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: 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: 6
  • Where: Broadway Edison Building - Room 3173 | 1701 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122
  • Fee: $159
  • Additional Notes: Computer lab fee included in tuition.