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Course Syllabus: Computer Basics 101

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Course Description

"Computer Basics" is a course that's designed specifically for those who are completely new to computers or who feel they need to have more instruction before they can feel confident buying a new computer for their personal use.  Filled with screenshots and real life examples, as well as resources, this source is designed to help anyone feel more comfortable with basic technology.

This course is separated into 12 different lessons, including: Parts of a Computer, What to Look for When Buying, Setting up a Safe Work Area, Virus Protection, Getting Your Computer Up and Running, Surfing the ‘Net,' Sending Email, Using Your Media Methods, Advanced Email, Pictures, Word Processing Basics, and Finding Everything.

"Computer Basics" covers both PCs and Macs, helping you to have the right information when you're ready to start exploring the Internet or just creating a word processing document.

With summaries, True/False, and multiple-choice questions at the end of each section, you will be able to review the lessons in detail, while also finding out where you have more work to do.

The screenshots help to give real life examples that can guide you to setting up your first email account or using email in more advanced ways.  No matter what your level of comfort with computers, "Computer Basics" is designed to help you get the basic questions answered.

"Computer Basics" is a course that's designed with the basic user in mind, someone who wants to learn more about computers, but may have been afraid to ask until now.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area.

Course Topics


Computer Basics - Course Summary

Lesson 1 : Parts of a Computer You Should Know

Lesson 2 : What to Look For When Buying

Lesson 3 : Setting Up a Comfortable and Safe Work Area

Lesson 4 : Virus Protection and Other Software That Should Be Set Up

Lesson 5 : Getting Your Computer Up and Running

Lesson 6 : Surfing the "Net"

Lesson 7: Sending Email

Lesson 8: Advanced Email

Lesson 9: Use Your Media Methods

Lesson 10 : Pictures

Lesson 11 : Word Processing Basics

Lesson 12 : Finding Everything

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

There will be brief review quiz following each lesson. A few of the lessons will have an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course with 70% or better

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe basic computer equipment and basic computer terminology.
  • Describe the processes involved in managing data.
  • Demonstrate basic Internet usage.
  • Demonstrate email skills.
  • Know computer shortcuts and tips.
  • Perform basic file operations.
  • Demonstrate how to quickly access frequently used programs.
  • Know steps to take when the computer is not working properly or needs repair, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 : Parts of a Computer You Should Know9
Lesson 2 Assignment2
Lesson 2 : What to Look For When Buying9
Quiz for Lesson 3 - Most Commonly Used Computer Terms9
Lesson 4 : Setting Up a Comfortable and Safe Work Area7
Lesson 4 : Virus Protection and Other Software That Should Be Set Up10
Lesson 6 : Getting Your Computer Up and Running8
Lesson 7 : Surfing the "Net"8
Lesson 8 : Sending Email10
Lesson 9 : Advanced Email8
Lesson 10 : Use Your Media Methods10
Lesson 11 : Pictures7
Lesson 12 : Word Processing Basics10
Lesson 13 : Finding Everything9
Total Points:117

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