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Computer Courses at Centres

Nine Computer Courses to choose from

A lady in front of a PC.Computer courses at our Centres are run by both experienced volunteers and Digital Unite and include topics such as basic word, email, the Internet, poster and leaflet design. All abilities are welcome. Course contents may vary from Centre to Centre, please contact your nearest Centre for more details. Digital Unite Logo

Digital Unite, who also organise the national annual Silver Surfers Day, have developed the computer courses based on what Centre customers would like to learn.

The Digital Unite Courses run once a week for four weeks, with classes lasting an hour and a half. The cost is 35 and includes a booklet that gives students a record of what they have learnt. Students will receive a certificate at the end of the course.

The Courses

Download the latest |computer course leaflet

To find out more and book your place please contact your nearest Centre or Centre that is running the course you want to do.

Course Outlines

|1.0 Introduction to Computers and the Internet

Aimed at: Total beginners who have never used a computer.

Topics Covered:

  • Using the mouse and keyboard
  • Find your way round a computer (basic use of Windows 7)
  • Introduction to the Internet (using a web browser, looking at some websites)
  • Introduction to email (send / receive messages)

|2.1 Keeping in touch - Email and Skype - New

Aimed at: People who can use a mouse and keyboard, but have limited experience (or no experience) of using email or Skype.

  • Introduction to email (how email works, the types of email service, email addresses)
  • Using an email programme - Windows Live Mail 2011 (open and reply to a message, create and send a message, send to more than one address)
  • Safe use of email (dealing with spam and hoaxes)
  • Sending and receiving attachments (includes saving files on PC)
  • Managing an email account (saving messages, contacts)
  • Setting up and using Skype

|2.2 Introduction to the Internet

Aimed at: People who can use a mouse and keyboard, but have limited experience (or no experience) of using the Internet.

  • Introduction to the Internet
  • Using a web browser - Internet Explorer 8
  • Saving links to favourite websites
  • Some useful websites
  • Staying Safe Online (understanding the threats - non-technical)
  • Searching the Web

|2.3 Shopping and Banking Online - New

Aimed at: People who have been using the Internet for some time and want to learn more. Maybe a follow-up to Intro to the Internet (2.2)

  • Shop safely online (understanding the risks - non-technical)
  • Some useful shopping websites
  • Registering for a shopping website
  • Price comparison websites
  • Online banking (this will use demos only)
  • Using eBay

|2.4 Social Networking - New

Aimed at: People who have been using the Internet for some time and want to learn more. May be a follow-up to Introduction to the Internet.

  • Introduction to social networking
  • Keeping personal data safe online
  • Using Facebook
  • Setting up a Facebook account
  • Other social networking sites
  • Using Twitter

|3.1 Word Processing for Beginners

Aimed at: People who can use a mouse and keyboard, but have limited experience (or no experience) of using a word processor. Uses Microsoft Word 2007.

  • Typing a simple document, e.g. a letter
  • Basic editing and formatting
  • Printing documents
  • Filing and finding documents
  • Copying and pasting text

|3.2 Word Processing - Next Steps - New

Aimed at: People who have been using Word for some time and want to learn more. May be a follow-up to Word Processing for Beginners. Uses Microsoft Word 2007.

  • More advanced formatting
  • Inserting images to create simple cards or posters
  • Working with tables
  • Creating labels

|4.1 Introduction to Managing Photos

Aimed at: People who are confident using a computer and sending emails, but have limited experience (or no experience) of organising photos on a computer.

  • Copy pictures from a digital camera to a PC
  • View pictures using Windows 7
  • Organise pictures into folders and using tags
  • Email pictures with Windows Live Mail 2011
  • Share pictures using Skydrive
  • Print pictures
  • Back-up pictures to a CD or a separate storage device

|4.2 Managing Photos - Next Steps - New

Aimed at: People who can organise photos on a computer using Windows and who wish to learn how to use Picasa for advanced management and editing. May be a follow-up to Introduction to managing photos.

  • Install Picasa
  • Import pictures into Picasa from folders and from a camera
  • Organise pictures into albums and using name tags
  • Share pictures via Picasaweb
  • Basic editing (e.g. crop, remove red-eye)
  • Introduction to Picnik (online photo editor)


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