Welcome to Computer Applications and Concepts

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Welcome to ITE 115 – Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

Computers are important tools in nearly every profession, so almost everyone can benefit by knowing how they work and how to use them. In this course, you will learn the basics of computer hardware, software, and networking. You will also develop basic skills in using Windows and Microsoft Office, and for creating your own web pages. Finally, you will learn how to use computers safely, and you will consider ethical issues related to computer usage.

Course Requisite Technical Skills

In order to succeed in this online course, you must be comfortable working with technology. At a minimum, you must possess the following technical skills:

  • Basic knowledge and moderate proficiency about the operation of a computer and software installation.
  • Ability to use File Manager/Windows Explorer.
  • Ability to use the Internet in an effective and efficient manner, including installation and management of browser plug-ins.
  • Proficient in searching the web for information
  • Ability to download and print information from websites and download, view, and/or print PDF files
  • Working knowledge of the Blackboard learning management system.

Course Objectives

  • Identify and discuss the four main functions of computer hardware: input, processing, output, and storage.
  • Identify and describe major hardware components.
  • Identify, describe and use communications and networking terminology and technology to include Internet operations and its uses.
  • Describe the major operating system functions and demonstrate usage of operating system services to include: disk management, file management, and memory management.
  • Identify and discuss computer ethics and security issues.
  • Demonstrate searching, validation, and evaluation of information found online and in library databases.
  • Identify, discuss and use important categories of application software: word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics.
  • Identify and discuss software development processes and programming languages.
  • Create a Web site with xhtml tags and post to a Web server