CS 101 Introduction to Computers

University of Kentucky
Department of Computer Science
CS 101 Introduction to Computers
 
 
1.  Course Number/Name:  CS 101, Introduction to Computers
 
2.  Credits and Contact Hours:  3 credits, 3 contact hours
 
3.   Instructor:  assigned by the department
 
4.   Textbook:  Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload, by Mark Hurst,
               ISBN 0979368103, Good Experience Press, 2007.
 
5.   a.  Catalog Description:  An introduction to computing and its impact on society from a user's perspective. Topics include
           computation using spreadsheets, beautification using text formatters and word processors, information management with
           database managers, and problem solving through program design and implementation using a simple programming
           language. Not open to students who have received credit for higher level computer science courses.
 
b.  Prerequisites:  None
 
c.  Required course: Required for Kinesiology, Nursing, Agricultural Economics
 
6.  a.   Outcomes of Instruction:  

           At the conclusion of CS 101 the student should be able to:
 
1.   use applications software competently to solve problems: using Windows, file manipulation, MS Excel, MS Access
2.   create an accurate mental model of the capabilities and limitations of computing technologies:  concerning hardware,
     software, the Internet
3.   be aware of issues in society related to computers

 

b.   Contributions to Student Outcomes (ABET Criterion 3 for Computer Science)
           

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3- Strongly supported   2 – Supported   1 – Minimally supported
 
 7.   List of Topics Covered:
 
1.     File management
2.     Basic Spreadsheet concepts
3.     Advanced Spreadsheet concepts: macros, graphs, logical functions
4.     Hardware Basics
5.     Information Overload
6.     Software
7.     Operating Systems 
8.     Email terms, formats, how to manage your email 
9.     Image file formats, how to manage pictures
10.  Database concepts
11.  The Internet, cloud computing
12.  Programming (using Alice)
13.  HTML
14.  Computers and Society