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In general, this course is designed to help students develop an understanding of how computers work, and how they (computers) can be instructed to carry out the required task.
The program assumes that the length of stay at an I.E.C. will be a minimum of three ten-week terms, with an allocation of one double period per week (80 minutes).

The overall aims for the course are that
• students be able to demonstrate basic competency and effective use of the classroom computer
• students have confidence in their ability to work with classroom computers and use them in a variety of applications (environments)
• using computers will enhance a student's self-esteem, facilitate social interaction, and increase motivation for learning

At the end of these units students will

• be familiar with ergonomic practices related to computer use
• be familiar with the equipment with which they are working
• be able to check the configuration to ensure that it is connected properly and to rectify common operating faults
• have an understanding of the meaning of common technical words and phrases associated with classroom computers and use these appropriately
• be confident in their ability to use the computer for the following applications: word processing, spreadsheets/spreadsheet graphs, database, drawing, painting
• have practical experience in using the classroom computer for those applications
• be familiar with graphics, and the use of a graphics package
• have a basic understanding of the nature and function of computer based systems.

In addition, on a second level, students will

• learn keyboarding skills
• practise skills reinforcement activities, such as maths, geography, vocabulary and structure drills
• learn to assess and interpret data, such as from databases and spreadsheets
• acquire and use learned knowledge and skills by practising problem solving skills, with programs such as adventure games, detective games, maths problems.

Topic 1:

Objectives: At the completion of this topic, students should be able to

a) demonstrate correct use and care of the computer
• name the various pieces of hardware, and parts thereof
• detect common operating faults, e.g. loose cable, not switched on
• care and prevention, e.g. no food, water, dust, temperature.

b) use the keyboard confidently and competently.
• keyboard familiarisation - understand the common function of each of the keys, and the functions of the special keys
• operating the keyboard
c) be aware of and demonstrate correct ergonomic factors for classroom computer useContent:
• furniture and placement of equipment to reduce body strain (including neck and eye)
• technique on the keyboard
• taking breaks and exercising during breaks.
2/3 weeks

Topic 2: Software Application Usage

Objective: At the completion of these units students should have developed basic competency in use of application software in the areas of word processing, spreadsheet, database, drawing and painting using the ClarisWorks package.

Basic Operational Skills:
a). introduction to general operation

• terminology
• run an application
• create a new document
• edit a document
• save a document to disk (secondary storage)
• load a prepared document
• print a copy of a document

In Word Processing:
b). use a word processing application to create, edit, save, I load and print a document

• start up a word processing application
• create a document
• edit document using basic editing skills
• font manipulation
• save a document
• print a document
6 weeks

Further Word Processing:
This section of Topic 2 extends the skills students have learnt in Basic Operational Skills, and includes using text editors.

Objectives: At the completion of this unit, students should be able to

a) demonstrate skills and knowledge of text processing beyond those acquired in basic skills
• components of text - character, word, sentence, paragraph, section, line, page, document
• tools for editing and manipulation of text - spell-checkers, thesaurus, cut and paste, proof-read
• formatting a document- importance of presentation using font manipulation, spacing, justification, tab markers, indenting paragraphs, columns, header, footer
• keyboard shortcuts
• use prepared graphics to enhance a word processing document

b) create a substantial document from conception to processed text
• using some/all the formatting techniques as above
• appropriate application of the above formatting options in certain documents e.g. letters
• using data from documents created in other environments in a Word Processing document, e.g. charts, data, drawings
• using multiple windows
6 weeks

In Drawing:
Use a drawing application to create, view, manipulate, edit, load, save and print a document

• the drawing window
• tools and how to use them
• create a drawing document
• edit and manipulate created graphics
• text in a drawing document
• save and print a document

In Painting:
Use a painting application to create, manipulate, edit, load, view, save and print a document


• the paint window
• tools and how to use them
• difference between objects created in drawing and painting
• create a painting document
• text in a painting document
• edit and manipulate the painting
• save and print a document
4 weeks
2 weeks

In Spreadsheet:
Use a spreadsheet application to create, edit, save, load, view, manipulate data, and print in a single spreadsheet

• terminology
• what is a spreadsheet and its uses?
• create/format a new document
• enter data/types of data
• copy, move, edit, sort and data
• alter the format of the current document for presentation of text and numbers
• use of formulae
• use of the graph conversion option

In Database:
Use a database application to create, edit, save, load, view, manipulate and print a database document


4 weeks
• terminology
• what is a database and its uses?
• create a new document
• enter, edit, copy data
• alter the current report type for presentation
• select records for a query
4 weeks


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to
use a graphics software package competently and confidently


• access/choose appropriate graphics
• insert a graphic into a document
• manipulate, modify or enhance the graphic
2 weeks, plus overlap in W.P.

Topic 3: Basic General Systems Concepts
At the completion of this unit, students should be able to
a) describe the basic functions and the relationships between components of a system


• determine and discuss the system functions of input, output, processing, storage and control
• represent the system with a block diagram
2 weeks
b) discuss the components of a computer based system


• input devices
• output devices
• primary/secondary storage devices
• hardware, software, processes, data and personnel
Allowances can be/are made for: School Experience/Buddy Letters Work Experience/Resumes and any other cross-curriculum work as requested.
1 week/1 week

Some or all of the following may be used:
• Practical mastery tasks
• Practical assignments
• Portfolio of student's work
• Observation
• Worksheets