Introduction to Personal Computers

Fourth Edition

Topic-Level Outline

                         Days:  1

         Prerequisites:  None

                         Unit 1 :  Introduction to computers

                               Topic A: 0  Overview of computers

                               A-1:                               Discussing the evolution of computers

                               A-2:                               Discussing the benefits and limitations of computers

                               A-3:                               Discussing types of PCs

                               Topic B: 0  How computers work

                               B-1:                               Discussing the Input-Process-Output cycle

                               B-2:                               Discussing hardware

                               B-3:                               Discussing software

                               B-4:                               Discussing types of operating systems

                               Topic C: 0  Starting the computer

                         C-1:                         Identifying the desktop components

                         Unit 2 :  Input devices

                               Topic A: 0  Mouse and keyboard basics

                               A-1:                               Using the mouse

                               A-2:                               Using the keyboard

                               Topic B: 0  Other input devices

                         B-1:                         Discussing other input devices

                         Unit 3 :  Processing data

                               Topic A: 0  The system unit and the CPU

                               A-1:                               Identifying the components of a system unit

                               A-2:                               Discussing the CPU

                               Topic B: 0  Memory

                         B-1:                         Describing random access memory

                         B-2:                         Describing read-only memory

                         Unit 4 :  Data storage

                               Topic A: 0  Floppy disks

                               A-1:                               Write-protecting a floppy disk

                               A-2:                               Formatting a floppy disk

                               Topic B: 0  Hard disks

                               B-1:                               Discussing hard disks

                               B-2:                               Checking the capacity of a hard disk

                               Topic C: 0  Other storage devices

                         C-1:                         Discussing CD-ROMs and DVDs

                         C-2:                         Discussing other removable storage devices

                         Unit 5 :  Output devices

                               Topic A: 0  Monitor and desktop layout basics

                               A-1:                               Changing the monitor resolution

                               A-2:                               Using desktop background and screensavers

                               Topic B: 0  Other output devices

                         B-1:                         Discussing types of printers

                         B-2:                         Discussing plotters

                         B-3:                         Discussing sound card basics

                         Unit 6 :  Managing data

                               Topic A: 0  Working with Windows Explorer

                               A-1:                               Expanding and collapsing a folder

                               A-2:                               Navigating with Windows Explorer

                               Topic B: 0  Working with folders

                               B-1:                               Creating a folder

                               B-2:                               Renaming a folder

                               Topic C: 0  Working with files

                               C-1:                               Creating and saving a file on the hard disk

                               C-2:                               Printing a file

                               C-3:                               Moving a file

                               C-4:                               Copying a file to a floppy disk

                               C-5:                               Deleting a file

                               C-6:                               Restoring a file

                               C-7:                               Searching for a file

                               Topic D: 0  Protecting data against viruses

                         D-1:                         Discussing viruses

                         Unit 7 :  Working with applications

                               Topic A: 0  Windows XP Accessories

                               A-1:                               Working with WordPad

                               A-2:                               Working with Calculator

                               A-3:                               Working with Paint

                               Topic B: 0  Outlook Express

                               B-1:                               Examining the components of Outlook Express

                               B-2:                               Using the Address Book in Outlook Express

                               B-3:                               Creating and sending an e-mail message

                               Topic C: 0  Internet Explorer 6.0

                               C-1:                               Exploring the features of Internet Explorer 6.0

                               C-2:                               Using hyperlinks and the Address bar

                               C-3:                               Using Favorites

                               Topic D: 0  Accessing Help and shutting down Windows XP

                                                                                                                                                                                           D-1:                                                                                                                                                                                           Exploring the features of Help and Support

                                                                                                                                                                                           D-2:                                                                                                                                                                                           Using Search in Help and Support

                                                                                                                                                                                           D-3:                                                                                                                                                                                           Shutting down your computer