What is the course about?
This course is for those who want to feel more confident, knowledgeable and skilful in their internet use either for personal or work use. You will learn essential jargon and terminology - url, hyperlink, modem, router, ethernet, search engines, extensions, plug-ins – and use this knowledge to help you use the Internet more efficiently and securely. You will learn what you need to do to set up an internet connection – for example, what makes a good internet provider, what to ask the and types of service are available. We will practise using different search engines, understanding and using their results and learning the best ways and words to use for searches. You will learn how to organise your searches, using bookmarks, tabs and the navigation bar. We will look at some popular and useful webpages and sites and learn where to go to access the news, TV programmes, listen to the radio or music from around the world, watch films, and buy on-line. We will practise downloading and copying material. And you will learn how to do all this and maintain your security, understanding your privacy status, and remaining lawful.
What will we cover?
• essential jargon and terminology - URL, hyperlink, router, Ethernet, search engines, extensions, plug-ins, cookies – and using this knowledge to help you surf the net more efficiently and securely
• what you need to set up an internet connection – including what is an internet provider, what makes a good provider, what different types of services are available, what to ask your provider
• using different search engines, understanding and using their results and learning the best ways and words to use for searches
• how to organise your searches, using bookmarks, tabs and the navigation bar
• accessing popular and useful webpages and sites and learning where to go to access the news, TV, radio or music from around the world, watch films, and buy on-line
• downloading and copying material
• identifying key features of internet securiity such as firewall, cookies and anti-virus software to manage your security, assess your privacy status and remain lawful.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• use the internet confidently, safely and skilfully for work and personal life
• understand and use essential jargon and terminology - url, hyperlink, router, ethernet, search engines, extensions, plug-ins – to surf the internet more efficiently and securely
• explain how set up an internet connection including assessing what makes a good internet provider and identifying the types of service available and which is best for you
• use different search engines, assess their merits, evaluate and use their results and use appropriate word combinations and other strategies for the best results
• organise your searches, using bookmarks, tabs and the navigation bar effectively
• change the settings of common search engines to meet your needs
• access popular and useful webpages and sites - for example Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, Wikipedia, eBay, gov.ac.uk to be able to access the news, TV, radio or music from around the world, watch films, and buy on-line
• download and copy material
• identify key features of internet securiity such as firewall, cookies and anti-virus software to manage your security, assess your privacy status and remain lawful.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ course and aimed at those who need to build up their confidence using the internet for use at home or at work whether you are very new to the internet or have been using it for a while. You should be able to follow spoken instructions, read written instructions and information, and discuss work with your tutor.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This will be a practical hands-on course. Each student has their own computer and you will be encouraged to practise as much as possible. An interactive whiteboard will help make demonstrations easy to understand. It will be a relaxed learning environment and step by step learning will help you become more skilled. You will have lots of opportunities to ask questions and address areas you need help in.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a folder, pens and paper. There are no additional costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course is part of our Complete Course for Beginners series. Other parts of this programme are: Digital Skills: Becoming Confident on the Computer, Digital Communication: Becoming Confident with Emails, Digital Skills Award: A Complete Course for Beginners. This last course is a qualification course. Other good progression courses include: ITQ Level 1 award (with a qualification), An Introduction to Word, Digital Communication in an Instant: Video, Audio, Text, Digital Skills: Learning to use your Smartphone (Android), Digital Skills: Learning to use your iphone.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details