The ICT Computing Essentials course focuses on fundamentals of computers and their functionality. Students will define the functions and uses of computers, and learn about various types of computers. They will study the basic computer system components and their roles. They will learn about computer hardware, including storage, processing, and input and output devices. They will also study software to learn about the various types and functions of applications, including operating systems, user interfaces, and open-source vs. commercial licenses. Students will learn techniques for efficient file management, including the use of file name extensions. Finally, they will study the basics of computer networking, including network topologies and models, protocols, connectivity, IP addressing and the OSI reference model.
After completing the ICT Computing Essentials course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of computers and their uses, including functions of the computing cycle, types of computers and parts of a computer system
- Identify internal computer hardware components and their functions, and demonstrate proficiency using common computer peripherals including input devices, output devices, storage devices, and connection ports.
- Describe various types of computer software (including software types, interfaces, licenses, operating systems vs. applications, and cloud computing), and manage files in an operating system (including file name extensions, and file and folder naming conventions).
- Demonstrate knowledge of computer networking, including network types, network topologies, network models, connection media, hardware devices, protocols, IP addressing and the OSI reference model.