CIS 171 Problem Solving with Computers (3)

Catalog Description:

This course is a broad and hands-on exposure to the capabilities and uses of computer software. Course projects introduce students to problems that computers can solve and various tools (programs or applications) used for these solutions. These tools include developing Internet web pages, using graphics, spreadsheets, and databases applications. Students participate in a team project to design and launch a website that will benefit web users practically and/or spiritually. Meets General Education Mathematical Sciences requirement. (Offered each semester.)


No previous experience with computers is assumed.

Required Course Materials:

Documents & Online Resources: Presentations, Web links, other Documents are on Sakai under Resources.

Course Coordinator:

D. Scott Weaver, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Course Audience:

Information Science majors. This course satisfies the general education requirement for a course in mathematical sciences.

Course Objectives:


Students who successfully complete this course will:

  1. select and use computer hardware and software appropriate for a variety of problems
  2. use Windows or Mac operating systems to manage files and storage devices
  3. develop safe computing habits
  4. design and build attractive and useful websites
  5. use image editing software to design and modify images
  6. use graphic organizer software to brainstorm ideas and plan for projects
  7. use spreadsheets to solve numerical problems and present data graphically
  8. understand the possibilities and the limits of computing
  9. develop the skills for working effectively and collaboratively with others, and
  10. develop an awareness of ethical issues involving the use of computer applications.



  1. Basics
  2. Hardware
  3. Software
  4. Graphics
  5. Databases
  6. Networks
  7. Internet
  8. Security
  9. Programming


Reviewed:  October 2013 (textbook); February 2012 (course numbering)

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