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  • About the Course

    This course will help you understand how computers work and how to use them. We'll talk about how to set up a computer, the difference between hardware and software, and the types of computers you can use. We'll also explore operating systemsapplications, the cloud, and a whole lot more.

    using a computer

    Whether you're getting started with your first computer or are just looking to learn more about how they work, you'll find all of the information you need in our written lessonsvideos, and interactives. When you're done, you'll have a fundamental understanding of how to use a computer. You'll also be ready to learn even more about computers with some of our other tutorials.



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  • Lesson 1(What is a computer)

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    This Lesson will cover the following topics:

    •   What is a computer?
    •   Hardware and Software
    •   Laptop Computers
    •   Tablets
    •   Servers
    •   PC's and Mac's

    At the end of this lesson the student should be able to:

    • Define a computer
    • Differentiate between hardware and software
    • Identify the different types of computers available
    • Understand the purpose and use of servers

  • Lesson 2(Basic Parts of the Computer)

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    This lesson will cover the following topics:

    • Introduction
    • Computer Case
    • Monitor
    • Keyboard
    • Mouse
    • Mouse Alternatives

    At the end of this lesson the student must be able to:

    • Identify and define basic parts of the computer

  • Lesson 3(Buttons and Ports on a Computer)

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    This lesson will cover the following topics:

    • Introduction
    • Front of a computer case
    • Other types of ports
    • Peripherals you can use with your computer

    At the end of this lesson the student must be able to:

    • Identify and define buttons and ports on a computer

  • Lesson 4 (Inside a Computer)

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    This lesson will cover the following topics

    • Inside a computer
    • CPU/Processor
    • RAM
    • Hard Drive
    • Power Supply Unit
    • Expansion Card

    At the end of the lesson the student should be able to:

    • Identify the various components inside the computer

  • Lesson 5( Laptop Computers)

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    This lesson will cover the following topics:

    • What is a laptop computer?
    • Difference: Laptop and Desktop

    At the end of the lesson, the student should be able to:

    • Differentiate between a laptop and a desktop

  • Lesson 6(Mobile Devices)

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    This lesson will take a look at the following topics:

    • What is a mobile device?
    • Tablet Computers
    • eReaders
    • Smartphones

    At the end of the lesson the student should be able to:

    • Differentiate between desktops,laptops and mobile devices

  • Lesson 7(Understanding Operating Systems)

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    This lesson will take a look at the following topics:

    • What is an operating system?
    • The operating systems job
    • Types of operating systems
    • Microsoft Windows
    • macOS
    • Linux
    • Operating Systems for Mobile Device

    At the end of this lesson the student must be able to:

    • Understand different operating systems



  • Lesson 8(Understanding Application)

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    This lesson will cover the following topics:

    • What is an application?
    • Desktop Applications
    • Mobile Applications
    • Installing applications

    At the end of this lesson the student should be able to:

    • understand and install applications

  • Lesson 9(Setting up a computer)

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    The following lesson will take a look at the following topics:

    • Setting up a laptop computer
    • Setting up a desktop computer

    At the end of the lesson the student must be able to:

    • set up both a desktop and a laptop computer

  • Lesson 10(Getting Started with Your First Computer)

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    This lesson will take a look at the following topics:

    • Turning on a computer
    • The keyboard and mouse
    • Using a computer

    At the end of the lesson the student should be able to:

    • Setup and use the computer

  • Lesson 11(Getting to know the OS)

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    This lesson will take a look at the following topics:

    • Getting to know the computer
    • Getting to know the interface
    • All about your computers file system
    • Opening the computers file system
    • Basic Navigation
    • Opening file systems and application
    • Adjusting Computer Settings
    • Shutting down the computer

    At the end of this lesson, the student should be able to:

    • navigate and use the desktop computer

  • Lesson 12(Keeping your computer clean)

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    This lesson will cover the following topics:

    • Keeping your computer physically clean
    • Cleaning the keyboard
    • Dealing with liquids
    • Cleaning the mouse
    • Cleaning the monitor

    At the end of this lesson the student should be able to:

    • keep their computer clean the proper way

  • Lesson 13 (Protecting your computer)

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    This lesson will take a look at the following topics:

    • Protecting your computer
    • Safeguarding against malware
    • Backing up your computer
    • Other maintenance techniques

    At the end of this lesson the student should be able to:

    • Protect and maintain the computer

  • Lesson 14(Creating a safe work space)

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    This lesson will cover the following topics:

    • Creating a safe workspace
    • Avoiding strain and injury

    At the of this lesson the student must be able:

    • understand and appreciate the need for a safe working environment

  • Lesson 15(Troubleshooting)

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    This lesson will look at the following topics:

    • Troubleshooting
    • Using process elimination
    • Simple solutions to common problems

    At the end of this lesson the student must be able to :

    • troubleshoot common computer problems