Computing for Beginners
Who is this course for?
Adults who are complete beginners to computing & also those with a very basic familiarity. It’s suitable for anyone who is trying to gain employment, already in employment, or who is retired. It’s also suitable for anyone who intends to progress to further learning.
This course is designed to give you a little more practice in computer skills and will help you to master the first steps and get you comfortable with using a keyboard and mouse (or touch pad)
You will learn more about:
• using a computer system to meet your own needs
• searching for and using internet-based information
• using e-mail to communicate and exchange information
• If relevant you will progress to using a word processor, sending attachments, & uploading images from camera or memory stick.
During the course you will watch demonstrations and carry out a range of practical exercises and activities to increase your experience and understanding.
Support and feedback
Feedback from the tutor, and discussions with other class members.
Additional costs and requirements
You might find it useful to bring a notebook/notepaper and pen and a USB flash drive (usually referred to as a memory stick or pen-drive) for storing information you have found on the internet, although this is not essential.
There are no additional costs.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
No although your tutor may suggest things you could do at home if you wish. It would be advantageous to practice between sessions, and the tutor may send you emails (on your learner account) for you to respond to.
About the tutor
Simon Longstaff currently works as an ICT and Maths tutor for Learn Devon. He also works at the University of St Mark & St John and as a Senior Design Engineer for Partech Electronics.
Simon has spent most of his working life in the field of Electronic Engineering and was previously the Technical Director of his own instrumentation manufacturing company before undertaking his teacher training.
Simon has a 1st class honours degree in ICT with Education from Exeter University, and a PGCE incorporating a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), He also is a specialist in teaching Maths, gaining a level 5 Additional Diploma in Numeracy. He recently (2015) completed a Master’s Degree in Professional Practice (with Distinction) at the University of St Mark and St John, specialising in exploiting open source technology to create musical instruments within the Maker Community.
Simon is a keen musician and composer and has for the last twelve years performed each summer season at Sterts Theatre in their musical shows.
“I’m a great believer in ‘experiential learning’, and firmly believe that people learn by doing. This is so important, particularly with a technical subject like ICT; it is the familiarity with everyday computing tasks that build on a person’s levels of confidence and skills.”