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