Online Class: Computer Literacy Level 2 - Internet Basics

This is the second level certificate course in the computer literacy series.

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Course Description

The Internet is a global network with thousands of interconnected servers, routers and other hardware to keep it functioning. It's hard to imagine life without the Internet in recent years, and it only grows larger with each passing day. Without the Internet, we wouldn't have such quick access to information and the services we need for daily lives. This Internet basics course is meant for people new to the World Wide Web and all it has to offer.

Before you use the Internet, you need to know how to connect and the hardware and software needed for connectivity. The first few lessons cover the way you connect to the Internet and help you get started with routers, operating systems, and computer hardware. We also include a primer on the most common web browsers used to find information. Without a web browser, you can't browse websites.

We then show you the importance of search engines and how you can use them to find the information that you want to know. With search engine knowledge, you can find information for any service or product.

The last lessons focus on security, firewalls and common scams. Although the Internet is a great place to find information, it can also be a place of malicious software and people that would steal your data.

The final lesson focuses on troubleshooting common issues. We also have a chapter on setting up your own website. Altogether, this course gives you the basic knowledge of navigating your way through the World Wide Web and gives you the tools to protect your identity and data.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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(762 votes)

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Internet

This lesson will give you a brief overview of the internet and how it works. But later lessons will go into deeper detail on how it works, how you can use it to your benefit, and what you should do to stay safe. Additional lesson topics: Teaching Internet Basics: The Can-Do Guide; Is This Thing On?: A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking and Screaming 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: Internet Browser Applications

In this lesson, we'll discuss the different browsers and their basic features. Additional lesson topics: Firefox Downloads; Microsoft Internet Explorer Downloads; Google Chrome Downloads; A Brief History of Web Browsers and How They Work; Understanding Internet Browsers; Apple Safari Downloads 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: Web Addresses and Links

In this lesson, we'll discuss links and web addresses and how they work to provide you with searchable content for your quest to find information. Additional lesson topics: What is a URL?; What is a Query String?; What are hyperlinks? 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: Working with an Internet Browser

In this lesson, we focus on the basic navigation and usability components in your browser. Additional lesson topics: Browser Security Settings for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer: Cybersecurity 101; Web Browser Secure Settings; How to navigate the new Google Chrome web browser; Several Common Browser Problems and How to Fix Them 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5: Using Search Engines

To understand how to find information, you need to know how to work with search engines. Additional lesson topics: How Search Engines Work; How Do Search Engines Work and Why You Should Care; How to Use Google to Search; Advanced Search using Google 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6: Introduction to Networking

In this lesson, we discuss local area networks (LANs) and how you can share content in your home among other computers and devices. Additional lesson topics: How to Set Up a Home and Small Office Network; Follow These Steps to Connect to Your Home Router as an Administrator; How to Setup a Basic Home or Small Office Network Walkthrough Guide 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7: Introduction to Wireless Networks

In this lesson, we'll discuss the way wireless computing works and what you can do to make it easy for all users on your network to connect and use internet access. Additional lesson topics: Wireless Communication Technologies Types and Advantages; Communication and Wireless Computing Devices: GPS, PDA, Cellular and Satellite; Basic Hardware Required for a Wireless Network 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8: Data Sharing and Network Security

This lesson will cover Homegroups and how you can share your files across a network using the Windows operating system. Additional lesson topics: HomeGroup from start to finish; How to Activate Streaming to Share Media On Your Windows Several Laptop 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: Introduction to Firewalls

In this lesson, we'll cover basic firewall settings and how they work on your home network. Additional lesson topics: Does my router have a firewall or not?; Do I Need a Firewall if I Have a Router?; An Introduction to Firewalls; Ten Software Firewall Programs 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10: Security for Your Network

This lesson will explain antivirus software and what you can do to protect your identity online. Additional lesson topics: 10 Easy Ways to Protect Your Identity Online ; How to Keep Your Personal Information Secure; What is antivirus software and what does it actually do?; Online shopping: How to protect your money and identity from criminals 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11: Protection Against Viruses and Spam

In this lesson, we'll discuss how you can protect your computer from viruses from the internet. Additional lesson topics: Common Malware Types: Cybersecurity 101; Protecting yourself from online scams; What's the Best Antivirus for Windows 10? Is Windows Defender Good Enough? ; Several tips for protecting against spam attacks 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12: The Basics of Hacking

This lesson covers some of the basics of hacking to give you an understanding of why attackers do what they do and how they are able to gain access to your system. Additional lesson topics: How to Become a Hacker; This is How Hackers Crack Passwords!; Examining Different Types Of Intrusion Detection Systems 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Quiz

Lesson 13: Defending Against Common Scams

This lesson covers some of the main common scams on the internet so you can identify them before you lose money. Additional lesson topics: Online scams; Government Imposter Scams; How to Sue for Internet Fraud 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Quiz

Lesson 14: Hosting Your Own Website

In this lesson, we'll take you step-by-step on what you need to create your own website to be a part of the internet and its information sharing. Additional lesson topics: How to Choose a Domain Name; How to Identify Your Hosting Provider 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Quiz

Lesson 15: Troubleshooting Common Internet Connection Errors

This lesson covers some common Internet connectivity issues and how you can troubleshoot them. Additional lesson topics: Most Common Internet Connection Problems and How to Solve Them 70 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:
  • Define Internet and its capabilities.
  • Describe internet browser applications.
  • Describe web addresses and links.
  • Describe working with an internet browser.
  • Describe using search engines.
  • Describe introduction to networking.
  • Describe data sharing and network security.
  • Describe firewalls and network security.
  • Describe protection against viruses and spam.
  • The Basics of Hacking
  • Describe defending against common scams.
  • Summarize troubleshooting common internet connection errors.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Computer Literacy Level 2 - Internet Basics
Course Number: 9770573
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (762 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: September 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I am so grateful for this course! I feel like I have learned so much. I also really appreciate the fact that the instructor grades everything quickly. Overall I am very happy with this course." -- Stephanie A.
  • "I found this course to be very good at filling in the gaps in my knowledge of the basics of the internet. I now have a better understanding of the internet and can build on my knowledge even further with more classes, later." -- Anne D.
  • "There is so much information in these lessons, that I didn't know or was aware of. I am glad I took this course." -- Emily B.
  • "This course taught me a lot of new things about computers. It is a good course and I am very glad that I enrolled." -- Joe L.
  • "Great class. Covered information I was not expectiing." -- Chris M.
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