Beginners Computing

Ref: C3741023

This beginners computing course is suitable for anyone new to computers. It will also benefit those who are self-taught. It will enable learners to use the computer with confidence and open up a whole new world to them.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the basics of computing and enable students to use computers independently

Who is the course for?

No experience is required

What topics will this course cover

Sending and Replying to Emails Using the Internet to Search and Shop Creating documents using Microsoft Word Understanding the basics of Microsoft Excel Saving and managing documents Printing documents All topics are valuable in the workplace and therefore conform to the Employability theme. All topics will enable students to interact with family, friends and the community and develop personal skills, therefore conforming to the Health and Well Being theme.

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. Send at least 3 emails 2. Search the internet to find 6 pieces of information 3. Create and print a classroom poster using MS Word 4. Perform at least 2 simple calculations using MS Excel 5. Save at least 1 file to a memory stick

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will be assessed informally via observation of tasks. They will be given feedback both verbally and on the ILP mid course and at the end of the course.

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

Students are welcome to bring their own personal devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Reading and information sources

No pre course reading is required, though there may be course hand-outs to read during the sessions.

What could the course lead to?

This course will lead to an Intermediate Computing course starting in June 2017.

Download full course outline

Beginners Computing Course Outline

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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