Course Highlights

Here are some of the highlights for this course.

  • No application process, no pre-requisites, open to anyone

  • Learn at your own pace using a computer, tablet or smartphone

  • Take up to 90 days to complete the course

  • Receive a certificate of course completion and digital badge for successfully completing the course which can be shared on social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter), downloaded as a PDF, or even embedded in an email signature

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic components and functions of desktop and laptop computers (e.g. identify and describe the functions of the desktop, window, and taskbar; identify various peripheral equipment (e.g. mouse, keyboard, USB; recognize basic icons)

  • Create, format, open, name, save and share a Microsoft Word file

  • Describe what a spreadsheet is and how it is used in businesses; differentiate a workbook from a worksheet; create a spreadsheet with one or more worksheets; and use basic functions of Microsoft Excel

  • Effectively use the internet to conduct search for information, and post to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

  • Describe what malware and viruses are and know how to avoid them

  • Sit correctly at a computer to avoid injury

About this Course

In this course, students learn about computer basics, including the parts of a computer, how to use word processing software such as Microsoft Word, how to use a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel, how to search on the Internet, how to post to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and how to keep a computer in good working order.

This course is for someone who has never used a computer or who has limited computer skills. This course is also useful for those who haven’t used a computer in years and would like to be brought up-to-speed on current software and maintenance requirements.

The course consists of 5 lessons:

Lesson 1: Computer basics

Lesson 2: Word processing software

Lesson 3: Spreadsheets

Lesson 4: Internet basics

Lesson 5: Maintaining a computer

Learners who successfully complete the course will earn a digital badge and certificate of course completion that can be downloaded and shared via social media. 

You will have access to the course for 90 days to work through the content.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • Before we begin...

    • Welcome and Course Information

    • Course Navigation

  • 2

    Lesson 1: Computer Basics

    • Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Lesson 1: Learning Objectives

    • What is a computer?

    • Desktop vs Laptop

    • Functions of a computer

    • What is a hard drive?

    • What is the cloud?

    • What is a USB Flash drive?

    • Different operating systems (OS)

    • Basic icons

    • Names and functions of peripheral equipment

    • Keyboard

    • Mouse

    • Printer

    • Speakers

    • Microphone

    • Web camera

    • USB port

    • Scanner

    • CD-ROM

    • What is a computer server / network?

    • Lesson 1: Summary

    • Lesson 1: Quiz

  • 3

    Lesson 2: Word processing software

    • Lesson 2: Introduction

    • Lesson 2: Learning Objectives

    • What is a word processor?

    • Why it is Important to know how to Use Microsoft Word or Google Docs?

    • How to create a new file

    • Overview of Word controls

    • Basic commands and icons

    • Bold, Italics and Underlining

    • Fonts: Size, Style and Colour

    • Justification

    • Bullets and Numbers

    • Exercise

    • Headers and Footers

    • Inserting Hyperlinks

    • Inserting a Picture

    • Exercise

    • Cut/Copy/Paste functions

    • Keyword Search

    • How to use the Spell Check

    • How to Print a file

    • How to Open a file

    • How to save and name a file

    • How to share a file

    • Lesson 2: Summary

    • Lesson 2: Quiz

  • 4

    Lesson 3: Spreadsheets

    • Lesson 3: Introduction

    • Lesson 3: Learning Objectives

    • Key Terms and Concepts

    • What is a spreadsheet?

    • Opening a workbook file

    • Creating multiple worksheets in a workbook

    • Renaming and moving a worksheet

    • Exercise

    • Copying a worksheet

    • Basic functions in the ribbon

    • Basic functions of the ribbon, continued

    • Finding and using data in a worksheet

    • Formulas

    • Key words - Word find

    • Creating and viewing comments

    • Splitting the screen

    • Lesson 3: Summary

    • Lesson 3: Quiz

  • 5

    Lesson 4: Internet basics

    • Lesson 4: Introduction

    • Lesson 4: Learning Objectives

    • What is a browser?

    • What is the internet?

    • How to conduct searches over the internet

    • Identifying search engine categories

    • Internet search practice

    • What is social media?

    • How to post on Facebook

    • How to post on Twitter

    • How to post on Instagram

    • How to create a profile on LinkedIn

    • Lesson 4: Summary

    • Lesson 4: Quiz

  • 6

    Lesson 5: Maintaining a computer

    • Lesson 5: Introduction

    • Lesson 5: Learning Objectives

    • Technical Support

    • Different types of ownership for computer software

    • How to install new software

    • What are malware and computer viruses?

    • Workstation ergonomics

    • Lesson 5: Summary

    • Lesson 5: Quiz

  • 7

    Next steps

    • You're Almost Done

    • Before you go...

Course Author

Course Author

Renée Gendron

Renée Gendron is principle/owner of Vitae Dynamics. She extends business consultation services to SMEs to help them develop their ecosystem, develop resources, and prosper. She also extends custom workshops to develop skills, leadership, and conflict resolution abilities. She is keenly interested in larger economic processes and systems, and facilitates an online course on social entrepreneurship for Sault College.

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