- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 119
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Course SummaryComputer Science 103: Computer Concepts & Applications has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging computer science topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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The course objective is to identify and understand computer hardware and software, the Internet, databases, computer security, programming, and system development.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Describe the historical development of computers and explain the impact of computers on work environments
- Identify and describe computer systems components and their function
- Differentiate between system and application software and provide examples of each
- Describe the function of operating systems and identify different types of operating systems
- Explain how the World Wide Web works and describe how the internet can solve business problems
- Create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with Microsoft Office applications
- Identify components of telecommunications systems and describe types of networks and network architecture
- Identify types of data and explain how businesses use big data, data mining, and database management systems
- Recognize computer, network, internet security, and privacy threats and explain how they can be addressed by individuals and businesses
- Identify and describe systems development life cycles and explain the purpose of systems analysis.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Computer Science 103: Computer Concepts & Applications consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE for 3 semester hours in the lower baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Computer Science 103 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Computer Science 103 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
- Check out this page for more information on Study.com's credit-recommended courses.
|Basic Computer Concepts||Outline the history of computers; describe the impact of computers on work environments; identify types of computer systems; differentiate between information systems and information technology; describe the benefits and limitations of IT in business.|
|Computer Hardware Components & Functions||Identify and describe computer components and their functions.|
|Application & System Software||Define application and system software; differentiate between these types of computer software; analyze examples of each software type.|
|Operating Systems for Computers||Describe the functions of operating systems; identify various types of operating systems.|
|Telecommunications Systems||Identify the components of telecommunication systems; recognize types of networks and computing devices; describe different types of network architecture.|
|Understanding Computer Files||Explain how to access, format, name and share computer files.|
|Troubleshooting Computer Issues||Troubleshoot computer issues; identify hardware, software and network problems.|
|Web Browsers & Technology||Explain how the web works; evaluate the basics of web browsers and web technologies; describe rules associated with online etiquette.|
|Using Microsoft Word||Create, format, save and share documents in Microsoft Word.|
|Using Microsoft Excel||Create, format, save and share spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel.|
|Using Microsoft PowerPoint||Create, format, save and share presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint.|
|Database Fundamentals||Identify types of data; define the concept of big data; explain how businesses manage and use databases; describe the purpose of data mining, administration and security.|
|Computer Programming Fundamentals||Define programming; identify types of programming languages; identify the elements of programming; explain how to write a program.|
|Systems Development & Analysis||Define system development; recognize systems development life cycles; describe application development processes; describe the purpose and process of systems analysis.|
|Computer Threats & Security||Identify computer threats; recognize types of computer, network and Internet security.|
|Technology's Ethical, Legal & Privacy Issues||Assess ethical issues related to technology in business; describe the impact of technology on privacy; identify and describe privacy laws and consumer protections.|
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|Completed all lessons in Computer Science 103: Computer Concepts & Applications course and achieved 100% Quiz Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
|Have available proctored exams in this month of membership.|
|Have not taken this exam three times. (0/3)|
|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
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4. Get Exam Results
We will send you an email with your official exam results within 1 to 2 weeks. If you would like to raise your grade after receiving your exam results, you can retake quizzes with fewer than 3 attempts. You will then need to retake the final exam.
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