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  CIS 1130: Windows Basics

Course Overview

Windows Basics (CIS1130) is an introduction to the Windows operating system and its Graphical User Interface (GUI). Topics include managing and using windows, accessing programs, using search facilities, the Control Panel, Taskbar, Start Menu, managing files and folders, customizing the desktop, Internet and email, managing multimedia files, maintaining hardware and software and improving performance

CIS1130 combines textbook readings, online research, instructor notes, assignments and assessments to introduce/increase one’s understanding of Windows 7 or Windows 8.

CIS1130 is a 2 semester credit hour class.

Why Should I Take CIS 1130?

Computers are found almost everywhere: home, school and most places of business. Whether at the office, home, or school, it is important to use computers and technology efficiently. In this class you will learn how to customize the Windows desktop, manage data files, photos and music, work with printers and other computers, effectively use the Internet and protect computers from viruses and spyware. CIS1130 takes a hands-on, case-based, problem-solving approach to learning Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 skills and the Windows 7 of 8 operating system.

CIS1130 is a requirement for the COD Microcomputer Specialist degree and several COD certificates.

Necessary Equipment

In addition to the textbooks, one will need a computer with Windows 7 or Windows 8, a Web browser and Internet access.

Should I Take CIS 1130 Online?

Experience indicates that students most successful in an online version of a course are students who work with computers on a regular basis and are comfortable with online interaction.

If you have never before enrolled in an online course, visit the COD web site, Succeeding in Internet Courses , to determine if this method of study works for you.  The Self Assessment Tools will also guide you in your decision. Finally, Frequently Asked Questions will address your hardware and software needs for the class.