Course Syllabus

Course Description

An introductory study of the computer industry, including the role of the computer in business and society, computer functions, processing techniques, programming languages, microcomputer systems and applications, data communications, and future trends. Prerequisite (s): None

Professor Information

Name: Chris Meyer
Title: Dean, Learning Resources Center
Office Location: LRC 102C
Office Hours: By appointment only
Campus Phone Number: 405-733-7913
Campus E-mail Address:

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Course Information

Prerequisite course(s) or skill(s): None
Course Number, Title, Class Number: CIT 1103 Introduction to Computers #7502
Time/Location: Asynchronous with periodic deadlines throughout the session

Delivery Method


This course may be completed entirely online through the Canvas learning management system. There are no on-campus requirements for this class. Free access to computers is available to all students in the Library Open Computer Lab and other computer labs on campus. If you need help at any point within the Canvas system, click Help in the left global navigation menu.

Textbook/ Supplies

Discovering Computers 2017 Cover

Title/Edition: Enhanced Edition Discovering Computers 2017, 1st Edition
Author(s): Vermaat, Sebok, Freund, Campbell, and Frydenberg
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Copyright Year: 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-305-65745-8 or 978-1-337-35189-8
Helpful supplies/materials: The textbook is required. The access code is not required. While the interactive tools on the publisher companion website may help to reinforce textbook content in an engaging format, the publisher activities are optional and will not be monitored or graded. You may purchase the textbook from the College bookstore, directly from the publisher, or from to name three options. It is possible to use a recent version of the textbook if you want to save money. There are very few differences from year to year. The main thing to watch for is changes in page numbering.

Course Rationale

Computer literacy is a national priority in the fast changing world of computers and information systems technology. A definition of computer literacy can be to create awareness of computers, knowledge of computers, and some experience interaction with computers.

Computers are impacting the lives of individuals. Knowledge of how to store and retrieve information for decision-making is vital to those who would prepare for contemporary careers and will be a common requirement for future jobs. How data is created, captured, organized, entered, and processed is a vital concern to a large percentage of employed persons in the workforce today.

Knowledge relating to one computer should be expanded to a collection of networks that connect computers all over the world. This collection is referred to as the Internet. It is important to have some concept of the structure of the information highway and how to navigate for quickly accessing information.

Course Objectives/ Expected Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. identify the three factors for computer literacy from a given list of statements.
  2. identify the basic parts of computer hardware from a given list of statements.
  3. identify the functions of the basic parts of the computer from a given list of statements.
  4. identify the hierarchy of data organization from least to most by listing.
  5. identify the purpose and types of secondary storage from a list of statements.
  6. identify the various types and generation of languages from a given list of statements.
  7. identify the need for secondary storage and the common devices used from a given list of statements.
  8. identify the basic parts of local area network from a given list of statements.
  9. print mail messages for class assignments.
  10. use a word processor such as Microsoft Word to create, save, print, and modify a document.
  11. use a spreadsheet application such as Microsoft Excel to create, save, print, and modify a worksheet.
  12. create a spreadsheet/ worksheet containing text, numbers, formulas, and functions.
  13. use a database management system such as Microsoft Access to create a file table, enter data, and edit the data within the table.
  14. use a database management system to index the data, create a report file, and save and print the results.
  15. identify the management functions from a given list of statements.
  16. identify types of computer crimes from a given list of statements.
  17. identify the major issues of privacy, ethics, and security from a given list of statements.
  18. identify key terms of communications by matching the definition to the term.
  19. identify the purpose of a browser, and name at least two of the most popular browsers.
  20. identify toolbar and location of the netsite or Web address/URL (Uniform Resource Locator).


Grading Scale

Your letter grade in the course will be based upon total points earned and be determined by the following point scale:

A 900 and up
B 800 - 899
C 700 - 799
D 600 - 699
F 599 and below

Points may be earned as follows:

Quizzes 12@20 = 240
Projects 12@25 = 300
Discussions 12@20 = 240
Exams 5@60 = 300
Total 1080

Note that you have an opportunity to earn more than 1000 points by simply completing all of the available assignments. Rather than thinking about complicated grade calculations, just consider that once you accumulate enough points to fall within a letter grade range you have earned that grade. You can only move up the grading scale as you earn more points.

You may view grades, teacher comments on your assignments, and point totals through the individual assignment page or your Grades page. You should be able to view your standing in the course throughout the semester as soon as your assignments are graded. Please contact me if you have a question about your grades.

Special Grades

The grade of W can be assigned only if the student officially withdraws from the course by the last day to withdraw as designated in the Semester Schedule.

A student may request a grade of I only when an emergency situation affects the last few days of the semester. The student must be passing at the time of the request. In this case, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor before the scheduled final exam for the course. The student and instructor will coordinate and devise a plan to complete the class.

Make-up and Late Work

Please note assignment deadlines. If you need extra time to complete an assignment, you will have until the end of the unit to submit late with a penalty of 10% per day. The maximum penalty is 50%. If you have special circumstances, please contact me. Exceptions may be made at instructor discretion. The sooner you notify me about your circumstance, the more flexibility we will both have regarding possible exceptions and make-up opportunities. It is prudent to try to complete assignments early in their availability to minimize the likelihood of unforeseen circumstances.

Important Dates to Remember

Last day to Drop 100% Refund: August 24, 2018
Administrative Withdrawals Reported: August 31, 2018
Last day to Withdraw: September 28, 2018

Class Attendance/ Participation

Students must participate in academic activities on a weekly basis to be considered in attendance for the week. Examples of academic activities include, but are not limited to, contributing to a class discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, or participating in class activities or other requirements as established by the instructor.

A student who does not actively participate by submitting a graded assignment by the end of the first week of the session will be administratively withdrawn from the class with a grade of AW. In this case, the student will still be financially obligated to the College to pay for the class.

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