The ECDL module E, commonly referred to as the eight module of the ECDL, was designed by the British Computer Society (BCS). The BCS manages and assures the quality of ECDL certification testing in the entire United Kingdom. The module E is an addition by the BCS in its two stage computer skills and proficiency certification design.
The first BCS level (Level 1 certification) consists of three ECDL modules. These modules are Concepts of IT (module 1), Using the Computer and File Management (module 2), and Information and Communication (module 7). The Level 1 certification is the most basic computer proficiency test in UK. Candidates who qualify for this stage are given basic certification and can take the Level 2 computer skills qualifications.
The Level 2 BCS computer skills certification includes the other ECDL module plus the Unit E, which is known as ECDL module E. The Unit E comprehensively covers the utilization of Information Technology in the workplace. Specifically, it touches on certain important legal matters or issues related to computer usage, general computing and Internet protocols and regulations.
ECDL module E also discusses critical health issues that are commonly associated with computer use. It introduces the users to the health hazards posed by computers especially on extended and repetitive use in the workplace. It also provides methods on how to avoid health hazards due to computer use.
Aside from legal and health issues, ECDL module E tests the efficiency of users in using computers. So aside from the practical knowledge demanded by ECDL modules, users need to know important techniques of computing in order to qualify for the BCS Second Level certification.