Computer Applications


1.        Use and understand basic computer terminology.

2.        Explain the purpose, operation, and care of hardware components.

3.        Install, configure, optimize, and upgrade operating software and application software on computers and other portable devices.

4.        Identify tools, diagnostic procedures, and troubleshooting techniques for components and operating systems for personal computers, laptops, and portable devices.

5.        Apply basic commands and navigate the operating system including such things as creating backups and determining memory and disk space.

6.        Input data and commands using peripherals (keyboard, light pen, mouse, scanner, and voice recognition).

7.        Manage file storage through the use of file and disk management techniques such as copy, move, store, rename, retrieve, save, delete, compress, decompress, and create/manipulate folders and directories.

8.        Use a browser to search and navigate hypertext documents and to download files.

9.        Use Internet search engines and understand their advantages and disadvantages.

10.     Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness of information retrieved from the Web.

11.     Identify the different parts of a browser window (pull-down menus, toolbar, address box, status bar, scroll bar, close button, maximize and minimize buttons, and title bar).

12.     Analyze emerging technologies used by business and industry.

13.     Identify the fundamental principles and basic concepts of installing, configuring, optimizing, and upgrading printers and scanners.

14.     Identify tools and diagnostic procedures to troubleshoot printers and scanners and perform basic printer functions (load paper, change cartridge, repair paper jam, etc.).

15.     Identify and use appropriate resources to obtain assistance (Help menu, manuals, Web site).

16.     Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of various processing, storage, retrieval, and transmission technologies.

17.     Identify the fundamental principles and basic concepts of networks including installing, configuring, optimizing, and upgrading.

18.     Identify network devices including network connectivity hardware and describe their functions.

1.        Identify components of a presentation program (layout views, slide, toolbars, and dialog box).

2.        Use presentation software to create a presentation with multiple types of slides incorporating effective use of text, graphics, fonts, builds, preset animation, and transitions.

3.        Use presentation software to include diagrams, color and graphic modifications, animation schemes, custom backgrounds, action buttons, hyperlinks, sound, video, and speaker notes.

4.        Deliver presentation with supporting materials.

5.        Apply desktop publishing principles to create, design, edit, and produce documents using text and graphics.

6.        Create visual communications involving text and graphic data (brochures, pamphlets, fliers, and newsletters).

7.        Utilize graphic manipulation techniques (wrap text, Word Art) to insert visual aids into document.

8.        Create visual communications involving art work (freehand drawing applications, clip art, digitized images).

9.        Save cropped or modified images in different file formats.

10.     Demonstrate input of data and graphics from various sources (Web, scanner, digital camera).

11.     Design, create, edit, and format web pages incorporating various types of media (text, image, video, and audio).

12.     Apply multimedia software to create multimedia projects.

1.        Define spreadsheet terminology (cell, row, column, range, label, value, formula, function, worksheet, relative, absolute, and legend).

2.        Create, edit, save, and print worksheets using spreadsheet commands, functions, and formulas.

3.        Design and enhance worksheets by inserting, deleting, moving, and copying columns and rows.

4.        Use electronic spreadsheet to create, save, print, modify, and obtain graphs and appropriate charts with titles and legends.

5.        Rename, rearrange, and manipulate multiple worksheets in a workbook.

6.        Use an electronic spreadsheet program to enhance the appearance of a spreadsheet by changing fonts, foreground and background colors, and centering text across columns.

7.        Define database terminology (query, DBMS, field, record, file, and data type).

8.        Plan and create a database.

9.        Enter data and edit fields and records for a particular situation.

10.     Query, sort, prioritize, merge, and retrieve data from databases.

11.     Use a database management program to create, format, maintain, and print reports and tables from a simple relational database.

1.     Use help features and reference materials to learn software and solve problems.

2.     Create, save, and retrieve word processing files.

3.     Use word processing software to create, format, and edit business documents such as letters, memoranda, reports, tables, and resumes in mailable form.

4.     Demonstrate the use of character formatting features (bold, underline, italics, font styles and sizes, superscript, and subscript).

5.     Demonstrate the use of paragraph formatting features (tabs, indentations, line spacing, and enumerated items).

6.     Demonstrate the use of page formatting features (margins, justification, vertical placement, orientation, page breaks, headers, and footers).

7.     Demonstrate document editing skills using spell/grammar check, thesaurus, search/replace, and other document properties.

8.     Create documents using mail merge features.

9.     Create and use macros and templates.

1.        Produce documents integrating word processing, spreadsheet, and related charts, database files, reports, and presentation files.

2.        Use an electronic mail program to send and receive electronic mail including an attachment.

3.        Manage personal schedule and contact information to include distribution lists.

4.        Research privacy issues related to e-mail accounts and dangers of receiving e-mails from unknown sources.

5.        Identify inappropriate actions related to forwarding and mass e-mailings.

6.        Demonstrate skills using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software to complete workgroup collaboration to include inserting and reviewing comments.

7.        Use collaborative/groupware applications to manage shared schedule, contact information, shared files, online information, instant messaging, or virtual meetings.

1.        Explain concepts related to copyright rules and regulations and public domain (images, music, video, and software).

2.        Demonstrate a basic understanding of issues regarding software copyright, software licensing, and software copying.

3.        Discriminate between ethical and unethical uses of computers and information.

4.        Identify potential abuse and explain the consequences of illegal and unethical use of information technologies (piracy, illegal downloading, licensing infringement, and inappropriate use of software, hardware, and mobile devices).

5.        Apply netiquette skills to create, send, receive, and reply to electronic communications, including e-mail and telephone.

1.        Identify security issues related to computer hardware, software, and data use.

2.        Explain concepts of security, integrity, courtesy, and confidentiality related to information and communication systems.

3.        Adhere to privacy, safety and security policies and legislation (acceptable use policy, Web page policies, computer crime, fraud, and abuse).

4.        Demonstrate an awareness of computer viruses and basic understanding of ways to protect a computer from viruses.

5.        Diagnose and troubleshoot hardware, software, and data security issues.

6.        Perform preventative maintenance techniques for computer security.

1.        Apply basic formatting procedures and manipulate data in letters, reports, simple tables, spreadsheets, graphics, graphs and charts, and databases.

2.        Use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation when producing documents.

3.        Utilize appropriate functions and references for spelling, grammar, and proofreading.

4.        Use appropriate capitalization, punctuation, number expression rule, and editing/proofreading skills to produce mailable documents.