Computer Skills Prerequisites

Integration of Computing into RCB Courses: Objectives and Prerequisites

Because computers are an integral part of business decision-making, courses in the Robinson College of Business frequently incorporate assignments that require computing skills. Although students can expect to enhance their computing skills as they work toward their degrees, the college expects everyone to have certain basic skills before enrolling in the college. These computing skill prerequisites (CSPs) are listed below under the heading, Basic Microcomputing Skills (CSP 1).

In addition to basic microcomputing skills, some courses may require advanced and more specialized computing skills. When that is the case, the required skills will be listed in the course description and identified by the CSP numbers shown below (CSPs 2- 8).

Students who are without either the required basic or advanced microcomputing skills are expected to acquire this knowledge through whatever means they deem most appropriate before they enter a course. The university’s Wells Computer Center offers basic and intermediate classes regularly and has self-paced tutorials (404/651-2686). Instruction also is available through commercial training, printed and tutorial programs, including those furnished by software manufacturers. Georgia State’s Division of Continuing Education offers courses on a periodic basis for a modest fee (404/651-3456).

The college has not adopted a standard word processing, spreadsheet, or database management package. For the purposes of acquiring computing skills, students may therefore use any application software they own or have access to so long as it supports the required computing skills. Students should be aware, however, that some courses may include assignments that are designed to run on specific software packages. The eight computing skills prerequisites are explained below. If an RCB course has one or more microcomputing prerequisites, those prerequisites will be shown in the course description. The CSPs listed for a particular course are those that are commonly required for all sections of the course. Individual instructors may use additional CSPs in their classes by announcing the requirement on the syllabus and providing guidance for students as to how they can acquire the additional CSP knowledge.

CSP: 1 Basic Microcomputing Skills

Includes understanding of the PC and its components, turning on the PC, using command-oriented, windows-based, and LAN operating environments to accomplish basic tasks such as formatting floppy disks, creating and navigating through directory and subdirectory structures, creating and deleting files, copying and renaming files, using available help screens when needed, loading application software, exiting from application programs and operating environments in an orderly manner, and using appropriate measures to check for and prevent the spread of computer viruses.

CSP: 2  Basic Microcomputing Spreadsheet Skills

Loading the spreadsheet software; creating, organizing, and navigating through spreadsheets; formatting the entire spreadsheet or a specified block of cells; entering and editing formulas, values, and text; copying, moving, and protecting cells; inserting and deleting columns and rows; saving and retrieving files; and printing spreadsheets. Basic skills also include using financial, statistical, and mathematical functions such as totaling and averaging of rows and columns; creating and printing charts and graphs, creating data tables, invoking existing macros, and using available help screens when needed.

CSP: 3 Advanced Microcomputer Spreadsheet Skills

Using advanced spreadsheet features such as database commands and functions; creating macros; creating menu systems and developing customized applications.

CSP: 4 Basic Microcomputer Database Skills

Loading the database software, creating databases; entering and editing data; adding and deleting records; listing, querying, and generating reports using the database; using available help screens when needed.

CSP: 5  Advanced Microcomputer Database Skills

Linking databases through keys; creating input screen; developing customized applications.

CSP: 6  Word Processing Skills

Loading the word processing software; creating, formatting, editing, and saving documents; copying and moving text; adjusting margins, indents, and line spacing; adjusting fonts and styles; importation of tables and graphs from spreadsheet applications; using spell-checking, and using available help screens when needed.

CSP: 7  Basic Internet Usage

Send and receive e-mail messages including attachments of files; transfer files with FTP, compress and uncompress files with utility programs; use search engines to locate documents and find information on the web; use web-based clients such as library catalog systems to find specific information; navigate the web with a browser including copying, pasting, and saving web information; download and setup web browser plug-in programs such as electronic document readers and audio/video players.

CSP: 8  Advanced Internet Usage

Initialize a web space and create a home page on it; create formatted *.html pages with tags including links within and between pages; publish pages in a web space; create image files and embed them in *.html pages.

Courses numbered 6000 and above are available only to students in the various master’s and doctoral programs. Courses numbered 9000 and above are normally for students in the doctoral program. Note: Course credit hours are shown in parentheses immediately following the course title. Courses are listed alphabetically by course prefix.