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Computing software support resources: Computing

Improve your computing skills for academic writing, presentations and data analysis. These pages include resources and links to help you develop the computing skills needed to complete your academic studies.

What are computing skills?

The ability to use technology to achieve a desired outcome is efficient and effective.  Basic computing skills required at university level include accessing your Griffith accounts, printing lecture notes, saving files to a variety of places and writing, formatting and submitting assignments online.

Why do you need computing skills?

Strong computing skills allow you to organise your timetables, collaborate with others and focus on your discipline content rather than on doing battle with the computer!

Enrolling, managing timetables, exploring course content, submitting assignments, accessing library resources, collaborating on the internet and reading email all require the use of a web browser. Most assignments require use of a word processor and possibly spreadsheet, database and presentation software as well. Collected research articles and assignments need to be stored, retrieved, often transferred between computers and backed up.

How to provides tutorials and videos to learn about computers. Basic topics include: Computer Basics, Mouse tutorial, Typing Tutorial, Email Basics, Internet Basics, Mac OS, Online Safety and Windows, along with some more advanced topics such as iPad Basics, iPhone Basics, Search Better, Tech Savvy Tips and Tricks, Digital Photography, Social Media, Using the Cloud, and more.

Alison Digital Literacy provides free online computer training lessons and IT courses. Whether you are new to computing or have some experience, this curriculum will help you to develop a fundamental understanding of computers.

The student computing webpage includes information about available software, using your own device, storing your files, discounts and training and support.

For those using Windows 7, help is available by clicking on the Start button on your computer, then click Getting Started to discover and learn about this operating system.  You can also access online resources here.

Click on the link below to review a list of computing skills and find out which skills you need assistance with, then scroll to the end of the document for guidance on what resources are available to help you develop these skills.

What's in the library?

Beginner's Guides can be found in any campus Library with call numbers beginning with QA76. There are a lot of other titles in this range, ask a librarian for help if you are having trouble finding the one you want.

Accessing computer software on campus

Griffith provides computers and server storage for student use.

Contribution to Griffith Graduate Attributes

Griffith University aims to prepare its graduates to be leaders in their fields. Learning basic computing skills offers a valuable connection to the Griffith Graduate attributes outlined below:

  • Skilled in their discipline
  • Collaborative
  • Innovative and creative
  • Community engaged
  • Inter-culturally effective

Find a workshop

Free computing skills workshops:

Finding more resources

There are many free videos and tutorials available on the web. Simply type "basic computing online tutorial" or "basic computing video" followed by your topic keywords in a search engine.