Course objectives

Section I: Computer Hardware

Course participants will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the function of external parts of a standard desktop and laptop computer
  • Identify and explain the function of the various computer ports and cables
  • Identify and explain the function of the internal parts of a standard desktop and laptop
  • Understand and evaluate competing computer specifications (chip types, memory, speed, storage, 32 vs. 64-bit operating systems)
  • Define important hardware terms
  • Demonstrate ability to perform basic computer hardware maintenance (i.e., cleaning, installing and/or replacing memory, replacing basic components)
  • Locate and evaluate reliable sources for reviews prior to purchasing new hardware and software
Section II: Software and Security

Course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of BIOS security (i.e., settings and passwords)
  • Describe the function of the operating system
  • Understand the function of device drivers
  • Install new or connect existing printers
  • Demonstrate ability to update operating system, printer drivers, etc.
  • Understand importance and proper use of antivirus, anti-malware, and other security software
  • Evaluate effectiveness of public access computer systems, such as time and printer management (Insight) and system restoration software such as DeepFreeze, Clean Slate, Drive Vaccine, etc.
  • Implement basic software and data backup systems, security and restoration procedures
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