Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

COT 204: Using Windows

General Information

  • Name: Using Windows
  • Discipline: Computer Office Technology (COT)
  • Units (Credits): 3–9
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Covers how the Windows Graphic User Interface is used, how to customize Windows and how to use the various accessories and parts of the Windows program.

II: Course Objectives

COT 204 Covers how the window Graphic User Interface is used, how to customize windows and how to use the various accessories and parts of the Windows program.

  • Log on and off windows XP
  • Work with a mouse.
  • Identify Windows components
  • Manage Desktop items.
  • Understand the Recycle Bin
  • Shut down the computer.
  • Open and maneuver in the Control Panel window.
  • Set display options.
  • Modify taskbar options.
  • Set regional settings, including date and time.
  • Adapt mouse responses to your personal requirements.
  • Manage printers.
  • Look at contents of disk drives on a computer.
  • Determine disk capacities.
  • Understand the alternative ways to arrange items on the screen.
  • Create and manage folders and subfolders for efficient file organization and recovery.
  • Understand, create, and manage shortcuts.
  • Work with the Recycle Bin
  • Use the Search Companion tool to locate files and folders.
  • Explore the help and Support Center window.
  • Get assisted support
  • Use the Help index
  • Search for help.
  • Take the Windows XP tour.
  • Open and close an application.
  • Preview WordPad, Notepad, and Paint accessory applications.
  • Learn to use the Windows Calculator.
  • Save, open, and print documents.
  • Fax from your computer.
  • Handle and no responsive application.
  • Use the windows clipboard.
  • Work with linked and embedded objects.
  • Set up an internet connection.
  • Connect to a dial-up connection.
  • Browse and search the Web with Internet Explorer 6.
  • Set and use Favorites.
  • Review your Web usage history.
  • Set content restrictions.
  • Modify Internet Explorer options.
  • Work with MSN Explorer.
  • Create e-mail accounts.
  • Create and send e-mail.
  • Attach a file to an e-mail.
  • Receive and manage e-mail
  • Save e-mail addresses in an address book.
  • Subscribe to a newsgroup.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

The mission of this course is to provide employment-related knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a chosen field of study.

COT 204 - addresses the following AAS degree student learning outcomes. Students who complete programs in occupational areas are expected to demonstrate they:

  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Develop an appreciation of the importance of social, ethical, legal and diversity issues.
  • Are able to acquire the skills and perform the tasks necessary to achieve employment or career enhancement
  • Can present themselves effectively to a potential employer.
  • Utilize effective communication skills and available resources to remain current in their chosen occupational field.


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