This basic computer training course provides a general introduction to computers, applications software, programming, hardware and computer information systems. Emphasis will be placed on computer literacy topics such as hardware, software, operating systems, programming languages, data communications,
applications software and information systems. This course is suitable for students who wish to use the computer as a tool for problem-solving.
Introduction to computer hardware and software
Computers as a tool: helping people solve problems
Computer categories: microcomputers, minicomputers, mainframes, supercomputers
Operating system concepts
Numbering systems and computer’s internal data representation
Spreadsheet software basics: worksheet environment, entering data/formulas, editing, cell references, recalculating formulas, designing templates, “what if” analysis, graphics
Database software basics: system environment, creating structure, displaying records, sorting records, manipulating records, report generation, query facility
Word processing software basics: system environment, features and functions, editing, formatting, printing options, search/replace and block commands
Presentation graphics software: system environment, features and functions, editing, formatting and printing options
Internet terminology and use of a Web browser
The use of e-mail
Methods of Instruction
Lecture and hands-on activities in our Durban computer lab.
Means of Assessment
The student will be able to:
explain the fundamental concepts of computer hardware and software
analyze a problem, decide whether it can or should be solved by a computer, and provide an appropriate solution
describe the major components of applications software in the areas of word processing, spreadsheets, database management, presentation graphics, data communications, and Internet
use an operating system software in the Windows environment
use software packages in word processing, spreadsheets, database management, graphics
use Web browsers, search engines and e-mail.
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