Estimated completion time: 100 minutes
This module is intended to provide context. Sure, you know most – maybe even all – of this, but we face some problems in a course like this. Readers have a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Talking about modern computers is almost impossible without discussing the Internet, networking; the difference between hardware & software; and, what counts as a computer anyway?
The course focuses on the kinds of devices, software, and networks you are likely to use at home, in school, and in a typical office, with some attention to more personal devices. However, in your career, you are likely to use much bigger computing systems. Computers are computers, whatever their size or primary function. There is very good chance that all of you have used a server and a mainframe (at SRU) and cloud computing without even knowing it.
We have to start somewhere, so in this module we look at the big picture – an overview.
Should you care? Well, some day you may be the manager of the office network, in charge of purchasing new equipment, or installing software — picture an office full of people just like you, except that they didn't take this course.
|student||Provides a baseline understanding of computing systems.|
|professional||Provides a baseline understanding of computing systems.|
|citizen of a digital society||
Provides a baseline understanding of computing systems.
You will deal with various (relative) measures of storage and speeds when purchasing, and even working with, computers.
Introduction to hardware components of a PC
Introduction to software (system & application)
Binary system, units of measure for storage and speed
Understand the computer as a processing system
Provide context and foundation for later modules.