Computer Basics

Course Details : Computer Basics

Course Description

Introduces the basic features of Microsoft Office, Windows basics.
Develops familiarity with Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, email, and Internet basics.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
1. Recognize when to use each of the Microsoft Office programs to create professional business documents.
2. Use Microsoft Office programs to create personal and/or business documents following current professional and/or industry standards.
3. Pursue future courses specializing in one or more of the programs.
4. Apply skills and concepts for basic use of computer hardware, software, networks, and the Internet in the workplace and in future coursework as identified by the internationally accepted Internet and Computing Core (IC3) standards.

Course Content

  1. Terminology and Vocabulary
    1. Parts of computer system
    2. Software: Applications and Operating system
  2. Windows Concepts
    1. Windows navigation
    2. Multi-task applications
    3. File-management (reinforce and emphasize throughout the length of the course)
  3. Basic Word Processing Concepts
  4. Basic Spreadsheet Concepts
  5. Basic Presentation Concepts
  6. Basic Internet Skills
    1. Browsers
    2. Searching
    3. Ethics
  7. Basic Communication Skills
    1. Email
    2. Attachments
    3. Overview of MyPCC Portal
    4. Netiquette
  8. Basic Database Concepts

Competencies, Skills

  1. Identify components of a computer system
  2. Identify types of software applications and operating systems
  3. Windows skills, including:
    1. Use the mouse to:
      1. navigate Windows and applications
      2. open, close and work between applications
      3. access "short-cut menus" using right-mouse button
    2. Develop skill in basic file management throughout the course including:
      1. moving/copying/renaming/deleting files
      2. creating/renaming/deleting folders
    3. Use Windows Accessories
      1. Notepad and/or Wordpad
      2. Paint
    4. Use Control Panel to modify desktop properties
    5. Word Processing Skills
      1. Create and edit one page Word documents
      2. Copy/Move/Paste text
      3. Create and edit a multi-page Word document
      4. Format and enhance Word documents
      5. Insert Clipart
    6. Internet Skills
      1. Identify and use Internet browser features
      2. Use Search tools
      3. Understand Internet Ethics
    7. Communication Skills
      1. Send and receive email
      2. Send and open email attachments
      3. Introduce basic MyPCC Portal website including basic navigation, email, calendar and course tools
      4. Identify proper netiquette rules
    8. Spreadsheet Skills
      1. Create and edit basic Excel spreadsheets
      2. Format and enhance spreadsheets
      3. Use Auto Sum and create basic formulas
      4. Create basic charts
    9. Presentation Skills
      1. Create and edit basic PowerPoint presentations
      2. Use template, color schemes, animation, slide transition
      3. Insert images including digital pictures