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

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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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
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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 ; Basic Parts of the Computer; History of Computers: A Brief Timeline; Types of 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; Windows Several Basic Desktop and Navigation; Navigating Windows 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; Control Panel Components; How to Open Control Panel 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: Learn Networking Basics; How to Set Up a Home Network- Beginners Guide; How to Computer Networks work; 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: How to Clean Out and Organize Your Computer; What are the most common file types and file extensions?; Zen and the Art of File and Folder Organization 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 malware: A lesson in vocabulary; List of Types of Malware; Understanding and Neutralizing Evasive Malware Tactics 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: Avoiding Scams 101; Safety tips for handling email attachments and content downloaded from the Internet; Several Underused Online Shopping Security Tips; 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: 5 Ways to Back Up Your Data; Several Ways to Make Your Online Accounts More Secure; Why You Should Backup Your Files 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: Network Basics: Understanding Protocols; Common Network Protocols and Their Ports; Protocols and its types 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: Home Network Safety: Keep Hackers Out!; Windows Several : How to open local security policy; How to Keep Your Router and WiFi Safe from Hackers; 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 a Domain Name; How to set up an Internet email account in Outlook or ; How to Register Your Own 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 (4,542 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: February 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: $95.00 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.
  • "The course was very informative and interesting I really learned a lot and it also helped me understand how to use and protect my computers. I greatly appreciate the time taken to set up these courses. Thank you so much." -- Iana S.
  • "This course was extremely helpful. I learned a lot on how to make sure I am always in a secure environment when browsing personal requests." -- Debbie G.
  • "I learned so much very informative. Thank you for this course. I've never taken a computer class before. The instructor is very helpful too." -- Tara F.
  • "This course was great! I needed to understand more of computers and the technology within them, and this course did a great job of explaining." -- Jedi S.
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