Courses Catalogue

Computer Fundamentals

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Computer Science, B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Mathematics and Computing
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

Course Content

 Introduction to Computers Systems (6 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 (4 Hours)

  • Software categories, digital computers, binary numbers

Computer architecture                 (4 Hours)                                                     

  • Input/Output devices, Main and Secondary memory, Central Processing Unit

Introduction to operating systems                     (4 Hours)                                         

  • Windows Professional/XP/Vista, Windows NT4.0, Linux/Unix

The Internet and the World Wide Web  (4 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                             (11 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 Modelling        (11 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 modelling using spreadsheets.

MS Power Point                   (11 Hours)                                                               

  • Produce excellent presentations with MS PowerPoint

Computer Design & Graphics       (5 Hours)                                         

  • Corel Draw; Photo paint; front page; Publisher


Mode of Delivery

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • In class discussions
  • Guided discovery


Prerequisites:     None


Instructional Materials/Equipment

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes