ET-821: Computer Applications in Modern Society

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ET-821 Computer Applications in Modern Society

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): None

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

This course examines the impact of computers on modern life by looking at how they work, what they do, where they can be used, what they are capable of, what happens when they fail and how they are used and misused. Among the many topics included are gaming, entertainment, communications and social networking, encryption, and cryptography, data security, piracy, and copyright, governmental regulation and related issues, Class demonstrations are used to illustrate major points.

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

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Elective)

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

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Course objectives/expected student learning outcomes
Course Objectives Learning Outcomes
To expose students essential computer concepts. Students will will learn the basic components of computing systems and the internet.
Demonstrate Master of the Microsoft Office Suite Students will construct complex document using Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint
Demonstrate the skills needed to build simple websites. Students will implement a simple website using Microsoft Expression Web
Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in research and communication using information acquisition tools, to engage in self-directed continuing professional development. Students will research timely, technical, socially relevant topics and develop positions.
Students will demonstrate the ability to deliver effective oral presentations. Students will present their research and position in a written report and an oral presentation to the the class.

Program-specific outcomes

-  An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.

-  An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.

-  An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.


Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

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:

  • Weekly lab exercises
  • Final Project

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).

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