Computer Skills & Literacy
Saylor Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Academy was established in 1999 by Michael J. Saylor because he had a very simple, very earnest, and very bold idea: Education should be free. We believe that barriers of cost, time, and geography should not stand in the way of access to higher education or quality, effective credentials. Saylor Academy courses are provided via a CC BY 3.0 license.
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.
What will I learn
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;
- list common techniques for troubleshooting computer issues.
How should I prepare
In order to take this course, you must:
- have the ability/permission to install plug-ins 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.).