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Short Course in Computer Basics

Computer Basics

An introduction to the basic skills required in using word processors, spreadsheets and presentation software.


  • Our Short Course in Computer Basics will provide students with an introduction to the key Computer Basics that will be required in their studies. Students will learn basic skills in using word processors, spreadsheets and presentation software.

    The module will focus on the Microsoft Office suite, with reference being made to Microsoft Office 2010 software throughout. However, the module has been specifically designed to allow the relevant skills to be taught regardless of the software version being used. All material can be adapted to other versions of Microsoft Office (such as the 2007 version) and also other word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software package; students should not be disadvantaged through the use of any particular version.

    • An Introduction to Word Processing
    • Editing and Formatting Word Processed Documents Part 1
    • Finding and Using Information from the Internet
    • Editing and Formatting Word Processed Documents Part 2
    • An Introduction to Spreadsheets
    • Spreadsheet Formulae and Functions
    • Formatting Spreadsheets
    • Creating Graphs from a Spreadsheet
    • An Introduction to Presentation Software
    • Producing a Multimedia Presentation
  • As a minimum, participants should have demonstrably previously studied in English at secondary school level.

  • Related National Occupational Standards (NOS)

    Sector Subject Area: 6.2 ICT for Users

    Related NOS:

    IPU: A2  – Use IT systems and software efficiently to complete planned tasks

    IPU: B1  – Plan, select and use appropriate IT systems and software for different purposes

    IUF: B1  – Use IT systems to meet a variety of needs

    IUF: B2  – Manage information storage and retrieval appropriately

    ICF: B2  – Access, search for, select and use Internet-based information and assess its fitness for purpose

    INT: C3  – Use browser tools to search effectively and efficiently for information from the Internet

    ISF: A4  – Make effective use of IT tools and facilities to present information

    ISF: B2  – Enter, develop and format different types of information to suit its meaning and purpose

    ISF: B3  – Present information in ways that are fit for purpose and audience

    PS : B1  – Input and combine text and other information within presentation slides

    PS : C2  – Use presentation software tools to structure, edit and format presentations

    PS : C3  – Prepare interactive slideshow for presentation

    SS : C1  – Use a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data

    SS : C2  – Select and use appropriate formulae and data analysis tools and techniques to meet requirements

    SS : C3  – Use tools and techniques to present, and format and publish spreadsheet information

    WP :C1  – Enter and combine text and other information accurately within word processing documents

    WP:C2   – Create and modify appropriate layouts, structures and styles for word processing documents

    WP:C3   – Use word processing software tools and techniques to format and present documents effectively to meet requirements

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