Computer Basics - Introduction

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Description:
This is a detailed first step for new PC users who want an understanding of the terminology and systems in IT.
Prerequisites:
None.
General Concepts :
What is a Computer?
What is Hardware?
What is Software?
What are Peripheral Devices?
What is Meant by Information Technology?
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Types of Computers :
What is a Personal Computer?
Mainframe Computers
What is a Network Computer?
What is a Laptop?
What is a PDA?
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Anatomy of a PC:
The CPU
RAM
Buses
Input and Output Devices
Disk Drives
Power Supply and Fans
More on Peripheral Devices
Hardware Ports
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How a PC Works:
CPU Speed and Performance
RAM and Computer Performance
How Applications Affect Computer Performance
Other Factors
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Section 1: Case Study
Section 1: Review Questions
Hardware Devices:
CPU and Memory
What is a CPU?
What Does the CPU Do?
CPU Performance Measures
RAM and ROM
Measuring Memory
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Input Devices :
The Keyboard
The Mouse
The Scanner
Microphones
Other Devices
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Output Devices :
Monitors
The Printer
Touch Screens
Speakers
Plotters
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Secondary Storage Devices :
Common Terms
Hard Disk Drives
Floppy Disks
Zip Drives
USB Flash Drives
Data Cartridges and Tape Drives
CDs and DVDs
Storage Comparisons
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Section 2: Case Study
Section 2: Review Questions
Software :
The Basics
What is an Operating System?
What is an Application?
What do Versions Mean?
What are Updates?
What is a GUI?
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Operating Systems and Applications:
What Does an Operating System Do?
What are Some Common Operating Systems?
What Does a Software Application Do?
What Are Some Common Applications?
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How is Software Built?:
Introduction
Analysis
Design Stage
Programming
Testing
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Types of Software :
What is Shareware?
What is Freeware?
What is a EULA?
How Do I Check the Software Version?
How Do I Check the Product ID Number?
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Legal Issues :
What is Copyright?
What is Data Protection Legislation?
How Does Copyright Apply to Software vs. Files?
What Should You Download?
What Should You Be Aware Of When Using Materials?
What Should You Be Aware Of When Sharing Materials?
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Case Study
Review Questions
Index