Class Overview

The Ropes: Computer Basics for Beginners | Seattle Central College - Continuing EducationAre you new to using computers for academic or professional purposes? This introductory class will provide you everything you need to know to get started.

Join us as we learn:

  • Common concepts and principles for effective use of current technologies
  • Basic technology vocabulary
  • General uses and functions of computers, mobile devices, software applications and the internet


Course Outline

1. Computer Basics

  • Different types of computers and electronic devices (tablets, smartphones)
  • Correct use(s) of Input and output devices in conjunction with software
  • Operating systems

2. Operating Systems

  • Windows
  • Basic introduction to other operating systems such as MAC and LINUX.
  • Files and folder management
  • Interaction between operating systems and devices – common technologies between different platforms

3. Internet Basics

  • Different web browsers
  • Different parts of webpages, pop-ups and security
  • Viruses and the importance of antivirus software
  • Functional web searches
  • Web based applications (vs locally installed software)

4. Email Basics

  • Web based versus locally installed email software/client
  • Compose, reply, delete, and attach documents using email and netiquette
  • Identify junk mail and potentially hazardous messages

5. Word Processing

  • Create, save, and open documents
  • Basic professional and industry standards for print based document
  • Use on different devices and operating systems

6. Spreadsheet Software

  • Create, save and open workbooks
  • Basic professional and industry standards for spreadsheets
  • Use on different devices and operating systems

7. Presentation Software

  • Create, save, and open presentations
  • Basic professional and industry standards for presentations
  • Use on different devices and operating systems

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify major computing operating systems and explain their basic functions
  • Define and apply computing vocabulary to carry out computing needs and tasks in varied academic and workplace settings and contexts
  • Identify computing hardware devices and peripherals and explain their purposes and uses
  • Identify and explain the differences among data storage devices and systems
  • Create, organize, and manage files and folders in and among various computing applications and environments
  • Select appropriate software applications and correctly implement them to create basic documents, e-mail messages, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Use the Internet and varied browsers to search for and acquire information and perform online computing needs and tasks
  • Demonstrate security basics necessary when using any form of technology

Who Should Take this Class?

Prerequisite: Basic keyboarding skills

  • Anyone new to using computers in an academic or professional capacity
  • Those with limited background in computers who are interested in improving their computing knowledge

Session Details

  • Class ID: 5841
  • Instructor: Staff, Seattle Central
  • When: We're not offering this class right now, but we will again in the future. Please bookmark this page and check back for updates, or sign up for our email list to receive news on upcoming classes. Thank you!
  • Total Number of Hours: 18
  • Where: Broadway Edison Bldg - Room 3168 | 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $199
  • Additional Notes: This course is available through Continuing Education as a non-credit class, or as part of Seattle Central’s Business Technology Management program.