Computers- Basic PC

Classes with Laurie Zaat

Basic PC Course commences on Monday 3 February at Booval campus. It will run over three (3) weeks from 10:00am until 12:00 midday on consecutive Mondays. There will be a maximum of four (4) students only per class. The course will repeat after each previous completed course while demand warrants. Each student will be provided with a fully configured Windows 10 personal computer. You should NOT bring your own PC or laptop as each student requires identical configurations.
 The aim of the course is to introduce students to:
– the basic (non-technical) hardware and software components of personal computers ( eg. processors, memory, mass storage devices, controllers, etc)- the human-machine interface ( eg. Wired/wireless mouse, keyboard; cursors, clicking, drag n drop, etc)- basic operations of the Windows 10 environment ( eg. system integrity, updates, firewalls, user profiles, etc)- file structures ( files types, directory trees, cabinets, etc) and data management ( store, copy, move, delete, etc)- safe and secure personal practices on PCs ( eg. password management, internet access, etc)- connecting to other computers, and other devices ( eg. printers, monitors, modems, etc) and the internet- networking and communications protocols ( eg. WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, etc)
Upon completion, students will have a basic knowledge and understanding of the various components of personal computers to confidently operate and maintain them optimally; identify common issues and problems often encountered with them, and initiate early, basic remedial action to regain full functionality; and, how to manage files and other data in the Windows environment.
The course DOES NOT cover how to use any particular applications, such as email, photo/video editing, word processing, spreadsheets or presentations. Reference may be made to specific applications only to emphasise or demonstrate some relevant feature of the course. NOTE: this course does not cover Apple Computer’s MacBook or iMac computers other than to identify their similarities and differences to Microsoft Windows-based computers.

About Laurie

Laurie, our new IT tutor joining Geoff, worked in the computer software industry for thirty years. He wrote his first programme on a huge, clunky old General Electric 225 mainframe at the Bank of NSW in 1974. Ten years later he moved into large systems software sales, working for a number of industry-leading multinationals in Sydney and Canberra. After a number of years in Asia Pacific sales management roles, he retired from a very successful IT career in 2004.

Laurie has since then lived ten years in China, during which time he had been a Business English teacher at a provincial university, and a certified IELTS examiner of university graduates choosing further study in English-speaking countries. Now back home in Australia, he indulges his greatest passion – making music. He is lead guitarist in his band, Rockrelix, and enjoys writing, recording and producing music in his own small studio.