Learning outcomes

At the end of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain what a computer is.
  2. Identify major components of a computer
  3. Explain how computers work
  4. Use the mouse and keyboard

This section is primarily aimed at those beginning to use computers. You are not expected to have ANY experience with computers. If you have experience you may want to skip this section unless if you just want to refresh your memory. If you’ve never touched a computer before, then you have opened the right module. We shall be using what is known as Windows 7 operating system. This is the operating system that comes pre-installed on many computers and it is the one you will most likely encounter in the university during the course of your studies. We shall also be using what is known as the personal computer popularly referred to as the PC. We shall also make reference to Android operating system, the world's most popular operating system on smartphones. If you have a smartphone chances are that it is running Android operating system.

Do not be discouraged if you have not come across any of these terms before as we will explain them during the course of the module.

As they say, "Rome was not built in a day". Also remember the golden rule of beginners; everyone starts out as a beginner and practice makes perfect. However as a beginner using the keyboard and mouse may be challenging at first, but it will become easier the more you use them. Please note that the mouse is intended for you to use with your right hand and as such all instructions will be relayed with this assumption. However, the mouse can be configured to be used by left handed people though.

Now to the computers…

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