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Computer Hardware & Networking


Course Description:

This course covers the basics of personal computers, both software and hardware, networks, the Internet, computer security, green IT, and basic maintenance. The course requires little or no previous experience with personal computers. Students will get most out of this course if their goal is to learn the basics of personal computers and networking.


Course Objective:

Demonstrate that a successful candidate has the knowledge to identify technology and computer hardware basics, compatibility issues and common errors, software installation and functions, security risks and prevention


Performance-Based Objectives :

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:


  • Define the components of a computer, the software that controls the computer, manipulate windows
  • Define the computing process, folders, folder options, files and file attributes
  • Search and Windows Help and Support
  • Customize Windows and using the Control Panel.
  • Display system performance information; perform disk maintenance tasks; and use Windows backup.
  • Install and configure programs; troubleshoot; and use System Restore
  • Work with users accounts and passwords; the Windows Firewall; automatic updates
  • Add a printer, set a default printer and manage print jobs
  • Proper use of monitors and resolve display issues
  • Identify ports and connectors
  • Explain Networking, join a network, sharing folders and printers.
  • Basic Components of Internet Explorer, Web and IP addresses, the role of a DNS server
  • Internet Explorer Favorites, Tabs, basic and advanced searches
  • Customize Internet Explorer, add-on programs, and playing multimedia content
  • Set privacy and security options in Internet Explorer
  • CPU's and buses, memory and memory chips
  • Optical data storage, USB flash drives, hard drives and drive interfaces
  • The basic components of a network and describe WAN technologies
  • Create Client network connections through wired, wireless and dial-up methods
  • Discuss Network security and threat trends
  • Identify safety issues and hazards in the computing environment, follow ESD safe practices, saving energy and reducing waste
  • Discuss maintaining a secure environment and perform preventative maintenance tasks


Course Content


Lesson 1: Personal Computer Basics
Topic 1A: Personal Computer Basics
Topic 1B: What makes computers work
Topic 1C: Window management

Lesson 2: Personal Computer Components
Topic 2A: Personal Computer Components
Topic 2B: System Unit Components
Topic 2C: Storage Devices
Topic 2D: Personal Computer Connection Methods

Lesson 3: Managing computer contents
Topic 3A: Storing items on your computer
Topic 3B: Working with folders
Topic 3C: Working with files
Topic 3D: Advanced file and folder management

Lesson 4: Searching for content and using Help
Topic 4A: Content searches
Topic 4B: Windows Help and Support

Lesson 5: Windows settings
Topic 5A: The desktop and Start menu
Topic 5B: Taskbar and display settings
Topic 5C: System settings

Lesson 6: System tools
Topic 6A: Performance
Topic 6B: Hard Disk Maintenance
Topic 6C: Backups

Lesson 7: Windows Security
Topic 7A: User Accounts
Topic 7B: Windows Firewall
Topic 7C: Automatic Updates
Topic 7D: Malware

Lesson 8: Windows Networking
Topic 8A: Basic Networking
Topic 8B: Network Connections
Topic 8C: Advanced File Sharing
Topic 8D: Printer Sharing

Lesson 9: Web Browsing Basics
Topic 9A: Browsing the Web
Topic 9B: Internet Basics

Lesson 10: Browsing with Internet Explorer 7
Topic 10A: The Favorites Center
Topic 10B: Tabbed browsing
Topic 10C: Searching

Lesson 11: Printing
Topic 11A: Windows Printing
Topic 11B: Managing print jobs
Topic 11C: Inkjet printers
Topic 11D: Laser printers

Lesson 12: Display Devices
Topic 12A: External Monitors
Topic 12B: Integrated Monitors
Topic 12C: Data and Physical Security

Lesson 13: Connectors and adapters
Topic 13A: Serial and PS/2 connections
Topic 13B: USB and FireWire

Lesson 14: Multimedia devices
Topic 14A: Devices and drivers
Topic 14B: Audio devices
Topic 14C: Scanners and cameras

Lesson 15: Data storage devices
Topic 15A:Optical drives
Topic 15B:Removable storage devices
Topic 15C:Hard drives

Lesson 16: Network basics
Topic 16A: Network concepts
Topic 16B: Wide area networks

Lesson 17: Networking protocols and connections
Topic 17A: Addressing
Topic 17B: Client Configuration

Lesson 18: Network security overview
Topic 18A:Introduction to network security
Topic 18B:Understanding security threats
Topic 18C:Creating a secure network strategy

Lesson 19: Computer hardware care and maintenance
Topic 19A: Environment
Topic 19B: Preventive hardware maintenance

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