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University of Guyana
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Department of Computer Science

UGC 1100: Computer Literacy I
Course Outline for 2015/2016

Duration: Thirteen (13) weeks Course Pre-requisites: None Course Credits: 4
Lectures: 2hrs/week Tutorial/Labs: 2hrs/week

• Mr. Girendra Persaud, (Office: #C16)
• Ms. Vineeta Persaud (Coordinator), (Office: #23)

Course Summary & Mode of Delivery:
UGC 1100 is first of a two-course sequence in Computer Literacy for non-computer science majors.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. State the functions of the basic hardware components of a computer system.
2. Distinguish between systems and applications software.
3. Examine the ethical, social and legal implications for communication and research.
4. Use the Internet and the World Wide Web for communication and research.
5. Use the features of a word processing program to develop documents for personal and
professional use.

This course is divided into FOUR modules, and will be conducted in 52 hours

Week 1 – 4: Module I: Introduction to Computers (13 hours)
H1. Definition of a computer; Categories of computers and their uses; Factors that make a computer powerful: speed, reliability, accuracy, storage; Impact of computers in Society.
H2. Components of a computer system: input devices, output devices; systems unit; Storage devices, communication devices
H3. Components of the system unit: motherboard; Central Processing Unit I (CPU); Memory: RAM, cache, ROM, CMOS; Expansions slots and expansion cards: Ports; Buses; Power supply, Drive bays.
H4. Input devices; mouse, trackball, point stick, touch pad, light pen, stylus; digital cameras; digital video camera; PC video camera; web cams optical scanner; Optical readers: bar code reader; Optical character recognition (OCR) reader, Optical mark recognition (OMR) reader; Magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) reader.
H5. Output devices: Monitors; Printers: dot-matrix, thermal, inkjet, laser; Plotters; Speakers & headset; LCD projectors
H6. Storage Devices: CD-ROM; CD-RW; Floppy disk, Hard disk, Zip Disks; data tapes
H7. Communication devices: Modems: Local Area network (LAN) Wide Area Network (WAN)
H8. Power related problems: low voltage; spikes; noise; high voltage and safeguards: polarity; grounding; power protection equipment: surge protector; stabilizer; UPS
H9. Computer software: Features of Operating systems and utility programs
H10. Application programs: Features of word processing; spreadsheet; database: presentation graphics; desktop publishing; programming languages; Internet browsers
H11. Problems associated with computers – health risks, rapid obsolescence, staff-turnover, sabotage; Ethical and legal consideration: Copyright, Privacy issues, security issues
H12. Test
H13. Test

Week 4 – 7: Module 2 – Using the Windows Operating System (12 hours)
H14. Start windows; restart windows; shutdown windows;The Windows Screen – Desktop; Start Button; Taskbar; Quick Launch Toolbar; Window; Title Bar; Icons: My Computer, My documents, My Network Places, Recycle Bin
H15. Keyboarding: using the keyboard keys as shortcuts and Mouse Techniques: right-click
H16. Start a program and close a program;Work with a window; Maximize, minimize, restore, move, size, scroll through a window, switch between windows, close a window. Using Windows Help – Contents, index, search & favorites tabs
H17. Use the WordPad Program for basic processing. Create, edit, save, retrieve and print a document.
H18. Use the Paint Program to create simple pictures. Draw shapes, draw lines, edit a picture; save a picture; open a saved picture; print a picture.
H19. View the Information stored on your computer; Use the My Computer Icon to view the contents of your computer; change the appearance of view; sort items; use Windows Explorer.
H20. Work with files: Open a file; open recently used files; select files; rename a file; create a new Folder; create a new file; Move and copy files; restore a deleted file; empty the recycle bin; print a file; search for files; add a short cut to the desktop.
H21. Customize Windows; Change the date and time; Add wallpaper; set up a screen saver; Change screen colours and resolution.
H22. Optimize your Computer: Format a floppy disk; Detect and repair disk errors;
Defragment your hard disk; Use disk cleanup; Scan the computer for viruses.
H23. Use Control Panel to install a program: remove a program; Change mouse settings.
H24. Test
H25. Test

Week 7 – 11: Module 3 – Word processing Using Microsoft Word (13 hours)
H26. The MS Word Screen; Create a document; page setup; page layout; page size; set margins; use help
H27. Cut, copy, move and insert test; indentation; line spacing
H28. Format and align text; add borders and shadings; Change fonts style; colours
H29. Insert Page numbering; insert headers and footers; inset footnotes and endnotes; bullets and numbering.
H30. Create and format Tables
H31. Create and format sections and columns
H32. Use Spelling and grammar check; use Thesaurus; Use word count; use Search and replace functions; Combine Documents.
H33. Insert graphics and special characters; use of Word Art; insert text box
H34. Generate reference documents – table of contents; index
H35. Generate a mail merge; prepare main document; data source; insert merge fields in main document; merge documents.
H36. Save a document; retrieve an existing document; Print preview and print a document
H37. Test
H38. Test

Week 11 – 13: Module 4 – Using the Internet (14 hours)
H39. Brief history of the Internet; Uses of the Internet; E-commerce. E-Government; Internet Issues: pornography; censorship of content; downloading of copyrighted material; security of information.
H40. Connecting to the Internet – dial-up access; leased telephoned line, satellite connectivity; LAN connectivity; role of Internet service provider; role of Telephone Company.
H41. The World Wide Web; Web sites; web pages Web server; uniform Resource Locator (URL) . Types of web pages
H42. Web browsers; features; plug-ins; hypertext markup language (HTML); Browsing the web; Navigating web pages; hyperlink
H43. Searching for Information: using search engines; Searching Techniques.
H44. Using email: email programs; email address; sending and receiving email.
H45. Attaching files to email; sending group mails; maintaining email addresses
H46. Web page Development; Introduction to basic HTML
H47. Basic HTML
H48. Develop simple web pages: Insert text, images and hyperlinks
H49. Establishing a web presence: domain names; web hosting; web site maintenance.
H50. Test
H51. Test

Week 14: Revision Week 15: Final Examination

Evaluation: Coursework - 40%
• end of module tests covering modules 1 – 4 - 30 marks
• end of module 3 practical assignments - 10 marks
covering modules 2 – 3 to be completed during computer lab sessions.
Final Examination - 60% One 3 hour examination - 60 marks
Grading Scheme:A: 100-75, B: 74- 65, C: 64-50, D: 49-40, F: less than 40

Department of Computer Science’s Website:

Recommended Texts:
1. Shelly, Gary B., Cashman, Thomas J. and Vermaat, Misty E. (2002). Discovering Computers 2003 concepts for a Digital world Web and XP Enhanced, complete Edition, course Technology, Cambridge, USA.
2. Shelly, Gary B., Cashman Thomas J. and Forysythe, G. (2000). Microsoft windows 2000 Concepts and
Techniques, complete edition.Course Technology, Cambridge, USA.
3. Shelly, Gary b., Cashman, Thomas J. and Vermaat, Misty, E. (20000). Microsoft Word 200: Comprehensive concepts and Techniques. Course Technology, Cambridge U.S.A.
4. Schneider, Gary and Evans, Jessica. (2002). The Internet-Illustrated Introductory, Third Edition. Course Technology, Cambridge, U.S.A.

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