Computing & Multimedia

European Computer Driving Licence

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  • Principal Areas of Study
  • Assessment & Award
  • Career/Academic Progression
  • Tutor Profile/Timetable

The New European Computer Driving Licence is the internationally recognised qualification that enables learners to demonstrate their competence in computer skills.  Designed specifically for those who wish to gain a benchmark qualification in computing using the most up to date Microsoft applications The course will enable learners to become more efficient and confident in their current job, develop their IT skills, and enhance their career prospects. 

Module Units
ECDL Computer Essentials

This module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to the use of devices, file creation and management, networks and data security.

ECDL Online Essentials
This module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to web browsing, effective information search, online communication and e-mail.

ECDL Word Processing
This Word Processing course provides the basis for the practice-based test in this module.  Word Processing requires the learner to demonstrate the ability to use a word processing application to create everyday letters and documents.

ECDL Spreadsheets
The Spreadsheet course provides the basis for the practice-based test in this module.   Spreadsheets requires the learner to understand the concept of spreadsheets and to demonstrate an ability to use a spreadsheet to produce accurate work.

Using Database
Using Database requires the learner to understand the concept of a database and demonstrate competence in using this application.

Presentation
The Presentation course provides the basis for the practice-based test in this module.  Presentation requires the learner to demonstrate competence in using presentation software.

IT Security
This module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to the ability to understand the main concepts underlying the secure use of ICT in daily life and to use relevant techniques and applications to maintain a secure network connection, use the Internet safely and securely, and manage data and information appropriately.

The requirement for the ECDL is a basic working knowledge of computers.

The aim of the ECDL European Computer Driving Licence Course is to:

  • Raise the level of competency in IT and computer skills
  • Improve productivity at home and work
  • Provide a worldwide recognised qualification and a viable career path
  • Provide European Computer Driving Licence benefits to employers in its precise definition of a job applicant's or employee's skills set.

The NEW ECDL-European Compute Driving Licence will enable learners to gain the skills, knowledge and competence to perform effectively in a business environment.  It is the starting point for a career in IT and will allow those who successfully complete the course to advance their academic studies using the computer applications or for personal use. 

All 7 Modules must be completed to gain this valuable qualificaton.

ECDL Computer Essentials

  • Understand key concepts relating to ICT, computers, devices and software.
  • Start up and shut down a computer.
  • Work effectively on the computer desktop using icons, windows.
  • Adjust the main operating system settings and use built-in help features.
  • Create a simple document and print an output.
  • Know about the main concepts of file management and be able to efficiently organise files and folders.
  • Understand key storage concepts and use utility software to compress and extract large files.
  • Understand network concepts and connection options and be able to connect to a network.
  • Understand the importance of protecting data and devices from malware and of backing up data.
  • Recognise considerations relating to green IT, accessibility and user health.

ECDL Online Essentials

  • Understand web browsing and online security concepts.
  • Use the web browser and manage browser settings, bookmarks, web outputs.
  • Search effectively for online information and critically evaluate web content.
  • Understand key copyright and data protection issues.
  • Understand concepts of online communities, communications and e-mail.
  • Send, receive e-mails and manage e-mail settings.
  • Organise and search e-mails and use calendars

ECDL Word Processing

  • Work with documents and save them in different file formats.
  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function to enhance productivity.
  • Create and edit small-sized word processing documents that will be ready to share and distribute.
  • Apply different formats to documents to enhance them before distribution and recognize good practice in choosing the appropriate formatting options.
  • Insert tables, images and drawn objects into documents.
  • Prepare documents for mail merge operations.
  • Adjust document page settings and check and correct spelling before finally printing documents.

ECDL Spreadsheets

  • Work with spreadsheets and save them in different file formats.
  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function within the application to enhance productivity.
  • Enter data into cells and use good practice in creating lists. Select, sort and copy, move and delete data.
  • Edit rows and columns in a worksheet. Copy, move, delete and appropriately rename worksheets.
  • Create mathematical and logical formulas using standard spreadsheet functions.
  • Use good practice in formula creation and recognize error values in formulas.
  • Format numbers and text content in a spreadsheet.
  • Choose, create and format charts to communicate information meaningfully.
  • Adjust spreadsheet page settings and check and correct spreadsheet content before finally printing spreadsheets.
  • The following is the Syllabus for Using Databases, which is the basis for the theory and practice-based test in this module.

Using Database

  • Understand what a database is and how it is organized and operated.
  • Create a simple database and view the database content in various modes.
  • Create a table, define and modify fields and their properties; enter and edit data in a table.
  • Sort and filter a table or form; create, modify and run queries to retrieve specific information from a database.
  • Understand what a form is and create a form to enter, modify and delete records and data in records.
  • Create routine reports and prepare outputs ready for distribution.

Presentation

  • Work with presentations and save them in different file formats.
  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function within the application to enhance productivity.
  • Understand different presentation views and when to use them, choose different slide layouts and designs.
  • Enter, edit and format text in presentations.
  • Recognize good practise in applying unique titles to slides.
  • Choose, create and format charts to communicate information meaningfully.
  • Insert and edit pictures, images and drawn objects.
  • Apply animation and transition effects to presentations and check and correct presentation content before finally printing and giving presentations.

IT Security

  • Understand the key concepts relating to the importance of secure information and data, physical security, privacy and identity theft.
  • Protect a computer, device or network from malware and unauthorised access.
  • Understand the types of networks, connection types and network specific issues including firewalls.
  • Browse the World Wide Web and communicate on the Internet securely.
  • Understand security issues related to communications including e-mail and instant messaging.
  • Back up and restore data appropriately and safely and securely dispose of data.
  • This module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to the ability to understand the main concepts underlying the secure use of ICT in daily life and to use relevant techniques and applications to maintain a secure network connection.
  • Use the Internet safely and securely, and manage data and information appropriately.

New ECDL 

Assessment
Learners take the examinations online at the end of each module.  These exams are taken at our online examination centre in Dorset College.  The ECDL Award is available to learners who pass all 7 Modules.

Awards   
NEW ECDL-European Computer Driving Licence 

ECDL Profile Awards 
Learners are eligible to receive an ECDL Profile record of the modules they have attained once they have passed one or more New ECDL modules. 

NOTE: All certificates list the individual modules passed.

This New ECDL course provides the skills, knowledge and competence to use the computer applications efficiently and presents the opportunity to pursue a range of Job opportuniteis.  It will provide a clearly defined career path with excellent professional and academic opportunities.

The Benefits of this Valuable Qualification

  • Achieving the New ECDL Qualification provides a valuable starting point to a career in IT
  • Those who gain this qualification will have the opportunity to progress to other professional career focused programmes
  • It will enable learners to gain new skills, knowledge and competence to enhance their Job opportunities.   
  • It is also ideal for those who require the skills for academic purposes or for personal reasons.  

Progression Opportunites include:

CompTIA A+ / IT Essentials 7 (Computer Maintenance)
CISCO-CCNA Computer Network Associate
MCSA-Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate
Computing and Multimedia 
Blended & E-Learning Programmes

Business, Management & Law
Healthcare & Childcare Education

Michael Kearney MSc, HDip, TDip, specialises in computer applications training and course design and holds an MSc in Learning technologies, HDip in eLearning and the EDI/JEB Teaching Diploma in Education Principles Practice and ICT skills.

Michael has gained many years practical experience in both the public and private sectors having worked in the Irish Defence Forces communications school for thirty-one years and many private schools and colleges for twenty-five years; and in the last three years has been a member of the Computing and IT department at Dorset College and has lectured on a part-time basis on both the Bachelor of Business (NFQ Level 6) and ECDL programmes.

Other professional interests include the use of Learning Management System Moodle to enhance learning experiences and developing advanced computer application courses.

Timetable: ECDL - European Computer Driving Licence

Day Date Time
Saturday 11/10/2014 10.00 - 15.30
Saturday 18/10/2014 10.00 - 15.30
Saturday 25/10/2014 - Bank Holiday/No Class 10.00 - 15.30
Saturday 01/11/2014 10.00 - 15.30
Saturday 08/11/2014 10.00 - 15.30
Saturday 15/11/2014 10.00 - 15.30
Saturday 22/11/2014 10.00 - 15.30
Saturday 29/11/2014 10.00 - 15.30
Saturday 06/12/2014 10.00 - 15.30
Saturday 13/12/2014 10.00 - 15.30
Saturday 10/01/2015 10.00 - 15.30
Saturday 17/01/2015 10.00 - 15.30
Saturday 24/01/2015 10.00 - 15.30

This timetable may be subject to change.

Start Dates: Saturday from 11/10/2014 to 24/01/2015
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