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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.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required

Course Topics

History of Commodities Markets

Computer Software

Getting Started with Windows

Files, Directories and the Control Panel

Communication Between Computers and the Internet

Identifying and Organizing Files

Security for Your Computer

Protecting Your Personal Data on the Web

Understanding the Different Type of Malware

Avoiding Online Fraud and Network Security

Backing Up Data and Email Security

Researching and Shopping Online

Understanding Protocols

Keeping Your Network Safe

Working with Email

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.
  • Know security for your computer.
  • Describe protecting your personal data on the web.
  • Describe the different type of malware.
  • Know 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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Why I decided to take this course...1
Lesson 1 Quiz10
Lesson 2 Quiz10
Lesson 3 Quiz10
Lesson 4 Quiz10
Lesson 5 Quiz10
Lesson 6 Quiz10
Lesson 7 Quiz10
Lesson 8 Quiz10
Lesson 9 Quiz10
Lesson 10 Quiz10
Lesson 11 Quiz10
Lesson 12 Quiz10
Lesson 13 Quiz10
Lesson 14 Quiz10
Lesson 15 Quiz10
The Final Exam71
Total Points:222

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