St. Xavier’s College FYBMS Sem 1 Syllabus: Introduction to Computers


Introduction to Computers is a Semester 1 subject in FYBMS at St. Xavier’s College. The subject aims to familiarize BMS students with computers and it’s applications in the relevant fields and expose them to other related papers of IT.

Introduction to Computers subject has 4 main units which will be covered in 60 lectures.

Unit 1 – Computer Basics – 5 lectures

Unit 2 – Office Productivity Software – 20 lectures

Unit 3 – Computer Graphics – 20 lectures

Unit 4 – Online uses of Media – 15 lectures

The topics covered in Unit 1 – Computer Basics are as follows:

  1. Components of a PC
  2. Introduction to networking
  3. Introduction to Internet and Cyber crime,
  4. Cyber law,
  5. Hacking – sniffing,
  6. Spoofing,
  7. Social reengineering.

The topics covered in Unit 2 – Office Productivity Software are as follows:

  1. MS Word – Formatting, Tools and keyboard shortcuts, Mail merger
  2. MS Excel – Editing spreadsheets, Database management
  3. Powerpoint – Types of layouts, formatting tables, clips, charts etc., Animation, hyperlinks, inserting pictures, videos, sounds.
  4. Personal Information Manager – Creating contacts database appointments, to do lists, tasks using a PIM such as Outlook.

The topics covered in Unit 3 – Computer Graphics are as follows:


  1. Introduction to RGB and CMYK,
  2. Vector and Bitmap images,
  3. Graphic Formats,
  4. Resolution and DPI.
  5. Learning use tools in the tool box,
  6. Colour separation,
  7. Colour correction,
  8. Cropping and resizing,
  9. Masking,
  10. Working in layers,
  11. Prepare images for print media.


The topics covered in Unit 4 – Online uses of Media are as follows:

  1. Web 2.0
  2. Social networking.


Continuous Internal Assessment:

  1. Mid Semester Test
  2. Project work – Presentation, practicals


The list of reference books of Introduction to Computers is as follows:

  1. Introduction to Computers – Peter Norton, Sixth Edition, McGraw Hill
  2. Introduction to information technology – V. Rajaraman, Prentice Hall, India
  3. Computers and Commonsense – Hunt J. Shelley, Prentice Hall of India
  4. Fundamentals of Information Technology – A and Leon M, Leon Vikas 2002.
  5. A first Course in Computers – Saxena, Sanjay Vikas Publishing, 1998
  6. Fundamentals of Information Technology – Bharioke, Deepak Excel Book, 2000.


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