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Computer Basics


Computer Basics in Saskatoon (COAP 1822)

This course begins with the absolute basics. Join us for a fun and informal look at what computers can do for you. Topics include: introduction to computer terminology, the major components of a computer, an overview of popular software packages on the market, how to work in Windows and managing files, basic internet and email skills, as well as you will explore issues with regards to health, safety, security and the environment as they relate to your computer. Each session will include an opportunity for ‘hands-on’ learning experience.

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Computers for Beginners (COAP 1414)

Are you ready to take the plunge into the world of computers? This course is designed to familiarize the beginning computer user with basic knowledge of the operation of a computer system. Computer terminology will be covered and the Microsoft Office Package will be used to explore the use of a word processor and a spreadsheet. You will learn many practical uses for your computer. Students interested in this class should have very little or no previous computer experience.

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Keyboarding - Introductory (TYPG 1600)

Learn the lifelong skill of “touch keyboarding” (not looking at the keys) to increase your efficiency when entering alphabetic text. This course is ideal for beginners or people with rusty keyboarding skills. By the end of the course, you may achieve a touch keyboarding rate of 20–25 words per minute based on three or five minute timings and upon the amount of time that you practice.

Textbook will be loaned to student and must be returned at the end of course

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Keyboarding and Speed Building - Advanced (TYPG 1601)

You will review the skill of “touch keyboarding” while increasing your speed and improving your accuracy. You may achieve a touch keyboarding rate of 25 – 50 words per minute depending upon your previous skill level and the amount of time that you practice. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate stating your keyboarding speed in words per minute.

Textbook will be loaned to student and must be returned at the end of course

Prerequisites: Keyboarding - Introductory, or ability to “touch keyboard”


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PC Basics in Regina (COAP 1717)

This course will introduce you to basic computer concepts such as hardware and software, the Internet, sharing and storing photos and web email. You will learn how to download files and have fun playing computer games. We recommend that when you finish this course that you consider registering for Windows to learn more of your computer’s features. You will recieve a manual for your future reference.

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Social Media 101 (COAP 1863)

Want to find out what the buzz is about? Join us for a fun and interactive introduction to basic social media principles and technologies including Facebook, RSS readers, iTunesU and podcasts, Flickr and an introduction to blogging. Participants should have at least basic knowledge of using computers and comfort with using the Internet.

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Windows 7 (COAP 1697)

This course will help you to learn the many features of Windows 7 so you will be comfortable navigating and using your Mouse. The Windows file management system is covered along with other standard Windows Applications such as Adding and Removing programs. You will also learn the new AERO features in Windows 7 and have fun turning photos into movie clips using Moviemaker. Hands on exercises during class will allow you to practice these skills and the reference manual will help you to use these features when the workshop ends.

This class may be offered live on your personal computer if you have a webcam with a microphone, high speed internet and Windows 8. Call Rick Wagman at (306) 775-7450 for more information.

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Windows 8 (COAP 1697)

This class will help you transition from Windows 7 and teach you how to navigate the Windows 8 environment. Windows 8 is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7 and has been designed so you can use older Windows 7 applications. Windows 8 bridges some of the gaps between your laptop or desktop and a variety of mobile devices. Because of these design changes, you will notice a change between Windows 7 & 8. Your PC will come to life and you will be “cloud-connected” with Windows 8, including your Start page, themes, language preferences and browsing history. Connect to your favourite services like Hotmail, Messenger, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, SkyDrive, Flickr and others. Find out about great apps you can try before you buy.

This class may be offered live on your personal computer if you have a webcam with a microphone, high speed internet and Windows 8. Call Rick Wagman at (306) 775-7450 for more information.

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SIAST is Saskatchewan's primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training. A member of Polytechnics Canada, SIAST's programs range from certificates to degrees. The institution serves 26,000 distinct students through campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities.

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