IT skills for the office: an introduction

Course Dates: 05/11/20 - 17/12/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online

Do you want to start working in an office but lack confidence or skills in IT? On this course you will learn the most essential computer skills – word processing, use of spreadsheets, emailing and creating presentations. You will learn the main parts of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint which you will need in order to write letters and documents, organise data, send and receive emails and create presentations.

This course is FREE if a) You are on a Low Wage or b) You are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) You receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.

Description

What is the course about?

This course will help you learn the computer skills your need in order to work in an office as an administrator, receptionist or secretary. In particular, you will learn how to create, write, edit and format letters and documents using Word. You will learn how to create spreadsheets using Excel – how to create and format tables, add data, filter and sort the data, use formulas to make calculations. You will also focus on how to write, send, organise emails in Outlook including use of folders, searching and finding information. Finally, you will learn the basics of creating presentations using PowerPoint, including how to add text and images to slide and format them.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• the computer skills your need in order to work in an office as an administrator, receptionist or secretary
• how to create, write, edit and format letters and documents using Word
• how to create spreadsheets using Excel – how to create and format tables, add data, filter and sort the data, use formulas to make calculations
• how to write, send, organise emails in Outlook including use of folders, searching and finding information
• the basics of creating presentations using PowerPoint, including how to add text and images to slide and format them.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• have the computer skills your need in order to work in an office as an administrator, receptionist or secretary
• create, write, edit and format letters and documents using Word
• create spreadsheets using Excel – how to create and format tables, add data, filter and sort the data, use formulas to make calculations
• write, send and organise emails in Outlook including using folders, searching and finding information
• create basic presentations using PowerPoint, including adding text and images to slides and formatting them.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginners’ course and aimed at those who have some familiarity with the Microsoft Office package but want to learn the specific skills needed to work on an office. Please make sure you have read the whole course outline so you join the right course!

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is a practical hands-on course taught online using Zoom or Google Meet. You will perform tasks in class, which reflect office and work-based activities and be encouraged to practise as much as possible. You will receive regular handouts and information via Google classroom. You will have lots of opportunities to ask questions and address areas you need help in.
You will need your own computer with MS Office, preferably 2016 or later, a good internet connection and a microphone, the use of a webcam for video is optional. Mac users can also take part in this course but will have to adapt to some keyboard and tab differences. Your tutor will discuss the concepts of all the tools used and will demonstrate their uses. The course will challenge you to become more independent in your learning and less dependent on your notes/hand –outs and work colleagues.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a folder, pens and paper. There are no additional costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

There are a variety of other courses you could do either at the same time or after this course. IT Skills for the office: intermediate is a direct follow-on course. However, we also have a number of courses on Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint many of which are specifically geared to developing your computer skills for the workplace.

You may also be interested in our How to be an Administrator series - How to be an administrator: the essentials,
How to be an administrator: time management skills and How to be an administrator: the paperless office. We also have Digital skills to find a better job, Making sense of Windows 10. We have a number of courses with qualifications including: Essential Digital Skills for Work Level 1, ECDL Levels 1, 2 and 3. You can try Pathway to ECDL if you are unsure if you want to do a qualification course straight away. Your tutor will advise you. You can also call our administrator on 0207 492 2511 / 2726 or email: universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk to arrange an assessment with one of our course advisors.

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I would definitely recommend this course, it is an excellent course to attend.
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Course Code: CMO01

Thu, eve, 05 Nov - 17 Dec '20

Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £87.00
Concession: £55.00

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