Introduction to Handheld Computers
I. Course Prefix/Number: CIS 133
Course Name: Introduction to Handheld Computers
Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate introductory-level proficiency in using a PalmOS-based handheld computer (also known as a PDA). Concepts learned will include:
- Use of the PDA to manage schedules and tasks
- Use of the PDA to store data
- Entering data with a stylus
- Adding new applications to the PDA as needed
- Backing up the PDA via synchronization
- Understanding PDA choices
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Introduction to Handheld computing
- How is it different?
- Families of handheld computers
- The PalmOS based PDA
- Silkscreen area
- Application Buttons
- Scroll Buttons
- HotSync Cradle
- Introduction to PalmOS
- Onscreen Keyboard
- Launching Applications
- Standard PalmOS Software
- Date Book
- Address Book
- To Do List
- Memo Pad
- Other built-in features
- Adding New Software
- Why add new software?
- How to find programs
- Installation of programs
- Use of programs
- Synchronization and Palm Desktop
- Why synchronize?
- Using Palm Desktop
- Other desktop applications
- Memory and battery management
- Other hardware features
- Handspring PDA
- Wireless access
- Selecting a PDA
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Writing: Aspects of PDA use require the student to be able to write using clear and syntactically correct English.
Computer: Students will use handheld and desktop computers.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.