In line with the NUST vision and in response to market demand for entrepreneurship skills, the DSL course has been crafted and adopted in order to widen and deepen access to IT education and training. Focus is to enhance capacity as well as strengthen entrepreneurship skills to use the digital applications in business and other life-work situations. Upon completion of the DSL course, candidates shall be awarded the NUST Certificate: either of Proficiency, or Completion, or Attendance.
Module 1: I.T Concepts
A great deal of jargon is used when talking about computers, and it is surprising how often these terms are used incorrectly. This module describes what a computer is, defines its roles and explains common computer terminology you may come across or may need to employ when working with computers such as hardware, software and internet. It also deliberates on health and legal issues associated with the use of computers.
Module 2: Desktop Essentials and File Management
Organizations and individuals use Computers to conduct business transactions quickly and efficiently. This is why acquiring digital skills has become a key component of the workplace. In this module, you will learn how to perform basic computing operations such as switching on, securely logging on and shutting down the computer. You will also learn how to customize the desktop, use a text editor and how to organize computer files.
Module 3: Word Processing
A word processor is a specialized program that allows you to change the look and feel of a text document. It includes tools that help you to create documents by inserting pictures, charts, tables, and other objects. A word processor program also helps you create a variety of business and personal documents such as reports, resume`s, and letters. In this module, you will learn how to perform basic tasks using a word processor and how to work with text, tables, and pictures in a document.
Module 4: Spreadsheets
An electronic spreadsheet allows you to store and organize data and also perform numeric calculations. This makes your work easier because there is no need to perform calculations manually or with a calculator. Furthermore, data modifications are then done automatically. In this module, you will learn about the components of a spreadsheet and how to store data in it. You will also learn to perform basic mathematical tasks like creating charts and graphs in a spreadsheet.
Module 5: Databases
A database allows you to store information in an organized form so that you can easily retrieve and update it when required. You can use a database management program to efficiently create and manage a database. It helps you add, delete, view and modify the data stored in a database. In this module, you will learn how to create and use a database and about the basic tasks that you can perform by using a database program. You will also learn how to use queries to retrieve information from and database and how to generate a variety of reports
Module 6: Presentations
A presentation program helps you create dynamic, professional presentations. They allow you to incorporate a variety of media such as text, graphics, charts, and video into a single presentation. You can make printed copies of selected portions of your presentation and distribute it to the audience. In this module, you will learn about the basic elements of a presentation program, how to create a presentation, and add graphics and multimedia to a presentation.
Module 7: Internet and Cloud Services
The Internet can connect you to people, information, and resources around the world. In this module, you will learn how to browse pages on the internet, use search engines and send emails. You will also learn how to use other communication technologies such as instant messages and video calling.
Module 8: Computer Security and Privacy
When our computer systems are not adequately protected, they may be compromised and this is known as a security breach. The consequences of an information breach in particular can be severe. For businesses, a breach usually entails huge financial penalties, expensive law suits, or loss of business and reputation. For individuals, a breach can lead to identity theft and damage to financial history or credit rating. Recovering from information breaches can take years and the costs can be huge. In this module, we will identify common threats to computer systems and suggest measures to mitigate those threats.
Module 9: Digital Lifestyles
Digital Skills would not be complete without a comprehensive knowledge and appreciation of portable digital devices. The devices have become the centre of lifestyles. Already, the typical smartphone user is installing hundreds of applications (Apps) to customize their device, stuffing it with personal data. These Apps store to-do lists, daily calendars, emails, financial transactions, health information and entertainment libraries of books, movies and music. In this module, you will be introduced to the general features and content of these digital devices such as digital photography, digital audio and digital video.