Course Summary
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12 weeks (48 hours)
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Vocational-Certificate 2 Computer Science or Information Technology


The course objective is to explain the fundamentals of computer nomenclature, particularly with respect to personal computer hardware and software and the World Wide Web. This course teaches students to make use of the World Wide Web as a repository of the latest information and an integrated learning tool to develop an in-depth understanding of why computers are essential components in the medical world and society in general. Students will focus on the computer as a valuable productivity tool and recognizing the personal computer's position as the backbone of the computer industry. The course emphasizes the computer's use as a stand-alone and networked device, present strategies for purchasing and installing, and offer information on maintaining a personal computer system.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain how Windows stores files, the parts of the File Explorer window, how to navigate folders on the computer, including copying, moving, deleting, and renaming files, searching and identifying file types
  • Identify types of personal computers, including desktops, laptops, table computers, embedded computers, servers, and other large computers
  • Outline how to install various types of software, such as desktop publishing, presentation, spreadsheet, and database software
  • Illustrate how to start Microsoft Office 2013 applications, switch between application windows, close applications, navigate and identify the elements in the new Office 2013 user interface, including opening, saving, closing documents, and creating a new documents
  • Identify the parts of the Excel screen, navigate through a worksheet and a workbook, change views and magnification in the worksheet window, and use the AutoCorrect and AutoComplete features when entering data
  • Create a new presentation with hard copies for handouts and speaker's notes, and distribute presentation using electronic copies
  • Use keywords to search for information, refine a search, search for specific types of media or disciplines, and find content on a web page
  • Describe the importance of computers in daily life, the differences between system software and application software, the major types of operating systems, and the basic processes of operating a computer
  • Demonstrate how to handle typical software problems, use troubleshooting tools provided by an operating system, get help from online resources, and perform common solutions to problems with peripheral devices
  • Discuss types of computer backup methods and determine a schedule for backing up data, how to set up a backup and restore files folder, and how to protect a computer from theft and physical damage
  • Define communication networks, the differences between public and private networks, components in a computer network, network types, and how to resolve common networking connection problems
  • Describe components for electronic communication and the purpose of usernames, passwords, credentials, the management of e-mail folders and messages, features of social media sites, and the guidelines for creating effective personal and professional communications
  • Explain the PowerPoint screen and navigate through a presentation, change the slide view and magnification, manage slides by adding, deleting, duplicating, and reordering
  • Define the Internet and the Web, categorize web sites, navigate web pages, and use a browser effectively
  • Describe how computers facilitate and enhance activities at work, school, and home, and how devices are commonly used in daily life
  • Identify how to disregard false information, confirm e-commerce safety, remove sensitive data from computers and devices, and protect your privacy on the Internet
  • Demonstrate keyboarding skills

General Topics:

  • Fundamentals of computers
  • Internet usage
  • Microsoft Office applications
  • Keyboarding
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials