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College Catalog 2024-2025 
College Catalog 2024-2025
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ITCS 1010 - Computer & Information Processing Principles

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

ITCS 1010 introduces Information Technology concepts and methods that knowledge workers use to organize and manage information resources. Computer concept topic areas include up‑to‑date information about hardware, software, the Internet, telecommunications and network systems, databases, commerce and transaction processing, and information and decision support systems. Students develop or enhance basic skills in using computer applications software (word processing, database management systems, spreadsheet, and presentation packages) to effectively communicate for the benefit of an organization. Methods of instruction include lecture and lab.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Students should be able to use an operating system to manage files effectively.


  1. Create folders and subfolders.
  2. Save files into specific location.
  3. Copy, move or copy/paste files between folders to organize content.
  4. Search for specific files and folders.

Outcome 2: Students should be able to use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software as a means of communication and solving of problems effectively.


  1. Find and launch specific software.
  2. Create, modify and maintain a document, spreadsheet, database or Powerpoint.
  3. Share documents, spreadsheets, databases and Powerpoint among co-workers.
  4. Effectively use functions and formulas in documents, spreadsheets and databases.

Outcome 3: Students should have a basic knowledge of information technology concepts and methods that knowledge workers use as a tool in the business world.


  1. Gain basic knowledge of how IT is used in today’s and tomorrow’s world.
  2. Gain basic knowledge of computer networks as it applies to modern communication.
  3. Gain basic understanding of computer hardware and software.

Outcome 4: Students should be able to use the Internet efficiently for e-mail, commerce, and research.


  1. Able to use e-mail efficiently.
  2. Gain basic understanding of e-commerce.
  3. Able to use Internet effectively for research.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Hands-on approach introduction to Microsoft Windows System
    1. Windows programs and security features
    2. Windows search and help
    3. Using windows Explore to manage files and folders
  2. Hands-on approach introduction to Word, Excel, Access and Power Point at Microsoft Office Specialist Skill Level
    1. Create and save files
    2. Modify, format, and maintain files
    3. Using formulas and functions in Word, Excel and Access
    4. Using Office for collaboration and research
  3. Introduce computer concepts
    1. Computer technology and todays’ world
    2. Computer hardware
    3. The role of Interned in work, study and personal life
    4. System software and application software, and software programming
    5. Computer networking and network security
    6. Database and computer system

Primary Faculty
Banta, Robert
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Evans-Mach, Patrick
Balsamo, Michael

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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