|Computer Skills||Suggested Learning Activities|
|1. Basic Knowledge of Computers||
|2. Word Processing||
|3. Electric Communication
|b. Online Forms/Applications||
|d. E-Communication and Netiquette||
|e. Professional Use of Technology||
Computer Skills Self-Assessment
Student Name: Date:
|I can identify the basic parts of a computer system||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can properly start and shut down a computer system||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can start and close a computer program||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can describe some common uses of computers in society||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can use a mouse/pointing device||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can operate a printer (turn power on, put online/offline, load paper)||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can create a new word processing document||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can edit a document||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can save a document to the storage drive||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can print a document||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can retrieve a document||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can use tools such as spell check or thesaurus||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can search online||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can complete an online form||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can add to favourites/bookmark bar||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
|I can send and receive email, including attachments||Yes □ No/Not Sure □|
Note: This tool has been adapted from the “Generic topic outlines, computer studies: fundamental level, adult basic education: A guide to upgrading in British Columbia’s public post-secondary institutions” (2014), produced by the Post-Secondary Programs Branch, Ministry of Advanced Education, Province of British Columbia.
Download Computer Skills Self-Assessment [PDF].
Computer Resources List
If you answered No/Not Sure to one or more of the questions in the Computer Skills Self-Assessment, you can use the following strategies to help you to complete computer-related assignments throughout the HCA program.
Basic Computer Skills
Ask a friend or family member to demonstrate the basic skills of using a computer, including identifying its main parts, turning it on/off, starting and shutting down a computer program, and using a printer.
Microsoft Word Training
- Training for Microsoft 365, Word 2021, Word 2019 , and Word 2016, and Office.com:
- Microsoft Word. (2021). Word for Windows Training. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/word-for-windows-training-7bcd85e6-2c3d-4c3c-a2a5-5ed8847eae73?wt.mc_id=otc_home
- Training for Word 2013:
- Microsoft Word. (2013). Word 2013 training videos. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/create-your-first-word-2013-document-abfe7d91-98e5-422f-9033-6df5f5998b0a
- For assignments using the internet, work with another student who understands how to complete an internet search.
- Access the following Google search tips:
If you do not have an email account, you can set one up by accessing one of the following:
*Basic tasks and functions of your email, including attaching files, will depend on your account.
Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Advanced Education. (2014). Adult basic education in British Columbia’s public post-secondary institutions: An articulation handbook.
Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Health. (2014). B.C. health care assistants core competency profile. https://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2014/HCA-Core-Competency-Profile_March2014.pdf
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Literacy and essential skills, skills definitions and complexity. http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/les/definitions/inde.g.,shtml