MCT100 - Introduction to Microcomputers

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Subject Title
Introduction to Microcomputers

Subject Description
If you have little or no experience, this is the course for you! Students learn computer terminology, work with Windows, understand file management and are introduced to the internet, use e-mail and create documents with Microsoft Word and worksheets with Microsoft Excel.

Credit Status
Participating students who attend at least 70% of scheduled classes receive a document confirming he/she attended this course.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Identify parts of the computer system.
2. Use basic Windows commands.
3. Enter and edit data using different applications.
4. Explore the Internet and e-mail.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Topic Outline

Understanding Computer Applications

Computer Fundamentals
Software (general terminology and discussion of basics)

Understanding the Operating System and File Management

Operating System Basics
Windows 7 Desktop
Windows Management
Customizing a Computer System
Managing Files and Folders
Windows Search
Windows Help

Navigating the Internet

Understanding the Internet
Searching the Internet
Downloading From the Internet
Societal Issues of the Internet

Working with PowerPoint

Understanding PowerPoint
Modifying a Presentation
Previewing and Printing a Presentation
Inserting Objects
Adding Multimedia
Adding Transitions and Animation
Creating a Photo Album

Working with Word

Understanding Word
Modifying a Document
Working with Word Options
Previewing and Printing a Document
Inserting Objects

Working with Excel

Understanding Excel
Modifying a Worksheet
Working with Multiple Worksheets
Working with Functions

Understanding Networking and Computer Security

Networking Basics
Creating a Home Computer Network
Securing a Home Computer Network
Home Computer Security
Windows 7 and Internet Explorer Security Features

Exploring Online Communication and Cloud Computing

Online Communication
Cloud Computing

Exploring Digital Entertainment and Multimedia Applications

A Definition of Digital
Digital Photography
Digital Video
Business Applications

Mode of Instruction
Classroom instruction and extensive hands-on experience will be provided with each participant having exclusive use of a computer. Additional modes of instruction will include class discussion, lecture and question and answer period  

Prescribed Texts

Required Supplies
USB provided.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
There is no formal testing or process to evaluate the students understanding. It is up to the student to evaluate his/her own progress. Students must attend 70% of classes to receive a document confirming he/she attended this course.

Approved by: Sharon Estok