What is the course about?
On this course, you will learn how to touch-type in the most efficient and effective way. You will become familiar with the layout of the keyboard and learn to touch type accurately without using the sense of sight to find the keys. Instead you will come to know the location of keys through muscle memory. As a result, you will be able to achieve a much higher typing speed when creating documents or entering data. You will also learn the importance of correct posture, positioning of equipment and how to avoid Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) as well as protect your eyes. This course is essential for anyone wanting to work in administration or an office environment.
What will we cover?
• Use of the 'home keys' [asdf jkl;] (where you put your fingers to start typing).
• Step by step learning of all the alphabet keys.
• The importance of ergonomics - correct posture, positioning of equipment, avoidance of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury).
• Health and safety at work in relation to computer use.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
I• recognise the layout of a Qwerty keyboard.
• identify the home keys and their significance.
• touch type using correct posture and positioning
• touch type using all ten fingers, looking at the screen not at the keyboard.
• attain a speed of 15-20 words per minute by the end of the course, though this speed will be much increased by regular practice between sessions
• identify key ways of avoiding injury while typing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. You may have learned your own way of typing. This course will show you that a more efficient and effective way is available. 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. 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. Each student has their own computer. You will receive regular handouts and information via Google classroom so you can practise at home. The tutor will provide you with a lot of individual support. Practising your keyboard and touch typing skills between each session is essential. The Student Centre is available for your use should you not have access to a keyboard.
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 general digital skills programme. We run a number of courses aimed specifically at the digital skills needed to work in an office or other administrative environment. For example, we run courses in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel where you will study what you need to work in an office. We also run a general course called IT Skills for the Office: introduction or intermediate. Our courses with qualifications will also be a great help: Digital Skills Award: A Complete Course for Beginners, ECDL Level 1 award, ECDL Levels 2 and 3. Level 3 in particular will leave you fully equipped for any work in the office. Other courses you could do at the same time or after this course include: From email to the cloud: what is the cloud and how do you use it? A digital citizen: becoming more confident on your computer and the Internet. Your tutor will advise you on the best course. 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