How People Use Computers

Begin your exploration of IT fundamentals with this course on how people use computers.

6 videos  //  16 minutes of training

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Course description

Explore the details of computers and computer use with this course. Our experienced instructor takes you through computer functions, common computer features and computer types, networks, specialized systems and speciality I/O devices which focus on specific tasks.

Course syllabus

The Case for Computer LiteracyDuration: 2:30

In this episode, Scott demonstrates that many computers have similar functions, and how this knowledge can help you understand all computing devices.

Features Common to Every Computing DeviceDuration: 2:25

In this episode, Scott breaks down the common features of computing devices: input, processing, output and storage.

Networks of Computing DevicesDuration: 4:16

In this episode, Scott explains networking, including LANs, WANs and the internet.

Remotely-Accessed Computer SystemsDuration: 3:36

In this episode, Scott explains how many applications run on remote servers instead of having to take up space on local storage. Thanks, remotely-accessed computer systems!

Specialized Computer SystemsDuration: 2:01

In this episode, Scott introduces specialized computer systems such as point-of-sale terminals, ATMs and GPS computers.

Specialty I/O DevicesDuration: 1:17

In this episode, Scott explores devices used to accomplish specific tasks with personal computers.

Meet the author

Scott Jernigan

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Scott Jernigan is editor-in-chief for Total Seminars, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations. Scott has been involved in the computer, network and IT industry since 1996 as a technician, instructor, editor, author and speaker.

Scott has written, edited, and contributed to dozens of books on computer literacy, hardware, operating systems, networking and certification. His latest book is Computer Literacy: Your Ticket to IC3 Certification. Scott co-authored the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, the Mike Meyers A+ Guide to Managing and Troubleshooting PCs and the CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals All-in-One Exam Guide. Scott has taught computer classes all over the U.S., including stints at the United Nations and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. 

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