IT & Software

Get To Know Your Computer Inside And Out: A Guide To Desktop Computers And How They Work

Course Fee R799.00

What is this course about?

This course will cover some of the most important things you need to know about the desktop computer, including terms/phrases, how to set up your computer and what kinds of computers are available. We'll also introduce you to some basic troubleshooting strategies.

Who should be doing this course?

This course is designed to assist anyone who uses a desktop computer at home or at the office to better understand how it works.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:
•    Outline the history and uses of a personal computer.  
•    Explain how a computer functions.
•    Identify the components and how each works.
•    Describe how to assemble a desktop computer.
•    Explain what an operating system is and its function on a computer.
•    Differentiate between different types of operating systems.
•    Describe how to install and use each operating system.
•    Differentiate between different types of software applications and describe their uses.
•    Explain the data files, how they are named and how they link to applications. 
•    Explain the keyboard and identify some of its key functions. 
•    Describe the printer and list basic maintenance.
•    List examples of other input and output devices
•    Define what a network is and discuss the different types of networks.
•    Outline how to set up a home network.
•    Explain what the internet is and what protocols are.
•    Discuss the history of the internet and its benefits.
•    Outline the general maintenance of the computer and attached peripheral devices.
•    Explain the process to identify and eliminate problems affecting the functioning of the computer.
•    Define what a virus is and describe preventative measures to safeguard your computer

How is your course mark calculated?

Your course mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck! 

Study at your own pace!

We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you!  

In the 5 chapters of this course you'll be covering the following areas:

CHAPTER 1 What Is A Computer?
CHAPTER 2 Working On A Computer
CHAPTER 3 Input And Output Devices
CHAPTER 4 Getting Connected
CHAPTER 5 Maintenance And Repair

Luigi McLeod


Luigi has been extensively involved the the technologies industry for 20 years. His specialisation areas include sales, training, desktop support and network management. His work as a senior technician in the Commerce faculty at one of South Africa’s top universities cements his qualifications as an experts in practical IT matters.

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