Understanding Computer Systems

Courses Info

Understanding how a computer works after you press the power button is key to working with technology effectively. On this course, you will explore what happens inside the machine and learn how computers turn inputs into outputs. You will learn what the computer operating system does and why you need it. You will also compare software and hardware, understand the importance of the central processing unit (CPU), and address factors that affect computer performance.

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology,

in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
Carl SaganĀ  (American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, and author)

What will you achieve?

  • Describe the difference between hardware and software
  • Describe and compare storage, input, and output devices
  • Identify the functions of the hardware in a computer system
  • Investigate how devices interact with the operating system and other software
  • Assess the importance of operating systems and virtual memory
  • Discuss factors affecting the performance of a system
  • Explore different types of software such as application, system, and utility


  • September 7, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Hello LifeGaters! in this class students will not only learn about computer systems but will build their own micro computer that they can take home with them at the end of the course. Sign up now! Keep in mind that this course if offered during three periods so you can work around your other course choices easier!

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