Frequently asked questions and instructor notes

Topic A0:   Classroom setup

All our courses assume that each student has a personal computer to use during the class. Our hands-on approach to learning requires that they do. This topic gives information on how to set up the classroom to teach this course.

Hardware requirements

Each student’s personal computer should have:

·   A keyboard and a mouse

·   A 500 MHz processor (or faster)

·   At least 256 MB RAM

·   At least 1.5 GB of available hard disk space

·   An SVGA monitor (1024×768 or higher resolution)

Software requirements

You will need the following software:

·   Windows 7, Windows XP, or Windows Vista, updated with the most recent service packs

     Note: This course was written for Windows 7. 

·   Firefox 4 or later

Network requirements

The following network components and connectivity are also required for this course:

·   Internet access, for the following purposes:

   Downloading the latest critical updates and service packs

   Downloading the Student Data files from
(if necessary)

   Completing activity A-2 in the unit titled “Links and images”

Classroom setup instructions

Before you teach this course, you will need to perform the following steps to set up each student computer.

1   Install Windows on an NTFS partition according to the software publisher’s instructions. After installation is complete, if the student machines have Internet access, use Windows Update to install any critical updates and service packs.

2   With flat-panel displays, we recommend using the panel’s native resolution for best results. Color depth/quality should be set to High (24 bit) or higher.

3   Configure Windows Explorer to display file extensions as follows:

a   Open Windows Explorer.

b   Choose Organize, Folder and Search Options.

c   On the View tab, clear Hide extensions for known file types and click OK.

4   Install Firefox version 4 or later from Accept all defaults during installation. If prompted, set Firefox as the default browser.

5   Set up Internet access for each student computer. This is necessary only to complete activity A-2 in the unit titled “Links and images.”

6   If you have the data disc that came with this manual, locate the Student Data folder on it and copy it to the desktop of each student computer.

     If you don’t have the data disc, you can download the Student Data files for the course:

a   Connect to

b   Under Downloads, click Instructor-Led Training.

c   Browse the subject categories to locate your course. Then click the course title to display a list of available downloads. (You can also access these downloads through our Catalog listings.)

d   Click the link(s) for downloading the Student Data files. You can download the files directly to student machines or to a central location on your own network.

e   Create a folder named Student Data on the desktop of each student computer.

f    Double-click the downloaded zip file(s) and drag the contents into the Student Data folder.


Topic B:   Frequently asked questions

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Topic C:   Course notes

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Topic D:   Additional information

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