Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to essential computer literacy and digital skills. Students will develop a foundational understanding of computer hardware, operating systems, productivity software, internet usage, email etiquette, online safety, and basic artificial intelligence concepts. Through hands-on exercises and practical applications, students will gain proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, navigating the internet safely, managing emails effectively, and utilizing basic artificial intelligence tools.



By completing this course, students will have a basic understanding of

– Fundamental concepts of computer hardware and its components.

– How to navigate and utilize the Windows operating system effectively.

– How to navigate and utilize Microsoft Word for document creation and formatting.

– How to navigate and utilize Microsoft Excel for basic data entry, manipulation, and analysis.

– Internet usage and how to practice safe online behaviors.

– Email etiquette and how to implement email safety protocols.

– How to navigate online job application processes and understand best practices.

– Artificial intelligence and its applications.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Computer Hardware

Overview of computer components

Understanding hardware functions and interactions


Module 2: Introduction to Windows

Overview of the Windows interface

File management and organization

Using accessibility functionality


Module 3: Introduction to the Internet

Overview of internet browser use

Overview of search engine use

Browsing the internet securely

Overview of online services such as video streaming and mapping

Using the internet as a foundation for self-directed education


Module 4: Introduction to Email

Creating and managing email accounts

Creating safe passwords

Writing effective emails and maintaining professionalism

Avoiding email scams and phishing

Module 5: Introduction to Microsoft Word

Creating, editing, and formatting documents

Basic template use


Module 6: Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Overview of Excel interface and navigation

Data entry, formatting, and basic formulas


Module 7: Online Job Application Process

Signing up for and navigating services like LinkedIn and Indeed


Module 8: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Understanding AI concepts and applications

Exploring basic AI tools and their uses


At the end of each module and/or at the end of the course as needed, students will take assessments provided by Northstar, titled Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Passing these assessments provides a certificate and can be applied to High School 21+ credit at participating institutions.