Computer Essentials

Computer Essentials module will help you improve your knowledge and competence in using the common functions of a personal computer and its operating system.

Course Description

Computer Essentials module will help you improve your knowledge and competence in using the common functions of a personal computer and its operating system. Computer Essentials covers how to adjust main settings, using the built in help features and dealing with non-responding applications. The module will also cover how to effectively operate within the desktop environment and work with desktop icons and windows, how to manage and organise files and directories/ folders, alongside how to duplicate, move and delete files and directories/folders and compress/extract the files. You will also improve understanding of what a computer virus is and be able to use virus-scanning software.

Course Structure

The Computer Essentials (IT User Fundamentals) course consists of 10 lessons in which you will cover the following areas:

1. Introduction to Computers: In this lesson you’ll learn about the key concepts related to ICT and computers. The first topic, ICT, defines ICT and defines ITCT and describes the various types of ICT services. The Second topic, Overview of computers, gives an overview of the various hardware devices and software of a computer.

  • ICT
  • Overview of Computers

2. Hardware: In this lesson, you will learn about the hardware devices used in the I-P-O cycle – input, processing and output. You will also learn about the various data storage devices such as USB devices and how to safely store files and secure them.

  • Input Devices
  • Central Processing Unit

3. Software: The Software lesson comprises of two topics in which you will learn about familiarising yourself with different types of computer software, such as, operating system software’s and application software’s on their use and gaining knowledge on various types of computers.

  • Types of Computer Software
  • Types of Computers

4. Using Windows: This lesson is divided into three topics and you will learn the different procedures to start and shut down a computer, launching and monitoring applications, using the taskbar and various icons on the desktop. In addition to this you will also learn how to resize, move and switch between windows.

  • Basics of Windows
  • Using Icons
  • Working Windows

5. Desktop Settings and Help: In this lesson, you will learn about some useful Windows features. This lesson is divided into two topics. The first topic, Desktop Settings, discusses the features of the desktop and how to access the settings. You will also learn how to access some basic information about your computer. In the second topic, Windows Help, you will learn how to use the Windows help feature which will aid you in using the computer when in need of assistance.

  • Desktop Settings
  • Windows Help

6. Organising Files & Word Basics: This lesson is divided into three topics. In the first topic, Creating Folders, you will learn about folders and you will learn how to create folders on a computer. You will also learn how to view folder and file information. In the second topic, Creating and Saving Files, you will be learning how to use the Microsoft Office Word application to create and save and save files. In the Third and final topic, Moving and Copying Text, you will learn how to copy and move text within a document and between multiple documents.

  • Creating Folders
  • Creating and Saving Files
  • Moving and Copying Text

7. Managing and Printing Files: This lesson is divided into 5 topics where you will be learning about managing and copying files and searching for files on your computer. You will also learn about printing files and finding out how to compress and decompress files.

  • Moving and Copying Files
  • Managing Files
  • File Compression
  • Searching Files
  • Printing Files

8. Information Networks: This lesson is comprised of three topics in which you will learn about the advantages of connecting computers together and you will learn about the technologies that enable us to connect computers together in different ways. This section will also cover the use of using Wi-Fi and satellite connections.

  • Computer Networks
  • The Internet and Intranets
  • Network Connections

9. Data Protection: In this lesson, you will learn how to protect data and learn about legal considerations associated with software and data. This lesson is divided into two topics. The first topic, Information Security, discusses how to protect date from damage or loss. The second topic of the lesson, Legal Aspects, Describes the issues related to data protection, software use and workplace environments.

  • Information Security
  • Legal Aspects

10. Health and Safety: In the final lesson of the course you will learn some tips for healthy and safe computer use. The topic, Health and Safety, deals with measures to avoid the health problems that can be caused while working with a computer.

  • Health and Safety Tips
  • Maintenance of IT Systems

Qualification

This is an online self-learning and self-facilitated course only and in order to obtain a qualification, you must take and pass ECDL Essentials Exams. Please visit our BCS ECDL Essentials Exams section for further information.

Successful candidates will gain ECDL Essentials Award in IT User Skills (QCF) Level 1 qualification.

Duration

The duration of this course will be 2 months from the day of enrolment. Learning account will be automatically closed on the end date regardless of the progress you have made.

Cost

Self-funded, self-learning and self-facilitated online Computer Essentials (IT User Fundamentals) Module costs £60.
Please note that no refund will be offered under any circumstances

ECDL ESSENTIALS EXAMS: Please note that the cost of taking the BCS ECDL Essentials exams will be separate. Please visit BCS ECDL Essentials Exam section for further details.

FUNDED ECDL ESSENTIALS PROGRAMME & EXAMS: Please note that Intech Centre also provides government funded IT Level 1 (ECDL Essentials) programme where both the learning and exam will be funded, subject to eligibility criteria. Please visit our IT Level 1 (ECDL Essentials) section for further details

Enrolment

To find out more about this course and to book an appointment with one of our advisers, please call us on 020 7354 5655.

Please be advised that full cost of the course must be cleared and you need to bring your Passport or Driving Licence for the enrolment.

  • Cost: £60
  • Duration: 2 months
  • Enrolment: Rolling basis
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