Courseware for computing fundamentals

This course provides a hands-on experience working inside Computing Fundamentals, that will show competency at an industry associate-level and is college and career ready. You will be able to demonstrate the correct application of the principal features of Computing Fundamentals and complete tasks independently.

MSi IC3 Courseware Introduction:

Designed to help you get certified

MSi’s courseware prepares you for the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam. The exam is a 50-minute exam that can be administered remotely by MSi or through a local testing center. Being certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist demonstrates you have the skills needed to get the most out of Office. 


Includes the following features

  • E-textbook

    Each course includes a complete e-textbook. The topics are chunked and embedded. Ideal for informing discussions or assigning homework.

  • Read-Along

    Listen - a read-along feature designed to support auditory learners is available in every course. This feature is available at the top of every topic page. Simply click on the "play" icon and start listening.

  • Comprehensive Grade Book

    Save valuable time by eliminating the need to create additional lessons. All MSi courses generate grades automatically from students as they complete knowledge checks, practice activities, quizzes, and projects. These grades are automatically entered into the MSi LMS (Learning Management System). You can easily import these grades into your district's grade book.

  • Assessments to Track Progress

    Easily measure your students learning gains and identify any knowledge gaps. At the beginning of every chapter, there is a pre-assessment. Once students have completed the chapter there will be a post-assessment. You’ll see these scores immediately so you can proceed accordingly.

  • Focus Mode

    To make it easier to concentrate, MSi offers a Focus Mode. This tool removes elements on the page that can be distracting. We’ve found this feature to be very helpful, particularly for visual learners.

  • Course Completion Badge

    Share accomplishments! Upon completion of the course with a grade of 80% or higher, students are eligible for a course completion badge that is designed to be displayed on LinkedIn and other social media channels.

  • Course Completion Certificate

    Showcase success! After completion of the course with a grade of 80% or higher, students are eligible for a printable course completion certificate.

Course Content

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Computers
  • Topic 1A: Core Computer Characteristics
  • Activity 1.1 Knowledge Check
  • Topic 1B: Storage Devices
  • Activity 1.2 Knowledge Check
  • Topic 1C: Expanding your Computer Devices
  • Video 1.3 Install a Networking Adapter
  • Virtual Activity 1.3 Install a Network Adapter
  • Topic 1D: Cloud Concepts
  • Activity 1.4 Knowledge Check
  • Project 1 Knowledge Check
  • Chapter 2: Computer Operating Systems
  • Topic 2A: Operating System Software
  • Activity 2.1: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2B: File Naming Conventions
  • Activity 2.2: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2C: File Naming Extensions
  • Activity 2.3: Knowledge Check
  • Topic 2D: The Windows Firewall
  • Activity 2.4: Knowledge Check
  • Chapter 3: Mobile Devices
  • Topic 3A: Comparing Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones
  • Activity 3.1 Knowledge Check
  • Topic 3B: Mobile Devices – Smartphones
  • Activity 3.2 Knowledge Check
  • Topic 3C: Mobile Devices – Tablets
  • Activity 3.3 Knowledge Check
  • Topic 3D: SMS and Instant Messaging
  • Activity 3.4 Knowledge Check
  • Chapter 4: Computer Equipment and Common Problems
  • Topic 4A: Managing User Accounts and Permissions
  • Virtual Activity 4.1 Add a New Account
  • Topic 4B: Backing up your Computer
  • Virtual Activity 4.2 Add a Password to an Account
  • Topic 4C: Restoring your Computer
  • Activity 4.3 Knowledge Check
  • Topic 4D: Malicious Software
  • Virtual Activity 4.4 Create a System Restore point
  • Virtual Activity 4.6 Deny User Permissions
  • Activity 4.5 Knowledge Check
  • Chapter 5: General Computer Knowledge
  • Topic 5A: Types of Network
  • Topic 5B: Internet Protocol
  • Activity 5.2 Knowledge Check
  • Topic 5C: Understanding Web Terminology
  • Activity 5.3 Knowledge Check
  • Topic 5D: Web Apps Versus Local Apps
  • Activity 5.4 Knowledge Check
  • Topic 5E: File and Application Management

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