Basic Computing

This basic computing course is an introduction to all the main areas of computing to build up your skills and prepare you for the new age.

Multiple Resources
Group Sessions

The course provides basic computer skills training for learners with limited experience. It will help you understand how computers work and how to use them. We'll talk about how to set up a computer, the difference between hardware and software, and the types of computers you can use. You will become computer literate in this hands-on course while you learn to access, create, save and manage documents and spreadsheets. We demystify terminology and impart best practice skills for productive and secure use of computers, explore operating systems, applications, the cloud, and a whole lot more.

What you will learn

After taking the course:

  • Gain basic knowledge on widely used Microsoft Office programs, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Explore operating systems, applications, the cloud, and a whole lot more.
  • Impart best practice skills for productive and secure use of computers
  • demystify terminology
  • Hardware and software
  • The main components of a computer, including input and output devices
  • The function of communication devices such as smartphones and tablets
  • The role of Operating Systems, programs and apps
  • Windows
  • Turning on the computer and logging on
  • The Windows screen
  • Running programs from the Start Menu
  • Minimising, maximising, moving, resizing and closing windows
  • Logging off and shutting down your computer
  • Working with programs
  • Running multiple programs
  • Desktop icons and creating a desktop shortcut
  • Managing programs from the taskbar
  • Closing programs
  • Creating documents and using applications such as Microsoft Word
  • Presentation tools
  • Printing
  • File management
  • Managing Windows Explorer
  • Creating, moving, renaming and deleting folders and files
  • Understanding file extensions
  • Viewing storage devices and network connections
  • Managing USB flash drives

Activities involved

  • Appropriately start up and shut down your computer
  • Navigate the operating system and start applications
  • Perform basic functions of file management
  • Perform basic functions in a word processor, PowerPoint and spreadsheet
  • manage print settings and print documents

Running Dates

Virtual Live Classroom

  • 13th May 2021
  • 6th October 2021


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