Master Computers - From Beginner to Expert in One Week

Become a master of computers. In one week, you will understand how computers work and how to use them well.
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  • Lectures 345
  • Length 39.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 8/2013 English

Course Description

This course is for the benefit of everyone. If financial constraints prevent you from enrolling, simply send me a message explaining your situation and I will give you access to all of my courses for free.

You are about to embark on an exciting journey learning about the information revolution and the incredible world of computers.

This course is very practical and applicable. It focuses on teaching you skills you can use. These skills include not only specific hands-on skills, like "right-clicking" and taking "screenshots," but also skills such as keeping yourself safe online, not texting while you're driving, and what to look for when buying computers (just to mention a very small fraction of the skills this course will teach you).

This is a university level course designed to introduce individuals to the world of computers, so it is rich in its depth and breadth of content. I have taught this course for over a decade and have refined it to be incredibly amazing and awesome. You are going to love this course and it will forever change your life. You will gain skills in this course which you will use for the rest of your life and which will make your life easier. Knowing how to use computers is essential in our day-and-age. This course will give you the skills you need to use computers well.

Presented with high-quality video lectures, this course will visually show you how to easily do everything with computers. This is just some of what you will learn in this course:

  • Learn the basic principles of hardware including circuits, coding schemes, binary, the five generations of computers, Moore's Law, IPOS, registers, cache, RAM, magnetic storage, optical storage, solid-state storage, ROM, BIOS, the motherboard, buses, and the CPU.
  • Learn how to operate a computer including a vast array of hands-on skills – just to mention a few for example: managing files, backing –up files, right clicking, taking screenshots, determining your computer’s properties, upgrading your computer, changing settings on your computer.
  • Learn how to use word processing software including the creation of a title page, document sections, headers and footers, styles, an automatically generated table of contents, the insertion of images, references, and the insertion of an automatically generated citation of works referenced.
  • Learn how to use spreadsheet software including formulas, functions, relative references, absolute references, mixed references, and the creation of a graph or chart.
  • Learn how to use video editing software including adding credits and transitions then publishing that video to a video hosting website such as YouTube.
  • Learn how to use databases including table creation, the setting of a primary key, the establishment of table relationships, the setting of referential integrity, and the creation and execution of a query.
  • Learn how to use presentation software to more effectively give presentations.
  • Learn to do some simple programing including designing, coding, testing, debugging, and running a program.
  • Learn about the world wide web including sending email, conducting searches , having familiarity with online educational resources such as Khan Academy, and having an awareness of online "cloud computing" tools such as Google Word Processing, Google Spreadsheets, and the many other online tools offered by Google.
  • Learn about application software and system software including operating systems, utilities, and drivers.
  • Learn about networks including architecture, topology, firewalls, security, wireless networks, and securing wireless networks.
  • Learn about the Internet, the World Wide Web, censorship, the digital divide, net neutrality, differing legal jurisdictions, website creation, multimedia, social media, and eCommerce.
  • Learn about information systems, systems development, and the systems development life cycle.
  • Learn about program development, programming languages, and the program development life cycle.
  • Learn about databases including table creation, primary keys, relationships, referential integrity, queries, and structured query language.
  • Learn about privacy and security issues related to computers.
  • Learn about robots and artificial intelligence including the Turing test.
  • Learn about intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and the creative commons.
  • Learn about ethics and ethical issues relating to the use of technology.
  • Learn about health ramifications of using computers including repetitive stress injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, and ergonomics.
  • Learn about e-Waste and other environmental concerns related to technology.

Lifetime access to this course allows you to easily review material and continue learning new material.

After taking this course, you will have a thorough understanding of how to use computers well.

From beginners, to advanced users, this course is perfect for all ability levels. This course will add value to everyone's skillset.

This course is for the benefit of everyone. If financial constraints prevent you from enrolling, simply send me a message explaining your situation and I will give you access to all of my courses for free.

What are the requirements?

  • Suitable for all ability levels. Perfect for beginners while also being valuable to advanced users who will also learn valuable new insights and skills. Microsoft Office will be used for a portion of the hands-on skills.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn from a highly rated instructor with over 15 years of experience teaching individuals of all ability levels.
  • From the fundamentals, to the most advanced features, this course covers everything you need to know to use computers well.
  • Learn incredibly valuable hands-on computer skills.
  • Presented with high-quality video lectures, this course will visually show you how to easily do everything with computers.
  • Lifetime access to this course allows you to easily review material and continue learning new material.
  • After taking this course, you will have a thorough understanding of how to use computers well.
  • Money Back Guarantee - Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back

What is the target audience?

  • From beginners, to advanced users, this course is perfect for all ability levels. This course will add value to everyone's skill set.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome
Realize Your Inner Computer Guru
Preview
03:29
02:17

This video will show you how to improve the quality of the videos you are watching - whether you're watching them here at Udemy, or on YouTube!

02:38

Please know that if you hear me refer to "blackboard" or "assignments" those references are for the students who are taking this course at college for credit. There are two types of students watching these videos: those who are here solely on Udemy, and those who are also attending college and taking this course for credit. If you are solely here on Udemy, you do not need to do assignments.

Section 2: Tech Is A Tool
Gratitude
12:30
Focus
20:13
Secret To Success
05:45
Steve Jobs on Success
02:22
Information Revolution
Preview
15:37
Professor Wesch's Take on The Information Revolution
04:05
Tech Is A Tool
37:01
We're Monkeys!!!
01:32
Disconnect - A Great Movie About Digital Life Today
01:21
Why Learn About Computers?
21:07
Defining Computers
13:47
Why Do We Like Computers?
09:59
Further Defining Computers
11:28
5 Generations of Computers & Moore's Law
11:32
Networks, Internet, WWW
13:13
How much time do you have, and how are you spending it?
01:23
An Inspirational Motorcross Rider
02:26
The Secret To Success - Grit
02:06
Making Better Choices
09:57
Screenshots
05:12
Right Clicking
03:57
Email CC & BCC
05:37
Email Replying & Snopes
05:45
Email Attachments
02:29
Email Capitalization
01:27
No Unsend With Email
02:50
Copy / Paste Without Formatting
03:02
Section 3: How Computers Work
Computers Run On Electricity
06:25
Coding Schemes
07:55
Zero's & One's
03:51
Generations of Computers
08:28
Moore's Law
03:50
Computers Get Old Fast
Preview
05:54
Circuits & Switches
01:24
How Many Messages?
02:27
Binary Digits & Measuring Bits
02:41
How Many Bits?
03:24
Power Symbol Origins
03:58
Your Computer's Properties
05:28
Changing Your Desktop
02:44
Copying & Pasting
02:22
Cutting & Pasting
01:18
Select All
02:38
Undo & Redo
01:39
Using "Find"
02:27
Alt Tab
01:04
Working On A Mac
01:19
Review & More Coding Schemes
10:21
Counting In Binary
07:03
How Transistors Work
01:14
Make It Count
02:27
Section 4: Understanding Hardware
Hardware Overview
06:31
I/O Devices
02:25
Categorizing Hardware
02:28
The System Unit
01:02
Opening The Computer & The Motherboard
03:53
Buses
02:48
The Power Supply
01:57
Drives
07:26
Drive Terminology
01:30
Ports
02:02
Expansion Slots
02:36
RAM
06:28
Upgrading RAM
Preview
08:20
Computer "Remembering"
10:19
CPU Terminology
21:33
Understanding The CPU
02:13
ROM, BIOS, & Booting
06:20
BIOS Settings
13:19
The Device Manager
03:35
Word Size
03:11
Factors Impacting Computer Speed
05:26
Speeding Up Your Computer
17:18
Surge Suppressors
03:13
Protecting Your Computer
03:09
Working Efficiently With Copy & Paste
09:15
An Introduction to Elon Musk
01:05
The Voices of China's Workers
01:13
Touring Foxconn Chinese Computer Factory
01:11
Al Pacino's Inspirational Speech
00:57
"IF" by Rudyard Kipling
00:38
Section 5: The Importance of Storage
Computer Storage
04:22
Categories of Storage
13:54
Storage Terminology
05:01
HDD & File Systems
15:52
Fragmentation & Defragmentation
05:52
Magnetic Storage
03:20
Optical Storage
08:36
Solid State Storage
Preview
20:15
Flash Drives & Viruses
04:57
File Management
14:04
Securely Destroying Data
07:00

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Instructor Biography

Todd McLeod, Faculty in Computer Science and Computer Information Tech

I am passionate about helping others learn and improve their lives. The courses offered under my account are courses taught by myself, along with courses I helped friends create. As for my credentials, I am tenured faculty in Computer Information Technology at Fresno City College. I have also served as adjunct faculty in Computer Science at California State University, Fresno. I began programming in 1996. I began teaching programming in 2001. My area of expertise is web programming, the Go programming language, and online education. I have taught over 560,000 students online how to build websites and use the Go programming language. Follow me on Twitter to stay current @Todd_McLeod 

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