Course description

Tune up your toolkit – deepen your understanding of hardware, operating systems, productivity software and basic website design. Boost your productivity by using advanced functions of tools including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Work with an engaged instructor who provides timely and constructive feedback on applied assignments.

The course requires Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (including Access) or LibreOffice. LibreOffice is an open source application that can be downloaded from the Internet at no cost. For further information about LibreOffice, please visit

The online format of the course lets you study from anywhere, anytime.

Text: Digital Planet: Tomorrow's Technology and You, Introductory (10th Edition), Beekman and Beekman.

Learning objectives

  • Identify different types of hardware and software.
  • Describe the purpose and main features of productivity software, such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access; or the equivalent LibreOffice applications Writer, Calc, Impress, and Base.
  • Understand the different ways in which data can be shared between applications.
  • List the advantages and disadvantages to working on a network.
  • Describe various Internet applications and services and discuss issues related to the World Wide Web.
  • Design a basic web page in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).

Required equipment/software

  • a reliable Internet connection
  • Windows or Apple OS X computer
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2007/2010 (including Access) or LibreOffice.

Recommended web browsers

For Windows computers:

  • Internet Explorer: latest version
  • Mozilla Firefox: latest version
  • Google Chrome: latest version

For Apple computers:

  • Mozilla Firefox: latest version
  • Apple Safari: latest version
  • Google Chrome: latest version

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