Personal Computer Fundamentals
In this course students learn about the components and basic operation of the personal computer. The course explores the history of personal computing, the hardware and software components necessary for personal computer use, file management, multimedia options, and browsing the Internet.
The course consists of eight modules, quizzes,and a Final Exam. Students are given ample opportunity to practice, apply, and develop their skills in personal computing.
Introduction to Keyboarding course or equivalent typing skills with the ability to type 10 to 20 words per minute.
A course manual is provided for reference. The course consists of eight graded, end-of-module quizzes and a final exam. Participants who are taking this as an individual course (not part of a program) and received 75% or higher on their final grade will receive a certificate.
Module 1 – Introduction The Advent of the Personal Computer; Categories of Personal Computers
Module 2 – The Basic Computer The System Unit; Common Peripheral Devices for Input; Common Peripheral Devices for Output; Common Peripheral Devices for Storage; Common Peripheral Devices for Communications
Module 3 – Operating a Computer How a Computer Works; Preparing a Computer for Use; Introducing Operating Systems
Module 4 – Working with Devices Understanding Device Drivers; Using the Mouse; Using the Keyboard; The Monitor; Understanding Printers; Troubleshooting Hardware and Configuration Problems; Health Issues
Module 5 – Using Application Software Common Business Software Applications; Using a Word-Processing Application; Using a Spreadsheet Application
Module 6 – File Management Exploring Files and Folders; Using the Recycle Bin; Installing and Uninstalling Software
Module 7 – Creating and Viewing Multimedia Introduction to Multimedia; Introduction to Graphics; Introduction to Animations; Introduction to Video; Introduction to Sound
Module 8 – Computer Communications and the Internet Communication between Computers; Introduction to the Internet; Browsing the World Wide Web; Using Email