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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)*
Area of Study: Science
Prerequisite: Some basic competence in Windows**
Precluded Course: None
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Centre: School of Computing and Information Systems
COMP 210 is not available for challenge.
*Note: This course is offered online using Moodle. Online activities include interaction with your academic expert or learning facilitator and other students, participation in forums for online discussions between instructors and other students, and using the library, digital reading rooms, and other research resources available on the Internet. You must have access to specific computer hardware and software components. For information on course start dates and registration deadlines, refer to the online calendar.
**Note: Students who are concerned about not meeting the prerequisites for this course are encouraged to contact the course coordinator before registering.
COMP 210: Introduction to Information Systems and Computer Applications is designed as a three-credit course on fundamentals of information systems for students who are not planning to major in information systems. The course will cover basic hardware concepts; the structure, or architecture, of computers; the software hierarchy from systems software to application programs; and information systems concepts and development at a more basic level than COMP 200.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to
More specifically, after successfully completing this course, you should be able to
COMP 210 is composed of the following eight units:
To receive credit for COMP 210, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent) on the course Portfolio which combines Projects 1-8 and the Learning Resources Conference activity. The course has no examinations.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.
The Study Guide and some supplemental materials for COMP 210 are in electronic format. The course materials also include the etext Understanding Computers in a Changing Society (6th edition) by Deborah Morley, from which the majority of the required readings are drawn.
A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
Delivery of COMP 210 is based on electronic materials formatted for online delivery and on computer-mediated communications. The student must have an ISP connection supporting a graphical user interface, a working email account, and must be able to use email to register. Students are required to have their own copy of Microsoft Office.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 8, Feb 11, 2019.
Updated August 15, 2019 by Student & Academic Services