Basic computer skills

To study an online course at Blekinge Institute of Technology you need access to Internet and to a computer. It doesn´t matter whether the computer and Internet access are your own, or whether you have access via l learning centre. ( Check the exact requirements for your particular course.) Without free access to a computer and to the internet it may be quite complicated to carry out web based studies. You should in such case contact a local learning centre or library (but remember that different libraries and learning centres have different resources, both technical and for technical support).

 

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In order to participate in a course you will need basic computer skills, and at Blekinge Institute of Technology those skills comprise:

Email competency

  • You should be able to send, receive and erase messages, as well as attach files to an email.
  • We recommend that you check your email regularly and make sure that your email account doesn´t overfill.When the email account is full, you will no longer be able to receive any messages, which means that you could miss important information on your course
  • You will automatically be assigned an email address by Blekinge Institute of Technology, to which all information will be sent. If you have a different email address which you would prefer to use, then change your particulars via the student portal.
    Link to Student Portal

 

Use a Browser / Internet Access

  • You should know what a browser is, and be able to use one to the extent of knowing how and where to type in web addresses and scroll the pages of a website forwards and backwards.
  • You should also know something of how a search engine (eg., Google) works, and how to access information. The "Quick Search Guide" is a useful aid to brushing up your information retrieval skills
    Länk till Quick Search Guide

 

Word Processor Skills

  • You should be able to use word processing software (eg Word) to write texts, reports and other written documentation. It is of no consequence which type of word processor you use, as long as you can convert your text document to the file format .doc.

 

File Management

  • You should be able to save and open files on your computer. You should also be able to organize your files by creating a folder structure for them.
  • Ensure that your files are virus free. There are virus programs available free of charge on the Internet. Amongst other places, you will find free software at link to www.download.com.

In addition to the above, we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the learning platform (at present, It´s Learning) as soon as possible.

Some courses may have further requirements, so be sure to contact the instructor in charge of your particular course for further information. Remember that although there is often technical support, basic computer skills are the responsibility of the student alone.

Computer Administration Rights

Over and above basic computer competency you will find it useful to have administrative rights on the computer you work on, to be able to install the software necessary for your course. These rights are normally obtainable via Internet or CD. You may, for example, need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader (in order to read pdf-files), Java-motor etc.. You will be provided with information on the necessary software at the start of the course. If you use a computer at work, you may not have administration rights to the computer, in which case you will need the help of your IT department or similar. Naturally it will make your study situation more difficult if you are not in complete control. There are not normally any such restrictions on a privately owned computer.

 

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