE SYSTEM UNIT

Exam week

Chapter 3
Spotlight 2

INPUT/OUTPUT & STORAGE
FILE MANAGEMENT

Chapter 4
Spotlight 3

SYSTEM SOFTWARE
BUYING & UPGRADING YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM

Chapter 5
Spotlight 4

APPLICATION SOFTWARE
WEB 2.0

Exam week

Chapter 6

Spotlight 5

THE INTERNET & THE WORLD WIDE WEB
CLOUD COMPUTING

Chapter 7

NETWORKS: COMMUNICATING & SHARING RESOURCES

Exam week and video assignments

Chapter 8

Spotlight 6

WIRED & WIRELESS COMMUNICATION
DIGITAL LIFE

Chapter 9

PRIVACY, CRIME, & SECURITY

Chapter  11

Project

Review

 

Final

 

***Disclaimer: Assignments due to change by instructor

 

Last Modified: October 9, 2017