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Computers and Information Technology (IT)

PRACE runs a number of computer and information technology courses for beginners and more advanced students. We also have courses in social media and bookkeeping.  Please see our current course information below.



Course Code N/A
Entry Requirements ‘Computer Essentials’ program or equivalent.
Course
Description:
This program will extend skills and confidence In Microsoft 2016 level 2 programs for personal, work and study purposes running on Windows 10 operating system.

The course will cover:

*An extension to Level 1 MS Word 2016

Topics include:
-formatting techniques,
-header and footer techniques,
-mail merge,
-table features and
-enhancing pictures

*Extension to Level 1 MS PowerPoint 2016

Topics include:
-themes,
-slide masters,
-tables,
-media and actions buttons,
-animations and transitions,
-saving and sharing presentations

*Extension to Level 1 MS Excel 2016

Topics include:
-worksheet techniques,
-filling data,
-essential functions,
-complex formulas,
-number formatting techniques

Note: this course uses PC-compatible computers

Pathway: Potential to use skills for work / volunteer opportunities or pathway into accredited study (eg Certificate I / II in Information, Digital Media and Technology).
Location Merrilands Community Centre
Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a classroom/computer lab
Days Monday and Wednesday
Time Monday: 9.00am -12.00pm

Wednesday: 12.30pm -3.30pm

Dates 10 September – 12 December, 2018

(No classes during school or public holidays)

Duration 24 sessions
Cost Concession: $50

Full Fee: $77

Fee for Service: $669

+ Service & Amenities  Fee

Additional Cost: 3 Workbooks $66

Enrolment At PRACE Office ph. 9462 6077
Contact Tea & coffee provided.  BYO snacks.

Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.


Course Code N/A
Entry Requirements ‘Introduction to Computers’  program or equivalent.
Course
Description:
This program will build skill and confidence in the use of essential Microsoft 2010 programs for personal, work and study  purposes running on Windows 7 operating system.

The course will cover:

  • An extension to basic word processing
  • Introduction to MS PowerPoint 2010
  • Introduction to MS Excel 2010

# program focuses on PC compatible computers

Pathway: Potential to use skills for work / volunteer opportunities or pathway into accredited study (e.g. Certificate I / II in Information, Digital Media and Technology).
Location Thomastown Library
Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a classroom/computer lab
Days Tuesday and Friday
Time

Tuesdays : 9:30 -12:30

Fridays : 12.00 -3.00pm

Dates 9 October – 11 December, 2018

(No class on Melbourne Cup Day – 6 November 2018)

Duration 18 sessions
Cost Concession: $50

Full: $66

Fee for Service: $575

+ Service & Amenities Fee

Additional Cost: 3 Workbooks $66

Enrolment At PRACE Office ph. 9462 6077
Amenities Tea & coffee provided. BYO snacks.

Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.


Course Code N/A
Entry Requirements Literacy and numeracy required
Course
Description:
Are you wanting to gain knowledge about online marketing?  This program will cover basic skills to use Social Media platforms as a marketing and promotional tool.

Content will include:

  • Identifying Social Media Apps
  • Setting up Social Media Profiles
  • Understanding the difference between personal and business Social Media accounts
  • Uploading photos
  • Sharing and commenting on Facebook posts
  • Scheduling posts
  • Managing an online profile

Please note: Participants will need to provide their own device

Pathway: Volunteer roles, work or further study within the community sector.  Accredited pathways  include Certificate I / II in Information, Digital Media and Technology, Business and Marketing courses
Location Thomastown Neighbourhood House
Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a classroom/computer lab
Days Thursday
Dates&Times: 8 October—29 October 2018

10am –2pm

Duration 4 weeks
Cost FREE
Enrolment At PRACE Office ph. 9462 6077
Amenities Tea & coffee provided. BYO snacks.

Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.


Course Code N/A
Entry Requirements Sound computer skills. Basic understanding of bookkeeping an advantage.
Course
Description:
A short course for those who want to learn to perform basic bookkeeping procedures and how to use a computer-based accounting system (MYOB).

Content will cover:

    • customising a company file
    • processing sales / purchases
    • processing cash transactions
    • generating reports
    • preparing bank reconciliations
    • generating a BAS (Business Activity Statement)

Note: program focuses on PC compatible machines

Pathway: Work / volunteering or home-based businesses requiring basic bookkeeping / MYOB skills.

Further study: qualifications within the Financial and Business Services Training Packages.

Location Merrilands Community Centre
Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a classroom / computer lab.
Days Thursdays
Time 12.30– 3.00 pm
Dates 19 July — 15 November, 2018

(no classes public and school holidays)

Duration 16 sessions
Cost Concession & Full: $43,

Fee for Service: $371

+ Service & Amenities Fee

Additional cost: workbook (price $29)

Enrolment At PRACE Office
Contact Tea & coffee provided. BYO snacks.


Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.


Course Code N/A
Entry Requirements None
Course
Description:
This beginners’ course will give you the confidence to perform a range of basic tasks on a computer.

The course will cover:

· Using computer hardware

· Understanding software types

· Using basic Windows 10 commands

· Using Microsoft Word 2016 (entering data, formatting, saving & filing)

· Introduction to internet and email

# Note: program focuses on PC compatible  machines

Pathway: Certificate I / II in Information, Digital Media and Technology.

Work or volunteer opportunities requiring basic computer skills.

Location Merrilands Community Centre
Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a classroom/computer lab
Days Monday and Wednesday
Time Mon 12:30-3:00pm

Wed 9.30am—12.00pm

Dates Monday 23 July—Wednesday 12 September, 2018
Duration 16 sessions
Cost Concession & Full: $50,

Fee for Service: $437

+ Service & Amenities  Fee

Enrolment At PRACE Office ph. 9462 6077
Contact Tea & coffee provided.  BYO snacks.

Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.

Testimonials:

” I have been a ‘stay-at-home’ mum for ten years but my last child is ready to start school next year so I thought it was time for me to update my skills and experience so that I could apply for work. At first I was nervous about going back into a learning environment – I felt uneducated and without skills. But after meeting the other learners I found out that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way and the teachers were very friendly and supportive. I am now completing my second computer course and have advanced on to learning PowerPoint and Excel. I also did a short course in AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language). All of this training will help when I start my Certificate III in Education Support later this year.”

Sonia – Powerpoint & Excel


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