PC Basics

Computer Concepts Training Materials

Training Course Outline

HARDWARE, MEMORY & DISKS

  • Hardware
  • Parts of a computer
  • The CPU
  • What is computer memory?
  • Memory (RAM)
  • ROM-BIOS
  • Types of storage media
  • Disks
  • The Hard (Fixed) Disk
  • External hard disks
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Floppy disks (diskettes)
  • Recordable CD & DVD drives
  • USB flash drives (memory sticks)
  • Memory cards
  • Network drives and on-line file storage
  • Universal Serial Bus (USB) Port
  • Serial Port
  • Parallel Port
  • Network Port
  • FireWire Port

INPUT / OUTPUT DEVICES

  • 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
  • Colour laser printers
  • Inkjet printers
  • Dot Matrix printers
  • Some devices are both input and output devices.

SOFTWARE ISSUES

  • What is software?
  • What is an operating system?
  • Examples of software applications
  • Word processing applications
  • Spreadsheets applications
  • Database applications
  • Presentation applications
  • Emailing applications
  • Web browsing applications
  • Photo editing applications
  • Computer games
  • Operating system vs. application programs
  • Accessibility options
  • Voice recognition software
  • Screen reader software
  • Screen magnifier software
  • On-screen keyboard
  • Shareware
  • Freeware

COMPUTER NETWORKS

  • LAN (Local Area Network)
  • Internet
  • World Wide Web (WWW) vs. the Internet
  • Intranets
  • Extranets
  • 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

EMAIL, MESSAGING AND MORE

  • Electronic mail (email)
  • Instant messaging (IM)
  • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds
  • Blogging (web logos)
  • Podcasts
  • Online (virtual) communities
  • Social networking websites
  • Internet forums (message boards / discussion boards)
  • Chat rooms
  • Online computer games

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

  • 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?
  • Organising your computer for more efficient backups
  • Complete vs. incremental backups
  • What is a firewall?
  • Data theft issues
  • Computer viruses
  • Computer virus infection issues
  • Protecting against computer virus infection
  • What to do if you discover a virus on your computer
  • The limitations of anti virus software

 

PC Basics
4.8 (96%) 5 votes