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:
• Identify computer hardware and peripheral devices
• Identify and discuss the four main functions of computer hardware: input, processing, output, and storage
• Identify and describe major hardware components
• Iterate major steps in the historical development of computers and information systems
• Identify, describe and use communications and networking terminology and technology to include Internet operations and its uses
• 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
• Identify and discuss computer ethics and security issues
• Demonstrate searching, validation, and evaluation of information found online and in library databases
• List the use of important categories of application software: word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics
• Identify and discuss software development processes and programming languages
• Successfully create a website with HTML tags and post to a Web server
• 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%
  • Assignments: 50%
  • Attendance: 10%
  • Mid-Term exam: 10%
  • Final Project: 20%
  • Final exam: 10%

Communication Etiquette:

  • If sending emails directly to the Instructor, 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 Instructor to the 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

Guidance College 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.
  • Your work will be checked and graded on weekly basis, in sha Allah.

Vision Statement:

Guidance College shall be one of the top well-recognized universities in the United States that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in specialized Islamic fields aiming at preparing moral and well-knowledgeable leaders who provide research-based Islamic alternatives that enable the Muslims to contribute to the success of their country.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their undergraduate degrees in authentic and professional specialized Islamic knowledge that recognizes modern-time realities and allows them to examine different branches of knowledge from an authentic Islamic perspective which enables them to think ethically, logically, analytically, and critically while making responsible and moral decisions aiming at improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the earth with a full understanding and appreciation of the cultural and human differences.