Computers for New Users

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CIS 090

       Course Name: Computers for New Users

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course focuses on introductory computer skills and basic terminology. Content includes starting the computer; desktop configuration; management of files and folders; searching the Internet; send, receive and attach a file to an email; create, format, edit, save, and print documents; create, format, edit, chart, save, and print spreadsheets.  Intended for those with little to no experience in operating the hardware and commonly used software applications.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and use the hardware components
  2. Understand the purpose of each software category
  3. Understand the role of the operating system
  4. Boot up a computer
  5. Identify the screen elements for the operating system and software applications
  6. Create, move, copy, rename and delete files and folders
  7. Create, edit, format, save and print a word processing document
  8. Create, edit, format, save and print a spreadsheet
  9. Send and receive an email message
  10. Read and create an e-mail attachment
  11. Search the World Wide Web using various search techniques
  12. Understand basic computer technology

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

  1. Introduction to Personal Computers
    1. Computer hardware
      1. Components
      2. Booting a computer
      3. Mouse Functions
      4. Keyboard keys and functions keys
    2. Computer software
      1. Operating systems
      2. Application software
      3. Antivirus software
    3. Buying a computer
  2. Word Processing
    1. What is a word document?
    2. Screen layout
    3. Creating and modifying a document
      1. Font size and style
      2. Spell check and thesaurus
      3. Cut, copy, and paste
      4. Bold, underline, italics
      5. Alignment and tabs
      6. Graphics
    4. Save and print documents
  3. Operating system functions
    1. Startup procedures
    2. Screen layout
    3. Creating files and folders
    4. Managing files
  4. Internet
    1. World Wide Web
      1. Terminology
      2. Connecting
      3. Surfing
      4. Hyperlinks
      5. Search techniques
    2. E-mail
      1. E-mail addresses
      2. Creating, sending and retrieving an e-mail
      3. Reading and attaching attachments
  5. Spreadsheets
    1. What is a spreadsheet?
    2. Screen layout
    3. Creating and modifying a spreadsheet
      1. Cell ranges
      2. Cut, copy, and paste
      3. Bold, underline, italics
      4. Font size and style
      5. Formulas
      6. Functions
      7. Charting using a wizard
    4. Download data from the Internet into a spreadsheet
    5. Save and print spreadsheets

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, demonstrations, discussion, and hands-on exercises.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students are expected to be able to read, write, and speak English.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

In-class hands-on exercises, reading assignments, projects, quizzes, and exams will be used.

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
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.