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Computer Literacy

Computer Literacy / Intro to Computers

Did you know that real computer skills involve a lot more than web surfing, emailing and texting? In today's world, the Internet can be a dangerous place. For example, someone can turn on your computer's webcam without your knowledge!

Phones and tablets are hot items, but what can happen if you lose yours? How do you stay safe online?

Brookhaven College offers several three- and four-credit hour introductory courses covering the basics of computers and their use. They are available in full semester, minimester, self-paced and online sections. If you feel uneasy around computers and would like to know more, then sign up for a class.

What You'll Learn

In lecture, you'll learn:

  • the basic parts of a computer and what they do;
  • how to purchase a computer;
  • issues relating to computer use and society;
  • introduction to information systems;
  • about programming languages; and
  • computer communications and the Internet.

In lab, you'll learn:

  • introduction to Windows;
  • introduction to word processing using Microsoft Word;
  • introduction to spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel;
  • introduction to the Internet; and
  • introduction to databases using Microsoft Access (four hour courses only).

Approximately three to four hours of lab work per week is required for a standard semester Computer Literacy course. This course is supported by a dedicated lab featuring high-speed personal computers and up-to-date software. Lab assistants are always on hand to assist you with problems or questions about the labs.

Which Class is Right for You?

There are four introductory course numbers — COSC 1301, COSC 1401, ITSC 1401 and BCIS 1405— and they are NOT interchangeable.

If you: Enroll in:
  • failed the DCCCD Computer Literacy Skills placement test and were told to take COSC 1301, or
  • plan to transfer this course to a four-year school, or
  • just want a general course covering Computer Literacy topics.
COSC 1301
  • need a four-hour computer science introduction course that will transfer, or
  • plan to earn an Associate of Applied Science with a requirement of COSC 1401, or
  • plan to earn a certificate with a requirement of COSC 1401.
COSC 1401
  • need a business course that will transfer, or
  • plan to earn an Associate of Applied Science with a requirement of BCIS 1405, or
  • plan to earn a certificate with a requirement of BCIS 1405.
BCIS 1405
  • plan to earn an Associate of Applied Science with a requirement of ITSC 1401, or
  • plan to earn a certificate with a requirement of ITSC 1401.

  • Note that ITSC 1401 will generally not transfer to schools outside the Dallas County Community College District system.
ITSC 1401

Please refer to the current Brookhaven College credit course schedule or the noncredit course schedule for specific course dates an times.

For questions or more information, please contact the Computer Studies lab:

Bldg. K, Room K103
972-860-4955
bhcCIT@dcccd.edu