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PRDV001: Computer Skills And Literacy

Unit 1: Getting Started   In this first unit, we will learn about a variety of fundamentals that are important for you to understand as you work through this computer course.  There are four subunits and each subunit contains specific readings and videos that will enhance the learning experience.  Computers can be challenging to some people and this unit will help you better understand computing and its importance in society.

Unit 1 Time Advisory
This unit should take you approximately 1.00 hour to complete.

☐    Subunit 1.1: 0.25 

☐    Subunit 1.2: 0.25

☐    Subunit 1.3: 0.25

☐    Subunit 1.4: 0.25

Unit1 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
- Define the importance of computing in society. - Describe the components of a computer, such as the following: input and output devices, storage and communication devices. - Distinguish between the different types of computing devices. - List common computer terminology used.

1.1 Introduction to Computers   - Web Media: The Saylor Foundation’s Computer Skills and Literacy - "Getting Started" Link: The Saylor Foundation’s Computer Skills and Literacy - "Getting Started" (YouTube)
 
Instructions: Please view this brief video for an introduction to the course and an explanation of the material you will need to master.
 
Terms of use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

  • Reading: Microsoft’s “Introduction to Computers” Link: Microsoft’s “Introduction to Computers” (HTML)

    Instructions: Please read the information on this website and take detailed notes, as this section provides you with a foundation for introducing you to computers.  This section should take around 20 minutes to complete.
     
    Terms of use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

1.2 Computer Tour   - Web Media: +100500 Videos' version of DactaDork’s “How Computers Work” Link: YouTube: +100500 Videos' version of DactaDork's “How Computers Work” (YouTube)

 Instructions: Please view this video to learn more about the
components of a computer.  This will provide you with a framework
for how computers function.  Viewing the video and taking notes
should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  

 Terms of use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpage above.

1.3 Computer Software   - Web Media: Common Craft’s “Computer Software” Link: Common Craft’s “Computer Software” (Adobe Flash)

 Instructions: Please view the above to learn more about what
computer software is and how it affects computing.  View the video
and take notes.  It should take less than 10 minutes to complete
this assignment.  

 Terms of use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpage above.

1.4 Computer Concepts and Terminology   - Reading: University of New Mexico, Los Alamos: Thomas E. Beach’s “Computer Concepts and Terminology” Link: University of New Mexico, Los Alamos: Thomas E. Beach’s “Computer Concepts and Terminology” (HTML)

 Instructions: This will provide you with an overview of common
computer terminology and associated meanings.  This section should
around 20 minutes to complete.  Please make sure to take notes.  

 Terms of use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use
displayed on the webpage above.
  • Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 1 Assessment” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 1 Assessment”

    Instructions: Complete these five multiple choice questions. The correct answers will be displayed when you click  “Submit.” You must be logged into your Saylor Foundation School account in order to access this assessment.  If you do not yet have an account, you will be able to create one, free of charge, after clicking the link. 

    Completing this assessment should take approximately 10 minutes.