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Course Description

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This course provides a survey of computer systems and software, including an introduction to computer programming, data organization and the social impact of computing. The course emphasizes application packages for personal and business use.

Notes: Cannot be taken for credit by students taking a major or minor in Computing and Information Science. CIS*1000DE can be counted as a Natural and Mathematical Science Course for B.A. Distribution Requirements

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
  1. Identify and describe basic hardware components of computer systems.
  2. Articulate and discuss the use of programming, databases, networks, the Internet, and information systems.
  3. Identify and discuss major operating system functions.
  4. Apply various functions of computer applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, and database software.
  5. Design and develop a website using HTML, style sheets, and multimedia technologies.
  6. Discuss and explain the social, ethical, and legal issues associated with computing and emerging technologies.
  7. Explain how to evaluate the quality of resources discovered online for their accuracy and reliability.
  8. Develop an ePortfolio including selected artifacts and supporting learning reflections.

Course Topics

  • Why Computers Matter to You
  • Understanding Computers and Their Parts
  • The Internet and the Web
  • Application and System Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Networking
  • How the Internet Works
  • Digital Devices and Media
  • Computer Security
  • Software Programming
  • Databases and Information Systems
  • Networking and Security

Additional Requirements

Restriction(s): CIS*1200. Not available to students registered in B.A.Sc. Program (Applied Human Nutrition major), B. Comp. degree or a CIS minor.


Assessment Item Weight
Online Lab Participation 2%
Portfolio Assignment (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Website Development) 32%
Online Discussions and Report 10%
Online Quizzes (4 x 4%) 16%
Online Final Exam 40%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

This course uses Zoom as a video communication tool. A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. In order to use Zoom, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  2. Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  3. A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  2. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  3. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  4. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  5. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  6. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Introduction to Computer Applications
September 10, 2020 to December 04, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Note: The textbook is a recommended resource, both the print and e-text versions are acceptable.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Technology in Action by Alan Evans, Kendall Martin, and Mary Anne Poatsy © 2019 Pearson Education Canada Complete 15th edition ISBN 15th E: 9780134837871 16th E: 9780135435199
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