TeacherMy education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from CSU Fresno. My academic honors include: UCLA Alumni Scholar, UCSC Graduating Honors, CSUF Phi Kappa Phi, CSUF Beta Gamma Sigma, CSUF Dean’s List all semesters,... View Profile
- Total Time 2 hr, 10 min
- Lessons 17
- Attachment 1
- Exercises 50
17 Lessons in This Course
6 minFREEComputer Science lesson 1Free4 CQ
In this overview of the Computer Hardware Basics course, Todd McLeod covers the basics of computer hardware and the interdependence of hardware and software.
3 minComputer Science lesson 22 CQ
Computer expert Todd McLeod guides you through categorizing electronic devices as one of a computer’s four functions (IPOS) and introduces the term I/O device.
8 minComputer Science lesson 35 CQ
Todd McLeod explains what the motherboard does and where to find it, how buses carry data, and what the main functions of the power supply include.
6 minComputer Science lesson 44 CQ
In this lesson with computer expert Todd McLeod, learn about the types of drives that are in a computer, where they are, and how to install them.
5 minComputer Science lesson 53 CQ
Todd McLeod explains more about storage drives and optical drives, how to use the various ports, and where to add expansion cards in a desktop computer.
6 minComputer Science lesson 64 CQ
In this lesson, learn the basics of random access memory (RAM). Watch as Todd McLeod demonstrates how to remove and install memory in a desktop computer.
8 minComputer Science lesson 75 CQ
Todd McLeod guides you through the process of finding RAM for your computer, including where to buy it and how to make sure it’s right for your machine.
9 minComputer Science lesson 85 CQ
Technology expert Todd McLeod explains how computers store information, discusses the basics of CPU, RAM, and ROM, and shares how access affects performance.
10 minComputer Science lesson 96 CQ
Computer expert Todd McLeod explains the basics of the central processing unit (CPU) and shares how hardware and software communicate within your machine.
11 minComputer Science lesson 106 CQ
Todd McLeod explains clock speed and how it affects your computer’s performance, gives a brief history of the first CPU, and discusses the machine cycle.
6 minComputer Science lesson 114 CQ
Todd McLeod explains the types of ROM that power computers, the evolution of ROM over the years, and the importance of ROM to booting up your device.
12 minComputer Science lesson 127 CQ
In this lesson, learn why and how to enter BIOS in your computer. Once there, also learn how to change the boot order and set a low-level password.
3 minComputer Science lesson 132 CQ
In this computer lesson, tech expert Todd McLeod shows you how to find the Device Manager in the Windows operating system (OS) to view hardware.
2 minComputer Science lesson 142 CQ
Todd McLeod explains what word size is, how to find out if your operating system (OS) is 32- or 64-bit, and why more bits make your computer process faster.
5 minComputer Science lesson 153 CQ
Tech expert Todd McLeod explains the main factors that affect a computer's speed, including the CPU, and shares tips for how to buy and make a faster computer.
17 minBasic Computing lesson 169 CQ
Todd McLeod shares useful tips to make your computer faster, including optimizing settings, deleting unused programs and files, and keeping it clean of viruses.
5 minComputer Science lesson 173 CQ
Learn why it’s important to use surge protectors to guard your computer against electrical surges, and discover what environmental factors can damage it.
56378 min56-part Microsoft Office course216 CQ
Teachers, business professionals, and anyone else who needs to organize large amounts of data—this complete guide (for beginners!) to data analysis and visualization in Microsoft Excel is for you.
1045 min10-part Microsoft Office course27 CQ
With the basic Microsoft Excel knowledge introduced in this course, build a gradebook based on a course syllabus, format and customize data, and use formulas and functions to calculate grades!
17183 min17-part Basic Computing course98 CQ
Computers are essential tools that can increase your productivity and boost your quality of life. Improve your understanding of technology and basic computer skills with this beginner-friendly course.
10115 min10-part Basic Computing course62 CQ
Understanding how a computer stores data is an essential computer skill. In this course, computer expert Todd McLeod shares everything he knows about computer data storage and how to manage memory.
1484 min14-part Basic Computing course49 CQ
Want to learn the basics of how computers work? In this course, tech expert Todd McLeod demonstrates essential computer skills—including how to use keyboard shortcuts and customize your desktop.
6103 minFREE6-part Engineering courseFree54 CQ
Building a custom gaming computer can be easy when you have a step-by-step guide. Learn how to install each component—from the motherboard to the graphics card—and build a high-performance gaming PC!
643 min6-part Hardware course25 CQ
If you’re looking to put together an electronic prototype that will last, you’ll want to solder the parts together. In this course, learn how to use a soldering iron on sensitive electronics.
11145 min11-part Hardware course80 CQ
Want to become a certified computer genius? Take on the rewarding challenge of building and customizing your own PC. CPU Modder reveals the necessary parts and calls out beginner PC builder mistakes.
11112 min11-part Computer Science course61 CQ
You've likely heard about hacking and tried to protect your online identity from hackers. But what is hacking, who does it, and why? In this complete web hacking basics course, answer these questions!
1240 min12-part Basic Computing course26 CQ
If you're new to either computers or Windows 7 and want to learn how to navigate this easy-to-use operating system, this beginner-friendly course from Instructor Gadget is for you.