CIS-101: Introduction to Computers and Applications

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: CIS-101 Introduction to Computers and Applications

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 2 class hours, 2 lab hours

Credits: 3

Course Description in college catalog:

Introduction to the fundamentals of computer use in business, including concepts of computer hardware, operating system and application software, elements of problem-solving.  The course is designed to provide hands-on experience with the personal computer. Solutions to practical business problems are explored through the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.

A student with both Word and Excel Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification may take CIS-206 in place of CIS-101. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. QCC/John Jay Dual/Joint Accounting for Forensic Accounting

A.A.S. Accounting

A.A.S. Computer Information Systems

A.A.S. Management

A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology

Certificate Program – Computer Information Systems

Certificate Program – Office Administration 

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Students will achieve the following course objectives:

  1. At the end of this course the students will understand the fundamental concepts, vocabulary, and operating principles of the personal computer and its operating system.  Students will be introduced to the role played by the personal computer in business, and practical ways of acquiring, implementing, and operating the personal computer.

  2. Students will be able to understand the fundamental concepts of word processing, electronic spreadsheets, and presentation software.

  3. Students will be able to use that knowledge to select the word processing software, spreadsheet software, and presentation software best suited to solve a variety of business problems.

  4. Students will get hands-on experience with Windows 10, Word 2016, Excel 2016, and PowerPoint 2016 by completing required computer assignments throughout the semester.

Program-specific outcomes

Use foundational business principles to evaluate and solve problems for software applications.

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  1. Student participation

  2. Hands on in-class lab assignments

  3. Hands on project assignments outside the classroom

  4. Hands on examinations

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Office of Accessibility Services website.

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