BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

COMP-040 - Introduction to Computers -

COMP-040 - Introduction to Computers -

Course Details
Computers are a pervasive part of daily life in personal, work and educational environments. The goal of an intermediate level computer course is to introduce adult learners to the use of the computer as a tool so that they will become more self-confident and therefore be able to function more efficiently with a computer. Topics include keyboarding, introduction to computers, operating systems, word processing and electronic communications.
Part of the:
  • ACADEMIC/CAREER PREPARATION Department
  • Developmental Studies Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • College Readiness - Qualifying Courses
  • Prerequisites : COMP 030, instructor permission, or advisor assessed equivalent.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Bachelor Degree or equivalent.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 75
    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:

    Keyboarding
  • use correct touch typing techniques and procedures; and
  • achieve an adjusted typing speed of 20 wpm.


  • Introduction to Computers
  • list the basic parts of a computer system (system unit, monitor, keyboard, mouse, USB drive, hard disk drive and printer);
  • demonstrate the ability to properly start and shut down a computer system;
  • demonstrate the ability to launch and terminate an application program;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of computer technology and the range of applications in society;
  • describe commonly used computer terminology and acronyms;
  • describe the difference between hardware and software;
  • demonstrate the use of the features of a mouse including left click, right click and scroll; and
  • demonstrate the ability to operate a printer (power on, put on line/off line and load paper).


  • Operating System
  • describe the basic operations of an Operating System (launching applications programs and managing system resources);
  • demonstrate the ability to correctly name and locate files and folders; and
  • demonstrate the ability to perform basic file operations using the operating system (copy, move, erase and rename).


  • Word Processing
  • create a new word processing document;
  • edit a document, including cutting and pasting text;
  • print a document;
  • save a document to a specified location;
  • retrieve a document from a specified location;
  • use tools such as a spell checker or thesaurus;
  • format a page using basic page layout properties (margins, justification, boldfacing and line spacing);
  • demonstrate the ability to use help features and tutorials;
  • create headers, footers and page numbering;
  • manipulate margins; and
  • create tables, columns, page and section breaks.


  • Electronic Communications
  • browse and search the Internet; and
  • send and receive email with file attachments.


  • Options
  • import information from other sources such as graphs, graphics, spreadsheets, databases and the Internet;
  • perform basic spreadsheet and database operations;
  • prepare and deliver a presentation using a computer;
  • demonstrate the ability to participate in an online course;
  • identify workspace ergonomics conditions; and
  • identify software maintenance issues (software updates and patches, deleting browser cache and history files defragmenting hard drives, backing up important files, etc.).

  • Text and Materials:
  • Catherine Laberta. Computers Are Your Future Complete. Current edition. Toronto. Pearson.
  • Instructor supplied material.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved June 26, 2013.