


This Unit could be skipped if students have enough practical experience with computers coming from primary education.
Objective
Students should be able to use the main functions of the systems software environment and to utilise its features in relation to the main applications software being used. They should be able to show competence in using a computer to generate simple things such as posters, banners, signs, invitations cards, calendars and drawings.
Subobjectives
Students should be able to:
Context
This unit is aimed at teaching students how to use a computer system (on a needtoknow basis) so that they can use the system competently to achieve their tasks. These first experiences in using a computer should be fun and stimulating. Educational games, good computer supported learning packages and simple graphics software can give students a good introduction to using a computer for the first time.
Content
Students should know how to operate a computer system and its peripherals as well as the commands necessary to use the software to produce the required outcomes. They should also know the various steps and commands needed to perform a variety of tasks such as formatting a disk, copying a disk, making directories and subdirectories, harddisk management, unformatting, saving and renaming files. Where applicable, students should also be familiar with the appropriate functions of the local or wide area network available to them.
Teachers should give a meaningful and directed exercise so that students have a definite objective to aim for. If necessary, teachers may illustrate the functions of the various components of the computer in terms of input, processing, output and memory.
Resources
Minimum necessary resources:
Computer, system software;
Easytouse software for designing and making simple graphics;
Printer.
Optional extra resources:
Examples of various creations made with available software.
Links
All other AUnits.
Methodology
Studentcentred activities, handson activities;
on a guided basis for the system operation activities and on a creative, selfexploratory basis for the production activities.