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LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
The credit value of this unit standard is calculated assuming a person is competent in:
- Communication skills at least at General Education and Training (GET) level. Grade 10
UNIT STANDARD RANGE
- This standard is applicable to Graphical User Interface and Text Interface based operating systems.
- Where wording are not exact for the chosen operating system, the learner can choose the equivalent item or option to demonstrate competence in the specific outcome or assessment criteria.
PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD
This unit standard is intended for people who need to be able to operate a personal computer either as a user of computers or as basic knowledge for a career in the ICT industry.
People credited with this unit standard are able to:
- Start up and shut down a personal computer system using standard and non standard methods.
- Change the configuration of a personal computer.
- Use personal computer operating system functions.
- Use operating system utilities.
The performance of all elements is to a standard that allows for further learning in this area.
Students will get the most out of this course if their goal is to learn the basics of computing.Start up and shut down a personal computer system using standard and non-standard methods:
- Change the configuration of a personal computer. At least two of: date, time, volume controller, display properties, desktop theme, screen saver, screen pixel resolution, keyboard language.
- Use personal computer operating system functions. At least three of: format any disk, install software, install hardware, and uninstall software, print screen (screen print).
- Use operating system utilities. At least two of: Disk copy, Scandisk, Recycle Bin, Calculator, File editor.
After completing this course, students will know how to:
- Define the key component of a computer, identify basic Windows interface elements, use a mouse, and open and close applications.
- Describe the computing process, identify storage devices, check the capacity of a hard disk, navigate in Windows Explorer, and word with folders and files.
- Search for items on your computer, and use Windows Help and Support.
- Customize your desktop and Start menu, use gadgets, and use the Control Panel to change system settings.
- Use Internet Explorer to browse the Internet, use the Address bar, History list, tabs, and RSS feeds, manage Favorites, clear the browsing history, and discuss the role of social networking sites.
- Protect a computer from malware, configure Windows Defender and Windows Firewall, clean up and defragment a disk, and lock and log off of the computer.