Computer Literacy Level 1 - Computer Basics

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Course Description

Computers are a part of almost every household, but when you first unwrap your first machine and turn it on, you don't know where to start. Every person who knows how to work with a computer started somewhere, and that's where this course can help. This computer basics course starts from the very beginning from booting a machine, understanding basic windows in your operating system, and the computer parts that make up your machine.

After you get a feel for basic computer hardware and operating systems, this course explores networking your computers so that the reader can build their own small home or business network with multiple computers. Because information technology includes different types of computers, we also cover laptops and mobile device and explain how they are useful for your home or business.

Once you understand basic computer networking, the reader can move on to the Internet and its protocols. The Internet is a vast entity with trillions of web pages available to read, so we cover how to find information and use common communication function such as email. We also explain how to stay safe on the Internet to avoid popular scams and losing your sensitive information to hackers that could steal your identity.

Finally, we take a look at email and how to work with the Outlook client. We cover personal and business email settings, so you can get started emailing clients, vendors, customers and service providers. This course is mainly for people who are new to computers and the Internet and takes a look at functionality from a new user's perspective.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Android & iOS Friendly
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    Course Lessons

    Average Lesson Rating:
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    Lesson 1: History and Classification of Computers

    This course on Computer basics will begin with a focus on the history behind this development. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 1 Video
    • Review 3 Articles: History of Computers: A Brief Timeline; Types of computer; Basic Parts of the Computer
    • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
    • Complete Assignment: Why I decided to take this course...
    • Complete: Lesson 1 Quiz

    Lesson 2: Computer Software

    In lesson one, we discussed computer hardware in detail, but there is another layer called software. This lesson will focus on understanding software. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 2 Video
    • Review 3 Articles: What Is The Language Of Computer?; Fundamentals Of Programming And Software Development; Which Operating System Should You Choose for Your Next PC
    • Complete: Lesson 2 Quiz

    Lesson 3: Getting Started with Windows

    This lesson will cover the basic steps, but remember that any operating system has hundreds of features, settings, and options that you can use to customize it to how you like to work. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 3 Video
    • Review 3 Articles: Understanding Operating Systems; Navigating Windows; Windows 10 Basic Desktop and Navigation
    • Complete: Lesson 3 Quiz

    Lesson 4: Files, Directories and the Control Panel

    In the article, we'll cover how to use the Control Panel to remove programs properly and set up Windows with your own colors, display settings, users, and other important features that you need to work with as you run computer programs. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 4 Video
    • Review 3 Articles: How to Navigate the Windows Directory; How to Open Control Panel; Control Panel Components
    • Complete: Lesson 4 Quiz

    Lesson 5: Communication Between Computers and the Internet

    This lesson discusses basic computer networking to help you understand the way two machines communicate with each other. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 5 Video
    • Review 4 Articles: Learn Networking Basics; How to Computer Networks work; How to Connect to the Internet; How to Set Up a Home Network- Beginners Guide
    • Complete: Lesson 5 Quiz

    Lesson 6: Identifying and Organizing Files

    This lesson will focus on how to organize all the files accumulated on your computer. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 6 Video
    • Review 3 Articles: How to Clean Out and Organize Your Computer; Zen and the Art of File and Folder Organization; What are the most common file types and file extensions?
    • Complete: Lesson 6 Quiz

    Lesson 7: Security for Your Computer

    The Internet is filled with strangers and networks that you can't trust, so you can't assume these other computers aren't being used for attackers and hackers. This lesson will focus on how to secure your computer activity. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 7 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Encryption: types of secure communication and storage; How to Tell If a Website Is Using SSL
    • Complete: Lesson 7 Quiz

    Lesson 8: Protecting Your Personal Data on the Web

    This lesson will continue focus on computer security. Before you answer email from a random stranger on the Internet or shop on a website using your financial accounts, you should understand the many ways attackers scam users into giving up their data. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 8 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: 6 ways to delete yourself from the internet; What is Spam and a Phishing Scam? ? Definition
    • Complete: Lesson 8 Quiz

    Lesson 9: Understanding the Different Type of Malware

    This lesson will focus on understanding different types of Malware 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 9 Video
    • Review 3 Articles: Understanding malware: A lesson in vocabulary; Understanding and Neutralizing Evasive Malware Tactics; List of Types of Malware
    • Complete: Lesson 9 Quiz

    Lesson 10: Avoiding Online Fraud and Network Security

    Avoiding Online Fraud and Network Security. This lesson will focus on avoiding online fraud techniques. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 10 Video
    • Review 4 Articles: Avoiding Scams 101; 17 Underused Online Shopping Security Tips; Get A Password Manager. No More Excuses; Safety tips for handling email attachments and content downloaded from the Internet
    • Complete: Lesson 10 Quiz

    Lesson 11: Backing Up Data and Email Security

    In this lesson, we'll discuss backups and keeping your data safe when emailing. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 11 Video
    • Review 3 Articles: 5 Ways to Back Up Your Data; Why You Should Backup Your Files; 18 Ways to Make Your Online Accounts More Secure
    • Complete: Lesson 11 Quiz

    Lesson 12: Researching and Shopping Online

    This lesson gives you an overview of how to browse the Internet to find the information you need to make intelligent decisions whether it's for your own research, online shopping, or just casual trivia knowledge. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 12 Video
    • Review Article: How to Shop Online Safely
    • Complete: Lesson 12 Quiz

    Lesson 13: Understanding Protocols

    Protocols are the rules in which computers communicate, and if you don't follow these rules data is corrupted or the message is discarded. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 13 Video
    • Review 3 Articles: Network Basics: Understanding Protocols; Protocols and its types; Common Network Protocols and Their Ports
    • Complete: Lesson 13 Quiz

    Lesson 14: Keeping Your Network Safe

    Outside attacks can destroy your entire home network and these attackers can either steal or destroy data easier when you have a trusted network of computers. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to secure a small peer-to-peer network. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 14 Video
    • Review 2 Articles: Home Network Safety: Keep Hackers Out!; How to Keep Your Router and WiFi Safe from Hackers
    • Review Video: Windows 10 : How to open local security policy
    • Complete: Lesson 14 Quiz

    Lesson 15: Working with Email

    In this lesson, we'll cover how to use email for both personal and business purposes. 81 Total Points
    • Lesson 15 Video
    • Review 3 Articles: How to Register a Domain Name; How to Register Your Own Domain Name; How to set up an Internet email account in Outlook 2013 or 2016
    • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
    • Take Survey: Course Comments
    • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
    • Complete: Lesson 15 Quiz
    • Complete: The Final Exam
    Total Course Points

    Learning Outcomes

    By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
    • Describe history and classification of computers.
    • Describe computer software.
    • Demonstrate getting started with windows.
    • Demonstrate using files, directories and the control panel.
    • Describe communication between computers and the internet.
    • Summarize security for your computer.
    • Describe protecting your personal data on the web.
    • Describe the different type of malware.
    • Summarize methods for avoiding online fraud and network security.
    • Describe methods for backing up data and email security.
    • Describe protocols used in computer and internet communications.
    • Describe methods for keeping your network safe, and
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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    Course Title: Computer Literacy Level 1 - Computer Basics
    Course Number: 9770534
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    Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (2,075 votes)
    Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
    Course Type: How To (Self-Paced, Online Class)
    CEU Value: 0.7 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
    Syllabus: View Syllabus
    Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
    Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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