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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 0
Hours: 12 lecture per quarter (12 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Create, manage, delete, and save files in word processing, spreadsheets, and email applications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use basic computer skills in an educational setting.


This noncredit course introduces students and other individuals to basic technology skills. These skills include, but are not limited to: basic word processing skills; basic spreadsheet skills; basic management and organization of files; saving, downloading, and uploading files; basic email use; mouse/navigation skills; internet search skills. Students will be able to learn independently or in small groups to enhance their personal skills in using a computer for basic digital tasks needed to begin Foothill College coursework.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate the ability to use basic computer skills in an educational setting.
B. Create, edit, delete, save, and manage files in word processing, spreadsheets, and email.

Course Content

A. Basic Email
1. Create, save, respond to, and send email
2. Add attachments to email
3. Identify when to use carbon copy or blind copy
B. Basic Word Processing
1. Create, edit, save, share, and delete files in a word processing tool
2. Format a basic document
C. Basic Spreadsheets
1. Create, edit, save, share, and delete files in a spreadsheet tool
2. Use basic formulas
3. Format a basic spreadsheet
D. File Management
1. Delete, save, move, rename, and organize files
2. Download and upload files
E. Basic Navigation on a Device
1. Mouse skills
2. Trackpad skills
F. Internet Search
1. Use a browser to do basic searches

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Computers, including but not limited to: desktops, laptops, or other mobile devices.

Method(s) of Evaluation

The student will demonstrate proficiency by:
A. Completing assignments through badging system.
B. Class performance with demonstrations.

Method(s) of Instruction

Lecture, discussion, demonstration.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Miller, Michael. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics. 8th ed. Que Publishing, 2015. Print


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Example reading assignment: Students will read, both in print and online, instructions relating to the basic use of a device. Additionally, there will be written material which will accompany either video or direct instruction.

B. Example writing assignments: Students will write responses to questions regarding the demonstration of using a computer application, such as email, word processing document, or spreadsheet.



Instructional Design/Technology, Computer Information Systems