Centre for Continuing Education

Basic Computer Skills Course and Effective Internet Use

Computer Basics. No experience necessary.

Gain the skills and knowledge required to operate your computer and perform common tasks. Learn basic computer skills the smart way with Computer Basics training courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

This basic computer skills course will allow you to gain an understanding of the most popular, current technologies used at home and in the workplace. You will become computer literate in this hands-on course while you learn to access, create, save and manage documents, spreadsheets and emails and use the Internet effectively. We demystify terminology and impart best practice skills for productive and secure use of hardware and software. This course is great for adults with no previous computer experience.


This course will allow you to become familiar with computers and Microsoft Windows while learning basic computer, mouse and keyboard skills in a supportive classroom environment.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Appropriately start up and shut down their computer.
  2. Navigate the operating system and start applications.
  3. Perform basic functions of file management.
  4. Perform basic functions in a word processor and spreadsheet.
  5. Manage print settings and print documents.
  6. Receive and send emails.
  7. Use a web browser to navigate the Internet.


Hardware and Software

  • Understand the main components of a computer, including input and output devices
  • Understand the function of communication devices such as smartphones and tablets
  • Understand the role of Operating Systems, programs and apps


  • Turning on the computer and logging on
  • The Windows screen
  • Running programs from the Start Menu
  • Minimising, maximising, moving, resizing and closing windows
  • Logging off and shutting down your computer

Working with Programs

  • Running multiple programs
  • Desktop icons and creating a desktop shortcut
  • Managing programs from the taskbar
  • Closing programs

File Management

  • Managing Windows Explorer
  • Creating, moving, renaming and deleting folders and files
  • Understanding file extensions
  • Viewing storage devices and network connections
  • Managing USB flash drives

Word Processing

  • Creating documents in Microsoft Word
  • Typing text, numbers and dates into a document
  • Easy formatting
  • Checking the spelling in your document
  • Making and saving changes to your document


  • Understanding spreadsheet functionality
  • Creating spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel
  • Typing text numbers and dates into a worksheet
  • Easy formulas
  • Easy formatting
  • Charting your data
  • Making and saving changes to your workbook
  • Printing a worksheet


  • Print preview
  • Print settings
  • Managing the print queue

Using Email

  • The Outlook mail screen elements
  • Composing and sending an email message
  • Managing the Inbox

Accessing the Internet

  • Going to a specific website and bookmarking
  • Understanding how to search/Google effectively
  • Copy and paste Internet content into your documents and emails
  • Stopping and refreshing pages
  • Demystifying the Cloud
  • Understanding social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Computer security best practices

Intended Audience

This basic computer skills course is designed for adult users who have little or no understanding, knowledge of, or experience in using a computer and would like the opportunity to learn with others in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Delivery Style

This course is presented as practical, instructor-led computer-based training. You will have dedicated access to a computer, so you can follow instructor training and work through in-class activities.


Course notes and handouts will be supplied.

Additional Information

Please bring a USB flash drive to class if you would like to make a copy of your work or any relevant class materials. Alternatively, you can save these to a cloud storage space or email them to your personal email address.


  • $50 repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Dedicated computer for every student
  • Small class size
  • Student notes – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • The tutor is so great. Actually fun to learn with and at a perfect pace.

  • Very happy with how much was taught in one lesson. All the basics were covered in the course.

  • The tutor was excellent and was very patient with the slower members in the class, but kept it moving well. Also had amazing knowledge and imparted it clearly and even with a side of humour!

  • The tutor was fantastic – very patient and very helpful. Enjoyed the class as every step was explained so it was easy to follow, and no problem to get help if you needed it.

  • Excellent Tutor. Well presented class, so helpful and nothing was a problem – and all carried out with a great relaxed fun sense of humour. Keep up the good work.

  • The instructor was excellent, keeping the class entertained, motivated and was extremely approachable if needed. I would certainly attend another class in the future if I needed to enhance my computer skills.

  • The tutor was very informative and knowledgeable in this class. I enjoyed this course very much and it gave me a wide view of computer software and programs including excel, word, outlook, cloud, etc.

  • Loved the way the tutor presented the course – I am 63 and have never done any formal computer learning. All my knowledge is from my children so I have had big gaps e.g. copy and paste, etc. - wherein my children will say ‘Let me do it’... so I don’t learn. Will definitely be enrolling for further courses.

  • We had an awesome tutor – both engaging and patient. He made everything make sense and his enthusiasm was infectious.

  • I really enjoyed the tutor’s teaching method and they ignited some enthusiasm in me, which means that I’ll be back!

Basic Computer Skills Course and Effective Internet Use

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What others say.

  • The option of doing the course again within a 6 month period at no expense to the student is a big plus.
  • Enjoyed the course. The tutor was very informative and explained things in a way that were easily understandable. Will practice what I've learnt and book for my next course. Thank you.
  • I found the course content excellent, the tutor well prepared, supremely patient and bringing a pleasant sense of humor to a heavily packed program. I will definitely undertake further courses and have already begun recommending the course and CCE to others for their consideration. Thank you for an excellent day!