Master Computers - From Beginner to Expert in One Week

Become a master of computers. In one week, you will understand how computers work and how to use them well.

All Levels 4.2(1,320 Ratings) 20,035 Students enrolled
Created by Todd McLeod Last updated 12/2013 English English [Auto-generated]
What will i learn?
  • Learn from a highly rated instructor with over 20 years of experience teaching individuals of all ability levels.
  • From the fundamentals, to the most advanced features, this course covers everything you need to know to use computers well.
  • Learn incredibly valuable hands-on computer skills.
  • Presented with high-quality video lectures, this course will visually show you how to easily do everything with computers.
  • Lifetime access to this course allows you to easily review material and continue learning new material.
  • After taking this course, you will have a thorough understanding of how to use computers well.
  • Money Back Guarantee - Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back

Curriculum for this course
345 Lectures 39:35:05
Welcome
3 Lectures 00:08:24
  • Realize Your Inner Computer Guru 00:03:29
  • Improving Video Quality 00:02:17
  • Two Types of Students 00:02:38
  • Gratitude 00:12:30
  • Focus 00:20:13
  • Secret To Success 00:05:45
  • Steve Jobs on Success 00:02:22
  • Information Revolution 00:15:37
  • Professor Wesch's Take on The Information Revolution 00:04:05
  • Tech Is A Tool 00:37:01
  • We're Monkeys!!! 00:01:32
  • Disconnect - A Great Movie About Digital Life Today 00:01:21
  • Why Learn About Computers? 00:21:07
  • Defining Computers 00:13:47
  • Why Do We Like Computers? 00:09:59
  • Further Defining Computers 00:11:28
  • 5 Generations of Computers & Moore's Law 00:11:32
  • Networks, Internet, WWW 00:13:13
  • How much time do you have, and how are you spending it? 00:01:23
  • An Inspirational Motorcross Rider 00:02:26
  • The Secret To Success - Grit 00:02:06
  • Making Better Choices 00:09:57
  • Screenshots 00:05:12
  • Right Clicking 00:03:57
  • Email CC & BCC 00:05:37
  • Email Replying & Snopes 00:05:45
  • Email Attachments 00:02:29
  • Email Capitalization 00:01:27
  • No Unsend With Email 00:02:50
  • Copy / Paste Without Formatting 00:03:02
  • Computers Run On Electricity 00:06:25
  • Coding Schemes 00:07:55
  • Zero's & One's 00:03:51
  • Generations of Computers 00:08:28
  • Moore's Law 00:03:50
  • Computers Get Old Fast 00:05:54
  • Circuits & Switches 00:01:24
  • How Many Messages? 00:02:27
  • Binary Digits & Measuring Bits 00:02:41
  • How Many Bits? 00:03:24
  • Power Symbol Origins 00:03:58
  • Your Computer's Properties 00:05:28
  • Changing Your Desktop 00:02:44
  • Copying & Pasting 00:02:22
  • Cutting & Pasting 00:01:18
  • Select All 00:02:38
  • Undo & Redo 00:01:39
  • Using "Find" 00:02:27
  • Alt Tab 00:01:04
  • Working On A Mac 00:01:19
  • Review & More Coding Schemes 00:10:21
  • Counting In Binary 00:07:03
  • How Transistors Work 00:01:14
  • Make It Count 00:02:27
  • Hardware Overview 00:06:31
  • I/O Devices 00:02:25
  • Categorizing Hardware 00:02:28
  • The System Unit 00:01:02
  • Opening The Computer & The Motherboard 00:03:53
  • Buses 00:02:48
  • The Power Supply 00:01:57
  • Drives 00:07:26
  • Drive Terminology 00:01:30
  • Ports 00:02:02
  • Expansion Slots 00:02:36
  • RAM 00:06:28
  • Upgrading RAM 00:08:20
  • Computer "Remembering" 00:10:19
  • CPU Terminology 00:21:33
  • Understanding The CPU 00:02:13
  • ROM, BIOS, & Booting 00:06:20
  • BIOS Settings 00:13:19
  • The Device Manager 00:03:35
  • Word Size 00:03:11
  • Factors Impacting Computer Speed 00:05:26
  • Speeding Up Your Computer 00:17:18
  • Surge Suppressors 00:03:13
  • Protecting Your Computer 00:03:09
  • Working Efficiently With Copy & Paste 00:09:15
  • An Introduction to Elon Musk 00:01:05
  • The Voices of China's Workers 00:01:13
  • Touring Foxconn Chinese Computer Factory 00:01:11
  • Al Pacino's Inspirational Speech 00:00:57
  • "IF" by Rudyard Kipling 00:00:38
  • Computer Storage 00:04:22
  • Categories of Storage 00:13:54
  • Storage Terminology 00:05:01
  • HDD & File Systems 00:15:52
  • Fragmentation & Defragmentation 00:05:52
  • Magnetic Storage 00:03:20
  • Optical Storage 00:08:36
  • Solid State Storage 00:20:15
  • Flash Drives & Viruses 00:04:57
  • File Management 00:14:04
  • Securely Destroying Data 00:07:00
  • Backup Your Files 00:06:48
  • Partitions & Linux OS Install 00:21:32
  • Google Data Centers 00:03:35
  • Famous Failures 00:01:35
  • Michael Jordan on Failure 00:01:32
  • Alan Watts on Passion 00:01:57
  • The Importance of Innovation 00:02:01
  • I/O Devices Overview 00:09:06
  • Keyboards 00:13:10
  • Pointing Devices 00:10:58
  • Input Devices 00:09:20
  • Source Data Automation 00:13:41
  • Scanners 00:15:01
  • Digital Cameras 00:17:20
  • Microphones 00:03:41
  • RFID Commercial 00:01:00
  • Brain Interfaces 00:01:44
  • Keyboard Tour 00:10:04
  • Protect Your Hearing 00:10:56
  • Monitors / Displays 00:07:26
  • Monitor Terminology 00:12:05
  • Reality Overlays 00:09:16
  • Virtual Reality 00:05:28
  • Projectors 00:04:10
  • Printers 00:12:24
  • 3D Printing 00:08:41
  • Speakers 00:03:37
  • Display Settings 00:04:23
  • Online Learning Revolution 00:06:09
  • Will 3D Printing Change The World? 00:01:51
  • 3D Printed Guns 00:01:05
  • Printing Human Organs 00:01:12
  • Bay Bridge Lights 00:01:06
  • System Software Overview 00:12:14
  • Operating System Defined 00:20:47
  • Operating System Functions 00:16:23
  • Categorizing Operating Systems 00:15:49
  • Operating System Brands 00:10:20
  • Operating System Market Share 00:05:08
  • Microsoft & Apple Rivalry 00:03:52
  • The Operating System Kernel 00:04:42
  • Operating System Terminology 00:04:06
  • Spooling & Buffering 00:02:59
  • Virtualization 00:04:05
  • Operating Systems Review 00:11:53
  • Utility Software 00:10:52
  • Device Drivers 00:06:39
  • Open With 00:03:45
  • Operating System Updates 00:08:00
  • AntiVirus Software 00:15:43
  • AntiVirus Software Updates 00:02:46
  • System Requirements 00:03:29
  • Task Manager 00:01:17
  • Ejecting USB Flash Drives 00:03:04
  • How To Uninstall Software 00:02:21
  • System Restore 00:02:37
  • Installing an Operating System 00:02:11
  • Open Source 00:05:05
  • How Linux Is Built 00:01:07
  • Bill Gates Tribute 00:01:09
  • Bill Gates 2 0 00:00:49
  • Bill Gates on Steve Jobs 00:00:38
  • Bill Gates on School 00:03:06
  • Application Software Overview 00:12:16
  • Software Licenses 00:14:57
  • Cloud Computing 00:07:57
  • Software Suites 00:01:56
  • Educational Pricing 00:03:42
  • Common Design 00:04:23
  • Finding Answers 00:10:21
  • Killer Apps 00:07:06
  • Introduction To Word Processing 00:14:50
  • Page Level Formatting in Microsoft Word 00:03:37
  • Section Level Formatting in Microsoft Word 00:10:01
  • Styles and Table of Contents in Microsoft Word 00:15:03
  • References and Bibliographies in Microsoft Word 00:22:40
  • Inserting Pictures in Microsoft Word 00:05:26
  • Headers and Footers in Microsoft Word 00:06:37
  • Find and Replace in Microsoft Word 00:02:29
  • Mail Merge in Microsoft Word 00:08:25
  • Introduction to Spreadsheets 00:10:30
  • Relative References in Microsoft Excel 00:04:04
  • Absolute References in Microsoft Excel 00:05:14
  • Functions in Microsoft Excel 00:06:03
  • Creating Charts in Microsoft Excel 00:07:22
  • Calculate A Grade in Google Spreadsheets 00:16:36
  • Gathering Data with Google Forms 00:06:58
  • Introduction to Databases 00:05:28
  • Databases In Action 00:02:37
  • How Do Databases Work? 00:04:58
  • Creating a Table in Microsoft Access 00:09:40
  • Creating More Tables in Microsoft Access 00:05:14
  • Database Relationships in Microsoft Access 00:03:04
  • Creating a Query in Microsoft Access 00:03:05
  • The Data Hierarchy 00:04:42
  • Data Mining 00:06:57
  • Presentation Software 00:08:55
  • How To Give A Presentation 00:08:05
  • Image Editing Software 00:06:29
  • Video Editing Software 00:06:30
  • How To Make A Movie 00:12:08
  • Screen Recording Software 00:06:21
  • Selling Teachings Online 00:06:07
  • Making Money on YouTube 00:04:01
  • Audio Editing Software 00:02:07
  • How To Build Websites 00:01:25
  • How To Manage Money 00:04:50
  • Application Software Conclusion 00:05:28
  • Introduction To Salman Khan 00:01:45
  • Networking Introduction 00:18:56
  • Internet & WWW 00:07:21
  • Cellular Network 00:18:40
  • GPS - Global Positioning Systems 00:17:37
  • Networking Applications 00:15:07
  • VideoConferencing 00:05:07
  • Telecommuting 00:14:32
  • Collaborative Computing 00:07:37
  • Telemedicine 00:03:29
  • Categorizing Networks By Size 00:04:34
  • Categorizing Networks By Access 00:05:50
  • Wired Connections 00:06:49
  • Wireless Connections 00:14:53
  • Network Topology 00:04:13
  • Network Architecture 00:08:31
  • Network Protocols 00:06:49
  • Bandwidth 00:03:50
  • Modems 00:06:23
  • Signal Transmission Types 00:05:24
  • Packet Switching 00:03:36
  • Hubs, Switches, & Routers 00:05:46
  • Firewalls 00:05:35
  • Texting & Driving 00:08:57
  • How To Create Ethernet Cables 00:07:01
  • Video Resources on Networking 00:01:42
  • Introduction To Internet & WWW 00:05:40
  • Internet & WWW Overview 00:10:12
  • Defining The Internet 00:05:26
  • The Dark Web 00:07:18
  • Guidance & Governance 00:05:11
  • Information Restriction & Censorship 00:07:41
  • Net Neutrality 00:08:36
  • Digital Divide 00:06:29
  • Web 2.0 00:07:42
  • Internet Service Providers 00:01:43
  • Internet Connection Types 00:05:10
  • Understanding URLs 00:11:37
  • Internet Hardware 00:07:20
  • Searching More Effectively 00:10:03
  • Points of Interest 00:09:01
  • An Introduction to Wiki's 00:03:30
  • eCommerce 00:14:45
  • Making Money Online 00:09:06
  • Managing Bookmarks 00:02:51
  • Syncing Google Chrome 00:00:52
  • Browser Extensions 00:00:55
  • Video Resources 00:04:56
  • An Introduction to Web Programming 00:09:12
  • Databases Reviewed 00:12:02
  • Web Development Terminology 00:12:11
  • Mockup Software 00:03:06
  • Viewing Source Code 00:03:24
  • HTML Basics 00:06:27
  • Creating a Website Portfolio 00:10:13
  • eCommerce Categories 00:09:46
  • Merchant Accounts 00:06:21
  • Google Wallet 00:04:45
  • Online Marketing 00:10:07
  • Securing Critical Info 00:05:24
  • Dot Com Boom 00:09:19
  • Google Adwords 00:14:39
  • Making Money & Saving Money Online 00:06:51
  • Video Resources 00:02:30
  • Introduction to Cyberwar 00:06:46
  • Robots 00:12:23
  • Drones 00:01:46
  • Artificial Intelligence 00:12:30
  • Quantum Computing 00:04:12
  • Video Resources 00:00:45
  • Privacy & Security Introduction 00:26:41
  • Course Overview, Review, and Preview 00:07:07
  • Privacy & Security Today 00:26:13
  • Information About You 00:07:32
  • Information Gathering 00:05:10
  • Privacy & Security Resources 00:12:39
  • Public Publishing 00:05:25
  • Protecting Privacy 00:18:29
  • Identity Theft 00:15:46
  • Hacking 00:16:49
  • How To Hack 00:06:04
  • Browsing Anonymously 00:17:54
  • Two Step Verification 00:02:35
  • Online Precautions 00:03:38
  • Securing Wireless Routers 00:10:17
  • Authentication Framework 00:02:18
  • Encryption Basics 00:03:59
  • Cyberbullying & Cyberstalking 00:06:48
  • Impacts of Pornography 00:02:44
  • Safety Guidelines 00:03:45
  • Media & Children 00:01:38
  • Ergonomics 00:05:38
  • Internet Addiction 00:05:58
  • Information Overload 00:07:06
  • Video Resources 00:01:29
  • Systems Development And Programming 00:14:11
  • Systems Terminology 00:05:52
  • Business Intelligence 00:09:59
  • Customer Relationship Management 00:08:20
  • Transaction Processing Systems 00:10:34
  • MIS, DSS, EIS 00:05:27
  • CMS, EDI, GIS 00:08:00
  • System Implementation 00:02:54
  • Civilization Starter Kit 00:01:19
  • Programming and Algorithms 00:05:04
  • Everyone Should Program 00:00:47
  • Flow Control Structures and Bugs 00:09:12
  • Programming Paradigms 00:11:25
  • Variables and Coding Standards 00:04:41
  • Programming Languages 00:08:55
  • Programming Acronyms 00:03:00
  • Video Resources 00:03:08
  • Multimedia, Intellectual Property, and Piracy 00:02:29
  • Multimedia Overview 00:10:46
  • Serif & Sans-Serif Fonts 00:06:20
  • Installing Fonts 00:02:31
  • Vector & Raster Images 00:17:21
  • Stock Photography 00:03:16
  • Capturing Images Off The Web 00:00:53
  • Image Compression 00:05:01
  • Video File Formats 00:06:31
  • Audio Rippers 00:04:58
  • Intellectual Property 00:04:06
  • Why Have Intellectual Property? 00:05:10
  • Proving Ownership 00:06:35
  • Creative Commons 00:03:05
  • Wanna Work Together 00:00:28
  • Piracy 00:05:53
  • Video Resources 00:01:30
  • Ethics Overview 00:03:26
  • Ethics Defined 00:07:33
  • Kohlberg's Theory 00:05:53
  • Laws vs. Ethics 00:04:42
  • Moral Relativism 00:05:02
  • Universal Principles 00:05:05
  • Prosocial Behavior 00:12:31
  • Ethical Dilemmas 00:08:37
  • Decision Making Tools 00:18:44
  • Video Resources 00:05:34
  • eWaste 00:16:14
  • Benediction 00:04:58
    Outline & Links To Video Resources 00:00:03
Requirements
  • Suitable for all ability levels. Perfect for beginners while also being valuable to advanced users who will also learn valuable new insights and skills. Microsoft Office will be used for a portion of the hands-on skills.
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Description

This course is for the benefit of everyone. If financial constraints prevent you from enrolling, simply send me a message explaining your situation and I will give you access to all of my courses for free.

You are about to embark on an exciting journey learning about the information revolution and the incredible world of computers.

This course is very practical and applicable. It focuses on teaching you skills you can use. These skills include not only specific hands-on skills, like "right-clicking" and taking "screenshots," but also skills such as keeping yourself safe online, not texting while you're driving, and what to look for when buying computers (just to mention a very small fraction of the skills this course will teach you).

This is a university level course designed to introduce individuals to the world of computers, so it is rich in its depth and breadth of content. I have taught this course for over a decade and have refined it to be incredibly amazing and awesome. You are going to love this course and it will forever change your life. You will gain skills in this course which you will use for the rest of your life and which will make your life easier. Knowing how to use computers is essential in our day-and-age. This course will give you the skills you need to use computers well.

Presented with high-quality video lectures, this course will visually show you how to easily do everything with computers. This is just some of what you will learn in this course:

  • Learn the basic principles of hardware including circuits, coding schemes, binary, the five generations of computers, Moore's Law, IPOS, registers, cache, RAM, magnetic storage, optical storage, solid-state storage, ROM, BIOS, the motherboard, buses, and the CPU.
  • Learn how to operate a computer including a vast array of hands-on skills – just to mention a few for example: managing files, backing –up files, right clicking, taking screenshots, determining your computer’s properties, upgrading your computer, changing settings on your computer.
  • Learn how to use word processing software including the creation of a title page, document sections, headers and footers, styles, an automatically generated table of contents, the insertion of images, references, and the insertion of an automatically generated citation of works referenced.
  • Learn how to use spreadsheet software including formulas, functions, relative references, absolute references, mixed references, and the creation of a graph or chart.
  • Learn how to use video editing software including adding credits and transitions then publishing that video to a video hosting website such as YouTube.
  • Learn how to use databases including table creation, the setting of a primary key, the establishment of table relationships, the setting of referential integrity, and the creation and execution of a query.
  • Learn how to use presentation software to more effectively give presentations.
  • Learn to do some simple programing including designing, coding, testing, debugging, and running a program.
  • Learn about the world wide web including sending email, conducting searches , having familiarity with online educational resources such as Khan Academy, and having an awareness of online "cloud computing" tools such as Google Word Processing, Google Spreadsheets, and the many other online tools offered by Google.
  • Learn about application software and system software including operating systems, utilities, and drivers.
  • Learn about networks including architecture, topology, firewalls, security, wireless networks, and securing wireless networks.
  • Learn about the Internet, the World Wide Web, censorship, the digital divide, net neutrality, differing legal jurisdictions, website creation, multimedia, social media, and eCommerce.
  • Learn about information systems, systems development, and the systems development life cycle.
  • Learn about program development, programming languages, and the program development life cycle.
  • Learn about databases including table creation, primary keys, relationships, referential integrity, queries, and structured query language.
  • Learn about privacy and security issues related to computers.
  • Learn about robots and artificial intelligence including the Turing test.
  • Learn about intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and the creative commons.
  • Learn about ethics and ethical issues relating to the use of technology.
  • Learn about health ramifications of using computers including repetitive stress injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, and ergonomics.
  • Learn about e-Waste and other environmental concerns related to technology.

Lifetime access to this course allows you to easily review material and continue learning new material.

After taking this course, you will have a thorough understanding of how to use computers well.

From beginners, to advanced users, this course is perfect for all ability levels. This course will add value to everyone's skillset.

This course is for the benefit of everyone. If financial constraints prevent you from enrolling, simply send me a message explaining your situation and I will give you access to all of my courses for free.

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