Introduction to Computers

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
CSIS 1110
Introduction to Computers
Computing Studies & Information Systems
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 2 Hours per week Seminar/Lab: 2 Hours per week Total: 4 Hours per week
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture, seminar and hands-on activities in the computer lab and online.

Course Description
This course provides a general introduction to computers, applications software, programming, hardware and computer information systems. Emphasis will be placed on computer literacy topics such as hardware, software, operating systems, programming languages, data communications, applications software and information systems. This course is suitable for students who wish to use the computer as a tool for problem solving.
Note: Students who have received credit for CISY1110 or CSIS 1190 will not receive further credit for CSIS1110.
Course Content
  1. Introduction to computer hardware and software
  2. Computers as a tool: helping people solve problems
  3. Computer categories: microcomputers, minicomputers, mainframes, supercomputers
  4. Operating system concepts
  5. Numbering systems and computer's internal data representation
  6. Spreadsheet software basics: worksheet environment, entering data/formulas, editing, cell references, recalculating formulas, designing templates, "what if" analysis, graphics
  7. Database software basics: system environment, creating structure, displaying records, sorting records, manipulating records, report generation, query facility
  8. Word processing software basics: system environment, features and functions, editing, formatting, printing options, search/replace and block commands
  9. Presentation graphics software: system environment, features and functions, editing, formatting and printing options
  10. Current programming languages
  11. Internet terminology and use of a Web browser
  12. The usage of e-mail
Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  1. explain the fundamental concepts of computer hardware and software
  2. analyze a problem, decide whether it can or should be solved by a computer, and provide an appropriate solution
  3. describe the major components of applications software in the areas of word processing, spreadsheets, database management, presentation graphics, data communications, and Internet
  4. use an operating system software in the Windows environment
  5. use software packages in word processing, spreadsheets, database management, graphics
  6. describe the computer information system life-cycle
  7. use Web browsers, search engines and e-mail.
Means of Assessment
Assignments (Minimum: 4)  20%-30%
Participation        0-5%
Quizzes (1-5)  10%-20%
Midterm Examinations(s) or      
Major Tests (1-5)
Final Examination  25%-30%
 Total        100%

Note that the combined total of Assignments and Participation is not to exceed 30%.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students


  • Evans, Alan et al. Introductory Technology in Action, current edition. Prentice Hall
  • Gaskin, Shelley et al. Go! Office 2007 Introductory, current edition, Prentice Hall and supplementary materials packaged with these textbooks.
  • USB flash drive, minimum 1GB capacity.

BC Principles of Math 11 with a grade of “C” or better

Which Prerequisite

ACCT1220 and ACCT1222 and ACCT2320 and ACCT3370 and BUSN2275 and BUSN2429 and BUSN3380 and BUSN4470 and CSIS1140 and CSIS1155 and CSIS1175 and CSIS1280 and CSIS2200 and CSIS2350 and MARK3441 and MARK4440