ECDL – European Computer Driving Licence

Virtually everyone working in a modern office is required to be proficient in computers and IT skills. This course offers participants the opportunity to develop the range and standard of computer and IT skills needed to work in an office environment. Applicants are required to have good basic computer skills or have completed a basic computer skills course. Course contents include keyboard skills, concepts of IT, managing files, software applications, office organisation and practice, career planning and job seeking skills, and in-company training.

  • Induction – The planned outcomes and conditions attached to attendance on the course; good safety, health and hygiene practices; the basic principles involved in environmental issues; and the meaning of equal opportunities.
  • Basic Keyboard Skills – Use a computer keyboard to accurately copy printed text at a speed of 15 words per minute, proof read the documents, make corrections to the documents and print the documents.
  • Concepts of Information & Communication Technology ECDL
    Describe the main concepts of information and communication technology (ICT) at a general level. Demonstrate knowledge of the different parts of a computer system.
  • Using the Computer and Managing Files ECDL – Identify and demonstrate competence in running and managing the main features of a computer; manage and organise files, directories and folders; adjust main settings; use the Help function; search for, move, copy and compress files; run anti-virus software; and install a printer and change the default printer etc.
  • Word Processing ECDL – Demonstrate the ability to use a word processing application to create everyday letters and documents; format documents; insert symbols, tables and objects; use the mail merge function; prepare documents for printing, including inserting headers and footers and adjusting page margins and breaks; and use the spellcheck function etc.

 

  • Spreadsheets ECDL – Create spreadsheets; enter, edit, format and sort data in cells; manage worksheets; select and modify rows and columns; work with formulas and functions; insert charts, headers and footers; and prepare outputs etc.
  • Using Databases ECDL – Describe the concept of databases; create, edit and delete data in simple databases; create, define and modify fields and forms; retrieve information using queries and forms; and generate and print routine reports etc.
  • Presentation Software ECDL – Create, view and enhance slides within presentations; use different slide layouts and designs; enter, edit and format text; insert and edit charts; insert and edit pictures, images and objects; apply animation and transition effects to presentations; and print and present the presentations
  • Web Browsing and Communication ECDL – Search for information on the internet; fill in and submit web-based forms; save web pages; download and save web based files; copy and paste web content into documents; outline the advantages and disadvantages of e-mail; create, send and receive e-mail; apply rules of network etiquette and security when using email etc.
  • Career planning and job seeking skills – Plan and achieve realistic employment goals.
  • In Company – Work independently, while under general supervision, in an organisation or specific vocational context related to information technology and carry out vocationally related information technology tasks over a period of time.

A combination of training methods is used to deliver this course. These include instructions, presentations, demonstrations, lectures, tutorials, supervised practice, discussion groups, and giving and receiving feedback. Participants are required to actively participate in the learning process and to engage in course work outside of normal course hours. They must complete a number of exercises and assignments throughout the course and keep up-to-date records of their progress. A number of methods are used to assess the participants’ progress and for certification purposes. These include assignments, portfolios, and theory and practical assessments.

  • Have a genuine interest in learning computer and ICT skills.
  • Reached the statutory school leaving age.
  • No formal educational qualification required.
  • Good numerical and literacy skills are essential.
  • Good written and verbal communications skills are desirable.
  • Must have good basic computer skills or have completed a basic computer skills course.

Most office jobs and a high proportion of non-office jobs require computer and information technology skills. These occupations include payroll clerk, bookkeeper, secretary, administrator, insurance clerk, computer operator, call centre operator, receptionist, office supervisor, manager, analyst, accountant, planner, auditor, librarian, archivist, switchboard operator, engineer, technician, quantity surveyor, CAD technician and sale representative etc. The above list is not exhaustive and it is growing all the time.