I normally use these notes to teach in my classes. Well researched with plenty of questions to test at the end of the lesson. They are revisited over and over again to get rid of errors and other challenges. As a teacher, I recommend them, having taught computer studies for over 12 years and still continuing. ~ Maurice Nyamoti
Safety precautions and practices in a computer laboratory (Behaviour, Handling of materials and equipment, Fire, Cabling, Stable power supply, Burglar proofing, Ventilation, Lab layout, Dust/damp control, Lighting, Standard furniture)
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Computer Software (Classification of software (Purpose -a) System software (i) firmware ii) networking software iii) operating system iv) utilities b) Application software Acquisition a) standard software b) user developed (in-house) Criteria for selecting a Computer System (Specifications) Hardware Considerations, Software Considerations)
Definition of an operating system, Functions of an operating system (Job scheduling, Resource Control, Input/Output handling, Memory Management, Error handling, Interrupt handling), Types of Operating Systems (Number of users i) single user, ii) multi user (Number of tasks i) single tasking ii) multi tasking) Interface (i) Command line, ii) menu driven interface, iii) Graphical User Interface (GUI), Organization of Information using an Operating System (Files, Directories/folders, Storage media, File management using an Operating system (Description of files, Types of files (i) system files, ii) application files), Functions of files (i) storage of data, ii) organization of information(Creating files, Manipulating files -(i) viewing files and directories, ii) organization of information, iii) creating files/directories, iv) opening, v) editing, vi) renaming, vii) finding/searching, viii) sorting, ix) copying, x) moving, xi) deleting), Disk Management using an Operating system (Formatting, Partitioning, De-fragmentation, Disk Diagnostics/Disk Compression, Back up), Devices under Operating System Control (Processor, Memory (Ram), Storage devices, Input/Output devices and ports, Communication devices and ports), Installation and Configuration of an Operating system (Trouble shooting)
Definition and purpose of a Word- processor (Letter preparation, Reports, Newsletters). Using a Word processing package (Getting started, Screen layout, Running the programme: i) creating a document, ii) saving, iii) retrieving, iv) closing, v) exiting)
Sub-Topics Sorting Creating and updating a mail merge document (Creating main document 1) form letters) - ii) labels, iii) envelopes. Create/import data source - i) editing, ii) saving (Merging fields, Main and data source to i) printer or (ii) new window or, iii) fax or, iv) e-mail) Updating merged document.
Sub-Topics Printing a document (printer setup, print preview, print option - Printer selection, Orientation) Page and copies, Printing