Computer Literacy is a course which is aligned with the Extended Studies Academy’s (ESA) strategy, vision and objectives. As part of that strategy, Computer Literacy’s main goal is to provide instructional offerings that strengthen the retention and throughput rate. Its main objective is to:
1. Equip students with the necessary computer operating skills for the job market.
2. Initiate a strategy for offering Computer Literacy to all 1st year level students.
The course is a broad introduction to the use of computers as tools for creativity, communications and organizing information. In addition to learning the technical fundamentals of computer use, we hope to: build your research skills, make appropriate ethical choices about the use of computers, use technology effectively to improve your skills and share knowledge.
The content of the course is based on the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) curriculum. After completion of this course, students will not receive international accreditation, but will receive credits as part of their National Diploma course. The course is continuous evaluation and is offered to both Mainstream and Extended Programmes across all delivery sites. The duration of the course is dependent on the stream. (i.e Mainstream=semester, Extended Programme= 1 Year) The course will also be available online (e-learning) as part of CLTD’s Nuffic Project.
The course outline consists of 6 core modules:
1. Basic Concepts of Information Technology
2. File Management (Windows XP)
3. Word Processing (Microsoft Word 2003)
4. Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel 2003)
5. Presentations (Microsoft Powerpoint 2003)
6. Information and Communication (Microsoft Outlook and Internet Explorer)
Peer assisted learning
Reading & writing centres
English proficiency assistance
Life skills training
English, Science and Mathematics assessments
Dutch universities’ capacity building collaboration