Courses Catalogue

Computer Fundamentals

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Education (Mathematics) - B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline


 Introduction to Computers Systems (5 Hours)                                        

  • General introduction, computer sub-system, hardware/ software/ human  resource, data/operating environment, computer hardware, system unit, monitor/ keyboard/ mouse/ printer, computer software, application software.

Basic Computer Processing (5 Hours)

  • Software categories, digital computers, binary numbers

Computer architecture  (5 Hours)                                                   

  • Input/ output devices, main and secondary memory, Central Processing Unit

Introduction to operating systems   (5 Hours)                                         

  • Windows Professional/xp/vista, Windows NT4.0, Linux/Unix

The Internet and the World Wide Web (5 Hours)                                              

  • Internet; World Wide Web; browsers: Netscape and Internet Explorer; internet addresses; use of search engines; use of the internet for on-line purchasing, on-line courses, research; sending, receiving and managing electronic mail.

Word Processing  (5 Hours)                                                             

  • Producing documents with formats and styles, use of mail merge to create letters, manipulating text and graphics and documents create templates and forms to use, import / export other documents into MS Word.

Spreadsheets and modeling (5 Hours)                                                     

  • Use MS Excel for budgeting and analyzing financial and statistical data, add charts and objects to charts, import data from other applications such as databases, carry out simulations and modeling using spreadsheets.

MS Power Point   (5 Hours)                                                             

  • Produce excellent presentations with MS PowerPoint

Computer Design & Graphics  (5 Hours)                                

  • Corel Draw; Photo paint; front page; Publisher


  • Practical online engagements
  • Guided Discovery
  • Peer Tutoring

·         Reading assignments

·         In class discussions

Integrating Computer Fundamentals in the teaching and learning process

Students design a point presentation illustrating how computer systems work to presented in class.

Students to engage in peer tutoring of each other on the components of the computer to be afforded by the Wiki platform