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Computer Skills for the Workplace  

Gain a working knowledge of the computer skills you'll need to succeed in today's job market.

Most jobs today require a working knowledge of certain computer skills. Employers seek and reward employees who have the ability to send emails, create spreadsheets, manage databases, understand memory and network limitations, and recognize the function and features of modern computer components. Any job candidate who already possesses these skills will stand above those who do not.

This course is designed to provide the fundamental computer competencies you need to survive and prosper in today's fast-changing workplace. You will learn how to implement the powers of modern office software to work faster and more efficiently. This course will focus on practical application for software most common to the workplace. By the time you finish, you will have learned why employers consider technological literacy so critical to the success of any organization.


Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Any edition of Microsoft Office Pro (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Confidently apply for jobs knowing that you possess the computer skills needed to perform on the job. This course includes a great introduction to Windows 10 and Office 2016 to provide the fundamental computer competencies you need to prosper in a modern workplace.

Overview: The Workplace Technology Solution

Good computer skills are essential to your professional success. Examine how companies set up and use technology solutions.

Outlook: Email and Scheduling

Microsoft Outlook is one of the most widely used desktop email clients. Businesses of all sizes rely on Outlook to communicate internally and externally, schedule meetings, and manage contacts.

Word: Creating and Formatting Documents

Learn about word processors and practice new skills using Microsoft Word, the most frequently used software application in the workplace.

Word: More Advanced Formatting

Learn how to create and edit professional looking documents that are sure to impress your peers and your supervisor.

Excel: Spreadsheet Basics

Learn everything you need to know about using spreadsheets in the workplace, including formatting, organization, basic formulas, and data sorting.

Excel: Formatting, Charts, and Printing

Learn to provide easy-to-understand, accurate data with graphs that show trends, analyze past results, and predict future performance.

Access: Database Basics

Examine the parts of a database including data input, output, and maintenance with a particular focus on user interface.

PowerPoint: Creating and Editing a Presentation

PowerPoint is an important tool for creating presentations suitable for the work environment. Explore the best ways to create an effective presentation that includes the right mix of multimedia using PowerPoint.

Integrating Microsoft Office Programs

Learn how to combine information from Microsoft Excel and Access to create data lists and easily transfer the information from one to the other.

Using the Internet

This lesson covers the basics of using the Internet where you'll enjoy seeing how easy it is to find information that specifically meets your needs and interests.

Transferring and Protecting Data

In this lesson you will explore various methods for transferring information from one computer to another. You will learn different terms used to describe the volume of information—or size of a file—and then learn how to most effectively and efficiently move that data from place to place.

Putting Your Skills to Work

Identify ways to use your computer skills to find a new job or get a promotion within your current organization, and explore strategies for continued learning.



Dave Paquin has been teaching computer skills in the classroom for over 15 years. He holds a Master of Science in Training and Learning Technology and has extensive experience as a Human Resources manager.

 

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