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Basic Computer Skills Course

Basic Computer Skills Course

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Basic Computing courses in Sydney. Essential computing skills for beginners.

Learn Basic Computing with Basic Computing courses in Sydney at NEWCourse – created for you by the University of Newcastle.

This basic computer skills course aims to assist you in becoming computer literate while equipping you with basic skills to operate a personal computer (PC) running Microsoft Windows. In this basic computer skills course you will also be provided fundamental concepts and the basic skills to enable you to perform Internet searches and download Internet content, along with sending emails and managing your email mailbox.

Knowing how to operate a computer is now an essential skill for everyone. As Internet and email technologies are now part of everyday life, it is equally necessary to know how to safely and productively communicate with and navigate through the digital world. The skills you will acquire in this basic computer skills course will allow you to use relevant software to perform basic tasks using your personal computer.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this basic computer skills course you will:

  1. Know how to turn on and log into a computer.
  2. Start programs and open tools, ready to begin work.
  3. Learn Microsoft Windows basics.
  4. Type a letter in Microsoft Word word processor.
  5. Add and subtract numbers in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
  6. Develop a strong foundation in file management. Save and retrieve documents securely.
  7. Understand printing procedures.
  8. Send and receive emails in Microsoft Outlook.
  9. Use Google to search and browse the internet.
  10. Understand modern terminology; such as “cloud”.
  11. Safely and securely log off and turn off a computer.

Course Content

This basic computer skills course will cover the following content:


  • Types Of Computers
  • Types Of Personal Computers

Computer Hardware

  • The Main Parts Of A Personal Computer
  • The Central Processing Unit
  • Computer RAM
  • External Hardware Components
  • Keyboards
  • Other Input Devices
  • Printers
  • Connecting Hardware And Peripherals
  • Internal Hardware Devices


  • Types Of Software
  • Software Versions
  • Operating System Software
  • Application Software

Starting Off With Windows

  • Turning On The Computer
  • Signing In To Windows
  • The Desktop
  • The Start Screen
  • The Taskbar
  • Shutting Down Your Computer

Looking at Desktop Windows

  • Starting Desktop Programs
  • The Anatomy Of A Desktop Window
  • Accessing The Backstage View
  • Minimising And Maximising A Window
  • Resizing A Window Using A Mouse
  • Moving A Window On The Desktop
  • Switching Between Open Programs
  • Snapping Two Desktop Programs Side-By-Side
  • Shaking Down Windows
  • Scrolling In A Window
  • Closing Desktop Programs
  • Other Ways To Open Desktop Programs

Data Storage on Your Computer

  • Understanding Data Storage In Windows
  • Understanding File Explorer
  • Opening File Explorer
  • Viewing Storage Devices Using File Explorer
  • Viewing Network Connections
  • Understanding USB Flash Drives

Working With Folders

  • Understanding Folder Hierarchy
  • Navigating The Folder Hierarchy
  • Understanding Personal Folders
  • Accessing Your Personal Folders
  • Creating A New Folder
  • Copying A Folder
  • Moving A Folder
  • Renaming A Folder
  • Deleting A Folder
  • Viewing The Hierarchy Path
  • Changing Folder Views

Working With Files

  • Understanding Files
  • Creating A Simple File
  • Exploring Files In Windows
  • Copying A File
  • Renaming A File
  • Selecting Files
  • Copying Multiple Files
  • Replacing Files
  • Moving Files
  • Copying Files To A USB Flash Drive
  • Deleting Files
  • Deleting Folders With Files
  • Common File Types

Word Processing

  • Understanding Word Processing
  • Starting Word From The Desktop
  • Understanding The Start Screen
  • Creating A New Blank Document
  • Typing Text
  • Saving A New Document On Your Computer
  • Typing Numbers
  • Inserting A Date
  • Checking Spelling And Grammar
  • Making Basic Changes
  • Saving An Existing Document
  • Printing A Document
  • Safely Closing A Document


  • How Spreadsheets Work
  • The Characteristics Of A Spreadsheet
  • Starting Excel From The Desktop
  • Understanding Workbooks
  • Using The Blank Workbook Template
  • Typing Text
  • Saving A New Workbook On Your
  • Computer
  • Typing Numbers
  • Typing Dates
  • Typing Formulas
  • Easy Formulas
  • Checking The Spelling
  • Making Basic Changes
  • Easy Formatting
  • Printing A Worksheet
  • Charting Your Data
  • Safely Closing A Workbook

About the Internet

  • Web
  • Understanding Web Browsers
  • Understanding Search Engines
  • Understanding Web Addresses
  • Key Terms And Internet Jargon

Internet Explorer Basics

  • Starting Internet Explorer From The
  • Desktop
  • The Internet Explorer Screen
  • Going To A Specific URL
  • Controlling The Browser Window
  • Size
  • Activating A Hyperlink
  • Understanding The New Tab Page
  • Adding New Tabbed Pages
  • Working With Tabbed Pages
  • Closing Pages
  • Zooming
  • Using The Back And Forward Tools
  • The Browsing History
  • Stopping And Refreshing Pages
  • Closing Internet Explorer

Searching the Web

  • Understanding How To Search
  • Effectively
  • Using The Address Bar To Search
  • Searching in Google
  • Searching Based On A Keyword
  • Searching Based On A Phrase
  • Finding Information On A Page

Using Email

  • Starting Outlook From The Desktop
  • Common Outlook Screen
  • Elements
  • The Mail Screen
  • Composing An Email Message
  • Creating A New Message
  • Sending The Message
  • Understanding The Inbox
  • Retrieving Email
  • Reading Messages
  • Deleting Messages

Intended Audience

This basic computer skills course provides an overview of the basics of using a personal computer (PC) running Microsoft Windows and requires little or no prior knowledge. This basic computer skills course is ideal for new or existing personal computer users seeking to develop their understanding of how to use their personal computer including the tasks outlined in the course content.

Once you have completed this basic computer skills course you might like to consider Microsoft Office Course: Essentials which focuses on the most important and most popular features of Microsoft Office, providing you with skills to be productive and efficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook.

Delivery Style

This basic computer skills course is presented as a practical, instructor-led computer-based training course in a Microsoft Windows environment. You’ll have dedicated access to a computer exclusively for your use so you can follow instructor training and work through examples in an application-focused teaching environment.

Course Prerequisites

This basic computer skills course assumes little or no knowledge of personal computers and running Microsoft Windows.


Basic Computer Skills Course
Sydney CBD (Venue TBA)
$348 GST free
$348 GST free
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Basic Computer Skills Course
Sydney CBD (Venue TBA)
$348 GST free
$348 GST free
Enrol Now
5 places remaining
Basic Computer Skills Course
$348 GST free
Enrol Now
5 places remaining
Basic Computer Skills Course
Sydney CBD (Venue TBA)
$348 GST free
$348 GST free
Enrol Now
5 places remaining

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