# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Computer Information Systems, Advanced Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2020/2021 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Computer Information Systems, Advanced (6615/18 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Using Advanced Word Processing Functions

  1. Compare advanced features of a word processing program to determine the best tools to use for a given task.
  2. Create documents using advanced merge functions.
  3. Produce documents incorporating tables, templates, autocorrect, styles, graphics, and other advanced features.
  4. Create a professional document demonstrating established principles of design in desktop publishing.
  5. Import text and graphics from other sources.
  6. Integrate software applications into a word processing document.
  7. Create an online form with a word processing program.

Using Advanced Spreadsheet Functions

  1. Compare features and functions of spreadsheet programs to determine the best software for an individual’s or organization's needs.
  2. Use advanced formulas and functions.
  3. Use advanced tools.
  4. Create complex graphs.
  5. Analyze data.
  6. Manipulate spreadsheet data.
  7. Manipulate data to and from a spreadsheet.
  8. Create templates.
  9. Organize a large workbook with multiple worksheets.
  10. Apply linear programming to optimize spreadsheet results.

Using Advanced Database Functions

  1. Evaluate the features of database programs to determine the best software for an individual’s or organization's needs.
  2. Create a database file with advanced features.
  3. Generate customized reports and forms, using advanced formatting features and graphics.
  4. Utilize advanced queries to access information.
  5. Manipulate data to and from a database.

Enhancing Multimedia Presentations

  1. Create a multimedia presentation with advanced features.
  2. Enhance a multimedia presentation, using advanced features.
  3. Utilize templates and master slides in the design of presentations.
  4. Enhance a multimedia presentation layout, according to the principles of affective design.
  5. Enhance a multimedia presentation with advanced features.
  6. Integrate software applications into a multimedia presentation.
  7. Create handouts and other visuals.
  8. Deliver a multimedia presentation, according to the principles of effective communication.
  9. Edit multimedia presentations.
  10. Critique the clarity and effectiveness of advanced multimedia presentations.

Producing Desktop Published Documents for Print and Electronic Distribution

  1. Create documents and graphics for use in advanced desktop publishing products.
  2. Determine appropriate desktop publishing products based upon the purpose of the publication, intended audience, output format, and time and cost constraints.
  3. Apply the principles of design, layout, and typography.
  4. Design a layout for ease of readability and attractiveness.
  5. Enhance the appearance of a document using desktop features.
  6. Create templates or master pages.
  7. Create multipage and multicolumn documents in a format appropriate for electronic distribution.
  8. Demonstrate the use of keyboard shortcuts.
  9. Incorporate original/imported text, graphics, tables, charts, and audio/visual elements from a variety of sources.
  10. Convert a document to an alternate format.

Designing and Producing Web Pages

  1. Evaluate the methods of web page creation.
  2. Manipulate information for a website.
  3. Compare the features and functions associated with the Internet, intranets, and extranets.
  4. Create a website, applying design features.
  5. Create hypertext links to other pages or sites.
  6. Test a website for functionality.
  7. Critique a website, according to accepted web design principles.
  8. Develop a plan for maintaining a website.
  9. Describe methods of publicizing and promoting a new website.

Maintaining, Managing, and Troubleshooting Systems

  1. Evaluate workstations, equipment, software, and supplies for design, layout, and purchase.
  2. Maintain workstations, equipment, software, and supplies.
  3. Analyze software problems to obtain assistance through electronic documentation.
  4. Troubleshoot hardware problems.
  5. Explore tools to manage the operating system.
  6. Explain how to install software and customize defaults.
  7. Back up programs and data files.
  8. Investigate advanced desktop configuration techniques.
  9. Scan storage devices and equipment for malicious software.
  10. Comply with safety and ergonomic precautions associated with computer use.
  11. Compare operating systems.
  12. Investigate security issues related to Internet technology.

Executing Networking Activities

  1. Identify network types and topologies.
  2. Identify components of a local area network.
  3. Identify file structures on networks.
  4. Explain the steps to download software/files to a specific workstation.
  5. Identify basic network protocols.
  6. Explain the importance of network security.
  7. Troubleshoot network problems.

Implementing Programming Activities

  1. Debug a program.
  2. Code an application program using functions.
  3. Code an application program using embedded data.
  4. Improve the appearance of printed reports.
  5. Design interactive programs.
  6. Write programs to summarize data.
  7. Write programs to subtotal and group print.
  8. Write modular programs.
  9. Write programs using controlled loops.
  10. Implement tables.
  11. Code an application program using a sort routine.
  12. Code an application program to display graphics.
  13. Explore the characteristics and uses of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Exploring Legal and Ethical Issues

  1. Comply with copyright and patent laws.
  2. Analyze situations where scanned/digitized audiovisual elements, documents, and electronic graphs may be used legally but are ethically questionable.
  3. Comply with policies regarding acceptable use of technology.
  4. Investigate computer crime and privacy issues related to Internet technology.
  5. Apply concepts of security, integrity, courtesy, and confidentiality related to information and communication systems and intellectual property.
  6. Investigate the design of websites for accessibility and accommodation of special needs (i.e., Americans with Disabilities Act, multilingual).

Preparing for Industry Certification

  1. Describe the processes and requirements for obtaining industry certifications related to the Computer Information Systems, Advanced, course.
  2. Identify testing skills/strategies for a certification examination.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to complete selected practice examinations (e.g., practice questions similar to those on certification exams).
  4. Complete an industry certification examination representative of skills learned in this course.

Developing Employability Skills

  1. Explore domestic and global job opportunities.
  2. Update a résumé.
  3. Update representative work samples to a professional portfolio, including a résumé format suitable for online posting.
  4. Use electronic sources to research a company in preparation for a job interview.
  5. Participate in a mock interview.
  6. Compose an interview follow-up communication.
  7. Identify criteria for evaluating self-performance.
  8. Prepare a letter of resignation.
  9. Explore career and college options for lifelong learning.
  10. Investigate new and emerging technological trends in the workplace.
  11. Identify potential employment barriers for nontraditional groups and ways to overcome the barriers.