What is the course about?
This course is for those who lack confidence in their use of a PC or laptop whether you are just starting to use a computer or have been using one for while but don’t feel able to make the most of it. You will learn essential jargon and terminology - ‘byte’,’ operating system’, ram’ ,‘drive’ - and use this knowledge to operate your computer more efficiently. You will learn the key elements of your computer, the different settings and where and how to change them – control panel, device manager, file explorer – so you can add a printer for example, add and remove programs, change the time and date. You will practise using free applications on your computer and learn about different types of files, what do the endings mean (.doc, .tif, etc.), how can you save, store and find them, how can you share them, copy them, recover lost ones. Very importantly, how you keep your files and other information safe and maintain cyber security. Finally, you will learn how to trouble-shoot problems and not panic if things seem to go round! All of this will be done in a relaxed learning environment and the learning kept simple but motivating.
What will we cover?
• understanding essential jargon and terminology and using this knowledge to operate your computer more efficiently
• learning the key elements of your computer, the different settings and where and how to change them
• using free applications on your computer such as Google Docs and Dropbox – for example to create letters, share pictures
• learning about different types of files (text, pictures, sound, video), what do the endings mean (.doc, .tif, etc.), how to save, store and find them, share them, copy them, recover lost ones
• how you keep your files and other information safe and maintain cyber security using antivirus, firewalls and other security devices
• how to trouble-shoot problems.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• use a computer with confidence
• use essential computer terminology and use this knowledge to use a computer more competently
• identify the main elements of your computer operating system (Windows) and use these to perform key computing tasks such as adding and removing programs, changing screen size and resolution, adding and using hardware such as printers or scanners
• create documents and share pictures using free applications on your computer such as Google Docs and Dropbox
• identify different types of files (text, pictures, sound, video), recognise file endings, identify their size, save, store and find them, share them, copy them and recover them
• keep your files and other information safe and maintain cyber security
• trouble-shoot and find solutions to your problems.
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 on a computer whether you are completely new or you have had a PC for a while but been reluctant to use it. 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. We recommend completing these courses to gain a good foundation in digital skills. Other parts of this programme are:
a) Becoming confident on the Internet: setting up, searching, security, safety
b) Becoming confident with emails
c) Becoming confident on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: for complete beginniners
d) Digital Skills Award: A Complete Course for Beginners. This last course is a qualification course.
Our A digital citizen: becoming MORE confident on your computer and the Internet is a follow-on course and is especially good if you have completed the initial Computer and Internet courses. Other good progression courses include: ECDL Level 1 award (with a qualification), Digital media for parents: understand the apps your children are using, Digital skills to find a better job, From email to the cloud: what is the cloud and how do you use it, WhatsApp what's that? Using apps for digital communication, Digital security: how to protect your data and privacy on your PC, Internet and Smartphone, Learning to use your smartphone (Android), Learning to use your iPhone
Digital Skills: Learning to use your i-phone. We also run a range of introductory courses in Microsoft Office programs. Your tutor will advise you on the best course to do. You can also call our administrator on 0207 492 2511 to arrange an assessment with one of our course advisors.
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