Introduction to Personal Computers: Using Windows XP

Course Description
By using a personal computer, you can accomplish many tasks that might be more difficult and time-consuming to accomplish on your own. Some of those tasks might include writing a letter, analyzing numeric information, or maintaining an updated list of client information; however, before you use a personal computer, you need to understand what it is and how it works. In this course, that's what you will do. Once you're comfortable with that, you will begin using your personal computer.  There are no prerequisite courses for this course.  Course length: 4 hours

Course Objective
You will learn the basic skills necessary to operate a personal computer.

Performance-Based Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Prepare to use a personal computer.
  • Start a personal computer.
  • Use application software.
  • Begin using a network.



Course Content

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Personal Computers

  • Topic 1A: Identify Uses of Personal Computers
  • Topic 1B: Identify Types of Personal Computers
  • Topic 1C: Identify the Common Components of a Personal Computer
  • Topic 1D: Identify How Personal Computers Work


Lesson 2: Using a Personal Computer

  • Topic 2A: Set Up Your Computer
  • Topic 2B: Start Your Computer
  • Topic 2C: Log in to Your Computer
  • Topic 2D: Display My Computer


Lesson 3: Using Application Software

  • Topic 3A: Navigate in a Word Processing Document
  • Topic 3B: Update a Spreadsheet
  • Topic 3C: Run a Presentation
  • Topic 3D: Find Information in a Database


Lesson 4: Connecting to a Network

  • Topic 4A: Identify Types of Networks
  • Topic 4B: Access the Internet