Downtown Center

MABS 60 Downtown Center

MABS 60 Course Description


Introduction to Computer Applications
for Business
(3) Lec-3, lab-3

  • Credit, Degree Applicable
  • P/NP Available
  • ADVISE: MABS 25 or MABS 30.

Introduction to the concepts and skills of using personal computers for business. Includes fundamental concepts of hardware, the operating system, and the five most frequently used office applications: word processing, electronic spreadsheet, database management, web browser,and email.


Requires an additional 3 hours per week using computer software - see instructor.

Computer Labs


The Business Computing Lab is for the use of CCSF students who are completing homework assignments for Business Department noncredit or credit classes.  To use the lab, you must be enrolled in a noncredit or credit course.  Instructors will ask to verify your enrollment status in the Business Department.

Textbook & Materials


Microsoft Office 2013: First Course Edition: N/A

Author: Beskeen
ISBN: 9781285088457
Copyright Year: 2014
Publisher: Course Technology

Available at CCSF Bookstore

M Drive > Lesson Files

The M Drive is where instructors keep their master files for textbooks and lessons for students to transfer to their Thumb Drives.    Do not attempt to work on the files on the actual M Drive as they are protected. 

By dragging the lessong files to your thumb drive you will own a master set.  These files are unlocked in your thumb drive or on the desktop.



W Drive > Homework Drop Box

The W Drive is where DROP their homework files.  The structure and integrity of your files are graded.  Students must leave the course haveing very good understanding of naming conventions and accurrate and timely submission of homework assignments.  

Submitting files can be tricky at first.  Once you submit an assignment you are commiting to a timestamp and will not be able to view or retrieve your files once submitted.   The method for submission is a DRAG and DROP to your designated folder.



Major Learning Outcomes

Major Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the hardware that makes up a typical personal computer
  2. Define operating system software, applications software, and utilities
  3. Apply features of a computer operating system to start up and shut down a
    computer; create and delete directories; move, copy, delete, and rename files;
    switch between running programs, and perform other basic tasks using the
    operating system
  4. Compose, key-in, format, edit, save, and print business documents using word
    processing software.
  5. Compose, enter data, enter formulas and functions; format, edit, save, and print
    business spreadsheets using spreadsheet software.
  6.  Create appropriate charts from data in a spreadsheet.
  7.  Create database table structures, key-in data; sort records, select records by
    creating a query, and format, edit and print forms and reports
  8. Use a web browser to find solutions for business tasks.
  9. Create and send e-mail messages; receive and read e-mail messages.
  10. Integrate data from one business application into a file created by another

Assess Yourself (No Grading)

This is a non-graded test to obtain baseline information on your basic understanding of computers.  The exam will provide you with correct answers at the end so that you can assess areas to give focus to during basic lectures and hands-on learning opportunities.    

This test is not to be printed on paper as it will waste many pages of paper.  Select Print >  Select Printer >  PDF Creator > Send PDF converted documented to your thumb drive or save to the desktop submit as an email attachment to yourself or archive in a cloud service such as Google Docs or Sky Drive