Introduction to Computers

list Preamble

info Description

This is a computer concepts, fluency, and skills focused course designed for non-science majors. Students will build a fundamental knowledge of the components that comprise a computer, and will learn how these components represent digital information, including data, sound, graphics, and video. Students will also learn the computing foundations of communication and network infrastructures. The course will form a basis for problem solving skills that evolve and adapt as technology advances. Students will also master advanced skills in word processing, spreadsheet creation, and presentation software, among other applications. Previous computer experience is not expected; Not open to Computing Science majors.

list Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will understand...

menu_book Textbooks

You may purchase these books in our bookstore or anywhere online. Ensure the isbns match before making your purchase. This will ensure you’re using the right edition, title, and author. No other edition/isbn is supported in class.

New Perspectives on Computer Concepts 2018: Introductory

  • isbn: 9781305951518
  • Edition: 20th
  • Author: June Jamrich Parsons
  • Amazon link

New Perspectives Microsoft Office 365 & Office 2019: Introductory

  • isbn: 9780357025741
  • Edition: 1st
  • Authors: Patrick Carey, Dan Oja, June Parsons, Katherine Pinard, Ann Shaffer, Mark Shellman
  • Amazon link

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Important Notes

The University treats absences related to covid-19 as excused absences. Consequently, you’ll need to get notes from someone in class, as mentioned in the section of this syllabus marked Advice on Succeeding in Class. There will not be a streaming video option for anyone missing class.

Notable Dates

⟫ First day of classes (Week 1): Wednesday, 17 January 2024

⟫ Midterm (Week 8): Wednesday, 6 March 2024

⟫ Spring recess — No class (Week 9): Monday, 11 March, and Wednesday, 13 March, 2024

⟫ Last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” (Week 12): Tuesday, 2 April 2024

⟫ Final exam; Last day of classes (Week 16): Monday, 29 April 2024

Note: Time permitting, I will make every attempt to cover the topics listed below in order. However, depending on the cadence of the class, some topics may be overlooked.

In the schedule below, indicates the Computer Concepts book, while indicates the Office 2019 book.

Week Topics Homework
  • Thorough syllabus breakdown
  • Read about how to install Microsoft Office on your local machines here
  • Acquire the textbooks
  • Module 2, pgs 83–121
  • Device Basics
  • Device Options
  • Processors and Memory
  • Storage
  • Input and Output
  • Module 2, pgs 122–157
  • Network Basics
  • The Internet
  • Internet Access
  • Local Area Networks, or LANs.
  • File Sharing
  • Module 3, pgs 200–239
  • Assignment 1 due
  • Software Basics
  • Operating Systems
  • Module 6, pgs 376–413
  • Apps and Applications
  • Productivity Software
  • File Management Utilities
  • Module 6, pgs 414–451
  • Assignment 2 due
  • Basic Security
  • Malware
  • Module 7, pgs 452–487
  • Online Intrusions
  • Interception
  • Social Engineering
  • Module 7, pgs 488–519
  • Assignment 3 due
  • Midterm
  • Word (Modules 1–2)
  • Creating and Editing a Word Document
  • Navigating and Formatting a Word Document
  • Creating Tables and Word Reports
  • Enhancing Word Page Layout and Design
  • Word (Modules 3–4)
  • Getting Started with Excel
  • Formatting Workbook Text and Excel Data
  • Excel (Modules 1–2)
  • Assignment 4 due
  • Performing Calculations with Formulas and Functions
  • Analyzing and Charting Financial Data
  • Excel (Modules 3–4)
  • Creating a PowerPoint Presentation
  • PowerPoint (Modules 1–2)
  • Assignment 5 due
  • Arduino
  • Arduino Labs 1–2
  • Arduino
  • Arduino Labs 3–4
  • Open lab
  • Enjoy your summer!

assignment Assignments

There are five assignments provided via Blackboard and two paper-based, non-multiple choice exams given during class time. The weights assigned to each is as follows:

balance Class Policies

warning Academic Honesty

Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated in this course; make certain that all the work you submit is your own. Refresh your understanding of the college’s policy on academic honesty.

accessible Students with Disabilities

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balance Title IX and Sexual Assault

Sexual violence and other forms of sexual misconduct and harassment, including stalking and intimate partner violence, are prohibited under Title ix, federal and state law, and University of Hartford policy. Information on the University’s policies against sexual violence can be found at Resources regarding sexual violence can be found at

Note: University of Hartford faculty, staff, and ras are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title ix Office ( For further information on The University’s policies and resources, please contact Jason Martinez (860.768.5255; or Justin Bell (860.768.4880;

psychology Mental Health and Well-Being

Mental Health is an important aspect of students’ well-being and integral to positive academic experiences and success. If, during the semester, you experience difficulties and would like support, consider contacting the University of Hartford’s caps, or Counseling and Psychological Services, which offers a range of short-term counseling services available to full-time undergraduate students at no additional cost, and to part-time undergraduate and graduate students for a small fee. caps is located in Gengras Student Union, Room 313 map, and can be reached by calling 860.768.4482 or emailing Liz Inkel at Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

info Advice for Succeeding in Class

Read over the following to understand procedures for maximizing your chances of succeeding in class.

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Nowadays, I only use email for emergency situations, such as a pet emergencies, personal tragedies, etc. For matters related to our course, you’re advised to see me before or after class, during my office hours, or by appointment. My contact info is listed in the Preamble.