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Course Description

This is an introductory course in computer concepts that is required of most college graduates in general. The purpose of the course is to provide the required computer literacy that would enable the students to function effectively in today's digital world. The focus is on the personal computer and its use for personal and professional productivity. The emphasis will be placed on both theory and practice in the course.

The course has two components, namely a lecture component and a lab component. The lab component is known as the recitation. Students enrolled in the CIS 100 lecture part are also required to enroll in one of the recitation sections offered. The recitation sections are essentially a series of hands-on laboratory sessions designed to familiarize the students with Microsoft's Office suite of software. It is one of the popular productivity software used by individuals and offices. Further details of the recitation can be obtained from the lab instructors. The links to the websites hosted by some of our instructors who normally teach the lab sections are as follows.

1. Professor Nanda Ganesan    - http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/nganesa/

2. Professor Jose Perez           - http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/jperezc/

3. Professor Jongwook Woo      - http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/jwoo5/

4. Professor Song Xing             - http://www.calstatela.edu/faculty/sxing/

The information presented in this website, on the other hand, relates largely to the lecture component. The topics covered in the lecture components fall under five major sections that are as follows:

Section 1: Computers and its Application 
	Chapter 1: Introduction to Computers
	Chapter 2: The Internet and the World Wide Web
	Chapter 3: Application Software

Section 2: Computer Hardware
	Chapter 4: The Components of the System Unit
	Chapter 5: Input and Output
	Chapter 6: Storage 
Section 3: Computer Systems Operation and Communications
	Chapter 7: Operating Systems and Utility Programs 
	Chapter 8: Communications and Networks
Section 4: Computer Application Development
	Chapter 11: Information System Development and Programming Languages
	Chapter 9: Database Management
Section 5: Computer Security and Enterprise Computing
	Chapter 10: Computer Security, Ethics and Privacy
	Chapter 12: Enterprise Computing 

Learning Outcome

At the end of the quarter, the students completing this course is expected to have acquired:

  • an awareness of the basic hardware and software components used in building applications in an organization

  • a basic understanding of the functioning of the computer at the system level, namely at the operating system level

  • a grasp of the multitude of uses of the personal computers for personal productivity

  • an awareness of the importance of computer communications and its many applications in today's digitally connected world

  • an appreciation for the process of developing applications that includes an early exposure to types of programming languages and tools used in application development

  • an understanding of the important role played by computers in the society and the issues therein that relate to ethics, security and privacy

  • a comprehensive view of the components of Information Systems at the hardware and software levels that act together and interact with one another in the effective functioning of enterprise level IT applications

  • a good understanding of the Internet and its features and functions

Text Book

Gary B. Shelly, Thomas J. Cashman, Misty E. Vermaat, Discovering Computers: Fundamentals, Third Edition, Course Technology, 2008.

Delivery of Instruction

This evolving website will play an important role in disseminating course related information. In-class meetings may be reduced by a certain length of time to enable the students to take full advantage of Technology Mediated Learning (TML) facilitated by this website and the future release of multimedia instructional modules.


There are no suggested references excepts for those provided during the course of the lectures.

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