Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CAS 135
Course Title:
Keeping Your Computer Healthy
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Course Description

Practical computer course demonstrating ways of using a Windows computer effectively, and maintaining it to operate smoothly, efficiently and securely. Explores issues such as protection from viruses, spyware and adware; data backup and recovery; organizing your files; connecting to the Internet; setting up a home network; customizing your Windows interface; installing/uninstalling software; speeding up Windows; maintaining and optimizing your PC to run at its best. Ideal for personal use or small business owners. Recommended: RD 115 or WR 115 and CAS 133. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will be able to:

  • Assess computer's current health
  • Protect computer from malicious software
  • Optimize computer to run efficiently
  • Perform critical maintenance procedures

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A letter grade will be issued for this course based on two of the following assessment strategies:

  • Performance tests
  • Objective tests, scored assignments, or projects
  • Skill assessment software

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • PC Terminology and Vocabulary
  • Computer protection
  • Home networking
  • System restoration
  • Data backup and recovery
  • Windows Optimization
  • Windows Customization

Competencies, Skills

  • Keep Windows up-to-date using Automatic Updates
  • Use and understand virus protection, anti-spyware and anti-adware software
  • Back up and restore data
  • Organize files and folders
  • Use advanced techniques to search for files
  • Install and uninstall software
  • Set up a home network
  • Set up a firewall
  • Recover from a system crash
  • Customize the Windows interface
  • Optimize Windows to run faster and more efficiently

Students will be familiar with the following skills

  • Remote computing
  • Setting up users and permissions
  • Monitoring system performance
  • Using Control Panel
  • Basic Network concepts