PRDV001: Computer Skills And Literacy

Course Syllabus for "PRDV001: Computer Skills And Literacy"

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This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to computers. Students will explore a variety of topics in computing, such as the following: the components of a computer, common computer terminology, an introduction to the Internet, computer security and privacy, computer troubleshooting techniques, and steps to maintain the life of your computer. Through readings and videos, students will learn how to fully understand the basics of computer technology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify the components of a computer;
  • describe the differences between hardware and software;
  • list common computing terminology;
  • define what the Internet is as well as its uses;
  • explain the importance of security and privacy; and
  • list common techniques for troubleshooting computer issues.

Course Requirements

In order to take this course, you must:
√    have access to a computer;

√    have continuous broadband Internet access;

√    have the ability/permission to install plug-ins (e.g., Adobe Reader or Flash) and software;

√    have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer;

√    have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (e.g., doc., ppt, xls, etc.);

√    have competency in the English language; and

√    have read the Saylor Student Handbook.

Course Information

Below, please find some general information on the course and its requirements.
Course Designer: LaToya L. Trowers
Primary Resources: This course is comprised of a range of different free, online materials.  However, the course makes primary use of the following resources:

Requirements for Completion: In order to complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and all of its assigned materials.  The course is designed to allow you to successfully build upon the knowledge learned in the last subunit.  It is important that you work carefully through each section in order to successfully understand the concepts and take detailed notes. 
In order to “pass” this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the final exam.  Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it.  If you do not pass the exam, you may take it again.
Time Commitment: This course should take you a total of approximately 3 hours to complete.  Please plan additional time for note taking and exploration of embedded links of interest to you.  Each unit includes a “time advisory” that lists the approximate amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit.  This should help you determine how to budget your time to complete each of the three units.
Table of Contents: You can find the course's units at the links below.