Course Code:02.07
Course Subject:Module 7 Web Browsing and Communication
Course Title:ECDL (5v0) Module 7 Web Browsing and Communication
Aims:The student shall demonstrate their competence in using the Internet and Email.
Introduction:On completion of the course, the student shall be able to understand some of the concepts and terms associated with using the Internet, and to appreciate some of the security considerations. The student shall also be able to accomplish common Web search tasks using a Web browsing application and available search engine tools. He or she shall be able to bookmark Web sites, and to print Web pages and search outputs. The student shall be able to navigate within and complete Web-based forms. In the second section, Communication, the student shall be able to understand some of the concepts of electronic mail (e-mail), together with having an appreciation of some of the security considerations associated with using e-mail. The student shall also demonstrate the ability to use e-mail software to send and receive messages, and to attach files to mail messages. The student shall be able to organize and manage message folders/directories within e-mail software.


The learner will be able to:

Assessment Criteria

The learner has achieved this objective because he/she can:

1. Use the Internet

  1. Understand what the Internet is.

  2. Understand what the World Wide Web (WWW) is.

  3. Define and understand the terms: Internet Service Provider (ISP), Uniform Resource Locator (URL), hyperlink.

  4. Understand the make-up and structure of a web address.

  5. Understand what a web browser is and name different web browsers.

  6. Know what a search engine is.

  7. Understand the term Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed. Understand the purpose of subscribing to an RSS feed.

  8. Understand the term podcast. Understand the purpose of subscribing to a podcast.

2. Understand Secuity Issues

  1. Know how to identify a secure web site: https, lock symbol.

  2. Know what a digital certificate for a web site is.

  3. Understand the term encryption.

  4. Know about security threats from web sites like: viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware. Understand the term malware.

  5. Understand that regularly updated anti-virus software helps to protect the computer against security threats.

  6. Understand that a firewall helps to protect the computer against intrusion.

  7. Know that networks should be secured by user names and passwords.

  8. Identify some risks associated with online activity like: unintentional disclosure of personal information, bullying or harassment, targeting of users by predators.

  9. Identify parental control options like: supervision, web browsing restrictions, computer games restrictions, computer usage time limits.

3. Use a Browser (Basic browsing)

  1. Open, close a web browsing application.

  2. Enter a URL in the address bar and go to the URL.

  3. Display a web page in a new window, tab.

  4. Stop a web page from downloading.

  5. Refresh a web page.

  6. Use available Help functions.

4. Manage Browser Settings

  1. Set the web browser Home Page/Startpage.

  2. Delete part, all browsing history.

  3. Allow, block pop-ups.

  4. Allow, block cookies.

  5. Delete cache/temporary Internet files.

  6. Display, hide built-in toolbars.

5. Navigate with a Browser

  1. Activate a hyperlink.

  2. Navigate backwards and forwards between previously visited web pages.

  3. Navigate to the Home page.

  4. Display previously visited URLs using the browser address bar, history.

6. Manage Bookmarks

  1. Bookmark a web page. Delete a bookmark.

  2. Display a bookmarked web page.

  3. Create, delete a bookmark folder.

  4. Add web pages to a bookmark folder.

7. Use the Web (Forms)

  1. Complete a web-based form using text boxes, drop-down menus, list boxes, check boxes, radio buttons.

  2. Submit, reset a web-based form.

8. Usethe Web (Searching)

  1. Select a specific search engine.

  2. Carry out a search for specific information using a keyword, phrase.

  3. Use advanced search features to refine a search: by exact phrase, by excluding words, by date, by file format.

  4. Search a web based encyclopaedia, dictionary.

9. Save Files

  1. Save a web page to a location on a drive.

  2. Download files from a web page to a location on a drive.

  3. Copy text, image, URL from a web page to a document.

10. Prepare and Print

  1. Prepare a web page for printing: change printed page orientation, paper size, printed page margins.

  2. Preview a web page.

  3. Choose web page print output options like: entire web page, specific page(s), selected text, number of copies and print.

11. Understand the concept of Electronic Communications

  1. Understand the term e-mail and know its main uses.

  2. Understand the make-up and structure of an e-mail address.

  3. Understand the term short message service (SMS).

  4. Understand the term Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and know its main benefits.

  5. Understand the main benefits of instant messaging (IM) like: real-time communication, knowing whether contacts are online, low cost, ability to transfer files.

  6. Understand the concept of an online (virtual) community. Recognize examples like: social networking websites, Internet forums, chat rooms, online computer games.

12. Consider Security

  1. Be aware of the possibility of receiving fraudulent and unsolicited email

  2. Understand the term phishing. Recognize attempted phishing.

  3. Be aware of the danger of infecting the computer with a virus by opening an unrecognized e-mail message, by opening an attachment.

  4. Understand what a digital signature is

13. Understand Email Theory

  1. Understand the advantages of e-mail systems like: speed of delivery, low cost, flexibility of using a web-based e-mail account in different locations.

  2. Understand the importance of network etiquette (netiquette) like: using accurate and brief descriptions in e-mail message subject fields, brevity in e-mail responses, spell checking outgoing e-mail.

  3. Be aware of possible problems when sending file attachments like: file size limits, file type restrictions (for example, executable files).

  4. Undertand the difference between the To, Copy (Cc), Blind copy (Bcc) fields.

14. Send an Email

  1. Open, close an e-mail application. Open, close an e-mail.

  2. Create a new e-mail.

  3. Enter an e-mail address in the To, Copy (Cc), Blind copy (Bcc) fields.

  4. Enter a title in the Subject field.

  5. Copy text from another source into an e-mail.

  6. Insert, remove a file attachment.

  7. Save a draft of an e-mail.

  8. Use a spell checking tool and correct spelling errors.

  9. Send an e-mail, send an e-mail with a low, high priority.

15. Receive an Email

  1. Use the reply, reply to all function.

  2. Forward an e-mail.

  3. Save a file attachment to a location on a drive and open the file.

  4. Preview, print a message using available printing options.

16. Enhance Email Productivity

  1. Add, remove message inbox headings like: sender, subject, date received.

  2. Apply a setting to reply with, without original message insertion.

  3. Flag an e-mail. Remove a flag mark from an e-mail.

  4. Identify an e-mail as read, unread. Mark an e-mail as unread, read.

  5. Display, hide built-in toolbars. Restore, minimize the ribbon.

  6. Use available Help functions.

17. Manage Email

  1. Search for an e-mail by sender, subject, e-mail content.

  2. Sort e-mails by name, by date, by size.

  3. Create, delete an e-mail folder.

  4. Move e-mails to an e-mail folder.

  5. Delete an e-mail.

  6. Restore a deleted e-mail.

  7. Empty the e-mail bin/deleted items/trash folder.

18. Manage Address Book

  1. Add contact details to an address book. Delete contact details from an address book.

  2. Update an address book from incoming e-mail.

  3. Create, update a distribution list/mailing list.