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The content of this course allows an individual to gain knowledge of the main concepts of information technology (IT) and understand the basics of a personal computer in terms of hardware and software. The individual learns about other concepts of information technology, such as data storage, networks and software applications. The individual also becomes familiar with health, safety and environmental issues as well as security and legal issues associated with using computers.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the characteristics of hardware, software, and information technology (IT).
  • Distinguish between the characteristics of different computer types.
  • Identify the main components of a personal computer.
  • Identify characteristics of the central processing unit (CPU).
  • Identify the functions of input and output devices.
  • Identify the ways in which computer memory is measured.
  • Identify the features of random access memory (RAM) and read-only memory (ROM).
  • Identify the characteristics of permanent storage devices.
  • Identify the disk formatting options in the Format dialog box.
  • Identify factors that influence a computer's performance.
  • Differentiate between operating system and application software.
  • Identify common types of application software.
  • Identify the process of software systems development.
  • Identify characteristics of a LAN and a WAN.
  • Identify features of telephone networking in computing.
  • Identify the features of electronic mail (e-mail) and its capabilities and advantages.
  • Identify features of the Internet.
  • Identify intranet and extranet technologies.
  • Identify advantages of e-commerce.
  • Sequence the stages in a typical online transaction.
  • Identify uses of computers in government and business.
  • Identify uses of computers in education and healthcare.
  • Identify advantages of teleworking.
  • Identify the health and safety issues and ergonomic practices associated with computer usage.
  • Identify methods to reduce the impact of computers on the environment.
  • Identify methods for implementing information security.
  • Identify privacy issues associated with computers.
  • Identify features of backup types.
  • Identify implications of computer theft.
  • Match types of viruses with their characteristics.
  • Identify guidelines for protecting software and files from viruses.
  • Identify key aspects of copyright in the information society.
  • Identify features of data protection.

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