Computer Basics - Intermediate Course Outline

Computer Basics - Intermediate

Section 1: Information Networks

Lesson 1.1: Basic Terms




What is a Client?

What is a Server?

What is the Internet?

What is the World Wide Web?

Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.2: Advanced Terms



What is a PSTN?

What is an ISDN?

What is ADSL?

Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.3: Networking Basics

Analog vsDigital

How do Networks use Telephone Lines?

How does Wireless Networking Work?

Why Use Networks?

What Can Be Shared?

Transfer Rates

Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.4: Basic Internet Concepts

The Internet vsthe World Wide Web


Understanding Web Addresses

What is a Browser?

What is a Search Engine?

Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.5: Internet Security

About Protected Web Sites

What is Encryption?

Digital Certificates

Virus Issues

Protecting Personal Information


Skill Sharpener

Section 1: Case Study

Section 1: Review Questions

Section 2: Application

Lesson 2.1: Computers in the Workplace

Tasks That Computers Can Perform

Computers in Business

Computers in Government

Computers in Health and Education

Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.2: Tele-Commuting

What is Telework?

Advantages to the Employee

Advantages to the Employer

Disadvantages of Teleworking

Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.3: The Electronic World


Instant Messaging


How does E-Commerce Work?

Advantages and Disadvantages of E-Commerce

Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.4: Ergonomics

What is Ergonomics?

Adjusting Your Monitor

Keyboard and Mouse

Choosing a Chair

Lighting and Air

Taking Breaks

Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.5: Safety and the Environment

Checking Cables

Checking Power Connections

Recycling Paper and Cartridges

Choosing Power Friendly Components

Computers and the Environment

Skill Sharpener

Section 2: Case Study

Section 2: Review Questions

Section 3: Security

Lesson 3.1: Being Proactive

Benefits of Being Proactive

Security Policies

Procedures for Security Breaches

What Can Staff Members Do?

What Can Administrators Do?

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Lesson 3.2: Identifying Yourself

What is a User ID?

What is a Password?

Choosing a Good Password

What are Access Rights?

Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.3: Protecting your Data

Why Backup Data?

Backup Methods

The Implications of Data Theft or Exposure

Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.4: Understanding Malware

What are Computer Viruses?

What is Spyware?

What is Adware?

Disinfecting and Quarantining

Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.5: Protecting Against Malware

What Anti-Malware Programs Can and Can't Do

What To Do When You Are Infected

Keeping Software Up To Date

Performing Regular Scans

Safety Tips

Skill Sharpener

Section 3: Case Study

Section 3: Review Questions


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