Computer Workshop -Beginners ~ Autumn Term 2014

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: 
Thursday 11th September 2014
 Time:  10am -12.10pm
Total hours: 
No of sessions: 10
Fee: £81.27 (£72.87 Concessions) Fee Waived for those on income related benefits or low income.

Course aims:
To give students the opportunity to gain a basic introduction to using a computer 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:
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?
The workshop will assume no prior knowledge of computing. The workshop is suitable for absolute beginners as well as students with some experience but who want to further develop their skills.

Course content: what topics will the course cover?

The workshop will cover:-

Explaining and understanding IT jargon-hardware, software etc.

• Understanding and navigating windows

• Accessing web sites, Google searches

• Setting up and using an email account

• Sending and receiving emails including attachments
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 sending an email, creating a folder 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. Describe the components of a computer and in particular know what to look for in buying a computer

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

3. Send and receive emails, create contacts and group contact lists

4. Send emails with attachments

5. Access web sites and carry out online searches

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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