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Computer Literacy Test & Requirement  (for HCC students only)


Computer Literacy Requirement

In today’s global society, computer literacy has become an essential skill, comparable to reading, writing, and arithmetic. In order to successfully complete their education at Housatonic Community College, transfer to a four-year institution, or enter the workforce, HCC students should be able to use word processing, the Internet, and email as tools to communicate and access electronic information.

All students enrolling in an associate degree program at HCC are required to demonstrate basic computer literacy skills in order to graduate. Students are encouraged to fulfill the Computer Literacy Requirement within the first 12 college-level credits.

The Computer Literacy Requirement can be satisfied in either of the following ways:

  • Successful completion of a designated Code "C” course at HCC or an equivalent course from another accredited college (an official transcript must be submitted and a course description and course syllabus may be requested).
  • Passing the HCC Computer Literacy Test* with a satisfactory score.

* Students who fail to pass the test after two attempts must satisfy the Computer Literacy Requirement by taking one of the designated Code "C” courses.

The Computer Literacy Requirement is built into some of the associate degree programs.


Who does this requirement apply to?

This requirement applies to all students enrolled in an associate degree program who have not yet met the Computer Literacy Requirement.


How do I find out if I already met the requirement?

Follow the directions below for a Student Degree Evaluation to see if the Computer Literacy Requirement has been “Met” or “Not Met”:

  • Sign on to myCommNet
  • Click Student Tab , then Student Self-Service
  • Click HCC
  • Click Student Records then Student Degree Evaluation
  • Select Current Term and What If Analysis
  • Select Term You Began or When You Changed Major
  • If earlier than Fall 02, select Fall 02 then continue
  • Select Program then continue
  • Select First Major then Submit
  • Generate Request then Submit
  • PRINT EVALUATION

Areas designated as MET are completed
Areas NOT MET need to be completed, see advisor for proper course selection.


How can I meet the requirement?

You can meet this requirement by:

• Successfully completing a designated Code “C” course at HCC or transferring an equivalent course from another accredited college (an official transcript with course description or course syllabus must be submitted to Admissions)
- OR -
• Passing the HCC Computer Literacy Test with a satisfactory score.


What is on the test?

The following Microsoft Office 2010 skills will be tested:

Word Processing
Open documents and folders
Enter and edit text
Save and “save as”
Fonts: size, color, style (bold, italics, and underline),and highlight
Headers and footers
Copy, cut, and paste
Spell and grammar check, synonyms, and thesaurus
Paragraphs and line spacing
Print and print preview
Bullets and numbering
Tabs and indenting
Copy files to a CD or flash drive
Undo and redo typing
Set margins
Page layout orientation (landscape and portrait)
Change alignment (left, right, justify, and center)
Insert page numbers
Find Help

Emailing
Send and open
Forward and reply
Attach files
Delete

Internet
Browsers and search engines


If I pass the Computer Literacy Test do I get college credits?

Passing the Computer Literacy Test will fulfill your graduation requirement, but will NOT give you college credits, nor will it exempt you from any courses.


How do I sign up for the Computer Literacy Test?

To schedule a Computer Literacy Test, call 203-332-5217 or stop by room B119 in Lafayette Hall.


How can I prepare for the test?

The following Microsoft Office 2010 tutorials may help you brush-up your computer skills:

GLC Learn Free Microsoft Office 2010 Tutorial:
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/office2010

Tutorialspoint Free Microsoft Office 2010 Tutorial:
http://www.tutorialspoint.com/word_2010/word_getting_started.htm


How many times can I take the Computer Literacy Test?

You may take the test two times. Students who do not pass the test after two attempts must satisfy the Computer Literacy Requirement by taking a designated Code “C” course.


Does my degree program include a Code “C” course?     

Below is a list of the Code “C” courses and Degree Programs which have the Code “C” courses built into them (as in the 2009-2010 HCC Catalog):

Code “C” Courses

COM* E116 - Publications Workshop 1
COM* E222 - Basic Newswriting
GRA* E111 -Introduction to Computer Graphics
GRA* E241 - Digital Page Design
GRA* E261 - Web Design
CSA* E106 - Intro to Computer Applications
BOT* E111 - Keyboarding I
BOT* E137 -
Word Processing Applications I 
BOT* E215 - Word Processing Applications II

DEGREE PROGRAMS WHICH INCLUDE CODE "C COURSES
EA06 ACCOUNTING (FOR SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT) CSA* E106
EF08 BANKING: PARENT PROGRAM CSA* E106
EA67tr BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TRANSFER OPTION: UCONN-STAMFORD/WATERBURY TRANSFER PROGRAM CSA* E106
EB55 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: CUSTOMER SERVICE/MARKETING OPTION CSA* E106
EA56 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: FINANCE OPTION CSA* E106
EA65 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: GLOBAL BUSINESS CSA* E106
EB58 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT OPTION CSA* E106
EB56 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT OPTION CSA* E106
EA60 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: MANAGEMENT OPTION CSA* E106
EA67 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: PARENT PROGRAM CSA* E106
EA89 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT/ENTREPRENEURSHIP OPTION CSA* E106
EB18 BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT OPTION BOT* E111, BOT* E137, BOT* E215
EA92 BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY: WORD/INFORMATION PROCESSING SPECIALIST OPTION BOT* E111, BOT* E137, , BOT* E215
EA90 COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY PROGRAM: TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES CSA* E106
EF06 COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY PROGRAM: TECHNOLOGY STUDIES: ELECTRICAL OPTION CSA* E106
EA08 COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY PROGRAM: TECHNOLOGY STUDIES: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY OPTION CSA* E106
EB60 COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS: PARENT PROGRAM CSA* E106
EB20 FINE ARTS: ART OPTION GRA* E111
EB59 GRAPHIC DESIGN: COMPUTER GRAPHICS OPTION GRA* E111, GRA* E241, GRA* E261
EB33 GRAPHIC DESIGN: PARENT PROGRAM GRA* E111, GRA* E241
EB46 LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES: JOURNALISM/COMMUNICATIONS CONCENTRATION COM* E116, COM* E222