COSC 1301

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course description: Effect of computers on society, the history and use of computers, computer applications in various segments of society, programming concepts, and hardware and software terminology.  This course may not be applied toward a computer science major or minor.
    2. Any required prerequisites: None.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. The student will critique computer ethics.  Grading will be measured through a rubric.
    2. The student will explain the processing cycle. Grading will be measured through a rubric.
    3. Student will identify shared interface features of productivity application software. Grading will be measured through a rubric.
    4. Define computer terminology. Grading will be measured by examination.
  3. Major Course Requirements
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Computers Are Your Future, 12th Ed. LaBerta, ISBN-10: 0-13-254494-6
    2. Proctored final exam
  5. Other Policies, Procedures and Important Dates
    1. Course Catalog
  6. Course Organization and Schedule
    1. Weekly Course Schedule

Week Number

Section/Online Work

Week 1

Chapter 1: Computers and You
Spotlight 1: Ethics

Week 2

Chapter 2: Inside the System Unit

Week 3

Chapter 3: Input/Output and Storage
Spotlight 2: File Management

Week 4

Chapter 4: System Software
Spotlight 3: Buying and Upgrading Your Computer System

Week 5

Chapter 5: Application Software: Tools for Productivity
Spotlight 4: Web 2.0

Week 6

Chapter 6: The Internet and the World Wide Web
Spotlight 5: Cloud Computing

Week 7

Chapter 7: Networks: Communicating and Sharing Resources

Week 8

Chapter 8: Wired and Wireless Communication
Spotlight 6: Digital Life

Week 9

Chapter 9: Privacy, Crime, and Security

Week 10

Chapter 10: Careers and Certification

Week 11

Chapter 11: Programming Languages and Program Development

Week 12

 Chapter 12: Databases and Information Systems

Week 13

Chapter 13: Systems Analysis and Design

Week 14

Chapter 14: Enterprise Computing

Week 15

Final Review

Week 16

Final Exam

Disclaimer:¬† Schedule and content is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.




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Final Exam








Last Modified: August 24, 2016