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COURSE OUTLINE

1. Course Information:
Course Name:

Computer Systems

Course Number:

COMP-0006

Program:
Administration,

Business Administration, Office


Hotel and Restaurant Management

Total Course Credits:

Prerequisite(s):

None

Corequisite(s):

None

Learning Resource(s):
Electronic resources are provided to students throughout the course. Students
may print these resources if they wish.
2. Course Description:
In this course, students gain skills in using technology to complete a variety of
tasks. Students use technology to communicate, research, organize, and
manage their work while considering various issues associated with the use of
technology for such tasks.
3. Rationale:
Businesses require individuals who can effectively use computer technology.
Students learn to work effectively with a variety of applications to communicate,
gather information, manage information, and share information.
4. Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of the course the learner should be able to:
1. Communicate effectively in a business / professional environment using
technology.
2. Manage business-related work using technology.

3. Perform reliable online research.


4. Explore hardware used by the business / professional world.
5. Elements of Performance:
1.
Communicate effectively in a business
/ professional environment using technology.
1.1.
Use electronic mail.
1.2.
Collaborate on-line.
1.3.
Identify online security measures.
1.4.
Create an electronic portfolio.
1.5.
Explore social media.
2.

Manage business-related work using technology.


2.1.
Perform electronic mail management functions.
2.2.
Maintain personal information such as schedules, contacts, and task
lists using information management software.
2.3.
Manage files on a local network and on the web.
2.4.
Create, use, and remove shortcuts on a variety of objects.
2.5.
Personalize programs.
2.6.
Use a file compression utility.
2.7.
Search for files in a variety of mediums including email messages,
files, folders, and websites.
2.8.
Explain legal issues related to computer use.

3.

Perform reliable online research.


3.1.
Use advanced search techniques.
3.2.
Evaluate the credibility of information found on the web.
3.3.
Act within the guidelines of copyright laws.
3.4.
Use the Windows Help application.
4.
Explore hardware used by the
professional world.
4.1.
Describe basic computer hardware.
4.2.
Discuss professional uses for peripheral devices.
4.3.
Use a variety of peripherals.
4.4.
Assess the requirements of an ergonomically-designed workstation.
4.5.
Discuss basic computer network concepts.
4.6.
Describe equipment and procedures to reduce risks to your systems,
data, and personal information.

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6. Delivery Methods:
Demonstration, hands-on activities, discussion, and research projects. Much of the class
time will be spent working on practical applications. Students that miss a class are
responsible for ensuring that they obtain any materials they may have missed and
complete any exercises assigned.
7. Assessment and Evaluation:
Assessment

Weight

8 Assignments and Projects worth 10% each

80%

Online Portfolio

20%

Total

100%

Supplemental Privileges:
This is a practical, assignment-based course therefore supplemental privileges are not
allowed.
Evaluation Scale:
A+
90 - 100
B+
A
80 - 89
B

76 - 79
70 - 75

C+
C

66 - 69
60 - 65

D
F

50 59
0 49

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8. Essential and Employability Skills:

Communicati
on

Critical and
Creative
Thinking

Self
Management
and
Organization

Working with
Others

Use of Technology

Speaking

Critical
thinking

Organizationa
l and time
management
skills

Respectful
interactions

Use Information and


Communication
Technology (ICT) to
perform required tasks

Listening

Creative
thinking

Initiative and
risk taking
abilities

Recognition
of and
respect for
diversity
and
individual
differences

Manage digital
information

Reading

Problem
Solving

Flexibility and
adaptability

Interperson
al
communicat
ion skills

Use digital tools to reflect


and record learning

Writing

Research
Skills

Personal and
social
responsibility

Collaboratio
n and
cooperation

Communicate effectively
online

Presenting

Planning skills

Consensus
skills

Engage in relevant online


communities

Numeracy

Safe work
practices

Negotiation

Manage group
interactions using
multiple technologies

Conflict
resolution

Develop fluency in online


authoring and publishing

9. Topical Outline:
Computer hardware and software
Ergonomics
File management and utilities
Legal issues
Networking concepts
Online storage and collaboration
Outlook including advanced email features, calendar, and task management
Security
Social media
Web-based research
Windows
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10.

Details of Preparation:

Patti-Jo Burt
Prepared by:
11.

Date:
Approval:

Recommended for approval by:


Program Chair or Designate

Date:

Approved by:
Dean/Designate or Director/Designate

Date:

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School of Business, Agriculture & Environment Course Outline Attachment


Excused Absence:
An excused absence is only approved by the instructor and/or Dean/Chairperson if the
student has notified the instructor prior to the class period missed and the absence
meets one of the following criteria:
a) Medical illness doctors certificate may be required by the college.
b) Snow or ice storm causing highway department to issue a travel advisory.
c) Family/personal crisis.
d) A specialist appointment that has been previously set and if missed would cause
undue medical problems.
e) Jury duty.
f) Natural disaster, e.g. flood, tornado etc.
Attendance:
Consistent attendance is critical to your success in this course. If you miss class you miss
important content, class discussions, and instructions regarding assignments and tests it
is solely your responsibility to find out what you missed (see academic policy A5).
Missed Quizzes / Tests / Exams:
In the case of a missed quiz, test, exam or other compulsory class activity, a grade of
zero will be assigned unless the student has an excused absence or has made prior
arrangements with your instructor.
Missing or Late Assignments:
Assignments are to be submitted by the deadlines set out by the course instructor. Late
assignments will be subject to penalties as determined by the course instructor. Exceptions
are made for excused absences.
Technology Use in Classroom:
The use of cell phones, smart phones or other communications devices for social
networking purposes is not permitted in classes.
Cheating:
Unless there are exceptional circumstances (the onus of proving those circumstances is
on the student), in addition to any other sanctions authorized by academic policy A25,
students shall receive a failing grade in the course. Cheating is defined in the academic
policy and includes using other peoples work as your own, allowing other people to use
your work as theirs and using unauthorized materials and resources during a quiz, test or
examination.

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Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation Guidelines


School of Business, Agriculture & Environment
Recommendation
Ten percent of the mark on all written assignments submitted for marks will be based on
the fundamentals of grammar, punctuation, and spelling. This would apply to
written/typed assignments for all Business courses in the School of Business, Agriculture
& Environment, except for Business English, Communications and Research and Report
Writing, where more marks would be allocated, based on the nature and intent of those
courses.
Rationale
This recommendation is based on:

The Conference Board of Canadas Employability Skills Profile lists the ability to
communicate so others pay attention and understand as one of its fundamental skills.
Program advisory committees consistently indicate that communication skills are
essential skills for employees in their organizations.
The need to provide many opportunities for students to learn and reinforce these skills
so that their use becomes second nature.
Addressing todays trends towards technological slang, shortcuts, and abbreviations in
communications.

Marking Criteria
The following criteria will serve as a guideline, but are not limited to:
1. Format and layout (placement, balance, margins, physical appearance)
2. Message plan (clear flow of message)
3. Mechanics:
o punctuation
o spelling
o capitalization,
o sentence structure
o word use
o abbreviations
o numbers (written or spelled)
o incomplete sentences
o fused (run-on) sentences

4. Communication:
o too wordy
o unfamiliar words
o uses courtesy
o active voice
o coherence and clarity of thought
o non-biased or sexist
o tone relevant to topic
o depth of discussion and thought
o unrelated thoughts in one
sentence
o sentences are too long
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