SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 4:14:54 AMCS 5 Course Outline as of Fall 2024

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  CS 5Title:  COMPUTER LITERACY  
Full Title:  Computer Literacy
Last Reviewed:5/8/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled1.004 min.Lab Scheduled17.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total70.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 175.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  CIS 5

Catalog Description:
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In this course, students will learn about a broad range of computer concepts, including an overview of computer and communication systems and their historical and societal impact.Topics include how computers work, how computers are put to work, technology ethics, capabilities and limitations of information technology, basic coding concepts, human-computer interaction, operating systems, and usage of productivity software and other tools to solve problems.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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In this course, students will learn about a broad range of computer concepts, including an overview of computer and communication systems and their historical and societal impact. Topics include how computers work, how computers are put to work, technology ethics, capabilities and limitations of information technology, basic coding concepts, human-computer interaction, operating systems, and usage of productivity software and other tools to solve problems.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1983
Inactive: 
 Area:B
Communication and Analytical Thinking
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1983Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1983Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Evaluate components, capabilities, and limitations of computer technology.
2. Critically assess the social and ethical implications of computer technology in daily life.
3. Explore the ability to solve real-world problems using computer-based technology and tools.
 

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Identify the components and function of the hardware used in a computer system.
2. Describe the functions of system and application software.
3. Describe the popular programming languages and the process of developing computer software.
4. Create a simple computer program.
5. Analyze the impact of computer technology and its ethical implications on society.
6. Demonstrate understanding and basic use of communication and productivity tools.
7. Explain basic computer networking concepts and architecture.
8. Discuss computer security and ethics and explain their importance for business and personal use of computers.
9. Explore career opportunities in computer-related fields.

Topics and Scope
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I. Computer Technology Literacy as a Necessary Skill in the 21st Century
    A. Becoming a savvy computer user and consumer
    B. Computers in today's careers
    C. Understanding the challenges facing a digital society
II. The History of Computer Technology
III. Computer Hardware
    A. Input devices
    B. Processing (System Unit)
    C. Central Processing Unit
    D. The machine cycle
    E. Random Access Memory
    F. Output devices
    G. Storage devices
IV. Using the Internet and World Wide Web
    A. Communicating through the Internet: e-mail and other technologies
    B. Social media
    C. Web entertainment: multimedia and beyond
    D. Conducting business over the Internet: e-commerce
    E. Managing malware and online annoyances
    F. Accessing the web: web browsers
    G. Searching the web: search engines
    H. The Internet and how it works
    I. The future of the Internet
    J. Virtual reality
V. The Cloud
    A. What is the cloud
    B. What it makes possible
    C. When it makes sense to use
VI. Information Technology Ethics
    A. Copyright and intellectual property
    B. Plagiarism
    C. Fakes, hoaxes, and scams
    D. Artificial Intelligence
VII. System Software
    A. Operating systems
    B. Utility programs
    C. File management
VIII. Computer Networking
    A. Networking fundamentals
    B. Network architectures
    C. Network components
    D. Wireless and cellular networks
    E. Home/small business networks
IX. Computer Security
    A. Computer threats (hackers, malware, and ransomware)
    B. Computer safeguards (firewalls, antimalware, and other security measures)
    C. Data privacy
    D. The human element (training, awareness, and testing)
X. Mobile Computing
    A. Smartphones and mobile devices
    B. Lost it! Now what?
    C. Notebooks
XI. Software Programming
    A. The binary numbering system
    B. Low level programming languages
    C. High level programming languages
XII. Databases and Information Systems
    A. Database types
    B. Data mining and data warehouses
    C. The systems development lifecycle
    D. Systems analysis
XIII. Application Software
    A. Word-processing software
    B. Spreadsheet software
    C. Presentation software
    D. Database software
    E. Graphics and multimedia software
    F. Web design software
 
All items in the topics and scope are covered in the lecture and lab portions of the course.

Assignments:
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1. Weekly reading from course materials (approximately 30 pages)
2. Written homework (5-15)
3. Reading report(s) (1-4)
4. Problem solving exercise(s) requiring the use of spreadsheets and database management software (1-3)
5. Laboratory exercise(s) (1-12) on topics such as:
    A. Operating systems
    B. Word processing
    C. Spreadsheets
    D. Database management
    E. Other application software
6. Individual and/or team projects (5-15), such as:
    A. Research and write-up of computer related articles on the web or technology magazines
    B. Interviews and reports
    C. Basic coding
     D. Team presentations on current trends in technology
7. Quizzes (2-15)
8. Midterm
9. Final exam or project
 
All assignments are covered in the lecture and lab portions of the course.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 65%
Written homework; reading report(s); individual and/or team projects
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 20%
Problem solving exercise(s): laboratory exercise(s)
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 20%
Individual and/or team projects; final project
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 65%
Quizzes; midterm; final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 15%
Attendance and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Technology In Action. 18th ed, Evans, Alan. Poatsy, Mary Anne. Martin, Kendall. Pearson. 2023.
Instructor-prepared materials

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