Online Class: Computer Literacy Level 1 - Computer Basics

This important computer course covers all the fundamentals you should know about computers and technologies and is for beginners, intermediate users, and anyone who wants a refresher or the information necessary to fill the gaps of missing knowledge or to correct false assumptions.

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Course Description

Foundations of Computer Literacy: Your Guided Tour Through the Digital World

In our modern era, computers have seamlessly woven themselves into the fabric of our daily lives. From business operations to personal tasks, these machines have become indispensable. For many, this transition happened so rapidly that they felt left behind. If you've ever felt daunted by the prospect of navigating the digital realm or simply wished for a clearer understanding of how your devices work, then this course is tailor-made for you.

Course Overview:

Whether it's the moment of anticipation right before powering on a brand-new computer or the curiosity about how devices connect and communicate, we've got you covered. This course is designed with the absolute beginner in mind. It's an enriching journey that starts with understanding the very basics of a computer and culminates in mastering fundamental internet and email operations.

Course Highlights:

  • From History to Present: Begin your journey by exploring the evolution of computers. Delve into their classifications and understand the distinctions between various types of machines, all the while appreciating their transformative impact on society.

  • Software and Windows: While hardware is the body of a computer, software is its soul. Unravel the mysteries of operating systems, with a special emphasis on mastering the ubiquitous Windows environment.

  • Connectivity and the Internet: Computers aren't solitary entities; they thrive on connection. Learn about networking, the marvel that is the internet, and the protocols that serve as its backbone.

  • Protection in a Digital Age: In a world where data breaches make headlines and cyber threats lurk in unseen corners, arm yourself with knowledge. Understand malware, the significance of online security, and the best practices to keep your personal information safe.

  • Email Mastery: In our communication-centric world, emails are pivotal. Whether it's for personal correspondences or professional outreach, gain proficiency in managing emails, with a keen focus on the popular Outlook client.

Detailed Course Breakdown:

  1. History and Classification of Computers: Explore the milestones that shaped computer evolution.
  2. Computer Software: Dive into the realm of software, understanding its role and importance.
  3. Getting Started with Windows: Acquaint yourself with the Windows interface and its basic functionalities.
  4. Files, Directories, and the Control Panel: Navigate your computer with ease, organizing and controlling settings.
  5. Communication Between Computers and the Internet: Unveil the magic of inter-device communication and web connectivity.
  6. Identifying and Organizing Files: Master file management for a smoother computing experience.
  7. Security for Your Computer: Build a fortress around your computer, warding off potential threats.
  8. Protecting Your Personal Data on the Web: Ensure your online footprints remain secure.
  9. Understanding the Different Types of Malware: Equip yourself with knowledge to detect and deter malicious software.
  10. Avoiding Online Fraud and Network Security: Learn the red flags of online scams and bolster your network defenses.
  11. Backing Up Data and Email Security: Safeguard your invaluable data and maintain email integrity.
  12. Researching and Shopping Online: Navigate the online marketplace efficiently and safely.
  13. Understanding Protocols: Dive deeper into the backbone of the internet and its operating principles.
  14. Keeping Your Network Safe: Protect your connected devices and maintain a secure network environment.
  15. Working with Email: From setup to sending, become an email pro.

By the culmination of this course, you won't just be a user; you'll be an informed and confident navigator of the digital world. Whether you aim to apply these skills in a professional setting or simply wish to enrich your personal experiences, this foundation will serve you well in our increasingly digitized society. Join us and unlock a world of possibilities.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Course Lessons

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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. Additional lesson topics: Computer Basics Absolute Beginner's Guide, Windows Several Edition includes Content Update Program 8th Edition ; History of Computers: A Brief Timeline; Types of computer; Basic Parts of the Computer 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Why I decided to take this course...
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Fundamentals Of Programming and Software Development; Which Operating System Should You Choose for Your Next PC 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Understanding Operating Systems; Navigating Windows; Windows Several Basic Desktop and Navigation 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: Files, Directories and the Control Panel

In this lesson, 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. Additional lesson topics: How to Navigate the Windows Directory; How to Open Control Panel; Control Panel Components 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: How to Computer Networks work; How to Set Up a Home Network- Beginners Guide; Learn Networking Basics; How to Connect to the Internet 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6: Identifying and Organizing Files

This lesson will focus on how to organize all the files accumulated on your computer. Additional lesson topics: Zen and the Art of File and Folder Organization; What are the most common file types and file extensions?; How to Clean Out and Organize Your Computer 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Encryption: types of secure communication and storage; How to Tell If a Website Is Using SSL 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: 6 ways to delete yourself from the internet; What is Spam and a Phishing Scam? – Definition 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: Understanding the Different Type of Malware

This lesson will focus on understanding different types of Malware. Additional lesson topics: Understanding and Neutralizing Evasive Malware Tactics; List of Types of Malware; Understanding malware: A lesson in vocabulary 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: 17 Underused Online Shopping Security Tips; Safety tips for handling email attachments and content downloaded from the Internet; Avoiding Scams 101; Get A Password Manager. No More Excuses 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Why You Should Backup Your Files; Several Ways to Make Your Online Accounts More Secure; Several Ways to Back Up Your Data 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: How to Shop Online Safely 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Protocols and its types; Common Network Protocols and Their Ports; Network Basics: Understanding Protocols 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: How to Keep Your Router and WiFi Safe from Hackers; Windows Several : How to open local security policy; Home Network Safety: Keep Hackers Out!; Simple questions: What is P2P peer-to-peer and why is it useful? 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Quiz

Lesson 15: Working with Email

In this lesson, we'll cover how to use email for both personal and business purposes. Additional lesson topics: How to Register Your Own Domain Name; How to set up an Internet email account in Outlook or ; How to Register a Domain Name 81 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Quiz
  • Assessment: 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.
  • 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
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (4,753 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: October 2023
Course Type: 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
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "It was very helpful. Not only did it provide useful lessons, it was also an eye opener to warn against hackers on the internet in everyday life." -- Margaret M.
  • "The sections are easy to review, with explanations that are easy to understand. This course really opens your eyes to how little I actually know..." -- Charity O.
  • "This is a great started course for anyone looking to learn more about their computer. I am better equipped to secure my online presence as well as be on the lookout for phishing sites." -- Kenya K.
  • "It was a very good course for me as I was not brought up with computers. I got all the basic information and how to apply it. I am glad I took it and hope to take another in the near future. I spent a lot of hours working out things which was good in these present times." -- Eileen D.
  • "This course was very helpful. The different pictures used in the video allowed me to see exactly what the internal parts of the computer look like." -- Angeline B.
  • "I really enjoyed taking this course. This course was what I have been looking for in a computer basics class." -- Christina D.
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