PC Basics Courseware

PC Basics Courseware Training Materials

Foundation / Intermediate level computer training materials for delivering training to your students, staff or clients.  A courseware site licence allows you to train an unlimited number of people, at your training center using these teaching resources.

Training Course Outlines

THE INTERNET

  • Electronic mail (e-mail)
  • Instant messaging (IM)
  • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds
  • Blogging (web logs)
  • Podcasts
  • E-commerce
  • E-banking
  • E-government
  • E-learning
  • Teleworking

SHARING ON THE WEB

  • Online communities
  • Social networking websites
  • Internet forums
  • Chat rooms
  • Online computer games
  • Publishing and sharing content online.
  • Sharing photos, video and audio clips.
  • Precautions when accessing online communities

HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

  • Ergonomics
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Lighting issues when using a computer
  • Screen and keyboard positioning
  • Seating issues when using a computer
  • Recommended computer usage techniques
  • Make sure that cables are safely secured
  • Make sure that power points are not overloaded
  • Computer recycling options
  • Computer energy saving options

SECURITY ISSUES

  • Computer logon user name (ID) and password.
  • Password policies
  • Off-site backups
  • Why do you need to backup your computer?
  • Organizing your computer for better backups
  • Complete vs. incremental backups
  • What is a firewall?
  • Computer viruses

LEGAL ISSUES

  • What is copyright?
  • Copyright Issues when copying files
  • Site licenses are used by larger organizations
  • Checking software licence status
  • Product registration and activation.
  • What is an ‘end-user license agreement’?
  • Types of licence agreement
  • What is shareware?
  • What is freeware?
  • Open source software
  • Data Protection and Privacy Issues
  • Data Protection Legislation
  • Data protection legislation relating to data controllers
  • Data protection legislation relating to data subjects

HARDWARE

  • Hardware
  • Types of computer
  • Parts of a computer

SOFTWARE

  • What is software?
  • What is an operating system?
  • Difference between the operating system and application programs
  • Examples of software applications
  • Accessibility options
  • Voice recognition software
  • Screen reader software
  • Screen magnifier software
  • On-screen keyboard

COMPUTER PERFORMANCE

  • Factors affecting computer performance
  • CPU Clock speed
  • RAM size
  • Hard disk speed and storage
  • Free hard disk space
  • De-fragmenting files
  • Multitasking considerations
  • CPU speeds

MEMORY

  • What is computer memory?
  • RAM
  • ROM
  • ROM-BIOS
  • Video (graphics) memory

DATA STORAGE

  • Measurement of storage capacity
  • Types of storage media
  • Internal hard disks
  • External hard disks
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • USB memory sticks
  • Memory cards
  • Network drives and on-line file storage
  • Floppy disks (diskettes)

INPUT AND OUTPUT DEVICES

  • What are input devices?
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Scanners
  • Tracker balls
  • Touch pads
  • Joysticks
  • Web cams
  • Digital cameras
  • Microphones
  • What are output devices?
  • Traditional computer monitor
  • Flat screen computer screens
  • Projection devices
  • Speakers and headphones
  • Speech synthesizers
  • Printers
  • Different types of printer
  • Laser printers
  • Color laser printers
  • Inkjet printers
  • Dot Matrix printers
  • Some devices are both input and output devices.

NETWORKS

  • LAN (Local Area Network)
  • WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network)
  • WAN (Wide Area Network)
  • Client/server networks
  • Internet
  • World Wide Web (WWW) vs. the Internet
  • Intranets
  • Extranets

DATA TRANSFER TERMINOLOGY

  • Downloading from & uploading to a network
  • Data transfer rate measurement
  • Broadband vs. dial-up Internet connection services
  • Internet connection options
  • Features of a broadband Internet connection

ABBREVIATIONS & TERMINOLOGY

 

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