When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Maryam Emad
  • Course Code W23MITD01C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

The course "Digital Skills for Beginners Plus with Maths" is designed to provide individuals with a comprehensive introduction to essential digital skills along with a focus on applying those skills in mathematical contexts. This course is specifically tailored for students who have very limited experience with digital tools and mathematics applied to digital skills. By the end of the course, participants will have acquired fundamental digital skills and gained confidence in using digital tools for various tasks. This course serves as a strong foundation for further exploration of digital skills.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain familiarity with computer hardware and software components.
  • Navigate web browsers and understand their basic functionalities.
  • Compose, send, and receive emails.
  • Learn how to create and format Word documents
  • Learn how to use digital tools and software for mathematical calculations and budgeting
  • Learn about common online threats and how to protect against them.

Class format and activities

The course begins with an overview of the importance of digital skills in today's world, Participants will explore the benefits of acquiring digital skills and understand the fundamental concepts of digital tools and technologies. The course then moves on to cover basic computer skills, ensuring that participants gain familiarity with computer hardware, software components, and the basics of operating systems. They will learn how to effectively use input devices like keyboard and mouse, and manage files and folders on a computer. Next, participants will delve into internet and web browsing skills. They will learn how to connect to the internet, set up reliable internet connections, and navigate web browsers. The course will focus on conducting effective web searches, evaluating online information, and understanding internet safety practices. The module on email and communication will teach participants how to set up and manage an email account. They will learn email etiquette, including composing, sending, and receiving emails professionally. Digital security and privacy will be a crucial aspect of the course, covering common online threats and how to protect against them. Participants will learn about strong password creation, safe online behaviour, and privacy settings to safeguard personal information. The Microsoft Office Suite section will provide participants with the necessary skills to use essential tools such as a word processor. They will learn the basics of document formatting. Throughout the course, practical applications and real-world “number” scenarios will be emphasised.

Entry requirements

Initial Assessments and interview to evaluate current level of digital skills knowledge and skills, including capability to study. These assessments help determine the students the appropriate level of the digital skills course.

What you need to know before you enrol

Before enrolling, it's important to consider the following steps and factors: 1. Evaluate Personal Interest and Motivation: Consider your interest in digital skills and your motivation to study. Reflect on why you want to pursue the course and how it aligns with your academic or career goals. Ensure that you are genuinely interested in the subject matter to maintain engagement throughout the course. 2. Understand Course Content and Expectations: Understand the level of commitment, workload, and expectations associated with studying a computer course. This will help you gauge if you are ready to dedicate the necessary time and effort to succeed in the course. 3. Plan Your Study Schedule: Evaluate your existing commitments and the access you have to a computer with internet connection, as you will need it to complete the assigned homework. Plan your study schedule, considering the recommended study hours and allocating time for homework, revision, and practice. By considering these steps and factors, you can make an informed decision about enrolling. Remember to gather information, seek guidance from trusted sources, and ensure that you have the necessary preparation and commitment to excel in the course.

What you need

When attending an IT class, it's important to come prepared with the following items: Stationery: Bring essential stationery items such as pens. It's useful to have a variety of coloured pens or highlighters for annotating and emphasizing key points in your notes. Notebook: Carry a notebook specifically dedicated to your digital skills class. Use it to take notes, and record any additional explanations or examples provided by your teacher. Positive Attitude and Willingness to Learn: Lastly, bring a positive attitude and a willingness to actively participate in class discussions, ask questions, and engage with the material. Having a growth mindset and a genuine enthusiasm for learning will contribute to your success.

What you can do next

Opportunity to progress to the accredited Essential Digital Skills programme could be offered by the end of term, following the course tutor's evaluation on three key areas: performance in assessments, regular attendance, and completing homework assignments.