COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Computer Applications (ICA)
DESCRIPTION: Computer Applications is an essential skill in academic and occupational areas. This course provides an introduction to and/or refinement of touch skills for entering alphabetic, numeric, and symbol information. ICA is a required foundation course for all Business occupational/technical programs requiring the use of the computer. As a basic communications course, students learn to key the touch system and format documents with Word. Students apply their keyboarding skills to the production of letters, memos, tables, and reports.
Students will also demonstrate CTE (Career and Technical Education) Workplace Readiness Skills and CTE entrepreneurship competencies.
· Identify computer system components.
· Describe ergonomic and repetitive strain injury guidelines as related to safe computer use.
· Maintain workstation, equipment, materials, and supplies.
· Boot, access, reboot, and shut down an operating system and start and exit software programs.
· Input data and commands using peripherals.
· Key alphabetic, numeric, and symbolic information using touch system and correct techniques.
· Manipulate data/software/operating system using ribbons, launchers, icons, and pull-down menu, mouse, and function keys.
· Use file external storage device and online management techniques.
· Improve keyboarding techniques.
· Increase keyboarding speed and accuracy.
· Proofread copy, using proofreaders’ marks.
· Write letters, memos, e-mails, reports, blogs, outlines and tables, using the English writing process.
· Key and format letters, memos, e-mails, reports, outlines, columns, and tables.
· Edit copy.
· Produce documents incorporating graphic elements, including tables and graphs.
· Obtain assistance for preparing documents from electronic and hard-copy references and documentation (e.g., help screen, spell check, user's manual, dictionary, grammar check, thesaurus, Internet search).
· Correlate keyboarding skills with the appropriate career pathways.
· Create an electronic and/or hard-copy portfolio containing representative samples of student work.
New Units: coding, digital literacy, and entrepreneurship