COMPUTER CONCEPTSDr. Miriam Meijer ("Mayor")
CS110 Section 33561Montgomery College
Science North 309Takoma Park, Maryland, USA
Mondays 6:30-9:10 p.mSpring 2000

Introduction to the scope, significance, history, and social implications of data processing. Study of programming language hierarchy, elements of a software system and program implementation. Also hardware concepts, including number systems, data representation, central processor, storage, input/output, and system configurations.

Week I - Monday, January 24, 2000
An Overview of Computers.
Introduction - "Photo Essay: The Age of Information."

Week II - Monday, January 31, 2000

Week III - Monday, February 7, 2000
Quiz 1
An Overview of Computers. - What were the Computer Generations?
Appendix - "History and Industry: The Continuing Story of the Computer Age."
Chapter 1 - "Computer Hardware: Meeting the Machine."

Week IV - Monday, February 14, 2000
Quiz 2
An Overview of Computers.
Chapter 2 - "Computer Software: Productivity and Systems Software."

Week V - Monday, February 21, 2000
Quiz 3
Hardware Tools. - How to convert Number Systems!
Chapter 3 - "The Central Processing Unit: What Goes on Inside the Computer."

Week VI - Monday, February 28, 2000
Quiz 4
Hardware Tools.
Chapter 4 - "Input and Output: The User Connection."
Chapter 5 - "Storage and Multimedia: The Facts and More."

Week VII - Monday, March 6, 2000

Week VIII - Monday, March 13, 2000
S P R I N G     B R E A K

Week IX - Monday, March 20, 2000
Quiz 5
Internet Tools.
Chapter 6 - "Networking: Computer Connections."

Week X - Monday, March 27, 2000
Quiz 6
Internet Tools.
Chapter 7 - "The Internet: A Resource for All of Us." Check out the World's Domain Extensions!

Week XI - Monday, April 3, 2000
Quiz 7
Internet Tools - Learn about the optional Electronic Résumé (10 bonus points)!
Chapter 8 - "The Internet in Business: Corporations, Small Businesses, and Entrepreneurs."
Chapter 9 - "Writing Your Own Web Page: Using HTML or FrontPage."

Week XII - Monday, April 10, 2000
Quiz 8
Applications Tools.
Chapter 10 - "Security and Privacy: Computers and the Internet."
Chapter 11 - "Word Processing and Desktop Publishing: Printing It."

Week XIII - Monday, April 17, 2000
Quiz 9
Applications Tools.
Chapter 12 - "Spreadsheets and Business Graphics: Facts and Figures."
Chapter 13 - "Database Management Systems: Getting Data Together."

Week XIV - Monday, April 24, 2000
Quiz 10
Software Tools.
Chapter 14 - "Programming and Languages: Telling the Computer What to Do." Glossary
Chapter 15 - "Systems Analysis and Design: The Big Picture."

Week XV - Monday, May 1, 2000
Quiz 11
Software Tools.
Chapter 16 - "Management Information Systems: Classic Models and New Approaches."
Chapter 17 - "The Cutting Edge: Expert Systems, Robotics, and Virtual Reality."

Finals Weeks: Monday, May 8, 2000
Last day to hand in the extra credit Electronic Résumé!

H. L. Capron, Computers: Tools for an Information Age (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000), the sixth edition, is required weekly reading.
In order to become computer literate we will be studying a great deal of terminology which is specifically used for computer concepts. You can get assistance with terminology at the Computer Currents website where they have a current High-Tech Dictionary available for general use.
The CD-ROM that comes with the textbook is an optional study device. It can help you reinforce the terminology with which you are the least familiar. Otherwise, owning a computer is not a course requirement. To prepare for each class, read the assigned chapters and concentrate on the bolded Key Terms in the "Chapter Review" at the end of each chapter. The weekly quiz will consist of five of these terms, to which you write a brief definition in your own words. Each definition counts as half a point.
Optional, also, is to earn 10 bonus points by creating an electronic résumé. The final grade will be calculated from the following testing proportions:
  • Quizzes = 25 points
  • Midterm = 25 points
  • Final = 50 points
  • One of the lowest quiz grades will be dropped!
  • Optional Electronic Résumé = 10 bonus points

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