Computing for End Users

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Computing for End Users

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BSNS 106 or 18 100-level COMP points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This paper examines information technology, its capabilities and limitations, and will be devoted to providing hands-on experience as well as covering the theoretical foundations of effective presentation of information.

    This paper provides exposure to and experience with two common graphics packages (CorelDraw and PhotoShop Elements). The class exercises follow a business theme established by the student when they choose a specific business and then create various elements used for that specific business (for example: business logo, business cards and letterhead, brochure, newsletter, poster, press release and PowerPoint slide show). Other topics covered include CV preparation and interview techniques, professional ethics, how to make formal presentations (PowerPoint techniques), computing history and personal computer security. The skills and foundation understanding developed in the paper will be useful for any given profession. They all use computing. This paper is designed to facilitate better use of the tool.

    Teaching Arrangements
    The paper is structured around twice-weekly lectures, weekly laboratories/tutorials and weekly practical exercises.

    Learning Outcomes
    - Students will gain direct experience and confidence using graphic tools, which will enable them to produce more-professional presentations - both written and oral
    - Students will gain an appreciation of computing history and understand where it all began and the progression from simple punched card through to the Internet of today
    - Students will learn why privacy is important to each of us and how to protect their own information and communications technology against various threats associated with its use
    - Students will learn how to write a CV and how to conduct themselves during job interviews
    - Students will gain an appreciation of professional ethical behaviour
    - Students will practise and enhance critical thinking in the design and implementation of all assignments
    - Students will practise and enhance communications skills, particularly in the assignment PowerPoint exercise
    - Students will practise and enhance interdisciplinary skills by developing the chosen theme through various aspects of a business problem
    - Students will practise and enhance an understanding of the business environment by creating a number of business solutions
    - Students will develop a further understanding of the ethical process as put forward and discussed in lectures

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