Indiana University Northwest

Course Description

Diana Larson

Diane Larson
Computer Information Systems

Office: HH 327
Phone: 219-980-6758

Online Course Offered:
Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters

CSCI- A106 Introduction to Computing

Course Description  

This online course is an introductory course that covers Microsoft® Office applications. Students will learn the most important topics of Microsoft® Office suite. In addition, students learn an overview of the Microsoft® Windows operating system. Once students are familiar with the operating system and file management, topics then include brief email basics and Internet browsing skills. The majority of the course entails learning the basic Office programs which include Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Students also learn how to integrate these applications. This course is designed to give students a hands-on approach to microcomputer applications. 

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Course Goals and Objectives  

Key instructional objectives for this online course include:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing and integrating business-oriented computer application software programs such as Microsoft® Office with Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing the basic computer skills required for Microsoft® Windows operating system such as file management.
  • Demonstrate an ability to navigate and utilize the Internet (World Wide Web) as both an educational and career-related tool.

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Course Activities  

Key course activities that you will complete in this online course to prepare yourself to support your students’ reading and studying your content material include:

Assignments/Labs. Students will complete labs using Microsoft® Office (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint). Labs will reinforce the chapter material pedagogy. Students will learn critical-thinking and problem-solving to gain a comprehensive understanding of Microsoft® Office. Case-based tutorials challenge students to apply what they are learning to real-life tasks, preparing them to easily relate skills to new situations.

Exams. Exams will be tasked based on Microsoft® Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint). Students will take exams using SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) which is a proficiency-based assessment and training environment for Microsoft® Office. Students are continually engaged in their learning. Focusing on outcomes is a key factor to using SAM successfully.

Forums. Each student is expected to actively participate in discussing the open ended question posted by your instructor in the forums. Students will contribute and respond to online forums for sharing and collaborating with classmates on course topics. Students will post their original reply to the question from the instructor. In addition, students will reply back to 2 students. A total of 3 postings are required for each forum.

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Course Syllabus  


CSCI A106: Introduction to Computing

Online Course Syllabus

When: Online

Where: Online

Instructor: Diane Larson

Office: Hawthorn Hall 327

Phone: (219) 980-6758