Personal Computer Fundamentals for Technical Users

Course Info:

Course Introduction

In the Personal Computer Fundamentals for Technical Users course, students learn about the components and basic operation of the personal computer. The content in this course is both conceptual and practical, and is intended to provide students with a working knowledge of computing. Students explore hardware troubleshooting, file management, multimedia options, and browsing the Internet. This course will also help students assess and decide what type of computer is appropriate for their needs. This course consists of eight Lessons and a Final Exam. Students are given ample opportunity to practice, apply, and develop their skills in personal computing. There are questions at the end of each Lesson designed to reinforce the concepts the student has learned in the Lesson.

Course Prerequisites

Introduction to Keyboarding course, or equivalent typing skills with the ability to type 10 to 20 words per minute.

Course Notes

Course manual is provided for on-going reference. There is a final exam upon completion of the course. Participants who receive 75% or higher on their exam will receive a certificate.

Course Breakdown

Lesson 1: The Advent of the Personal Compute; Categories of Personal Computers

Lesson 2: The System Unit; Common Peripheral Devices for Input; Common Peripheral Devices for Output; Common Peripheral Devices for Storage; Common Peripheral Devices for Communications

Lesson 3: How a Computer Works; Preparing a Computer for Use; Introducing Operating Systems

Lesson 4: Understanding Device Drivers; Using the Mouse; Using the Keyboard; The Monitor; Understanding Printers; Troubleshooting Hardware and Configuration Problems; Health Issues

Lesson 5: Common Business Software Applications; Using a Word Processing Application; Using a Spreadsheet Application

Lesson 6: Organizing the Hard Drive; Exploring Files and Folders; Using the Recycle Bin; Installing and Uninstalling Software

Lesson 7: Introduction to Multimedia; Introduction to Graphics; Introduction to Animations; Introduction to Video; Introduction to Sound

Lesson 8: Communication Between Computers; Introduction to the Internet; Browsing the World Wide Web; Using E-mail

Course Aim:

To provide an understanding of how personal computers work and how they can be used to access the Internet. This course also provides an introduction to common business applications.

Of interest to:

Those students enrolled in Information Technology and Web Designer programs who wish to know more about using personal computers for home or business.

Method of Delivery:

Integrated Learning™ System training facilitated by Academy of Learning Career College facilitators.

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