Computers for Beginners

About the course

This is an entry level course that provides the learner with information technology (IT) 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. On successful completion a statement of attainment will be awarded for ICTICT101 Operate a personal computer from ICT10115 Certificate I Information, Digital Media and Technology.


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

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 a classroom environment led by a qualified and industry experienced trainer. Learning methods will include face to face lecture, case studies, demonstrations, questions and answers. This course will be delivered on Windows 10 platform.

Assessment strategies

Assessment for this course will include both summative and formative through written questions and answers, observations and practical demonstration of knowledge and skills

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you believe you have already gained the competency through your current or immediate work experience relating to this unit, please discuss this with your trainer for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Need further information?

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

Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology ICT10115.
$450 Limited GST free
Computers for Beginners

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