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Computer Literacy FAQs


Q: Computer literacy doesn't appear as a new Core requirement. Does this mean the Core 2009 Committee believes students already possess necessary computer literacy skills?

The committee is aware that some, but not all, students possess computer literacy skills. The committee believes computer literacy skills are essential to success in all required Core courses. The current enrollment patterns indicate that COSC 1300 (intended to provide these skills) is one of the last four courses taken by Core completers. This pattern shows that students who enroll in this course are not taking it to acquire and apply skills necessary for college course work. Feedback from students, faculty and advisors provide additional information:

  • Many students believe they're computer literate, even if they aren't. The Core 2009 Committee strongly believes students must have access to assessment data indicating computer deficiencies, if any. Knowledge of deficiencies, rationale for enrolling in a course to address these deficiencies and timely enrollment in a course is imperative for student success. 
  • Some students who enroll in COSC 1300 to become Core complete don't need the course. If a course is listed as a requirement in the Core, it can't be waived, even if the student demonstrates competency. Students are spending time and money that could be used for other degree requirements. This is an important concern due to the 120 Hour Rule.
  • Students who examine the current Core and believe they're computer literate often elect to transfer without becoming Core complete to avoid the requirement. Students are prompted to do so when the receiving institution has a smaller core or doesn't have a COSC requirement.

Q: Students with fewer than 12 credit hours will be required to take a computer literacy assessment test unless they've earned college credit for an appropriate computer course. How will the computer literacy assessment test be designed?

The interdisciplinary Core Computer Literacy Committee will conduct an online survey in October to determine what knowledge and skills are needed for DCCCD students to be successful in college-level course work. The results of this survey will be used to select or develop an assessment test. The assessment test will provide sub-test data to enable advisors to recommend the appropriate course(s) for remediation.

Q: If students fail one or more sub-tests in the computer literacy assessment tests, will they be required to enroll in a course? If so, when?

Students will be required to enroll in an appropriate course for remediation. The Core Computer Literacy Committee has not established the parameters for the remediation time frame, yet.

Q: What opportunities exist for students to enhance computer skills in this Core Curriculum?

Faculty teaching courses in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 will have the opportunity to provide reinforcement and application of information literacy and technology skills since students will possess college-level computer knowledge and skills upon enrolling in courses.