First Steps Computing

Ref: C2336912

The course will assume no prior knowledge of computing and is intended for absolute beginners with little or no experience of using computers. While the course focuses on the use of Microsoft Windows Computers, IT generally will be demystified and a range of subjects including mobile phones, tablets broadband Wifi etc will be discussed.

Course aim

The course aims to give students the opportunity to gain a basic introduction to using a computer and enable students to be able to transfer the skills learned to related work outside the class room

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

1. Explaining and understanding IT jargon-hardware, software etc. 2. Typing skills, use of the mouse 3. Understanding and navigating Microsoft Windows 4. Accessing web sites, Google searches

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Describe the components of a computer and in particular know what to look for in buying a computer 2. Understand and navigate the windows desktop, open and close programmes and applications and shut down a computer 3. Access web sites and carry out online searches 4. Use a mouse and keyboard 5. Send and receive emails

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will undergo an initial assessment at the start of the course and learning outcomes agreed with the tutor. There will be a written and verbal review at week 5 and an overall assessment at the end of the course. Students will demonstrate learning progress through satisfactorily completing course related tasks such as typing, opening and closing windows and programmes etc. Feedback will be provided to each learner at the completion of each task.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

A personal note book and pen for personal notes and a file/folder for keeping work and hand-outs. Students will be taught to use the help function of programmes to personalise work folders and print off relevant help topics

Reading and information sources

No specific preparation is necessary. The course will provide a good base to move on to other ICT Courses that develop skills further and study/research for higher education. The skills learned will also prove useful in supporting involvement in community activities, personal interest, job hunting and home use of a computer. The tutor can provide information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers

What could the course lead to?

The course is a starting point in a series of WEA IT courses taking students on a journey from absolute beginners to the use of Microsoft Office over a relatively short period of time.

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First Steps Computing Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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