Thaddeus, in both IPSC & IDPA there are "swinging" targets in various course of fire.
Practicing at the range - moving from target to target with your finger off the trigger may be beneficial.
Having at least 3 mags is another thing to consider !
Knowing not to break niety degrees is very important !! - Gun must always point downrage, especially when moving diagonally !!!!!
No "beginner" course of fire that I've ever heard of - best thing is to go & watch a match & ask lots of q's !
Other guys here can fill you in on what's in your area better than me (a few 1000mls away !)
BTW.... It's a RUSH !!!
"The Gun from Down Under !"