Course Structure: Lectures: 3/Labs: 0

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None Course


The course introduces students to information and communication technologies and their application in the workplace. Students will get basic understanding of computer software, hardware, and associated technologies. They will also learn how computers are used in the workplace, how communications systems can help boost productivity, and how the Internet technologies can influence the workplace.

Course Syllabus:

Introduction to Computers, The Internet and World Wide Web, Application Software, The System Unit, Input Devices, Output Devices, Storage, System Software, Communications, Databases, Computer Security and Safety, Ethics, and Privacy.

Course Outline:

Introduction to Computers: Data and Information, Information Processing Cycle, the Components of a Computer, Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Computers. Networks and the Internet. Computer Software, Categories of Computers, Elements of an Information System, Examples of Computer Usage, Computer Applications in Society [Ch. 1].

The Internet and World Wide Web: Key Concepts of the Internet, Evolution of the Internet, The World Wide Web, E-Commerce, Other Internet Services, Netiquette [Ch. 2].

Application Software: Business Software, Graphics and Multimedia Software, Software for Home, Personal, and Educational Use, Web Applications, Application Software for Communications. [Ch. 3]

The System Unit: Processor, Data Representation, Memory, Expansion Slots and Adapter Cards, Ports and Connectors, Buses, Bays, Power Supply. [Ch. 4]

Input Devices:What Is Input? What Are Input Devices? The Keyboard, Pointing Devices, Mouse, Other Pointing Devices, Touch Screens And TouchSensitive Pads, Pen Input, Other Input For Smart Phones, Game Controllers, Digital Cameras, Voice Input, Video Input, Scanners And Reading Devices, Biometric Input, Terminals, Putting It All Together, Input Devices For Physically Challenged Users. [Ch. 5]

Output Devices: What is Output? Display Devices, Printers, Speakers, Headphones, and Earbuds, Other Output Devices. [Ch. 6]

Storage: Hard Disks, Flash Memory Storage, Cloud Storage, Optical Discs, Other Types of Storage. [Ch. 7]

System Software: Operating Systems, Operating System Functions, Types Of Operating Systems, Stand-Alone Operating Systems, Server Operating Systems, Embedded Operating Systems, Utility Programs [Ch. 8]

Communications: Uses of Computer Communications, Networks, Network Communications Standards, Communications Software, Communications over the Telephone Network, Communications Devices, Home Networks, Communications Channel, Physical Transmission Media, Wireless Transmission Media. [Ch. 9]

Databases: Data, and Information, The Hierarchy of Data, Maintaining Data, File Processing Versus Databases, Database Management Systems, Relational, Object-Oriented, and Multidimensional Databases, Web Databases, Database Administration

Computer Security and Safety, Ethics, and Privacy:Computer Security Risks, Internet And Network Attacks, Unauthorized Access And Use, Hardware Theft And Vandalism, Software Theft, Information Theft, System Failure, Backing Up, Wireless Security, Health Concerns Of Computer Use, Ethics And Society

Labs: Lab work should be carried out to develop students’ Computer Skills, Operating Systems and Utility Software Skills, E-Mail Skills, Word Processing Skills, Spreadsheet Skills, Electronic Presentation Skills, Web Surfing Skills. Textbook(s):  DiscoveringComputers by Gary B. Shelly & Misty E. Vermaat, Course Technology; 1st Edition (January 25, 2011).

Class Timings: Thursdat (8:00-9:30) friday(8:00-9:30)

Course Material