Computer Technology Competency

Definition of Computer Technology Competency:

The computer technology entry expectations are designed to ensure that all incoming students will have sufficient skills and knowledge in the use of computers and associated computer technology to begin university study. Computer technology relates to both the hardware and software used in performing common computing tasks. The following standards identify essential skills for students’ appropriate and responsible use of existing and emerging technology tools for communication, productivity, management, research, problem solving and decision making. Incoming students should take an online assessment of their knowledge of and competency in the eight computer skill areas listed below. Students meeting these entrance expectations will be better prepared to perform various computing tasks essential for a successful undergraduate experience. It is expected that incoming students who do not meet the minimum competency level in any of the eight computer skill areas will do so by the end of their freshman year.  These skills may be developed in a variety of ways, for example through workshops and self-paced learning modules provided by the University.

Entry Expectations:

Students should demonstrate a basic understanding of and competency in computer technology in the following eight areas:

1. Computer Operation Basics
2. Word Processing
3. Presentation Software
4. Spreadsheets
5. Databases
6. Graphics and Multimedia
7. Internet – Web Basics
8. Electronic Communications

Exit Expectations:

Each major will establish expectations or the computer technology competencies of its graduates and will build the   development of these into the major curriculum. These departmental requirements must be approved at the College or School level, in the same way that new 2000+level courses are approved.