The Computer Competency Certification is designed as an online certification that teaches and evaluates participants' understanding of computer structure, implementation, and culture. The information learned will give each participant a foundation for computing in their personal and professional lives.
This demonstration includes a sample of a single CCC module which includes a: survey, lesson, and test.
Only registered participants will be able to obtain a certificate.
12 Modules ranging from computer hardware to social considerations.
Online based testing with several practical tests. Retesting for module quizes, with exception of Final Exam.
Participant feedback is required for all module quizzes and the final exam in order to successfully complete the CCC.
Participants must submit a notice of completion to have their progress and submitted materials reviewed.
Hands-on exploration of the internal hardware of a working computer. Participants will learn of the various parts that make up the computer and then be asked to dismantle and rebuild the computer to an operational state.
A look beyond the internal parts of the computer and examine computer peripherals and illustrate how hardware and software come together to make a functioning computer. Participants will be introduced to software hierarchy and networked computers with future modules to expand on these subjects.
Delve deeper into how software is made, the various options of coding languages, and software development considerations.
Explore the history, structure, communication process, web development languages, and security threats on Internet. The case study of the Estonia cyber attack will be examined.
Participants will explore the importance content organization, how to format content, and formatting considerations.
Learn to use spreadsheets in order to store, manipulate, and express information.
Examine what a database is, parts of a database, types of databases, and real world examples.
Explore how digital media is displayed. Topics covered are resolution, image types, display format types, media options, and video codecs.
Investigate concepts concerning accessibility, color, contrast, tone, and cultural considerations when producing work that will be presented.
Apprise participants about mobile device hardware, means of communication, and ramifications of their use.
Acquaint participants with concepts such as digital footprint, psychological issues computing, and cognitive surplus in order to discuss the quality of life in an advancing digital world.
Introduces scholarly communication, past and present, and how participants can evaluate if a work, or portion of work, may used by them in their own work. Topics such as Open Access, Public Domain, Fair Use, Creative Commons, and Scholarworks@UMassAmherst will be covered.
The final test will be a collection of randomly selected questions from all CCC module tests. Participants may only take the final test once.
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All software requirements are free and open source. Instructions/ Lessons will be oriented for the use of the listed software and use may differ from other similar software applications. Open Office and GIMP are Open Source software that are free to distribute and own.
Word Processing and Spread SheetsOpen Office