Why Choose this Course?

A solid foundation for a career in I.T., this course focuses on developing awareness of industry, knowledge of valuable skills and a capacity to adapt to change in order to remain abreast of what is a rapidly changing discipline. This course does not require any previous IT experience as it takes you right from the basics to a higher level.


Career Opportunities

You can work as an IT Officer, Technical support officer, IT Help desk Officer or a IT Administrator

How to Become an I.T. Professional

Learn about IT by External Studies, through a self paced online study course.


To obtain this qualification you need to complete all assignments and pass exams in 14 modules. In addition you need to provide proof of attendance at 100 hours of industry meetings such as professional association committee meetings, seminars, conferences or trade shows.


Compulsory Modules

You must complete the following ten modules (Brief outlines of some are to be found below, or more detailed descriptions at http://www.thecareersguide.com/Courses.aspx?subcatid=44

  • Computer Studies I
  • Computer Studies II
  • Computer Servicing I
  • Computer Servicing II
  • SQL Databases
  • HTML
  • Visual Basic.Net
  • ASP.Net
  • Photoshop


Elective Modules

Choose six of the following modules. Note: These may be chosen after you have enrolled, and if you wish after some of the compulsory modules have been completed.

  • Javascript
  • Networking
  • Computer Servicing III
  • Graphics
  • Internet Security
  • Internet Marketing
  • Digital Photography
  • E commerce
  • Publishing I
  • Publishing II
  • Editing I
  • Editing II
  • Marketing Foundations
  • Advertising and Promotions


Computer Operations

· Introduction to Personal Computers

· Types of Systems

· Peripherals

· Software

· Using DOS

· Troubleshooting

· Industry Applications

· The Future of Computers

· Hardware Components

· Peripherals

· Operating Systems

· Files and Folders

· Office Applications

· Windows Accessories Programs

· Disk Management

· Installation of software

· Trouble shooting

· Microsoft Word

· Microsoft Excel

· Microsoft Access

· Microsoft Powerpoint


Computer Servicing I, II & III

· The Computer Workshop.

· Computer and Workshop safety

· Hardware Components

· Different Systems & Basic Dissasembly.

· System Assembly.

· Peripherals.

· Installation of software.

· Computer Maintenance.

· Troubleshooting.

· Introduction to Hardware Components

· Basic Diagnostic Equipment

· Electric Circuits & Fault Analysis

· Problem Solving & Fault Analysis

· Diagnostic Testing A

· Diagnostic Testing B

· Software Maintenance & Troubleshooting

· Disk Drives & CD-ROM

· Video & Audio Systems

· Developing A Maintenance Program

· Using Tools & Equipment.

· Electronics

· CPU Problems

· Repairing Circuit Boards & Installing Hardware Components

· Printer Problems

· Other Peripherals

· Networks

· Deciding On A Course Of Action


Writing a Web Site (HTML)

· Introduction to the Internet and HTML

· The most important HTML Tags

· Simplification through HTML Construction Software

· Creating Links

· Loading a Site onto the Internet

· Adding Graphics

· Designing a Web Site that Works

· Advanced Features



This module will expand on website database development techniques and more using Microsofts ASP.NET technology.


Visual Basic.Net

· Introduction To Visual Basic

· Code Theory (Part 1)

· Code Theory (Part 2)

· Objects (Part 1)

· Objects (Part 2)

· Application Design

Digital Photography

· Introduction To Digital Technology How images are captured and stored, categories of equipment & software, scope of applications

· Equipment

· Digital Technology - Colour, resolution, sensors

· Digital Cameras

· Taking Photographs

· Scanners

· Uploading Images

· The Digital Darkroom

· Compositing & Imaging - Production & manipulation of images

· Special Effects

· Outputs & Applications- Printers, The Internet



· Introduction – what is e-commerce (more than the internet)

· Success and failure – what makes the difference

· Promotional strategies – are different on the internet

· Optimizing web site potential

· Increasing web site exposure

· Automating supply of goods, services and cash flow

· Managing constant change

· Dealing with e-commerce problems


Publishing I

· Nature and Scope of the Publishing world

· Desktop Publishing A

· Desktop Publishing B

· Illustration: Graphics

· Illustration: Photography

· Research Skills : Market Research, researching an article, etc

· Marketing of Publications

· Ethics & the law in publishing

· Developing a publishing project


Research Project I

The Research Project involves some theoretical studies followed by designing, conducting and writing up research on a relevant topic. Selection of the topic, and progress in this project is monitored and guided by a tutor.

Industry Meetings (100 hours)

Industry Meetings involves attendance at committee meetings, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, or any other events that are relevant. The student needs to submit documentary proof of attendance (eg. references, testimonials, receipts etc)

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