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PCA 022 – Internet Basics

Course Objectives:
1. Discuss the evolution of the project;
2. Cite some of the technical and economic underpinnings of the Internet;
3. Work comfortably with concepts such as network addresses, hosts, TCP/IP, routers, gateways, etc;
4. Differentiate between the most popular areas of the Internet, including the World Wide Web, Usenet, Listservs, IRC;
5. Differentiate between the most popular search tools, including WebCrawler, Lycos, Yahoo, Archie, Gopher, Veronica, WAIS;
6. Cite some of the leading issues for both the immediate and eventual future of the Internet, and
7. Independently pursue personal access to the Internet (from a provider and hardware/software perspective).

PCA 088 – Introduction to Computers

This course is designed for individuals with little or no computer experience. It will provide hands-on experience with computers and computer software packages in a non-threatening atmosphere. The student will gain confidence and feel more comfortable using computers and computer terminology.

Course Objectives:
1. understand basic computer terminology;
2. understand computer hardware and software;
3. understand how word processing, data base, spreadsheet, and graphic programs work;
4. enter, revise, edit, and print letters and other documents;
5. create, revise, and print spreadsheets, such as budgets;
6. enter data, sort, and print data base information;
7. create and edit computer-generated graphs;
8. make wise decisions about the purchase of one's own computer and software packages, and
9. understand how computer software packages work together to accomplish tasks automatically.

PCA 162 – WordPerfect 7.0 Introduction (Win 95)

This course is a first in the word processing standard, WordPerfect 7.0 for Windows 95. Students will learn basic word processing skills such as opening, closing, and saving documents; enhance page appearance by applying text attributes such as bold, italics, and underlining; change fonts and font sizes; affect the appearance of a document by changing tabs, margins, and line spacing; create tables; and use spell check to ensure minimal spelling errors.

Course Objectives:
1. create, print, and save a document;
2. open existing documents and apply simple editing techniques;
3. navigate in a large document by using the mouse and/or keyboard;
4. edit a documents, including moving and copying text within a document and between documents;
5. apply and remove character formatting;
6. apply and remove paragraph formatting, such as indents and alignment;
7. use tabs, and create, modify, and enhance a table;
8. adjust margins and page breaks, and create headers and footers;
9. create newspaper columns and add a graphic within a document, and
10. use the proofing tools, such as Spell Check and Thesaurus.

PCA 253 – Computers - Getting To Know Them

Obtain a clear view of software packages, key commands, document formatting, and most important, the fundamentals required to effectively operate your PC. Intended for students who have no personal computer experience or who are self-taught. Space is limited.

Course Objectives:
1. Operate a personal computer.
2. Identify hardware and software terminology.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of commands and utilities.
4. Use word processing programs, spreadsheets, and databases.

PCA 255 – Computers-Getting To Know Them Part II

Continue an introduction to the computer by covering DOS, Windows, how to create, change, and transfer files and directories, plus how applications relate to one another.

Course Objectives:
1. Use commands and computer techniques to operate a computer.
2. Use word processing programs, spreadsheets, and databases.
3. Integrate word processing, spreadsheet and database software.

PCA 301 – Computers-Office Pro/Microsoft Word 7.0

This course provides an overview of the components of Word. Gain hands-on experience with Microsoft Word for Windows. Learn to design, edit, print, and store documents. This course also includes cut, copy, paste text and the use of basic formatting tools. Completion of Windows 95 or 98 Introduction prior to taking this course is highly recommended.

Course Objectives:
1. Create, edit and print a document.
2. File and retrieve a document.
3. Select appropriate fonts and styles.

PCA 422 – Discover Digital Photography

This course provides an introduction to the fascinating technology that is catapulting the photographic world into the 21st century. We'll discuss the basics of digital photography, equipment, software, the digital darkroom, printing, Internet and e-mail use, along with commercial and personal applications. You'll learn what you need, what you can do, and what you can expect to invest. Whether you're new to photography or a long-time professional looking for a complement to traditional photography, this class will provide an introduction to new opportunities for putting photography to use.

Course Objectives:
1. explain digital storage capacity,
2. discuss features of the digital darkroom,
3. edit photographs,
4. print photographs, and
5. describe hybrid photography.

PCA 423 – Introduction To Quickbooks

Learn how this well-designed program can make it a snap to set up a chart of accounts, reconcile your checking account, create and print invoices, receipts, and statements, track your payables, inventory, and receivables, create estimates, and generate reports. A good tool for the small to midsized business owner who enjoys Quicken┬┐s ease of use but prefers a more traditional approach to accounting.

Course Objectives:
1. reconcile checking accounts;
2. create and print invoices, receipts, and statements;
3. track payables, inventory, and receivables; and
4. create estimates and generate reports.

PCA 424 – Performing Payroll In Quickbooks

This course details all the steps needed for proper set-up in QuickBooks, from accessing information on the Internal Revenue Service web site to creating a new employee, tracking time and job cost data and generating required forms and reports. If you are already using the QuickBooks payroll feature, this course even includes troubleshooting tips and solutions for common problems and mistakes.

Course Objectives:
1. create paychecks,
2. pay tax liabilities,
3. generate reports, and
4. utilize troubleshooting tips and solutions.

PCA 425 – Introduction To PC Troubleshooting

Learn to navigate step by step through the typical hardware and operating system problems encountered by technicians, teaching troubleshooting techniques to decipher any problem, and giving you the skills you need to solve them. Online course offered in partnership with ed2go. For details, go to

Course Objectives:
1. use troubleshooting techniques to decipher problems,
2. diagnose and fix hardware and system problems,
3. remove and replace computer components, and
4. upgrade software and hardware

PCA 427 – Introduction to the Internet

Become net-savvy in six short weeks! Learn where the internet came from, what makes it tick, and where it's headed. Learn five secrets about e-mail that you'll wish you knew long ago. Learn how MIMI will allow you to attach programs, documents and pictures to simple e-mail messages. Learn how to put File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to work for you. Learn advanced search techniques so that you'll be able to find virtually anything on the World Wide Web.

Course Objectives:
1. describe the history of the Internet,
2. access a variety of search engines,
3. implement File Transfer Protocol procedures,
4. use advanced search techniques,
5. conduct live conferences over the Internet, and
6. use chat and Internet Telephony.

PCA 435 – Basic A+ Certification Preparation

The Basic A+ Certification Prep course teaches you about the hardware common to virtually every personal computer-including microprocessors, RAM, power supplies, motherboards, BIOS, CMOS, the expansion bus, floppy drives, and hard drives. You'll learn how things work, how to configure everything, and how to troubleshoot in real world environments. It's also recommended that you have a PC that you can take apart and put back together again. This can be anything from an ancient Intel 286 to a newer 486 or beyond. Because of the dangers of electrostatic discharge (to the machine, not the student), we do not require that you tear apart your own primary computer. This is, however, a class that trains you to be a hardware technician-having a machine to play with greatly helps your learning.

Course Objectives:
1. troubleshoot hardware problems in real world environments,
2. reconfigure the system hardware for optimal performance,
3. describe the fundamentals of RAM, and
4. disassemble and reassemble a Personal Computer (PC).

PCA 436 – Intermediate A+ Certification Preparation

The intermediate A+ Certification Prep course teaches you how to work with the command line in Windows; how to install and configure both Windows 9x and Windows 2000, and install hardware in both operation systems; and you even learn how to work with DOS memory management within Windows.

Course Objectives:
1. install, format, partition, hard drives;
2. access and work with the command line interface in Windows;
3. install and maintain Windows 9x and Windows 2000; and
4. describe operating system essentials.

PCA 437 – Advanced A+ Certification Preparation

The advanced A+ Certification Prep course takes you through an extensive set of technologies, including SCSI, video, modems, printers, multimedia, portable PCs, and networking. You'll study the hardware and learn the software necessary to install, configure, and troubleshoot that hardware. This course completes your understanding of the hardware and operating systems tested on the A+ Certification exams. So grab a seat and strap yourself in - you're in for a wild ride!

Course Objectives:
1. connecting peripherals to a computer via a standard hardware interface using SCSI commands,
2. describe different types of motherboards,
3. install and configure both Windows9x and Windows 2000,
4. disable the internal terminators in a terminator block at the end of the cable.


Course Objectives:
1. implement available user-options and preferences;
2. monitor and change system resources and settings;
3. manage and maintain hard disks and partitions;
4. demonstrate the ability to install and uninstall programs;
5. identify, apply, and evaluate System tools; and
6. evaluate anti-virus software.

PCA 932 – MS Word Introduction

Learn how to navigate a document, edit, format and present page appearance, along with many other tools and preferences.

Course Objectives:
1. create and save a document, open an existing document, and use simple editing techniques;
2. navigate in a large document by using the mouse and keyboard;
3. edit a document by using more sophisticated techniques, including moving and copying text within a document, and between documents;
4. apply and remove character and paragraph formatting;
5. use tabs to create and modify a table structure;
6. adjust margins, add and delete page breaks, create headers and footers;
7. use Word's proofing tools, print a document, envelope and labels;
8. save an existing document as a web page and preview it in a browser;
9. merge cells and add borders to a table;
10. identify time-saving features, such as templates and macros; and
11. demonstrate a preliminary understanding of how to format letters, reports, newsletters or brochures.

PCA 944 – Computers - Internet and Information Highway

Discover how the Internet can open up a world of opportunities. Learn to connect to the Internet, web search, buy and sell on the Internet and surf the Net.

Course Objectives:
1. connect to the Internet,
2. describe the information available on the Internet,
3. discuss web page and FTP sites, and
4. identify search and surf tools on the Internet.

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