Entry Level Skills

The following competencies have been recommended and approved by the Professional Education Council.

Entering professional education students should be able to perform the following generic computer tasks/applications:

Perform general computer operations, including:

  • Perform the boot process
  • Perform virus protection scan
  • Create folders and subdirectories
  • Create and use file names and extensions
  • Search for files and directories
  • Print selected pages

Use HELP features perform file manipulation, including:

  • Retrieve files
  • Copy, move, delete files
  • Back up files
  • Use auto save
  • Import and export files

Create a word processed document, including:

  • Enter text
  • Save document file
  • Print document file

Format a word processed document, including:

  • Select and change fonts
  • Select and change style attributes (i.e., boldface, italics, underlining)
  • Select and change font size
  • Set line spacing
  • Set paragraph alignment
  • Set paragraph indentation
  • Set margins
  • Set tabs
  • Create itemized lists (e.g., bullets, numbered lists)
  • Insert date and time
  • Insert page numbers
  • Insert page breaks and sections
  • Insert headers and footers
  • Create tables
  • Create page setup (e.g., page orientation, columns)

Edit a word processed document, including:

  • Open an existing document file
  • Cut/copy and paste selected object
  • Insert or delete selected object
  • Use dictionary/thesaurus
  • Make corrections using spell check
  • Make corrections using grammar check
  • Use the "find and replace" function

Use graphics software, including:

  • Use clipart
  • Create an image use a graphics program
  • Use word/text art
  • Capture a pre-existing image from Internet
  • Use color, space, and layout

Create a presentation using presentation software, including:

  • Select a presentation scheme
  • Create an outline with text

Modify a presentation, including:

  • Add bullets
  • Correct errors
  • Spell check
  • Resize text boxes and images
  • Rearrange slides
  • Insert a new slide

Enhance a presentation, including:

  • Add clipart and graphics
  • Add sound clips
  • Integrate with word processing and spreadsheet

Use e-mail to communicate, including:

  • Send and receive e-mail
  • Maintain designated space quota (delete e-mail)
  • Enclose and recover e-mail attachments
  • Forward an e-mail message
  • Reply to an e-mail message
  • Print an e-mail message

Use the Internet to communicate and locate information, including:

  • Access the Internet with a browser
  • Navigate the Web by use of links and URL addresses
  • Use the browser tool bar to navigate
  • Use a search engine to locate desired information
  • Download and print desired items from the Internet
  • Evaluate the credibility of a site
  • Use listservs
  • Bookmark a site
  • Define in general terms "Acceptable Use Policy"
  • Insert a hyperlink into another document

Create a simple database, including:

  • Enter the field name, the field size, the data type
  • Identify the primary key
  • Identify the default values
  • Enter data into fields and records

Change the structure of a database

  • Change the contents of a record
  • Insert and delete fields
  • Insert and delete records

Manipulate the contents of a database, including:

  • Sort records; create and print forms
  • Perform searches and queries
  • Prepare mail labels and envelopes

Create a spreadsheet, including:

  • Enter labels, values, headings
  • Enter formulas use arithmetic operators or built-in functions
  • Create charts and graphs from cell contents

Edit a spreadsheet, including:

  • Cut, copy, and paste cell contents
  • Delete cell contents
  • Insert and delete rows and columns

Format a spreadsheet, including:

  • Set fonts, font sizes, and styles
  • Apply appropriate formats for cell contents
  • Align cell contents (left, right, center, justify, center across columns)

Know the nine elements of digital citizenship:

  • Digital access
  • Digital Commerce
  • Digital Communication
  • Digital Literacy
  • Digital Etiquette
  • Digital Law
  • Digital Rights & Responsibilities
  • Digital Health & Wellness
  • Digital Security