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Course: Leisure Computing for Beginners.
Starts 2nd May, Friday 10.00-12.00.
Runs 8 weeks.  Price £85.00

This course is for absolute beginners. It will help you to gain confidence in the use of Windows. You will learn how to switch on, use a mouse, how to use Word, and how to save documents, and find documents you have created. You will learn how to use the Web and email. The course is designed to be fun and a launchpad for gaining new skills.

Coursecode ECON300

Contact Enrolments 01386 712601 or speak to Jane Dunn 01386 712648 - Jane can also enrol you.


Training suggestions

Most of the following course suggestions assume you have familiarity and some confidence in using a keyboard and a mouse - as well as having the appropriate software on your machine.  For the complete beginner, interested in the Getting familiar with your Computer course suggestions, I will of course help you all I can to bring you up to speed on the mouse and keyboard should you need this help.

Travel Charge: Please note there is a travel charge, on all training beyond 5 miles radius of Evesham - for more information on pricing see Progress with IT terms.

Word-processing - letters, mailshots and simple marketing.

The aim of the following components is to provide you with the skills needed to make better use of MS Word for letter writing, marketing, and for mailshots.  This learning could include the following components:

  • Overview of program features
  • Page (and global) settings
  • Formatting features
  • Illustrations in documents
  • Tables and templates
  • Mail-merge
  • Forms
  • Interactive Word documents
  • Document security

Training is carried out using MS Word 97 to 2010.  Length: 6 hrs - in three x 2hr sessions.


Spreadsheets for database and accounting

The main focus here is on developing your own accounting system, organising and archiving accounts, and drawing results from your own data. The learning could include the following components:

  • Overview of Workbooks/worksheets
  • Cell management
  • Data entry and formatting features
  • Formulas and cell referencing
  • Filtering data
  • Linking worksheets/workbooks
  • Charting
  • Viewing/printing options
  • Using Pivot Tables
  • Using macros

Training is carried out using MS Excel 97 - 2010.  Length: 6 hours - in three x 2hr sessions.


Creating Presentations

The aim here is to make best use of MS PowerPoint as a marketing device or for giving talks.  If you are planning to use for talks and need some help/support regarding delivery, this additional option is available.  The learning could include the following components:

  • Overview of program features
  • Creating and sorting slides
  • Master/slide types
  • Backgrounds, images and templates
  • Chart
  • Transitions and Effects
  • Audio/visual
  • Printing options
  • Combining presentations
  • Presenting

Training is carried out using MS PowerPoint 97 to 2010.  Length: 4 - 6 hours - in two or three x 2hr sessions.


Using databases

A database is only as good as its design allows one to retrieve data.  The main focus of this training is to learn to build dedicated relational databases to help run your business - particularly if you carry and sell stock.  The learning could include the following components:

  • Overview of program features
  • Designing
  • Creating/handling fields
  • Security and properties
  • Handling records
  • Interrogation
  • Reports
  • Saving/printing options
  • Forms
  • Transferring data from another MS Office program

Training is carried out using MS Access 2010.  Length: 6 hours - in three x 2hr sessions.


Build your own Website

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If you are keen to have a presence on the Web and to do it yourself, you need look no further than to take advantage of this offer. Using open-source KompoZer software in conjunction with the simple to follow resources I supply.

These materials will support you getting familiar with and building a website (offline) - with as many pages as required - and ready to be uploaded to a hosting server of your choice.  The package is intended to allow you to do this under your own steam, and in your own time.  The resources are best suited to a small business requiring an attractive yet simple web presence, such as a trades-person offering a service and needing a shop window.  Anyone needing a full-blown e-commerce website (involving shopping cart and database interactivity) could make a start but would probably find WordPress a better option (see WordPress comment on the Resources page).  It could however readily carry products that are linked through PayPal to offer secure means for financial transactions.

This could be all you need to get your show on the road.  The pack consists of:

  • KompoZer 0.8b3 software - this is open-source and therefore free of charge - find out more about KompoZer
  • A userguide for building a practice website, plus files required.
  • A comprehensive software guide to the program

Cost per person: £19.95 for the practice website userguide and resources.  I am happy to chip in some advice but additional support or training will be charged at the hourly rate as listed in the Progress with IT terms.




Bespoke training

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Although the suggested training offered here is geared to short courses, most of the training I deliver is actually 'bespoke', with people telling me what they want to learn - training is then organised around personal needs.  So if none of what is on offer here fits your needs we can look at it together.  Please note however, it is IT training on offer - not technical support.  If you need the latter then I'm happy to advise so give me a call.


Getting familiar with your Computer

Introduction to MS Windows

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Getting up close and familiar with Windows platform (and versions).  If you are at a loss on how to use your computer this suggested course will certainly give you the helping hand, the kick start, to build your confidence in taking control of your machine.  The learning would include the following components:

  • The Desktop, programs, taskbar and icons
  • Managing windows
  • My Computer/Windows Explorer
  • Settings and shortcuts
  • Help
  • Accessibility
  • Booting and closing

The course also makes use of programs that come with Windows.  Training is carried out using MS Windows XP or 7.  Length: 4 hrs - in two x 2hr sessions.  Low cost (charged for three hours only).


Managing files and folders

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So often people will say to me that they have saved a file but don't know where - and now can't find it.  Do this suggested course and you will know where you have put all your files - and further it will help you to organise them better too!  The learning would include the following components:

  • Using My Computer (or Windows Explorer)
  • Handling files
  • Recycle Bin
  • Shortcuts
  • Searches
  • Housekeeping files
  • Handling folders
  • Files and folders
  • Security concerns and settings

Training is carried out using MS Windows (XP or later).  Length: 4 hours - in two x 2hr sessions.  Low cost (charged for three hours only).


Using the Web

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If you are new to using the World Wide Web, or have used it but don't really know what you are doing, then this suggested course will put you in the picture as to what it is all about and the tricks and tips for getting around it.  The learning would include the following components:

  • Overview of program features
  • Accessibility
  • Addresses and search engines
  • Saving/printing webpages
  • Bookmarking
  • History
  • Internet preferences
  • Networking sites
  • Security concerns

Training is carried out using MS Internet Explorer, Firefox or browser of your choice.  Length: 4 hours - in two x 2hr sessions.  Low cost (charged for three hours only).


Using email

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Email is so important these days, having almost replaced letter writing for many of us.  It is important then that you know your way around, and feel confident using your emailer. This suggested course will show you the ropes.  The learning would include the following components:

  • Overview of program features
  • Handling messages
  • Messages and folders
  • Attachments
  • Signature
  • Contacts or address book
  • Distribution lists

Training is carried out using whatever emailer is available on your machine.  Length: 4 hours - in two x 2hr sessions.  Low cost (charged for three hours only).


Attendance Certificate
An attendance certificate is provided, on request, to anyone attending a one to one, or group workshop.

Example workshop outlines
Should you require further information on any of the above course suggestions, please get in touch.  Meanwhile the following examples of course outlines will give you an idea of what is covered in more depth.

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