Class Overview

Basic Computer Skills | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Are you new to using a personal computer (PC)? If so, they can seem intimidating -- and this is the class for you.

During this course, we'll use the Windows 10 Operating System (OS) to learn how to be efficient and comfortable with a PC and its related hardware.

  • Gain experience using the Windows 10 desktop, including how to operate various applications, navigate files, and folder management, and how it compares to older versions
  • Learn about email, browsing the internet, and using cloud storage
  • Receive guidance in creating backups of your important files, and how to access them in the future
  • Get tips on choosing the best computer for your needs

Please note: This class focuses specifically on computers using the Microsoft Windows OS and does not use Apple computers.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Different types of computers
  • Power functions: start, log in, turn off
  • Review of hardware components on a PC
    • Keyboard
    • Mouse
    • Touch Screen operations
    • Ancillary components; printers, speakers, etc.
  • The Windows Desktop
    • Taskbar
    • Start panel
    • Icons, shortcuts, etc.
  • Applications
    • Starting and stopping applications
    • Multi-tasking
    • Introduction to the Office Suite
  • File management
    • Opening, Saving and Retrieving files
    • Files and Folders
    • Deleting and restoring files
    • Finding files
    • Backup options
  • Getting Online
    • Wired or Wireless
    • Wi-Fi options
  • Searching the Internet
    • Browsers vs. Search Engines
    • Smart, Safe Searching
  • Emailing
    • Creating an email
    • Receiving, retrieving, storing, deleting
    • Security with Email
    • Attachments, Links
  • Online Applications
    • Office Online
    • Google Apps online
    • Open Office

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the various components of computers and discuss different types of PC computers
  • Understand and use the Windows 10 environment
  • Practice hands-on skills in using PC computers
  • Apply Windows 10 knowledge to various programs and applications
  • Evaluate and apply safety and security issues related to the internet, browsing, and email.

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Anyone who would like hands-on guidance in learning the basics of Windows-based PC computers
  • Students who have some background using computers, but would like to learn best practices of using and staying secure on the internet
  • No previous knowledge or experience required

Session Details

  • Class ID: 5849
  • Instructor: Will Berkley
  • When: 2 Wednesdays | 1/17/18 - 1/24/18 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Total Number of Hours: 6
  • Where: Broadway Edison Building - Room 3173 | 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $159
  • Additional Notes: Computer lab fee included in tuition.
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