Maricopa Community Colleges  CIS105   20044-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 4-27-04

CIS105  2004 Summer I – 2010 Fall

L+L  3.0 Credit(s)  4.0 Period(s)  3.7 Load  Occ

Survey of Computer Information Systems

Overview of computer technology, concepts, terminology, and the role of computers in society. Discussion of social and ethical issues related to computers. Use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. Includes programming and use of the Internet. Exploration of relevant emerging technologies.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


CIS105  2004 Summer I – 2010 Fall

Survey of Computer Information Systems



Summarize the historical development of information processing and the computer, and describe its impact on society. (I)


Use accurate terminology to describe common uses of technology in society. (II)


Describe how technology is used in various career paths. (III)


Identify common hardware components of computer systems and describe their uses. (IV)


Identify different types of software and their uses. (V)


Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. (V)


Describe common uses of networks. (VI)


Use the Internet to communicate, collaborate, and retrieve information. (VII)


Create programs in a common programming language using appropriate input, output, and processing statements for that language. (VIII)


Determine when technology is useful and select the appropriate tool(s) and technology resources to address a variety of tasks and problems. (IX)


Describe the steps in planning and implementing technology solutions. (X)


Identify positive social and ethical behaviors when using technology and the consequences of misuse. (XI)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


CIS105  2004 Summer I – 2010 Fall

Survey of Computer Information Systems


I. Overview of Computer Technology

A. History of Information Processing

B. Impact on Society

C. Specific Technical Terminology

D. Emerging Technologies

II. Common uses of computers

A. Multimedia

B. Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems

C. Robotics

D. Communication

E. Management Information Systems

F. Personal Productivity

G. e-Commerce

III. Career Paths That Use Technology

A. Health Care

B. Arts

C. Sports

D. Public Safety

E. Government and Nonprofits

F. Business and Industry

G. Education

H. Science, Math, and Engineering

IV. Hardware

A. Processing Unit

B. Storage Devices

C. Input/Output Devices

V. Software

A. System Software

1. Operating System

2. Utilities

3. Device Drivers

B. Application Software

1. Word Processing

2. Spreadsheets

3. Databases

4. Presentation Software

C. Differences Between System and Application Software

D. Usage

VI. Networks

A. Types of Networks

1. Local Area Network (LAN)

2. Wide Area Network (WAN)

B. Uses of Networks

1. Sharing Resources

2. Communication

C. Security and Data Integrity

VII. Internet

A. E-mail

B. File Transfer

C. e-Commerce

D. World Wide Web (WWW)

VIII. Programming

A. Languages

B. Algorithms

C. Design Tools

1. Flowcharts

2. Pseudocode

D. Create Programs

IX. Applying Technology to Tasks or Problems

A. Define Task or Problem

B. Evaluate Alternatives

X. Planning and Implementing Technology Solutions

A. System Development Life Cycle

B. Purchasing and Upgrading Personal Computers

XI. Social and Ethical Issues

A. Ethics

B. Viruses

C. Security

D. Ergonomics

E. Intellectual Property Rights

F. Privacy


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