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COMP-050 - Computer Studies - Advanced Level -

COMP-050 - Computer Studies - Advanced Level -

Course Details
The goals of Computer Studies at the Advanced Level are to provide students with a survey of the major applications of computers, to develop an understanding of computers and concepts to aid the students' employment opportunities, personal productivity, and to enable students to acquire skills to contribute to, and participate productively in society. Topics include hardware, system components, memory and storage, input and output, operation, computers in society, word processing and the internet.
Part of the:
  • ACADEMIC/CAREER PREPARATION Department
  • Continuing Education Department
  • Developmental Studies Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • College Readiness - Qualifying Courses
  • Prerequisites : COMP 040, or instructor permission or advisor assessed equivalent.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Bachelor Degree or equivalent.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 90
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    Hardware
    Computer System Overview
  • identify, name and describe basic components of a computer system:

  • - system unit
    - memory and secondary storage devices
    - input and output devices

    System Unit Components
  • identify, name and describe basic components of a computer system unit:

  • - motherboard
    - expansion slots and buses
    - Central Processing Unit (CPU)
    - memory (RAM)
    - peripheral connections (parallel, serial, SCSI, USB, firewire)

    Memory and Secondary Storage
  • identify, name and describe secondary storage devices, including:

  • - hard disks (fixed and removable)
    - USB devices (e.g. flash drives and USB hard drives)
    - memory cards (e.g. SD, SC)
    - online storage
    - optical and magneto-optical storage devices (e.g. CD-ROM, DVD)
  • recognize and use capacity descriptors (KB, MB, GB, TB);

  • distinguish between and describe the function of RAM, ROM and BIOS.


  • Input and Output
  • identify, name, describe, and distinguish among input and output devices (and associated software):

  • - keyboard, pointing devices, scanners
    - video adapters and displays (CRT, LCD)
    - printers (various types)
    - voice
    - describe how various input and output devices can be used to assist people with disabilities
    - digital camera

    Operating a Computer
  • distinguish between system software, utility software and application software and describe the purpose of an operating system;

  • differentiate among various commonly used operating systems;

  • employ operating system(s) to perform basic
  • operations of disk and file management:

  • - assign meaningful file and folder names
    - employ wildcard characters in file management
    - organize files on storage devices and designate drives, folders and files
    - perform management functions to locate, list, display properties of, copy,
    rename, move, (un)delete folders and files
    - describe disc formatting (sectors, tracks, index) and defragment a disc
    - recognize a variety of common program and data file types and their associated extension
  • describe the problem of computer viruses and spyware, and methods to detect and remove them;
  • demonstrate care, maintenance, and protection of computer equipment;
  • demonstrate the ability to back up data to a CD or other media; and
  • option - identify workspace ergonomics conditions.


  • Computers in Society
  • identify the effects of computers on their everyday lives (e.g. databases-subscription lists, ATMs, the Internet, computer record systems, income tax);
  • give examples of how computers are affecting career opportunities;
  • trace the history of computer technology and identify current trends;
  • state the purchasing considerations from the perspective of an informed consumer (e.g. warranty, service, licensing, needs assessment, market trends); and
  • provide examples of ethical issues involving computers in society, such as protection of privacy, social networking sites, identity theft, phishing sites, spam and copyright.


  • Word Processing
  • create a word processing document and save it to a specified location and directory;
  • select any amount of text and format the character attributes;
  • format the indentation, the alignment, and the spacing of lines and paragraphs;
  • identify non-printing characters (space, tab, new line, new paragraph) as displayed on the screen;
  • move, copy, and delete text;
  • insert a page break and section break into a document;
  • insert, format and manipulate a table;
  • use bulleted and numbered lists;
  • use footnotes/endnotes;
  • apply lines, shading and colour to a document;
  • use the find and the replace functions;
  • use the spell checker/thesaurus;
  • insert a graphic into a document;
  • set page margins;
  • use headers and footers (including page numbering, filename, and date codes) with multiple sections;
  • preview and print a document;
  • differentiate between document output devices (printers and faxes);
  • recognize that file formats from different word processors or versions may be incompatible, requiring file conversion routines; and
  • save as a web document.

  • Spreadsheets
  • perform basic spreadsheet operations;
  • enter and format data (numbers, text, data series);
  • create simple formulas (using basic operators and functions);
  • copy or move data and/or formulas, utilizing absolute and relative cell addresses and ranges;
  • change cell characteristics (column widths, alignments, fonts, etc.);
  • control page layout such as orientation, scaling, grid lines;
  • use a spreadsheet to predict outcomes based on specific parameters (e.g. mortgages, investments, financial forecasting and planning);
  • create several kinds of charts based on spreadsheet data; and
  • save as a web document.


  • Internet
  • describe the basic structure and functioning of the Internet and define current terminology such as URL, ISP, WWW;
  • describe the implementation of online commerce, including ATM cards, online banking, online shopping and online auctions;
  • describe the various options for computer connectivity (e.g. cable modems, ISDN, XDSL, routers, wireless, 3G, 4G(LTE);
  • send and receive Email (including attachments) using proper etiquette;
  • use a web browser to access and navigate through a website;
  • use search engines to locate and bookmark information;
  • save text and graphical information from a website;
  • describe how business is conducted on the Internet, including security issues;
  • identify security problems associated with Internet use (e.g. spyware, viruses, spam, firewall); and
  • understanding how the Internet was developed and how it functions.


  • Optional
    Databases
    • describe the structure of a database: tables, records, fields, primary keys and foreign keys;
    • perform simple database procedures:
    o design a form
    o enter, edit and format data
    o examine, manipulate records in different views; delete and insert records; sort
    records in different ways
    o design database tables and fields
    o design, create, and print a report consisting of selected fields; and
    • search and query a database for information based on specified parameters.

    Computer Programming
    • create simple programs in a given programming language such as BASIC or Visual Basic;
    • describe the purpose of compilers and/or interpreters;
    • create and make use of computer designs or algorithms; and
    • write basic input, processing and output instructions.

    Keyboarding
    • significantly increase their typing speed; and
    • demonstrate proper keyboarding techniques.

    Presentation Software
    • create, manipulate and deliver a presentation.

    Graphics Applications
    • create and manipulate a graphic image (e.g. Paintbrush, Draw); and
    • differentiate between various bit-mapped and vector- based graphic file formats (e.g. BMP, JPG and WMG).
    Text and Materials:
  • Shelley Gaskin et al. GO! with Office 2010 Volume 1. Current edition. Toronto. Pearson.
  • Instructor supplied materials.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved June 26, 2013.