Computer Workshop -Intermediate ~ Autumn Term 2013

A programme of learning will be planned on an individual basis dependant on a
student’s starting point. This is a workshop-style course where students will
be studying independently or in small groups

Tutor:  Peter Goodwin
Venue: Vernon Community College
Vernon House 18 Friar Lane NG1 6DQ
Start date:
Friday 11th October 2013
Time:  1pm -3.15pm
Total hours: 13½

No of sessions: 6
Fee: £45.50(£40.95Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income.

Course aims:

To give students the opportunity to build on their basic computer skills to develop their use of popular applications in the Microsoft Office suite. The workshops will focus on Microsoft Word and Excel but will be student led and other applications will be considered as the workshop progresses. The skill learned will be transferable to work outside the classroom. or acquire/further develop their skills in basic computing.

To enable students to be able to transfer the skills learned to related work outside the class room


Course description: (This is displayed on the WEA website.) Summarise the course and its content in 40 words or fewer.

A programme of learning will be planned on an individual basis dependant on a student’s starting point. This is a workshop-style course where students will be studying independently or in small groups

Any prior knowledge or entry requirements?

Students should have a basic grasp of Microsoft Windows, the use of the mouse, keyboard, and the creation of folders and the storage of files. Some revision will take place to ensure students are at a level to take full of advantage of the work shop.

Course content: what topics will the course cover?

The workshop will cover:-

• An overview and revision of windows, file and folder creation and storage of files

• The Microsoft Office suite of applications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint Outlook

• Creating new folders and files and moving them between desktop, folders and data sticks

• Creating and storing new word documents and spread sheet

• Basic Word and Excel functions

• Letter writing and creating a simple spread sheet


Teaching, learning and assessment methods: tick those to be used 

Demonstration × Discussion Group work × Individual work ×

Project work Research Role play Written work

Question and answer × Activity outside class time Observation × Practical work ×

Presentation × Field trip Other (state)

How will I receive feedback on my learning progress and achievement?

Students will demonstrate learning progress through satisfactorily completing course related tasks such as, creating a folder, letter and spread sheets etc.

Feedback will be provided to each learner at the completion of each task and, as the workshop progresses, through email responses from the tutor

Learning outcomes:
these are the intended outcomes and may be revised in discussion with the class. Students are encouraged to think about and identify their own individual outcomes.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

1. Understand and navigate the windows desktop, open and close programmes and applications and shut down a computer

2. Be able to create new Word documents and Excel Spread sheets

3. Be able to create a file structure to store letters, spread sheets, photos etc

4. Create a simple letter and spread sheet

5. Format the text and layout of a letter and spread sheet and print the end product


Reading and information sources:
Is any reading/preparation essential or desirable?

A personal note book and pen for personal notes and a file/folder for keeping work and hand-outs

Students will be taught to use the help function of programmes to personalise work folders and print off relevant help topics


Suggestions for progression to further study or for using the skills and knowledge gained:

The course will provide a good base to move on to other ICT Courses that develop your skills further and study/research for higher education. The skills learned will also prove useful in supporting involvement in community activities, personal interest, job hunting and home use of a computer.

The tutor can provide you with information about what you can do next with the WEA and other local providers

Sound interesting?
Please contact Caroline on 0115 985 8203 or email

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