College of Continuing Professional Studies

CCPS General Studies Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
GSTU 100: Introduction to Hardware
GSTU 101: Introduction to Computers and Software
GSTU 102: Introduction to the Internet
GSTU 103: Introduction to Access
GSTU 104: Introduction to Web Page Development
GSTU 105: Digital Cameras and Scanner

200 Level Courses:
GSTU 200: Connect with CCPS/New Student Orientation
GSTU 201: Excel - Beyond the Basics
GSTU 202: Word - Beyond the Basics
GSTU 203: Intermediate Power Point
GSTU 204: Photoshop
GSTU 205: Digital Video Editing
GSTU 210: Desktop Applications
GSTU 211 Desktop Applications for Macs

400 Level Courses:
GSTU 493: Senior Seminar


GSTU 100: Introduction to Hardware. 1-2 hours.

This hands-on class introduces computer hardware components and their function. After this class, students should be able to troubleshoot hardware problems, replace faulty computer components in a computer and install new hardware. Students will disassemble and assemble computers and troubleshoot in labs. No previous experience is required for this class. 

GSTU 101: Introduction to Computers and Software. 1-2 hours.

This course provides an opportunity for students to learn how to use the most common computer software programs and information resource facilities. While providing basic information about microcomputer structure and components, operating systems and an introduction to various applications such as word processing, spreadsheet applications, presentation software and the Internet will be covered. Cannot be taken for credit if GSTU 210 completed for credit. 

GSTU 102: Introduction to the Internet. 1-2 hours.

Course designed to give participants a grand tour of the super highway. Buckle your seat belts and you will learn about how to bookmark sites, taking those bookmarks from one computer to another. You will probably find yourself on the Internet, as well as thousands of recipes. Learn to find your family tree and grow into a web surfer.

GSTU 103: Introduction to Access. 1-2 hours.

This course is designed to introduce students to basic skills of Access and the uses of databases.  This course will cover basics of Access: designing and creating a database, modifying database structure, create and enter records into a form, analyze tables, and create reports.

GSTU 104: Introduction to Web Page Development. 1-2 hours.

Course designed to teach the student how to make a basic webpage. Using freeware and other software the student will discover how to make a dynamic webpage. The student will discover the main elements of a webpage. No HTML knowledge is required.

GSTU 105: Digital Cameras and Scanner. 1-2 hours.

Prerequisite: basic computer skills.
Course designed to introduce the basics of digital cameras, scanning pictures and utilizing free software to manipulate graphics or images.

GSTU 200 Connect with CCPS/New Student Orientation. 0 hours.

A class designed to acquaint the student new to Drury with the services and policies important for their success. This course is required of all new students. Offered fall and spring semesters.

 

GSTU 201: Excel - Beyond the Basics. 1-2 hours.

Prerequisite: LIBR 211, or knowledge of creating spreadsheets using basic formatting skills in Excel and inserting basic formulas.
Intermediate course designed to enhance and expand basic skills using Microsoft Excel. 

GSTU 202: Word - Beyond the Basics. 1-2 hours.

Prerequisite: LIBR 211.
This course is designed to enhance and expand basic skills using Microsoft Word. Covered in this course: formatting research papers, resumes and other professional documents, formatting using MLA or APA templates, tables and charts, using outlines, headers, footers, page numbers, etc.

GSTU 203: Intermediate Power Point. 1-2 hours.

This course is designed to show you how to make Dynamic Power Punched presentations. See how to add movies, music, and hyperlinks to your presentation. In this class students will learn how to use the notes feature as well as saving the presentation to a webpage. Learn about presentation etiquette and techniques.

GSTU 204: Photoshop. 1-2 hours.

This class instructs the student in the basics of Photoshop, the powerful industry standard digital image editing tool. Students learn to use the tools in Photoshop: layers, filters, and techniques for fixing and enhancing photos. Students should have a basic knowledge of computer applications in order to take this class.

GSTU 205: Digital Video Editing. 1-2 hours.

Students learn to use a variety of digital editing tools to digitize video, edit video, incorporate digital photos or scanned photos in videos, use transitions, incorporate sound from various sources, make use of special effects, and place titles in videos. Enhance and excite your personal home movies.

GSTU 210: Desktop Applications. 3 hours.

This course focuses on the use of advanced software applications using the latest Microsoft Office software. Students will produce comprehensive, real-world solutions to solve business related problems. Students will utilize Word, Excel, PowerPoint applications and Internet resources. Meets BBA degree technology requirement.

GSTU 211 Desktop Applications for Macs. 3 hours.

This course focuses on the use of advanced software applications using the latest Microsoft Office software. Students will produce comprehensive, real-world solutions to solve business related problems. Students will utilize Word, Excel, PowerPoint applications and Internet resources. Meets BBA degree technology requirement..

GSTU 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: LIBR 211.
This course helps students relate their primary field of interest (mathematics and science, humanities and fine arts, or social sciences) to various world cultures. Students will exit the class with a greater understanding of the world around them and their role in it. Students registering for this capstone class for the Bachelor of General Studies degree must have senior status with 90 or more earned college hours.

GSTU 290, 390, 490 Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

GSTU 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492 Research.

GSTU 397, 398, 497, 498 Internship.

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