Computers for Starters

About the course

This is an entry level course that provides the learner with digital literacy skills in setting up a personal computer, accessing files with application programs, sending and retrieving emails, using the internet, using peripheral devices, such as printers, applying basic security procedures and power-management settings, and backing up and shutting down a personal computer. A certificate of attendance will be awarded on successful completion.


No prior knowledge of personal computer and/or Windows Operating System required.

Resources required

As this course will be delivered in Windows 10, it is expected that you have this operation system already loaded on your computer. Your computer or laptop must be operational. If it has any known fault that may disrupt your learning, it is recommended that you do not enrol into this course.
You are also expected to have Office 2016, a good internet connection, a web camera (essential as the trainer will need to see your screen) and a printer (optional). Once you have enrolled, you will receive instructions on how to join the virtual classroom.

Learning outcomes

When you have completed the course successfully, you should be able to:

Prepare to use the personal computer
1.1 Identify physical components and associated peripheral devices of the personal computer to become familiar with the available network
1.2 Check physical connectivity of devices to ensure correct operation and performance
1.3 Boot up and follow procedures to activate the computer

Manage computer configurations
2.1 Alter the computer settings to best suit the user
2.2 Configure power-management settings to minimise power consumption as an environmentally sustainable measure
2.3 Identify operating system and the application programs loaded on the computer to determine computer capability
2.4 Conduct basic software installation and removal to improve computer capability
2.5 Navigate and manipulate desktop environment to create and customise desktop icons and access application programs

Access and use basic application programs
3.1 Open a folder with file documents containing basic office applications, make minor changes and save in a different folder
3.2 Send and retrieve a simple email message using the desktop icon to communicate with other parties
3.3 Access the internet using the web browser to view and conduct basic web information search
3.4 Use firewall and antivirus and malware scans to reduce security risks and threats in the system

Access and use basic peripheral devices
4.1 Access external storage devices to retrieve, copy, move and save information in different mediums and locations
4.2 Use printer settings on an installed printer to print a document
4.3 Access audiovisual (AV) devices to view and play a multimedia file

Shut down computer
5.1 Back up important documents and programs to minimise risk of data loss
5.2 Save any work to be retained and close open application programs
5.3 Shut down computer and switch off any unused peripheral devices

Learning strategies

This course will be delivered in in a virtual classroom environment via video conferencing led by a qualified and industry experienced trainer. Learning methods will include face to face lecture, case studies, demonstrations, questions and answers.

Assessment strategies

There is no assessment for this course; however, the trainer may ask the participants to complete some activities to ensure they are gaining the intended skills.

Need further information?

Should you require further information, please contact our enrolment officer on 02 96872072 or send an email to

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.