This online course will enable students to apply essential knowledge and skills of computer hardware and software resources to progress to further study.
Cost2024$179 NZ Domestic$902 NZ International2025
Delivery typeOnline only
Teaching weeks 16 weeks
Workload Approximately 10 hours per week
Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying
On successful completion of this course learners will be able to:
- Assemble and disassemble standard computer hardware components.
- Install, configure, and use operating systems.
- Apply basic networking and security concepts to connect devices and access internet- based services.
- Communicate and plan effectively with consideration of ethical issues and legislation
Second computer requirement
You will need to have a second computer due to the practical requirement within this course, Technical IT Skills. This second computer is required for disassembling and reassembling throughout the course.
Requirements for the computer you will disassemble:
- It can’t be a laptop or an all-in-one PC. You will need to have a desktop or mini tower computer to disassemble.
- The computer can be old, but it must work. It can be a second-hand computer that you might be able to find at a second-hand shop or TradeMe.
- You will need to have everything you need for a functional computer, this includes items such as power supply cords and cables, as well as the keyboard and mouse.
- The computer will need to have an operating system that allows Windows 10 64bit to be installed.
Second computer specifications:
The PC that you will dismantle can be reasonably old, but it will need these minimum specifications:
- A dual core 2GHz CPU.
- 4GB of RAM.
- 60GB hard drive or SSD.
- A graphics card (may be integrated) that can run MS Windows 10 at least 1024x768 pixels.
- A network interface card (either integrated or a plug-in card).
- If you have no spare ethernet LAN ports on your internet router, you may need to purchase an ethernet switch to increase the number of ethernet ports available for your local network.
- An ethernet cable to connect your practice PC to your router/switch/wireless access point.
- An extra keyboard, mouse, and visual display unit.
- Power cables.
The following equipment which is used to guard against static damage to electronic components:
- Antistatic strap
- Antistatic work mat
- Antistatic floor covering
- Antistatic plastic bags.
If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.
Computer and internet requirements
To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.
You can do this course as part of these qualifications:
Course availability over the next 12 months