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Administrative Unit: Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CISS 171
Course Title: Introduction to Computer Information Systems for Mac Users
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Overview of computer hardware, software, programming and information systems as applied in the modern business environment. Hands on applicaitons of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software for the Macintosh computer are used to explore use of microcomputers in business. G.E.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current edition of:

Discovering Computers 2011
By Shelly, Gary B. and Misty E. Vermaat (Cengage Learning)
Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac
By Shelly and Jones (Cengage)
Course Objectives
  • To provide students with a firm foundation in computer technology, computer nomenclature, terminology, and the use of computers as productive tools.
  • To provide students with a firm understanding of what computers are, how they operate and how they are used today.
  • To explore the information processing industry and issues in contemporary computing.
  • To provide students with hands-on experience working with Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point, with the Macintosh Operating System, and the World Wide Web on Macintosh computers.
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify and describe the components of a computer, the purpose of a network, categories of computers and their characteristics, and the elements of an information system.
  • Identify and describe the components of the Internet and types of e-commerce and their audiences.
  • Search for and evaluate the credibility of information on the Web.
  • Identify the categories of application software, give examples of each, and explain the ways software is distributed.
  • Identify and describe the purpose of each component of the system unit including the processor, chips, adapter cards, and motherboard.
  • Identify chips, adapter cards, and other components of a motherboard.
  • Identify and describe various input devices including optical scanners, reading devices, and biometric input devices.
  • Describe different types of storage media, including cloud-based options, and compare their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Identify and compare types of system software and network operating systems and describe the functions of an operating system.
  • Identify and describe the components required for successful digital transfer of data and communications.
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of using a network and of various types of physical transmission media.
  • Describe the advantages of databases over flat file structures.
  • Explain the functions common to most database management systems and compare the advantages and disadvantages of different types of databases.
  • Describe the major types of computer security risks and identify safeguards for each.
  • Describe the major secturity risks and privacy issues that arise in a computer society.
  • Explain the primary issues and threats associated with internet crime.
  • Explain how freedom of expression and first amendment rights are potentially impacted by computers and the internet.
  • Define intellectual property and the methods that individuals and companies are taking to protect themselves from "infringement" and "theft".
  • Describe ethical issues software manufacturers face in producing software for sale.
  • Explain the ethical and legal issues involved in employer/employee relations, employee monitoring, and use of contingent workers as they relate to information technology.
  • Describe the digital divide, its impact of standards of living and worker productivity, and what is being done to eliminate these influences.
  • Demonstrate mastery in using productivity software such as MS Office on a Macintosh computer.
Topical Outline:
  • Overview of computers
  • The internet
  • Software
  • The system unit
  • Input and output devices
  •  Storage devices
  • Operating systems
  • Communication networks
  • Security
  • Databases
  • Programming languages
  • Careers

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Suzanne Tourville Date: January 14, 2013
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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