On completion of this unit you should be able to demonstrate the use of common hardware
Know and understand basic ICT concepts;
Identify computer parts and peripherals;
Describe the function and purpose of ICT tools.
This unit will be presented using a blended learning approach. There will be a face to face session during the first day of the ICT Essentials orientation workshop. Access to the resources, tutorials and the final quiz will, however, be from this Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS will be used to distribute materials on computer hardware to provide with you the overall learning pathways. Throughout this course, we will show you important things you need to know about computers, including:
How to set up your computer;
How to interact with the desktop and operating system;
The different types of computers available.
Click on the video below to watch a quick introduction to Unit 01 Hardware.
We live in exciting times where Information Communications Technology (ICT) is the foundation of economies and a driving force of social change in the 21st century. A good example of this is the fact that distance is no longer an issue when it comes to accessing information. For example, working-from-home, engaging in distance learning, and conducting e-banking and e-government transactions are now possible from any place with an internet connection and a computing device.
As you work through this unit it is important that understand the difference between Information Technology and Hardware. Take a look at the diagram below to see a definition for each of these terms.
This diagram (Wikipedia) will give you a good understanding of the various parts that make up a physical computer. When you click on the items below it will take you to a page with additional details on each of these parts:
A computer is an electronic device that manipulates data and information. It has the ability to store, retrieve, and process data. You probably already know that you can use a computer to type documents, send email, play games, and browse the internet. You can also use it to edit or create spreadsheets, presentations, and even videos. Let's define a computer..
A computer is made up of many parts or components, each with their own special function. It's important that you know what these components are called and what they do so that if there is a problems you can begin to troubleshoot.
Click the link below to access a short tutorial about computer basics. Pay careful attention as you will be asked to summarise the points from the tutorial afterwards. Basic Parts of a Desktop Computer URL
Create a short presentation that summarises the tutorial main points on computer parts. You will also need to be able to demonstrate how to use the Snipping Tool to allow the teacher to take screen shots for their presentation. Once you have finished your presentation save it onto your computer and then use the upload button below to submit your presentation.
Take some time to reflect on the 2-3 online tutorials you have read as part of this unit.
Prepare a presentation for the group on, 'The Different Parts of a Computer' and include the following: the CPU, input/output devices, storage devices, etc.
Use any software package to create a presentation such as a presentation package (e.g. PowerPoint), graphics from the internet, a neatly typed up transcript of your presentation (e.g. a word processor) or perhaps supporting videos from YouTube.
Be prepared to discuss your presentation and share additional knowledge with your peers in the group during the face to face session.
Quiz on Hardware
Let's see how much you have learned in this unit. Click on the icon below to access a multiple choice quiz. This quiz should take you approximately 25 minutes to complete. If you have limited access to internet you can also complete the print version below and hand it to your facilitator during your next face to face session.
Use the forum below to provide feedback on the hardware tools you have used previously. The facilitator will also use the forum to provide examples of how they have used ICT and explain how this has supported their lesson objectives.
GCF LearnFree. (2017). Computer Basics. GCF LearnFree. (2017). Basic Parts of a Desktop Computer. GCF LearnFree. (2017). Buttons, Sockets and Slots of a Desktop Computer. GCF LearnFree. (2017). Laptop Computers and Netbooks. GCF LearnFree. (2017). Getting to Know Mobile Devices. GCF LearnFree. (2017). Setting up a Computer.
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