What are computing skills?
Computing skills are the ability to use technology to achieve your desired outcome. Basic computing skills required at university level include accessing your Griffith accounts, printing lecture notes, saving files to a variety of places and writing and submitting assignments online.
Why do you need computing skills?
Having computing skills helps allows you to focus on your discipline content and not 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.
Online IT Training (LearningFast) provides Griffith staff and students access to training 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may obtain an ICT Benchmark Certificate from LearningFast. The ICT Skills Benchmark will enable you to certify your computer skills by testing your knowledge in eight core competencies including Information Technology Concepts, The functions of a Personal Computer, The Internet and Networks, Searching the Internet Effectively, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations and Drawings; and Databases/Filing Systems.
Microsoft eLearning is also available for staff training.
Alison Digital Literacy is another option providing free online computer training lessons and IT courses. Whether you are new to computing or have some experience, this curriculum will help you 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 menu then Getting Started to discover and learn about this operating system.
Click on the link below to review a list of computing skills and find out which skills you need assistance with. At the end of the list you have some guidance on which 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
Griffith provides computers and server storage for student use.
Contribution to Griffith Graduate Attributes
- Skilled in their discipline
- Innovative and creative
- Community engaged
- Inter-culturally effective
Find a workshop
Free computing skills workshops:
Need further assistance?
Consult with an ICT Literacy Specialist.
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.