Computer Basics

Courses available in Essential Computer Basics


Gain the skills and knowledge required to operate your computer and perform common tasks using best practice techniques for efficiency. Learning to use a computer is an essential skill that everyone wanting to thrive in today's world must learn.


Intended Audience

Suitable for a wide range of participants including beginners, self-taught users who are looking to fill in knowledge gaps and those looking to either return to the workforce or those exploring new employment opportunities. This course will familiarise you with computers and Micrsoft Windows and increase your confidence levels when using computers at home and work.


Prerequisites

It is assumed that people taking this course have limited previous experience with computers.


Delivery Style

Training is delivered as instructor-led computer-based training in a computer lab to individuals or small groups. Participants will have dedicated access to a modern computer with a large monitor and access to various assistive technologies such as sit stand desks, microdesks and a range of input devices to ensure comfort. Course materials are based on real world examples in a New Zealand context


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this training participants should be able to:

  • Use the correct techniques to start up and shut down a computer
  • Understand and operate the basic functions of a mouse and keyboard
  • Navigate the operating system and launch applications
  • Work with basic operating system settings
  • Apply basic troubleshooting techniques
  • Navigate the File Explorer and work with the basic features
  • Create and manage files and folders effectively
  • Understand and use Jump lists and pinning features
  • Understand and use cloud storage and USB drives

Browsing the web is one of the most common tasks performed on a computer. A browser is not the internet, it is the software used to view pages on the internet and this course will show you how to operate a browser to navigate the internet.


Intended Audience

Suitable for a wide range of participants including beginners, self-taught users who are looking to fill in knowledge gaps and those looking to either return to the workforce or those exploring new employment opportunities. This course will familiarise you with using a browser to navigate the internet and increase your confidence levels when using computers at home and work.


Prerequisites

It is assumed that people taking this course have limited previous experience using the internet. Familiarity with using the basic functions of a computer such as navigating the Windows environment, copying and pasting objects and operating a mouse and keyboard would be an advantage. If you don't already have these skills taking a course in Computer Basics first would be recommended.


Delivery Style

Training is delivered as instructor-led computer-based training in a computer lab to individuals or small groups. Participants will have dedicated access to a modern computer with a large monitor and access to various assistive technologies such as sit stand desks, microdesks and a range of input devices to ensure comfort. Course materials are based on real world examples in a New Zealand context


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this training participants should be able to:

  • Locate and launch a web browser
  • Work with the basic features of Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome
  • Apply a range of search techniques for using a search engine effectively
  • Understand how to gauge the reliability of a website
  • Demonstrate an awareness of web security best practices
  • Copy and paste internet content into documents and emails
  • Complete and submit online forms
  • Download internet content
  • Work with basic browser menu items and settings
  • Create and manage bookmarks

This course aims to provide users with an introduction to how email works and how to use the common features.


Intended Audience

Suitable for a wide range of participants including beginners, self-taught users who are looking to fill in knowledge gaps and those looking to either return to the workforce or those exploring new employment opportunities. This course will familiarise you with using email communication and increase your confidence levels when using computers at home and work.


Prerequisites

It is assumed that people taking this course have limited previous experience using email. Familiarity with using the basic functions of a computer such as navigating the Windows environment, navigating the internet, copying and pasting objects and operating a mouse and keyboard would be an advantage but are not essential. If you don't already have these skills taking a course in Computer Basics first may be beneficial.


Delivery Style

Training is delivered as instructor-led computer-based training in a computer lab to individuals or small groups. Participants will have dedicated access to a modern computer with a large monitor and access to various assistive technologies such as sit stand desks, microdesks and a range of input devices to ensure comfort. Course materials are based on real world examples in a New Zealand context


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this training participants should be able to:

  • Register an email account
  • Navigate an email interface
  • Compose, send and receive messages
  • Understand email etiquette and safety
  • Manage a contact list
  • Upload and download attachments
  • Manage an inbox

This course aims to provide users with the skills to go from hunting and pecking to touch typing. Typing is a fundamental skill and one of the most important computer skills you should learn if you are using a computer on a regular basis. Anyone can learn touch typing, it's not a difficult skill to learn it just requires a commitment to regular practice.


Intended Audience

Suitable for anyone wanting to learn touch typing or improve their existing keyboarding skills by learning to type faster and more accurately, gain an advantage over other applicants in the job market, improve posture and focus, save time and become more productive. If you are faced with a timed typing test as part of the job interview process, solid keyboarding skills will be essential for tackling this successfully.


Prerequisites

Familiarity with using the basic functions of a computer such as navigating the Windows environment, navigating the internet, knowledge of basic word processing features and operating a mouse and keyboard would be an advantage but are not essential. If you don't already have these skills taking a course in Computer Basics first may be beneficial.


Delivery Style

Training is delivered as instructor-led computer-based training in a computer lab to individuals or small groups. Participants will have dedicated access to a modern computer with a large monitor and access to various assistive technologies such as sit stand desks, microdesks and a range of input devices to ensure comfort. Course materials are based on real world examples in a New Zealand context


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this training participants should be able to:

  • Apply ergonomic and environmental principles to minimise fatigue and help prevent injury
  • Use correct finger positioning
  • Use correct finger techniques
  • Develop speed and accuracy with regular practice
Next Steps

If you've made it this far you're well on your way to achieving a basic level of digital literacy. To complete the skills needed for achieving this level take a course in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel next.

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