GEN103 Introduction to Computer Applications

Course Description:

Introduction to Computer Applications is designed to familiarize students with computers and their applications. It will also emphasize the use of computers and technology throughout their high school, college, and future careers. Students will learn fundamental concepts of computer hardware and software and become familiar with a variety of computer applications, including word- processing, spreadsheets, databases, and multimedia presentations. Students will also investigate Internet-based applications, working with email and learning how to browse the web. Coursework also includes activities that explore social and ethical issues related to computers.

Course Code: GEN103

Credit hours: 1

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will:
• Students will successfully identify computer hardware and peripheral devices
• Identify and discuss the four main functions of computer hardware: input, processing, output, and storage
• Students will be able to Identify and describe major hardware components
• Students will iterate major steps in the historical development of computers and information systems
• Students will Identify, describe and use communications and networking terminology and technology to include Internet operations and its uses
• Students will be able to explain and present to the class, the major operating system functions and demonstrate usage of operating system services to include: disk management, file management, and memory management
• Students will successfully Identify and discuss computer ethics and security issues
• Students will demonstrate searching, validation, and evaluation of information found online and in library databases
• Students will be able to list the use of important categories of application software: word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics
• Students will Identify and discuss software development processes and programming languages
• Students will successfully create a website with HTML tags and post to a Web server
• Students will Identify and discuss emerging technologies

Course Outlines:

  • Computer Hardware
  • Communications Technology
  • Operating Systems
  • Ethics and Security
  • Information Literacy
  • Productivity Tools
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Presentation Graphics
  • Web Authoring and Publishing

Main Textbook

Microsoft Office 2016 (Step by Step) | Joan Lambert and Curtis Frye (Authors) | ISBN-13: 978-0735699236

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Participation: 60% (6 assignments, 10% each)
  • Mid-Term exam: 10%
  • Final Project: 20%
  • Final exam: 10%

Communication Etiquette:

  • Post all your questions related to the course to the (Online Test) forum.
  • If sending emails directly to the lecturer, please include appropriate label in the subject line (Action Required/Info/Admin) and allow up to 3 working days for reply.
  • Limit telephone communication with the Lecturer to within specified office hours only.
  • When leaving a voicemail, please clearly state your name, course code, and contact number.

Additional Information:

Log in Instructions:

To attend live – online lectures (on their scheduled time):

Virtual Class Room

Access the course on-line by logging into Online School, accessible from

Al-Huda Online School

You will need a user name and password to:

  • View the recorded lectures if you missed the live online ones.
  • Interact with your teacher and classmates.
  • Upload and submit your assignments, research papers, and exams.
  • View your grades.
  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Weekly materials and graded assignments will be posted onto the site by Monday – in sha Allah.
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