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DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES 

COSC 0102: Introduction To Computer Applications (30/30;CF 3.0)

COURSEPURPOSE:

The main objective of this course is to equip students with a working knowledge of general purpose computer applications.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to use common general purpose computer applications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use operating system features
  • Demonstrate knowledge of internet and applications involved

COURSE CONTENT DESCRIPTION:

General introduction to microcomputers, operating systems, Word processing: Introduction, general features of word processing, document formatting. Printing. Proof reading and spell checking. Mail merge. Spreadsheets: Introduction.Definitions. Worksheet and workbook, data entry, data analysis, formulae and functions, graphs, sorting.Power point. Powerpoint concepts, features, and applications. Internet. Development, services, web browsers, search engines, simple hypertext markup language (HTML) documents. Database Management Systems, Creating a database, Database Components, Tables, Forms, Queries, Reports, Database security; Introduction to data communication: Computer networks, intranets, the Internet, www. Browsing/Surfing, Searching, Portals, Blogs, Electronic mail, Sending/Receiving, cc, bcc, attachment; cyber security issues; mailing list, spam, phishing.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

Lectures, practicals, group discussions, demonstration.

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT

Projector, elearningplatform ,Computer with ms-office,Hand-outs  and Felt Pens.

EVALUATION

Assessment Marks
CAT’s & Assignment 30%
Final exam 70%
Pass Mark 50%

REFERENCES

  • Onunga J. (1999), Introduction to microcomputers and programming, Mariwa publishers, Nairobi
  • Jose Daminien(2013)Introduction to Computers and Application Software, TCI Edition, Jones &Bartlett learning.
  • Garley B.(2014)Introduction to Computers Application and concept, Cenage.
  • June J. et al (2010). Practical Miscrosoft Office 2010, Cengage learning.
  • June J. et al (2013). Practical Miscrosoft Office 2013, Cengage learning.
  • Misty Vermaat (2013), Discovering Computers & Microsoft Office 2013: A Fundamental Combined Approach, Cengage learning.

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