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Computer Essentials
ECDL Base: Computer Essentials, current version

Computer Essentials is the first module of the ECDL course. This module will help you improve your knowledge and competence in using the common functions of a personal computer and its operating system. Computer Essentials covers how to adjust main settings, using the built in help features and dealing with non-responding applications. The module will also cover how to effectively operate within the desktop environment and work with desktop icons and windows, how to manage and organise files and directories/ folders, alongside how to duplicate, move and delete files and directories/folders and compress/extract the files. You will also improve understanding of what a computer virus is and be able to use virus-scanning software.

The syllabus for this module is as follows:

  • Module 1: Computer Essentials (8 hours)
    • 1.1 Computers and Devices
      • a. Introduction
      • b. ICT
      • c. Hardware
      • d. Software and Licensing
      • e. Start up, Shut down
    • 1.2 Desktop, icons, settings
      • a. Introduction
      • b. Desktop and Icons
      • c. Using Windows
      • d. Tools and Settings
    • 1.3 Outputs
      • a. Introduction
      • b. Working with Text
      • c. Printing
    • 1.4 File Management
      • a. Introduction
      • b. Introducing Files and Folders
      • c. Organising Files and Folders
      • d. Storage and Compression
    • 1.5 Networks
      • a. Introduction
      • b. Network Concepts
      • c. Network Access
    • 1.6 Security and Well-being
      • a. Introduction
      • b. Protecting Data and Devices
      • c. Malware
      • d. Health and Green IT

For this module we say that it will take around 5 hours to finish. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course. Its up to you!

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