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Introduction to Computing

Gain confidence in using a computer in the UCOL free Introduction to Computing course.

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Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui

Duration: Flexible days and times to complete 80 hours of learning.

Semester 2, 2024:

Palmerston North
Mon, 9am–12pm & 5pm-7pm
Tue, 9am–12pm & 5pm-7pm
Wed, 9am–12pm
Thur, 9am–12pm
Fri, 9am–12pm

Mon & Tue, 9am-11am & 5pm-7pm

Domestic Fees: *
Nil fees

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Begin your learning experience with this Introduction to Computing course - 80 hours of free learning at your own pace in a facilitated environment. It's free and it's easy.

You choose the hours you wish to study and the facilitators are there to assist you when you need it.

Learn, update or refresh the essential computer skills needed to get connected, take on tertiary study, or get ahead in your job.

 Career & Study Outcomes

At the completion of this course you can elect to enrol into one of the 40 hour related programmes below.

 Course Information

This course covers:

The basics of using a computer

  • How to turn the computer on
  • How to sign in or log inHow to use a mouse and keyboardWhere and how to start programmes, apps and applications
  • How to move around and between programmes and apps on a Windows desktop
  • File management
  • Word, Internet Explorer, email, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher
  • Printing

Internet Explorer

  • Understand the Internet and its origins
  • Learn Internet related terms such as browsers, hyperlinks, search engines, URLs
  • Basic search techniques
  • Social media 


  • Sending and receiving messages
  • Sending attachments
  • Setting up email accounts
  • Auto signature
  • Message options

Previous Related Programmes

UCOL's Introduction to Computing was formerly known as Free and Easy.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Open entry. No previous academic qualifications needed.


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.