2018/2019 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Information Technology (IT) Fundamentals (6670/36 weeks)
Tasks/competencies 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.are considered optional
Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Personal Qualities and People Skills
Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Professional Knowledge and Skills
- Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills.
- Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills.
- Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrate healthy behaviors and safety skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, and climates.
- Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills.
- Demonstrate job-acquisition and advancement skills.
- Demonstrate time-, task-, and resource-management skills.
- Demonstrate job-specific mathematics skills.
- Demonstrate customer-service skills.
Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Technology Knowledge and Skills
Examining All Aspects of an Industry
- Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
- Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
- Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
- Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
- Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
- Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
- Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
- Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.
Addressing Elements of Student Life
- Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
- Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
- Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
- Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.
Mastering Information Technology Basics
- Investigate the history and emerging advances of information technology.
- Describe the impact of information technology on business and society.
- Identify the classes of software associated with information systems.
- Explore basic binary concepts and their applications in the information technology world.
- Describe the evolution of the Internet and how it works.
- Describe emerging technologies as they relate to the future of the Internet.
- Investigate current and future trends in information technology.
- Examine social, ethical, and legal issues associated with information technology.
- Debate an ethical issue related to using computer and Internet technology.
Using Computer Applications
Investigating Computer Fundamentals
- Identify the basic parts of a computer system and the relationships among components.
- Describe characteristics and functions of CPUs, motherboards, random access memory (RAM), expansion connections, hard drives, and CD-ROM drives.
- Explain the functions and characteristics of system expansion devices (e.g., graphics cards, sound cards, and modems).
- Demonstrate the use of connectivity devices and peripheral equipment (e.g., portable storage devices, printers, cable modem, and wireless technologies).
- Perform basic operations in an operating system environment.
- Manage various file types.
- Describe the basic computer start-up sequence.
- Compare and contrast the basic differences among operating systems.
- Investigate basic issues affecting system purchase and upgrade decisions.
- Investigate the building stages of a computer.
Maintaining, Upgrading, and Troubleshooting Computers
- Describe the importance of system maintenance and preventive measures, including the consequences of not taking preventive measures.
- Install and configure hardware in a computer system.
- Install software programs.
- Perform basic software configuration operations.
- Install and configure anti-X software (e.g., anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam).
- Identify basic problems associated with computer hardware, operating system, and application software.
- Describe risk-mitigation techniques (e.g., policies, procedures, hardware, and software).
- Identify basic security risks inherent to computer hardware and software.
- Describe security best practices for businesses.
- Describe the importance of data backup media and strategies.
- Back up files.
- Perform basic remote connection troubleshooting.
Exploring Network Fundamentals
Exploring Internet Fundamentals
- Identify the elements that are required to connect to the Internet.
- Describe the concept of IP addresses and the Domain Name System (DNS).
- Explain the delivery methods of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
- Explore the types and features of various Web browsers.
- Explain file transfer mechanisms.
- Research principles of Internet communication etiquette.
- Identify criteria for conducting searches on the Internet.
- Assess the impact and value of available firewalls and intrusion detection systems (IDS).
Exploring Programming Basics
Exploring the Basics of Web Page Design
Exploring Graphics and Interactive Media
- Identify hardware required for multimedia and entertainment presentations.
- Identify software programs associated with graphics and interactive media.
- Explore the components of multimedia design and their applications.
- Explore information technology as it relates to the game programming industry.
- Create an interactive multimedia presentation.
Preparing for Industry Certification
- Describe the process and requirements for obtaining industry certifications related to the Information Technology (IT) Fundamentals course.
- Identify testing skills/strategies for a certification examination.
- Demonstrate ability to successfully complete selected practice examinations (e.g., practice questions similar to those on certification exams).
- Successfully complete an industry certification examination representative of skills learned in this course (e.g., MOS, IC3, NOCTI).
Developing Career Exploration and Employability Skills
- Complete self-assessments to help determine career development goals.
- Investigate careers, educational requirements, and certifications in the five information technology career pathways.
- Demonstrate project-management skills.
- Create manual and online employment-related correspondence.
- Assemble a professional portfolio, including selected samples of best work produced.