Computing Basics & Essentials - Set of 7 Interactive Courses

Computing Basics & Essentials - Set of 7 Interactive Courses
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This seven module course contains all the materials and practice exercises required for a student to pass the tests built into the course – even if they have never used a computer before.

Computing Basics & Essentials – Set of 7 Interactive Courses is best suited to:

  • Employees and operators who need to improve their basic computer skills.
  • Persons entering the workplace for the first time and who need to learn how to complete basic tasks using a computer.
  • Individuals who want to cross-train from another industry and who need to learn to use a computer.
  • People who want to earn a basic qualification that proves their experience.
  • Businesses who want to introduce a common level of computing ability throughout their workforce.

Using a blend of instructor led videos and self-study manuals, this Computing Basics & Essentials course package is delivered online using our learning platform. Students enrolling on the course will be able to access elearning content anyplace anytime, so they can study whenever is most convenient for them.

The package comprises seven separate modules that take students through the most common basic computing tasks they will face in the workplace. A series of flash cards allow learners to test their progress, and a series of practical examples encourage them to apply that knowledge. End of unit tests ensure students have fully grasped the concepts being taught before moving on to the next learning goal. Our social network allows students to discuss course content with other learners, helping them share and learn from each other’s experiences.

Key Learning Points

Among the topics that students will master are:

  • The basic concepts of modern computing, including a high level discussion of the parts of a computer, and the various legal regulations that users must follow – such as data protection.
  • Basic file management techniques including creating, moving and deleting folders, accessing Windows help for advice and how to install software.
  • Using a word processing application and taking advantage of the many text formatting options provided to insert graphics, build tables and perform a simple mail merge operation.
  • Using a spreadsheet application to capture and format data, build graphs and construct simple formulas to automatically calculate values.
  • Designing and building a basic database to store data, and how to build reports and forms to retrieve information.
  • Creating presentations to accompany a talk or meeting, and using graphics themes and animations to improve the visual appearance and engage an audience.
  • Effective use of email tools to build a contact list and to communicate with them.
  • Using the Internet effectively to find information, fill in forms and transmit data securely.

Advantages of this course

As well as helping to raise skill levels and confidence, students completing the course will benefit from:

  • A broad range of basic skills that help them perform their duties more efficiently.
  • Develop skills that also help them get more from their home computer.
  • A Course completion certificate that proves they have gained knowledge and may help secure a new job.

The Computing Basics course is an essential step towards building confidence in using computers– without mastering the topics covered in this course, students will not have the knowledge or experience they need to complete the practical aspects of the tests or gain the certificate.

Concepts of Information and Communication Technology

In this course you will learn the basic terms that are used in the field of information technologies. You will learn what makes up the computer, which peripherals can be connected to it; you will become familiar with the computer software, the basics of working with files, etc. You will also learn what the Internet is and how it works and how to protect your computer against viruses. If you are just becoming familiar with computers we recommend starting your study of the libraries specifically with this course.

List of Lessons
  • Computer - Basic Terms
  • Computer Memory
  • Input and Output Devices
  • Software
  • Health and Environment
  • Network Solutions
  • Data Protection, Internet and Legal Regulations
Using the Computer and Managing Files

This course introduces the basic concepts from the field of computers and the basics of working in the Microsoft Windows operational environment. You will learn how to compose simple texts and to work with files and folders.

List of Lessons
  • Logging on to Windows and working with the mouse
  • Turning off the computer
  • Working with desktop icons
  • Working with a program window
  • Launching a program and showing multiple windows
  • The taskbar
  • The Start menu
  • Introduction to Windows Explorer
  • Creating folders
  • Moving and copying folders and files
  • Working with the Recycle Bin
  • Creating a text file
  • Saving and opening a file
  • Windows Explorer settings
  • Searching for folders and files
  • Working with shortcuts
  • Using Windows Help and Support
  • Data sharing between files
  • Display settings
  • Region and Language settings, Keyboard
  • Date and Time
  • Installing and uninstalling programs
  • Installing new hardware
  • Compression
  • Backup
Word Processing

In this course you will learn to create simple text entries and to format them. You will learn to apply utilities for corrections and help. You will become familiar with page numbering, inserting of page header and footer and document printing.

List of Lessons
  • Introduction to Word
  • Navigation through the document
  • Text entry
  • Work with a document and multiple document windows
  • Use of automatic corrections and proofing tools
  • Proofing
  • Text selection techniques
  • Text moving and copying
  • Page setup
  • Paragraph formatting
  • Character formatting
  • Document printing
  • Borders and Shading
  • Bulleted and numbered lists
  • Working with tabs
  • Multi-page document editing
  • Headers and Footers
  • Getting help
  • Basic Word settings
  • Styles
  • Templates
  • Table creation
  • Table formatting
  • Text hyphenation
  • Searching in a document
  • Graphics in documents
  • Work with symbols
  • Saving a file in various formats
  • Form letters in mail merge
  • Envelopes and labels in mail merge
  • Organization chart
  • Work with fields

In this course you will learn to create tables in Excel, to fill data into them and to format the data, and to graphically edit tables. You will be working with charts, formulas and functions.

List of Lessons
  • Introduction to Excel
  • Data entry and editing
  • Worksheet navigation and basic settings
  • Cell range selection
  • Manipulation with cell ranges
  • Cell inserting and deleting
  • Text and cell formatting
  • Number, Date and Time format
  • Working with files and windows
  • Printing smaller tables
  • The AutoSum button and formula copying
  • Custom formula creation
  • Work with functions
  • Chart creation
  • Chart formatting
  • Basic Excel settings
  • Getting help
  • Advanced cell formatting
  • Templates
  • Workbook properties and work with sheets
  • Copying options, orders and lists
  • Formula creation and absolute links
  • Error messages
  • The IF, MIN, and COUNT functions
  • Rounding off
  • Techniques of work with relation tables
  • Sorting
  • Go To, Find and Replace orders
  • Printing larger tables
  • The basics of table creation and Excel settings
Using Databases

In this course you will learn how to create databases. You will create tables, forms, reports, and simple selection queries and print the data. You will master the technique for exporting and importing data into the database.

List of Lessons
  • Introduction to databases
  • The Microsoft Access environment
  • Table creation in datasheet view
  • Table design view
  • Work within extensive tables
  • Looking up and editing data
  • Data sorting and filtering
  • Designing databases
  • Field selection and data sorting via queries
  • Work with criteria for select queries
  • Relationships and referential integrity
  • Linked tables in queries
  • Form creation using wizard
  • Working with form controls
  • Report creation
  • Reports with calculations
  • Database print
  • Data exporting

In this course you will learn to create, edit and to display a presentation in MS PowerPoint. You will also learn how to insert data from other applications into a presentation and to print presentations.

List of Lessons
  • Basic orientation in PowerPoint window
  • Getting help
  • Create a new presentation, work with text boxes
  • Text formatting
  • Text with bullets
  • Shapes
  • Objects snapping
  • Clip Art editing
  • Moving and copying slides
  • Slide with a table
  • SmartArt graphics
  • Slide with chart
  • Chart formatting
  • Slide footer
  • Proofing
  • Themes
  • Slide background
  • Slide master
  • Slide transitions
  • Animation effects
  • Slide show setup and speaker notes
  • Print
  • Various save formats and other Backstage options
Web Browsing and Communication

In this course you will learn to work with the Internet using the Internet Explorer browser. In addition, you will learn the fundamentals of working with the Outlook mail program. You will be able to send and receive messages, to organise them, and to work with attachments.

List of Lessons
  • Introduction to Outlook
  • Reading E-mails and sending new ones
  • Spell check function and inserting attachments
  • Work with address list
  • Working with Mail folders
  • Searching and sorting
  • Creating and using Contacts
  • Working with Attachments, Printing
  • Getting help
  • Introduction to the Internet
  • Basic orientation to the IE program environment
  • Search Tools
  • Working with web page content
  • Working with pictures, printing
  • Filling in forms
  • Advanced search techniques
  • Sending secure data over the Internet
  • Firewall
  • History, favourites
  • Web communication
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
1 gigahertz (GHz)
1 GB
Operating Systems
Windows 7
Windows 8
Internet Explorer 8 or above
Google Chrome
Safari 6 or above
Mozilla Firefox
Flash Player
Latest version
Windows, Mac
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