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Basic Training

Training that will allow you become orientated with the application or subject, knowing what it is capable of, and become more confident in doing day to day tasks. It assumes that the software is already setup, and is ready to be used. Some courses require a certain level of knowledge, this is explained in the course descriptions below.

Introduction courses, are for people who have never used a particular program. They are designed to orientate learners to the ways of the program. Typically they consist of a single two hour session.

Next Step courses are for people who are excited by a program and want to know more about the basics. They usually take the form of three two hour sessions, taken over three weeks.

The course times are for 'average' learners. If you absorb the material like a sponge, we can go into greater detail for any particular areas of interest.

The best place to learn is where you feel most relaxed, and using the actual equipment you will use in the future. It might be in your home, your workplace or at a training venue. We can provide laptops if you would prefer not to use your own machine, or don't have the programs that you want to learn about.

The more you put into a session, the more you will get out of it. That's why we encourage you to ask questions. We like the hard ones that make us think! If we don't know the answers we'll go and find out for you.

Each session of training is usually two hours long. Due to the level of concentration involved, we allow for a 10-15 minute rest during the middle (our course fees reflect this rest time). This allows our brains to cool down. The suggested serving is one two hour session a week, however we are flexible on this and will try to reach the best solution for you.

These courses are currently available:

The following courses will be available soon:

  • Introduction to Computer Security
  • Introduction to Online Shopping
  • Introduction to Open-Source software
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • Access
  • Outlook Express
  • Open Office
  • Introduction to SUSE Linux

Please contact us for more information.

Computer Taster

Level of knowledge required: None

Duration: 1 hour

Know your enemy. One of the most difficult things when learning how to use a computer is the amount of jargon used. This course is designed to start you on the computer journey by explaining commonly used terms, introduces how to communicate with your computer, and tells you about the major parts inside the beige box.


  • Turning the computer on and off
  • Tour of what is on the screen/windows navigation
  • The start button
  • What is software and hardware?
  • The different components that make up a computer

Introduction to Computers

Level of knowledge required: None, though useful if learner understand the equivalent to the Computer Taster above

Duration: 8 hours (four 2 hour sessions)

Operating a Windows based Personal Computer, to gain an understanding of basic computer acronyms and terminology


  • Using the basic tools built into the operating system, such as Wordpad and Paint
  • Increased confidence in using and understanding key concepts of using a computer
  • An understanding of basic file management
  • How to use a mouse and keyboard
  • Saving a file to floppy and hard disks
  • How to print
  • Increased knowledge of how to navigate around Windows

Introduction to the Internet

Level of knowledge required: A learner must be confident in starting programs

Duration: 2 hours

What exactly is the World Wide Web (www) and internet?


  • Move between web pages using links
  • Opening a page by entering the web address (such as
  • Moving forward and backward between pages
  • Web browser orientation (Internet Explorer)
  • Saving a web page to file and disk
  • Printing a web page

Next Step Internet

Level of knowledge required: Introduction to the Internet (or equivalent)

Duration: 6 hours (three 2 hour sessions)

Your mind has been boggled by the possibilities of the internet. Find out more about searching for information, storing information from the internet, and using e-mail.


  • What is a search engine?
  • Finding information on the web with a search engine
  • Finding information on the web with an index type page
  • Adding favourites/bookmarks to go back to your favourite web pages easily
  • Highlighting text
  • Copying and pasting text using the clipboard
  • Storing and printing information from web pages
  • Searching for text on a web page
  • What is electronic mail?
  • What do you need to send electronic mail?
  • Explaining more useful terms and jargon
  • Sending electronic mail

Introduction to Word

Level of knowledge required: Computer Taster

Duration: 2 hours

Learn the basics of using a word processor. Recognise how they work, and how to enter text.


  • What is a word processor?
  • Creating and formatting text
  • Recognising the layout of Microsoft Word
  • Correcting mistakes
  • Closing down Word

Next Step Word

Level of knowledge required: Equivalent to content of Introduction to Word

Duration: 6 hours (three 2 hour sessions)

Add to your basic word processing skills, and become more confident with your existing knowledge.


  • Highlighting text
  • Editing text
  • Saving a document
  • Opening a saved document
  • Adding a table
  • Adding photographs
  • Adding clip art

Dreamweaver Orientation

Level of knowledge required: Experienced user of the world wide web, use of a word processor

Duration: 1 day

Explore the basic functions of Dreamweaver, the widely used website construction and management tool.


  • Creating a Dreamweaver site
  • Creating a web page
  • Adding text
  • Adding a link
  • Adding a table
  • Adding an image
  • Creating a Dreamweaver template
  • Creating pages from a template
  • Updating a web site