Computer Basics - Foundation Course Outline

Computer Basics - Foundation

Section 1: General Concepts

Lesson 1.1: Basic Terms

What is a Computer?

What is Hardware?

What is Software?

What are Peripheral Devices?

What is Meant by Information Technology?

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Lesson 1.2: Types of Computers

What is a Personal Computer?

Mainframe Computers

What is a Network Computer?

What is a Laptop?

What is a PDA?

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Lesson 1.3: Anatomy of a PC




Input and Output Devices

Disk Drives

Power Supply and Fans

More on Peripheral Devices

Hardware Ports

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Lesson 1.4: How a PC Works

CPU Speed and Performance

RAM and Computer Performance

How Applications Affect Computer Performance

Other Factors

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Section 1: Case Study

Section 1: Review Questions

Section 2: Hardware Devices

Lesson 2.1: CPU and Memory

What is a CPU?

What Does the CPU Do?

CPU Performance Measures

RAM and ROM.

Measuring Memory

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Lesson 2.2: Input Devices

The Keyboard

The Mouse

The Scanner


Other Devices

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Lesson 2.3: Output Devices


The Printer

Touch Screens



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Lesson 2.4: Secondary Storage Devices

Common Terms

Hard Disk Drives

Floppy Disks

Zip Drives

USB Flash Drives

Data Cartridges and Tape Drives

CDs and DVDs

Storage Comparisons

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Section 2: Case Study

Section 2: Review Questions

Section 3: Software

Lesson 3.1: The Basics

What is an Operating System?

What is an Application?

What do Versions Mean?

What are Updates?

What is a GUI?

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Lesson 3.2: Operating Systems and Applications

What Does an Operating System Do?

What are Some Common Operating Systems?

What Does a Software Application Do?

What Are Some Common Applications?

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Lesson 3.3: How is Software Built?



Design Stage



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Lesson 3.4: Types of Software

What is Shareware?

What is Freeware?

What is a EULA?

How Do I Check the Software Version?

How Do I Check the Product ID Number?

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Lesson 3.5: Legal Issues

What is Copyright?

What is Data Protection Legislation?

How Does Copyright Apply to Software vs. Files?

What Should You Download?

What Should You Be Aware Of When Using Materials?

What Should You Be Aware Of When Sharing Materials?

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Section 3: Case Study

Section 3: Review Questions


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