William Paterson University of New Jersey

Department of Computer Science

College of Science and Health

Course Outline

 

 

1.      TITLE OF COURSE AND COURSE NUMBER: Computer and Information Technology for Educators; CS215; Credits: 3 (cannot be used to fulfill the CS major requirement)

 

2.      DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE: This course is designed to meet the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers. It introduces the concepts, the skill, and the capabilities necessary to effectively use computers and information technology. With an emphasis on fundamentals, students can easily adapt to the rapid change of computing technologies. The basic concepts include hardware and software fundamentals, telecommunications computer networking, electronic media, and data processing. The legal, ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology are also discussed.

 

3.      COURSE PREREQUISITES: None

 

4.      COURSE OBJECTIVES: To introduce the skills, the concepts, and the capabilities necessary to effectively use computers and information technology.

 

5.      STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 

Upon completion of this course, a prospective student will be able to do the following:

        Demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.

        Demonstrate proficiency in the use of common input and output devices; solve routine hardware and software problems; and make informed choices about technology systems, resources, and services.

        Use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.

        Use technology tools to process data and reports results.

        Use technology tools and resources for managing and communicating information (e.g., finances, schedules, addresses, purchases, and correspondence).

        Evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on their appropriateness to specific tasks.

        Use a variety of media and formats, including telecommunications, to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.

        Demonstrate an understanding of the legal, ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology.

        Exhibit positive attitudes towards technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.

        Discuss diversity issues related to electronic media.

        Discuss the health and safety issues related to technology use.

 

 

6.      TOPICAL OUTLINE OF THE COURSE CONTENT:

 

1.      Introduction to the Computer and the Internet

a.       The components of a computer

b.      Computer software

c.       Networks and the Internet

d.      Categories of computers

e.       Hands-on Exercises:

-         Using windows help

-         Learning about your system

2.      Application Software and the World Wide Web

a.       Application software

b.      Productivity software:

c.       Graphics and multimedia software

d.      Software for home, personal, and educational use

e.       Software for communications

f.        Browsing the world wide web

g.       Applications on the web

h.       Hands-on Exercises:

-         Working with application programs

-         Creating, printing and saving a word processing document

-         Creating and utilizing spreadsheets

-         Using presentation packages

-         Setting up an E-mail account

3.      The components in the system unit

a.       The system unit

b.      The central processing unit

c.       Data representation

d.      Memory

e.       Expansion slots and expansion cards

f.        Ports, buses, bays, and power supply

g.       Laptop computers

h.       Hands-on Exercises:

-         Installing new hardware

-         Setting the system clock

-         Power Management

-         Understanding the motherboard

4.      Input devices

a.       Keyboards

b.      Pointing devices

c.       Scanners and reading devices

d.      Digital cameras

e.       Audio and video input

f.        Input devices for the physically challenged users

g.       Hands-on Exercises:

-         About your computer

-         Customizing the keyboard

-         Using the mouse and the keyboard to interact with an online program

-         Using the mousekeys

-         Scanning documents

-         Sending E-mails

5.      Output devices

a.       Display devices

b.      Printers

c.       Audio output

d.      Other output devices

e.       Terminals

f.        Output devices for physically challenged users

g.       Hands-on Exercises:

-         About your computer

-         Accessibility options

-         Using Paint

-         Using Microsoft Magnifier

-         Setting Up to print

-         Configuring your display

6.      Storage

a.       Memory versus Storage

b.      Floppy disks

c.       Hard disks

d.      Compact disks

e.       Tapes

f.        PC cards

g.       Other types of storage

h.       Files, directories (folders), and network drives

i.         Hands-on Exercises:

-         Examining my computer

-         Working with files

-         Managing files and folders

-         Learning about your hard disk

-         Disk cleaning

-         Maintaining your hard disk

7.      The Internet

a.       History of the Internet

b.      How the Internet works

c.       The world wide web

d.      Webcasting

e.       Electronic commerce

f.        Web publishing

g.       Other Internet services

h.       Netiquette

i.         Using the Internet: cookies and security

j.        Network computers

k.      Web appliances

l.         Wireless web communications

m.     How to use a travel Web clipping application on a PALM computing device

n.       Hands-on Exercises:

-         Online services

-         Understanding Internet properties

-         Determining dial-up networking connections

-         Using help to understand the Internet

-         Connecting to the Internet

-         Using the world wide web

-         Building a Web page

8.      Operating systems and utility programs

a.       system software

b.      operating systems

c.       Starting a computer

d.      Utility programs

e.       How to purchase, install, and maintain a personal computer

f.        Hands-on Exercises:

-         About windows

-         Using a screen saver

-         Changing desktop colors

-         Customizing the desktop for multiple users

-         Evaluating operating systems

-         Working at your computer

-         Installing/uninstalling an application software

9.      Communications and networking

a.       Uses of communications

b.      Physical transmission media

c.       Wireless transmission media

d.      Transmission characteristics

e.       The telephone network

f.        Communication network example

g.       Communication software

h.       Communication devices

i.         Networks

j.        Hands-on Exercises:

-         Understanding your modem

-         Phone dialer

-         Network access

-         Using help to understand networks

-         Exploring the computers of the future

-         Global positioning systems

-         E-mail attachments

-         Troubleshooting simple Internet and networking issues

10.  Multimedia

a.       Introduction

b.      Multimedia applications

c.       Multimedia hardware

d.      Multimedia authoring software

e.       Hands-on Exercises:

-         Playing audio compact disks

-         Understanding multimedia properties

-         Using help to understand the media player

-         System sounds

-         Types of multimedia used in multimedia applications

11.  Security, Privacy, and ethics

a.       Computer security: risks and safeguards

b.      Information privacy

c.       Ethics and the information age

d.      Internet security and privacy issues

e.       Hands-on Exercises:

-         Understanding backups

-         Licensing agreements

-         Scanning a disk

-         Checking system resources

-         Keeping your computer virus free

 

7.      GUIDELINES/SUGGESTIONS FOR TEACHING METHODS AND STUDENT LEARNING ACTIVITIES:

 

        Brief presentations of theory, lectures, and demonstrations followed by intensive hands-on PC sessions characterize this course. Students get to discuss strategies and work in-groups in the development process.

        Projects supplement and reinforce these learning activities.

        Projects are assigned for students to develop the skills and capabilities of using computers and information technology. These are started in class but the majority of the effort will be in the labs after class hours.

        Readings are assigned and Internet inquiries are formulated to give students current knowledge of the field.

 

8.      GUIDELINES/SUGGESTIONS FOR METHODS OF STUDENT ASSESSMENT (OUTCOMES):

 

        Eleven quizzes, culminating in a final examination.

        Weekly projects with submitted documents or reports.

 

 

 

9.      SUGGESTED READINGS, TEXTS, OBJECTS OF STUDY:

G.B. Shelly, T.J. Cashman, M.E. Vermaat, T.J. Walker, Discovering Computers, 2005, Concepts for a connected Word, Course Technology, 2004

G.B. Shelly, T.J. Cashman, M.E. Vermaat, Discovering Computers 2006: A Gateway to Information, Complete, Course Technology, 2005.

Shelly, Cashman, Gunter, Gunter, Teachers Discovering Computers: Integrating Technology in the Classroom, Third Edition, Course Technology, 2003

B. Daley, M. Wood, Computers Are Your Future 2006 (complete), 8/E, Prentice Hall, 2006.

A. Evans, K. Martin, M Ann Poatsy, Technology in Action-Complete, 2/E, Prentice Hall, 2006.

10.  BIBLIOGRAPHY OF SUPPORTIVE TEXTS AND OTHER MATERIALS:

 

 

11.  PREPARER'S NAME AND DATE: Gilbert Ndjatou, February 11, 2005

 

12.  ORIGINAL DEPARTMENTAL APPROVAL DATE: Fall 2004

 

13.  REVISERS' NAME AND DATE: N/A

 

14.  DEPARTMENTAL REVISION APPROVAL DATE: N/A