The purpose of this course is to ensure that students have the requisite fundamental skills and knowledge in business computing applications. The skill set covered in this course includes a basic knowledge of Internet and information technology concepts as well as the ability to utilize fundamental business computing applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics software on a Windows platform.
This section of the course is designed specifically for students who already have some experience in these topics, and who possess the self-discipline and the motivation to learn on their own.
This section of the course relies on self-study to learn the course materials. All course work other than required tests can be done at home according to the student's own needs and schedule. Following a mandatory orientation session on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, students will only need to return to the Kingston URI campus to take tests on the various course topics. Highly structured interactive training materials will be delivered through a custom Internet Web portal. Personal access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection is required (Windows or Mac). Purchase of a registration code for the training/testing software package is required to participate in this section of the course ($75.00 as of this writing). Note that this course does not use the Sakai product for content delivery.
Periodic online tests on the course topics will be offered on specific dates between 5/20/2014 and 7/25/2014 (exam dates are listed below). Testing will begin promptly at 3:00 pm. Tests will only be available at the Kingston campus on these specific dates. Alternative test venues will not be permitted. Students will have the option of choosing to take multiple tests (up to three) on one date. Students will also have the option of selecting which testing dates they want to attend. Depending on these choices, from two to six campus visits will be required beyond the initial, mandatory orientation session (at least one test session visit will be required on or before the third test-date, and at least one will be required after the third test-date).
Note: Students who fail to attend the orientation session on 5/20/2014 may be administratively dropped from the class and may incur penalty fees as per University policy.
The initial, 5/20/2014 class will run from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in Room 347, Ballentine Hall (AKA Thompson Boardroom). All tests will be held in the Ballentine Computing Lab (Ballentine 240). Testing sessions will begin promptly at 3:00 pm, and will continue until complete (expect about 20 minutes per topic). The list of actual test-dates is as follows (posted dates and times are tentative until classes begin):
Students will need to attend at least two test sessions to complete the six required tests. The first three topics must be completed by the third test-date. The remaining three tests will only be available after the third test-date. Study and preparation materials for all six topics will be available for the entire class session.
* MS Office software is not required to complete this course.