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"Computer Basics" is a course that's designed specifically for those who are completely new to computers or who feel they need to have more instruction before they can feel confident buying a new computer for their personal use.  Filled with screenshots and real life examples, as well as resources, this source is designed to help anyone feel more comfortable with basic technology.

This course is separated into 12 different lessons, including: Parts of a Computer, What to Look for When Buying, Setting up a Safe Work Area, Virus Protection, Getting Your Computer Up and Running, Surfing the ‘Net,' Sending Email, Using Your Media Methods, Advanced Email, Pictures, Word Processing Basics, and Finding Everything.

"Computer Basics" covers both PCs and Macs, helping you to have the right information when you're ready to start exploring the Internet or just creating a word processing document.

With summaries, True/False, and multiple-choice questions at the end of each section, you will be able to review the lessons in detail, while also finding out where you have more work to do.

The screenshots help to give real life examples that can guide you to setting up your first email account or using email in more advanced ways.  No matter what your level of comfort with computers, "Computer Basics" is designed to help you get the basic questions answered.

"Computer Basics" is a course that's designed with the basic user in mind, someone who wants to learn more about computers, but may have been afraid to ask until now.

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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Lesson 1 : Parts of a Computer You Should Know

When you're not comfortable with a computer, you need to start with the essentials - the parts of your computer. You don't need to be a computer professional, either. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video A
  • Lesson 1 Video B
  • Lesson 1 Video C
  • Review Article: Hardware VS. Software
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1 : Parts of a Computer You Should Know

Lesson 2 : What to Look for When Buying

By thinking about your computer needs, you can choose a computer that not only does the job, but also fits your budget. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video A
  • Lesson 2 Video B
  • Review 2 Articles: Buy Guide: Desktop VS. laptop; PC vs. MAC- Big Debate
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2 : What to Look For When Buying

Lesson 3 : Most Commonly Used Computer Terms

Here is a list of the most commonly used computer terms. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Internet File Formats; Glossary of Computer Terms
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 3: Commonly Used Computer Terms
  • Complete: Quiz for Lesson 3 - Most Commonly Used Computer Terms

Lesson 4 : Setting Up a Comfortable and Safe Work Area

One of the things that's easy to forget when buying and using a computer is your comfort. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Computer Workstations; 50 Greatest Workstation Set Ups
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4 : Setting Up a Comfortable and Safe Work Area

Lesson 5 : Virus Protection and Other Software That Should Be Set Up

If you don't plan to be on the Internet, then you don't have to worry so much about security and viruses, but since most people are online, it's good to have a discussion about security. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 6 Articles: Microsoft Word; Google Docs; Microsoft Excel; Adobe Photoshop; Quicktime; Adobe Acrobat
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4 : Virus Protection and Other Software That Should Be Set Up

Lesson 6 : Getting Your Computer Up and Running

Many new systems today will be able to be plugged in without any work on your part, but this lesson will cover the basics of setting up a computer that doesn't work in this way. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6 : Getting Your Computer Up and Running

Lesson 7 : Surfing the "Net"

Setting up the Internet has become much easier today than it was in the past, and the company with which you have an Internet service can do most of the work, helping you get to the Internet quickly. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7 : Surfing the "Net"

Lesson 8 : Sending Email

While web searches are a great way to begin using your Internet capabilities with your computer, many people are going online to send and to receive email. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8 : Sending Email

Lesson 9 : Advanced Email

Once you've gotten to know your email program and you've begun to better understand how to send emails, you can utilize advanced tips to be even more effective and interactive. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9 : Advanced Email

Lesson 10 : Use Your Media Methods

There are many more features on your computer that you can use for entertainment, including music, videos, social media, and shopping. Learning how to use these features will take time, but they are very user friendly. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10 : Use Your Media Methods

Lesson 11 : Pictures

Computers are a great place to store your digital photos for safekeeping. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How do I get photos off my camera and on to my computer; How to Transfer Photos From a Computer to an Email
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11 : Pictures

Lesson 12: Word Processing Basics

Since the word processor is the most utilized piece of software on a computer, it is a good idea to understand the basics of this program. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12 : Word Processing Basics

Lesson 13 : Finding Everything

One of the most challenging aspects of using a computer is retrieving the documents and photos you create or upload. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Final Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13 : Finding Everything
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Course Title: Computer Basics 101
Course Number: 8900152
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Metodija Stojanovski
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe basic computer equipment and basic computer terminology.
  • Describe the processes involved in managing data.
  • Demonstrate basic Internet usage.
  • Demonstrate email skills.
  • Know computer shortcuts and tips.
  • Perform basic file operations.
  • Demonstrate how to quickly access frequently used programs.
  • Know steps to take when the computer is not working properly or needs repair, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "Without being very specific, it touched on areas that enriched my particular knowledge on those areas such as security protection, word processing, and spreadsheets." -- Robert J.
  • "What was most helpful was using language all of us can understand. It was presented in an interesting way, and did not overwhelm me." -- Cindy P.
  • "I liked all of my instructors, because they answered my e-mails completely. Thank you." -- Charlene T.
  • "I enjoyed the assignments because I learned much more than just reading. Hands on experience and learning is more beneficial for me." -- Regina B.

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