This course has been designed to provide students with the basic skills to operate a personal computer. Students will learn how to access the range of information available on the Internet and how to communicate via email. Students will also learn the software applications within Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. The course is comprised of 180 hours of study and is designed to provide the foundation skills for using a computer efficiently at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of computers is assumed.
Cranbourne, Dandenong, Frankston,
Full-time: 6 months
(Approximately 10.5 hours per week)
Part-time: 1 year
(Approximately 4 hours per week)
February and July
This is an entry level course to further education and training.
Direct to Institute
Operating and caring for a personal computer; Managing your files and folders, Word Processing; Spreadsheets Database, Presentation Packages, Internet and email.
Office Assistant, PC Operator, Data Entry, Clerical Assistant, Office Administrator
Further Education Opportunities
A student who successfully completes a Certificate I in Information Technology may continue into a Certificate II in Information Technology or Certificate III Multimedia or move straight to the Certificate IV in Information Technology.
If you are interested in understanding the world of Information Technology, for personal pursuits, the office environment or to pursue further study then this course will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge you require. Training is focused on the use of desktop applications in the workplace. During training, you will complete a series of hands-on exercises and projects that have a business focus, so the skills developed can be directly applied to the business environment. Many of the projects take an integrated approach ensuring that students combine the skills and knowledge developed in all applications.
The Certificate I in Information Technology is a national qualification consisting of six competencies. To qualify for the award, students must successfully complete all of the units of competence.
ICAU1128A Operate a personal computer 30 hours
Students will learn how to correctly start up and shut down the computer, access basic features and print system information. In the Windows environment they will navigate and manipulate the desktop and learn how to access and organise basic directories, folders and files.
ICAU1129A Operate a word processing application 30 hours
Using MS Word students will learn how to create, print and save basic word processing documents. A range of documents will be created allowing student to learn about formatting, creating longer documents, inserting tables and including graphics or images into a word processing document.
ICAU1130A Operate a spreadsheet application 30 hours
Students will learn to efficiently create spreadsheets using Excel. Topics include creating, printing and saving spreadsheets; editing data and adding formatting; performing calculations and using basic functions; and creating simple charts and graphs.
ICAU1131A Operate a database application 40 hours
Students will create simple databases using Microsoft Access. They will learn how to create reports and data entry forms and how to select, sort and retrieve information from the database by using queries and filters.
ICAU1132A Operate a presentation package 25 hours
Using Microsoft Powerpoint, students will learn how to create professional on-screen presentations that include incorporating charts, bulleted lists, graphics and drawings, sound and animation.
ICAU1133A Send and retrieve information over the internet using 25 hours
browsers and email Students will learn how to efficiently access and search the internet and learn how to create, send and reply to emails