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Course Description

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This course covers an introduction to computer hardware and software, data organization, problem-solving and programming. The course includes exposure to application packages for personal and business use and is intended for students who wish a balance between programming and the use of software packages.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Articulate the importance of computer fluency in contemporary society;
  2. Identify and describe the functions of computer hardware and peripheral devises;
  3. Describe when and how the Internet evolved;
  4. Examine the use of mobile devices in both business and private settings;
  5. Discuss and apply basic computer networking solutions;
  6. Effectively use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software; and
  7. Identify and compare the uses of various databases.

Course Topics

  • Using technology to change the world
  • Understanding the parts
  • Using the Internet
  • Application software
  • System software
  • Understanding and assessing hardware
  • Networking
  • Digital and mobile devices
  • Computer security
  • Software programming
  • Databases
  • How the Internet works

Additional Requirements

Restriction(s): CIS*1000. Not available to students registered in a B.Comp degree or a CIS minor.


Assessment Item Weight
Revel In-chapter Assignments 10%
Revel End-of-chapter Quizzes 20%
Individual Assignments (2 x 10%) 20%
Group Discussion (3 x 5%) 15%
Online Final Exam 35%
Total 100%


Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Introduction to Computing
January 11, 2021 to April 12, 2021
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

Students must have access to Internet Explorer Version 7 or higher, access to either the latest versions of MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint or access to the latest version of Office for MAC.

To maintain the academic integrity of online exams, the Final Exam for this course is proctored using Respondus Lockdown and Monitor. A webcam and microphone are required.

Both the print and e-text versions of the required textbook will be supported.

Note:  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.

Section Materials
  • e-book (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Technology in Action ( eTextbook with Revel Access Card) by Alan Evans, Kendall Martin, and Mary Anne Poatsy © 2018 Pearson Education 15th edition ISBN 9780134868073
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