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European Computer Driving Licence Course

  • Price £195 Was £243.75
    Offer ends 31/10/2014 Save 20%
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  • Course type Distance learning course
  • Duration 1 Year, Part-time
  • Qualification ECDL V5
  • Awarded by British Computer Society
  • i Tutor is available to students.

Overview

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain the European Computer Driving Licence.

Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning ECDL is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning ECDL V5 course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

ECDL is fast becoming a requisite on CVs. It is the mark of really knowing your way around a computer. It covers IT user fundamentals as well as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, web browsing and communication. This course has everything to take someone who is not IT literate to a comfortable IT user.

COURSE KEY TOPICS 

  • Module 1 - Security for IT Users
  • Module 2 - IT User Fundamentals
  • Module 3 - Word Processing
  • Module 4: Spreadsheets
  • Module 5: Using Databases
  • Module 6: Presentation
  • Module 7: Using Email and the Internet


COURSE ASSESSMENT


In order to achieve the ECDL certification, individuals must pass a test for each of the 7 modules. ECDL Module 1 is a theoretical test of computing knowledge at a general level, while modules 2-7 are predominantly practical skills tests.

Individuals who have achieved the ECDL / ICDL certification can successfully demonstrate their competence in the use of a computer and common computer applications.

Please note exam fees are not included in the price of the course. You need to go to www.ecdl.co.uk and arrange to take your exams at a local centre. A fee is payable

COURSE DURATION

You can work at your own pace but you must complete the course within the 12 month period.

HOME STUDY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about the European Computer Driving Licence and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

The European Computer Driving Licence course is divided into seven comprehensive modules:

ECDL is the international standard in end-user computer skills. The ECDL Syllabus consists of 7 modules which define the skills and competencies necessary to be a proficient user of a computer and common computer applications.

Module 1: Security for IT Users
This module enables candidates to gain an understanding of the necessity for hardware and data security. On completion of this module each candidate will:

  • Know what ‘spam’ and how to protect against unwanted messages,
  • Understand what malicious programs are, such as viruses and spyware
  • Understand how to protect against malicious programs and intrusions
  • Understand that passwords and PINs help to protect information from the risk of unauthorised access
  • Understand what a public network is and the best practices when using an unsecure network
  • Know what Bluetooth is and understand how to prevent unauthorised access to a Bluetooth device by others
  • Understand the vulnerability of portable storage devices
  • Understand the IT security guidelines and privacy policies within your organisation
  • Understand the need to, and importance of, backing up data, and how to store data securely


Module 2: IT User Fundamentals
This module requires candidates to demonstrate knowledge and competence in using the common functions of a personal computer and its operating system. It teaches how to adjust the main settings, use the built-in help features and deal with an application that is not responding.

Description


Candidates will be able to duplicate and move text within and between documents. They gain competence in using some of the features associated with word processing applications such as creating standard tables, using pictures and images within a document, and using mail merge tools.

On completion of this module each candidate will be able to:

  • Work with documents and save them in different file formats
  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function to enhance productivity
  • Create and edit small-sized word processing documents that will be ready to share and distribute
  • Apply different formats to documents to enhance them before distribution and recognise good practice in choosing the appropriate formatting options
  • Insert tables, images and drawn objects into documents
  • Prepare documents for mail merge operations
  • Adjust document page settings and check and correct spelling before finally printing documents


Module 4: Spreadsheets
This module enables candidates to understand the concept of spreadsheets and to demonstrate the ability to use a spreadsheet application.

Candidates will understand and be able to accomplish tasks associated with developing, formatting, modifying and using a spreadsheet of limited scope ready for distribution.

They will also be able to generate and apply standard mathematical and logical formulas using standard formulas and functions, and demonstrate competence in creating and formatting graphs or charts.

On completion of this module each candidate will be able to:

  • Work with spreadsheets and save them in different file formats
  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function within the application to enhance productivity
  • Enter data into cells and use good practice in creating lists; Select, sort and copy, move and delete data
  • Edit rows and columns in a worksheet; Copy, move, delete, and appropriately rename worksheets
  • Create mathematical and logical formulas using standard spreadsheet functions; Use good practice in formula creation and recognise error values in formulas
  • Format numbers and text content in a spreadsheet
  • Choose, create, and format charts to communicate information meaningfully
  • Adjust spreadsheet page settings and check and correct spreadsheet content before finally printing spreadsheets


Module 5: Using Databases
This module enables candidates to understand some of the main concepts of databases and demonstrate the ability to use a database application.

This includes creating and modifying tables, queries, forms and reports, and preparing outputs ready for distribution, as well as learning to relate tables and to retrieve and manipulate information from a database by using query and sort tools.

On completion of this module each candidate will be able to:

  • Understand what a database is and how it is organised and operated
  • Create a simple database and view the database content in various modes
  • Create a table, define and modify fields and their properties, and enter and edit data in a table
  • Sort and filter a table or form and create, modify, and run queries to retrieve specific information from a database
  • Understand what a form is and create a form to enter, modify, and delete records and data
  • Create routine reports and prepare outputs ready for distribution


Module 6: Presentation
This module enables candidates to demonstrate competence in using presentation tools on a computer. Candidates will be able to accomplish tasks such as creating, formatting, modifying and preparing presentations using different slide layouts for display and printed distribution.

They will also learn to duplicate and move text, pictures, images and charts within the presentation and between presentations, as well as be able to accomplish common operations with images, charts and drawn objects and to use various slide show effects.

On completion of this module each candidate will be able to:

  • Work with presentations and save them in different file formats
  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function within the application to enhance productivity
  • Understand different presentation views and when to use them, choose different slide layouts and designs
  • Enter, edit, and format text in presentations. Recognise good practice in applying unique titles to slides
  • Choose, create, and format charts to communicate information meaningfully
  • Insert and edit pictures, images, and drawn objects
  • Apply animation and transition effects to presentations and check and correct presentation content before finally printing and giving presentations


Module 7: Using Email and the Internet
This module is divided into two sections. The first section on the Internet requires candidates to understand some of the concepts and terms associated with using the browsing the web, and to appreciate some of the security considerations. In the second section, Using Email, candidates will learn to understand some of the concepts of electronic mail (email), and gain the ability to use email software to send and receive messages, and to attach files to mail messages.

On completion of this module each candidate will be able to:

  • Understand what the Internet is and common terms associated with it, and be aware of some security considerations when using the Internet
  • Accomplish everyday web browsing tasks including changing browser settings
  • Search for information and complete and submit web-based forms
  • Save web pages, download files from the web, and copy web content into a document
  • Understand what email is, know some advantages and disadvantages of its use, and be aware of other communication options
  • Be aware of network etiquette and security considerations when using email
  • Create, spell check and send email; Reply to and forward email, handle file attachments and print an email
  • Be aware of ways to enhance productivity when working with email software and to organise and manage email


Improving Productivity Using IT
The use of IT tools and systems can improve the productivity and efficiency of activities in a variety of contexts. The Improving Productivity Using IT module teaches candidates to plan, select, and use appropriate IT systems and software for different purposes, and to evaluate the selection and use of IT tools to ensure their solutions are successful. The module also helps candidates to research and develop solutions that make a demonstrable improvement to the use of IT tools and systems.

At the end of this course you’ll be able to:
1. find your way around a PC
2. understand security and virus protection
3. make presentations, spreadsheets & databases
4. use email and the internet confidently

Requirements

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about the European Computer Driving Licence and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. ired.

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