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CMSY 132 Introduction to Windows - Online

After successful completion of this course, the student will be able to understand and use Windows.  Emphasis is on managing folders and files and customizing the desktop.  This course may be completed in fewer than 14 weeks.  All of the work (except tests) may be done outside of class if the student has Windows. 

Credit                                          1
Prerequisite                                None
Instructor                                   Helen Dignan
Office Technology Classroom     DH 301

Registered Students | Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Texts and Materials | Exams 

Registered Students

Immediately after enrolling, please go to, choose the semester, and complete the pre-semester notification form.

Overall Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Resize, move, and close windows.
  • Create a custom Windows environment which includes organizing applications, utilities, accessories, and other program items.
  • Use Windows Help.
  • Create folders; move, copy, delete, and rename files and folders; start applications; and print files.
  • Use Paint to create and edit drawings.
  • Copy and move data.
  • Customize the desktop which includes display settings, screen savers, and the appearance of Windows.

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Major Course Topics

  • Windows Desktop Components and the Mouse
  • Working with Windows
    • Positioning and Sizing Windows
    • Arranging Multiple Windows and Icons
    • Using Help
  • System Properties
  • Managing Files with Windows Explorer
    • Creating Files, Folders and Subfolders
    • Moving, Copying, Deleting, Renaming Files and Folders
    • Searching for Files by Name, Date, and Type
    • Restoring Deleted Files
  • Paint
  • Customizing the Desktop
    • Changing the Appearance of Windows
    • Screen Savers
  • Running Applications

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Course Format

  • This course is not self-paced.  However, students may accelerate their pace so that they may finish the course in fewer than 14 weeks.
  • The syllabus lists course requirements.
  • This schedule is posted in the learning management system and is available for students all semester.
  • No on-campus meetings are required.  However, this course does require on-campus attendance for tests.  The tests may be taken during any open hours in the Office Technology classroom.  Please note, however, that all CMSY132 online students are welcome to come to the Office Technology classroom to do classwork and/or to receive personal help from an instructor.
  • Modules contain course instructions.
  • Canvas learning management system is the method of communication. 
  • Real-time chats are not required.

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This course has a mandatory face-to-face orientation held on the Saturday morning prior to the semester start.  Please click on to view the orientation schedule.

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Course Requirements

For complete technical requirements, specific course instructions, and information to help you assess options that best fit your lifestyle and learning style, visit

  • Windows 7
  • Although there are no prerequisites for the course, familiarity with a computer is strongly recommended.
  • Come to the Office Technology classroom to take tests which have deadlines for completion.
  • Complete two homework assignments which have deadlines for completion.

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Texts and Materials Required

Microsoft Windows 7 Brief Edition
Wempen and Bucki | Paradigm 2011 | ISBN: 978-0-76383-806-5

Two flash drives

Additional textbook information:  Please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements for Online Courses

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The course requires:

  • A Web browser

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For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has three theory exams and three production exams, which have deadlines for completion.  The exams must be taken at the college during any open hours in the Office Technology classroom.    

If you have any questions or comments about this class, please send a message to

Cindy Garnsey,  

Last updated on 9-Jul-13
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