CST 119 - Computer Concepts
A foundation course for students who have already had some exposure to computers. The lecture and lab will cover basic concepts in computer science and information science. The use of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software will be covered through a series of self-directed projects. Lecture and lab content includes an introduction to computer architecture, data representation, networks, database systems, systems analysis, CASE tools, operating systems including an introduction to DOS and UNIX, comparison of programming languages, Internet, Web page development, computer history and ethics. Students should have completed a high school computer science course, which focused on the use of an office suite, or CST 105/CST 106.
Prerequisite: High School Computer course or CST 105 Computer Applications or CST 106 Computers in Technology
2 Class Hours, 2 Laboratory Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Identify historical inventions that lead to the development of modern computers and resulting computer ethics issues.
2. Convert to and from binary, decimal, octal, and hexadecimal number systems and perform arithmetic operations in other bases.
3. Develop logic using gates and circuits in computer architecture.
4. Develop algorithms and pseudo code used in software engineering.
5. Utilize command line code in several operating systems and manage productivity of software tools.
6. Design relational database systems and write queries using Structured Query Language (SQL).
7. Identify network protocols and models and design a web page utilizing Web development techniques.
8. Identify computer security threats and prevention techniques.
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