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COSC 105: Computer Applications in Business [CF 3.0, 30;30 HOURS] 

COURSE PURPOSE: To enable learners identify the major components of computer systems and understand how computer systems execute programs, store information, and communicate. 


By the end of this course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe different types of computing machines
  2. Describe how computing machines are organized internally
  3. Execute the various computer applications such as Filing system in windows; Word-Processing: Document creation, Editing texts, Formatting, Printing, Tables, Columns, Mail Merge, Document templates, Managing large documents, Printing.
  4. Carry out work dealing with Spreadsheets, Presentation Package, databases and computer networks


Characteristics of computers, the evolution of computers, survey of computer technologies and application;mainframe versus stand alone micro-computers, Introduction to hardware, basic computer organization, data representation, processor and memory, peripheral devices; Mouse skills, Keyboard layout and skills, Storage media, Starting up/shutting down;

Introduction to software, programming languages, operating systems, and application software, Starting/Closing Applications, Filing system in windows; Word-Processing: Document creation, Editing texts, Formatting. Spreadsheets: Creating a worksheet, Editing a worksheet, Worksheet formatting, Working with charts, Sorting and Summarizing;

Presentation Package: Views, Objects, Editing objects, Slides: Shows, Transition, Special effects. Databases Functionalities: Database Management Systems, Creating a database, Database Components, Tables, Forms, Queries, Reports, Database security;

Fundamentals of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. The importance of integrated information systems in an organization. Procurement, production, and sales business processes using ERP software. Introduction to accounting, marketing and management information systems.

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.



Lectures, Question/ Answer approach ,demonstration, practicals and group discussions.


 LCD projectors, Computer with ms-office  and Felt Pens. 


  1. Randal E. Bryant and David R. O’Hallaron, Introduction to Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective,  Prentice Hall, 2003, (ISBN 0-13-034074-X)
  2. Null and Lobur, The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture, 2006
  3. Bryant and O’Hallaron,  Computer Systems: A Programmers Perspective, 2003


Assessment Marks
CAT’s & Assignment 30%
Final exam 70%
Pass Mark 40%

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