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Intro to Modern-PC

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Intro to Modern-PC

[With Free Session on Modern PC Keyboarding and Mouse Techniques]

This module precedes any other Computer Literacy Courses. It provides practical knowledge and key skills which are essential for taking any other Courses of Computer Literacy at any Level – all fundamental and collective concepts, terminology, interface, features, tools, commands, shortcuts…

Candidates with similar existing knowledge need to refresh to modern (up-to-date; not old) version.


Intro to Modern-PC and MS-Word Basic, even if not used on daily basis, are the most crucial courses for anyone to take, as they serve like a platform and bedrock to other Computer Courses! That’s why could not be assumed, as are ALWAYS THE PREREQUISITES to any other Courses.

Why PROFESSIONAL (not assumed) and current (not old) knowledge of these two courses is so critical?

In long term, Intro to Modern-PC [along with the Keyboard and Mouse Professional Techniques]; and MS-Word Basic give the vital tools needed to apply to all other courses. This simply means that the Learner taking any other courses is expected to already know – without struggling; all concepts, terminology, interface, features, tools, command, shortcut…; covered in the up-to-date versions (not old versions) of these two courses.

If not sure, get assessed; don’t assume!

Lacking, skipping, or undermining the PROFESSIONAL up-to-date knowledge of Intro to Modern-PC and MS-Word Basic, always will leave a BIG GAP – doesn’t matter how many other courses are taken or to what Level!

Also, we need to acknowledge that, it will have negative impact on the Learner’s confidence and relevant future learning. It also results in delay in the class participation, and pressure on the Instructor.

Two Real-Scenarios of how easily people ‘assume’

The following two real-scenarios are examples of how easily people ‘assume’:

One of our Assessors was queuing at a bank, in a prominent shopping centre in Port Elizabeth, during the lunch time. While people kept looking at their watches to check the time, she observed that a well-experienced Consultant she knew for years, apparently was busy handling a large document on the screen, kept clicking the scroll bar to get to the next screens, over and over [while he could press the quick keys, and save a lot of time, if he knew his PC Keyboard Professionally – which is part of Intro to Modern-PC!].

The other, very real-scenario is that while clients were waiting, a Senior Consultant, kept printing two sheets, manually cutting the extra blank pieces out, and giving it to the client [this is instead of simply pressing one combination-key on her PC Keyboard, to print with no need for any cuttings!]

The above are two real evidences to the fact that not overcoming the common existing IT-GAPS for Computer Literacy would have negative impact on staff productivity, production quality, and service! Yet, some decision makers would ‘assume’ they save on the cost of the first two Must-to-Refresh Courses [which are Intro to Modern-PC & MS-Word Basic]; or some Candidates ‘assume’ their knowledge of over years is good enough.

Course Outline: Intro to Modern-PC [Free Session Modern-PC-Keyboarding] One Level

Aligned with SAQA Unit Standard 116932 [& MOS / ICDL]


– Overview of computers and the role of different common programs; essential Modern-PC-Terminologies explained, simplified, and practiced
– Types and components of computers; how computers work
– Starting a computer; using profiles; and overview of Windows features

Essential Modern-PC-Keyboarding (Free full ‘awareness’ session)
– Why Foundational Modern-PC-Keyboarding is essential?
– Old and new keys & keypads and their specific roles – with practices
– Utilising Foster Keys to optimize the use of PC features and giving commands
– Vital role of the keys affecting formatting and document handling

Smart Mouse Functions; and customizing other input devices
– Different Mouse Actions – why/where/when concepts and command techniques
– Use of combined Mouse&Keyboard techniques
– Summary of Touch Screen Techniques

Role of the system unit and the CPU
Motherboard; Memory; and playing our role with unit of measure and environment

Hard Disk, Flash Disk, and CD/DVDs
Other storage devices: Sky Drive, Clouding concepts…

Overview of Monitor and desktop layout devices; and their customization
Other output devices and peripherals

Overview and essential features of Windows 7/8/10 [& XP] and their differences
Utilising Windows Explorer tool
Overview or working with files, folders, and shortcuts
Working with search options
Protecting data against viruses

Windows Accessories (Calendar, Time, Calculator, Paint, WinWord)
Overview and brief use of MS-Outlook Email; and Internet Explorer
Overview and brief use of MS-Word [used with Modern-PC-Keyboarding]
Accessing Help and Windows search
Shutting down the PC: standard way, express, and safe shut down

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