Fundamental Computing Skills for the Digital Middle Age

Best practices for new or novice computer users.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

This course covers basic personal computer skills to include:  email etiquette, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, the file system, digital photography and videography, and interconnectivity.  The perfect student will have some, but limited or no, formal computer training.

The course runs approximately 2.25 hours and is broken into 12 sections.  All sections except the intro and summary include an unscored quiz and all sections include resource materials.

Anyone interested in improving their computer skills should definitely consider this course.

What are the requirements?

  • Their are no prerequisite skills or knowledge for this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to safely navigate the internet, utilize the MicroSoft Office Suite products, effectively name files and folders, offload and enhance digital photos and videos and connect multiple digital devices.

Who is the target audience?

  • The perfect student would have some, but limited computer knowledge, and wishes to enhance their computer skills through a broader understanding of computer fundamentals.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: This section introduces the learner to the primary learning objectives.

In this, the introductory section of the Laptop Fundamentals course, Rick Phillips briefly describes each of the course's nine sections, establishes his principle target audience and sets learner expectations.

Section 2: This section explores the primary laptop components.
In this section the learner will be introduced to the primary laptop components.
3 questions

This laptop anatomy quiz is designed to help the learner recall key elements of the discussion and give some extra thought to what was discussed.

Section 3: Internet Best Practices
Internet Best Practices
Internet Best Practices Quiz
3 questions
Section 4: This section covers four internet applications: Amazon, eBay, Facebook & Skype.
Internet Applications
Internet Applications
3 questions
Section 5: This section covers email creation and best practices with respect to etiquette.
Email Etiquette
Email Etiquette
3 questions
Section 6: This section covers basic word processing skills as realized via Microsoft Word.
Word Processing
Word Processing
3 questions
Section 7: Spreadsheets
3 questions
Section 8: Presentation Software
Presentation Software
Presentation Software
3 questions
Section 9: The File System
The File System
The File System
3 questions
Section 10: Digital Photos and Videos
Digital Photos and Videos
Digital Photos and Videos
3 questions
Section 11: Interconnectivity
3 questions
Section 12: Summary

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Rick Phillips, PhD with 25+ years computer industry experience

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Visual Psychophysics with a minor in Computer Science.  I worked my entire professional career within the computer industry specializing in relational database design and large-scale international databases.

Out of school, I went to work for VeriFone the credit card processing company because they were headquartered in Hawaii and I yearned to get out of the cold of Wisconsin.  I started as employee #36.  By the time I left, they were publically traded, had thousands of employees and billions in revenue.  At the time of my departure, I was VeriFone's Database Design Manager and oversaw a technical staff of 125+.

I subsequently served as MIS Manager for Family Health International, Database Manager for A4 Health Systems, and CTO and President of Castle Worldwide.  I retired from Castle in 2014 at the age of 55.

After retirement I was searching for a great means to keep my hands in technology.  Teaching with Udemy has provided that venue.  I enjoy creating the courses and interacting with the students.  It is my new passion.  Middle aged and young people are my favorite students - seeing them better utilize their new toys and skills gives me great pleasure, such energy.

I am a huge advocate of life-long learning and love this opportunity to share that passion with others.  Remember, "keep on learning."

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