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Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2018/2019 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Information Technology (IT) Fundamentals (6670/36 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 Workplace Readiness Skills: Personal Qualities and People Skills

  1. Demonstrate positive work ethic.
  2. Demonstrate integrity.
  3. Demonstrate teamwork skills.
  4. Demonstrate self-representation skills.
  5. Demonstrate diversity awareness.
  6. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  7. Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness.

Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Professional Knowledge and Skills

  1. Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills.
  2. Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills.
  3. Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  4. Demonstrate healthy behaviors and safety skills.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, and climates.
  6. Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills.
  7. Demonstrate job-acquisition and advancement skills.
  8. Demonstrate time-, task-, and resource-management skills.
  9. Demonstrate job-specific mathematics skills.
  10. Demonstrate customer-service skills.

Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Technology Knowledge and Skills

  1. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies common to a specific occupation.
  2. Demonstrate information technology skills.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of Internet use and security issues.
  4. Demonstrate telecommunications skills.

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.

Mastering Information Technology Basics

  1. Investigate the history and emerging advances of information technology.
  2. Describe the impact of information technology on business and society.
  3. Identify the classes of software associated with information systems.
  4. Explore basic binary concepts and their applications in the information technology world.
  5. Describe the evolution of the Internet and how it works.
  6. Describe emerging technologies as they relate to the future of the Internet.
  7. Investigate current and future trends in information technology.
  8. Examine social, ethical, and legal issues associated with information technology.
  9. Debate an ethical issue related to using computer and Internet technology.

Using Computer Applications

  1. Create documents related to information technology using word processing/publishing software.
  2. Create a relational database.
  3. Create spreadsheets for real-world business problems.
  4. Create presentations, using presentation software.

Investigating Computer Fundamentals

  1. Identify the basic parts of a computer system and the relationships among components.
  2. Describe characteristics and functions of CPUs, motherboards, random access memory (RAM), expansion connections, hard drives, and CD-ROM drives.
  3. Explain the functions and characteristics of system expansion devices (e.g., graphics cards, sound cards, and modems).
  4. Demonstrate the use of connectivity devices and peripheral equipment (e.g., portable storage devices, printers, cable modem, and wireless technologies).
  5. Perform basic operations in an operating system environment.
  6. Manage various file types.
  7. Describe the basic computer start-up sequence.
  8. Compare and contrast the basic differences among operating systems.
  9. Investigate basic issues affecting system purchase and upgrade decisions.
  10. Investigate the building stages of a computer.

Maintaining, Upgrading, and Troubleshooting Computers

  1. Describe the importance of system maintenance and preventive measures, including the consequences of not taking preventive measures.
  2. Install and configure hardware in a computer system.
  3. Install software programs.
  4. Perform basic software configuration operations.
  5. Install and configure anti-X software (e.g., anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam).
  6. Identify basic problems associated with computer hardware, operating system, and application software.
  7. Describe risk-mitigation techniques (e.g., policies, procedures, hardware, and software).
  8. Identify basic security risks inherent to computer hardware and software.
  9. Describe security best practices for businesses.
  10. Describe the importance of data backup media and strategies.
  11. Back up files.
  12. Perform basic remote connection troubleshooting.

Exploring Network Fundamentals

  1. Investigate networks and their evolution.
  2. Explain basic networking concepts and different network structures.
  3. Compare and contrast peer-to-peer and client/server networks.
  4. Describe the differences between analog and digital technology.

Exploring Internet Fundamentals

  1. Identify the elements that are required to connect to the Internet.
  2. Describe the concept of IP addresses and the Domain Name System (DNS).
  3. Explain the delivery methods of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
  4. Explore the types and features of various Web browsers.
  5. Explain file transfer mechanisms.
  6. Research principles of Internet communication etiquette.
  7. Identify criteria for conducting searches on the Internet.
  8. Assess the impact and value of available firewalls and intrusion detection systems (IDS).

Exploring Programming Basics

  1. Explain the purpose and functions of computer programming.
  2. Identify the types of programming languages.
  3. Explain the steps in a program life cycle.
  4. Design a simple program for a specific application.
  5. Create a simple computer program.
  6. Test and debug the program.
  7. Document the program.

Exploring the Basics of Web Page Design

  1. Investigate design elements of professionally developed Web sites.
  2. Analyze the navigation of a Web site for ease of use.
  3. Create a Web page.
  4. Investigate posting/publishing a Web site.

Exploring Graphics and Interactive Media

  1. Identify hardware required for multimedia and entertainment presentations.
  2. Identify software programs associated with graphics and interactive media.
  3. Explore the components of multimedia design and their applications.
  4. Explore information technology as it relates to the game programming industry.
  5. Create an interactive multimedia presentation.

Preparing for Industry Certification

  1. Describe the process and requirements for obtaining industry certifications related to the Information Technology (IT) Fundamentals course.
  2. Identify testing skills/strategies for a certification examination.
  3. Demonstrate ability to successfully complete selected practice examinations (e.g., practice questions similar to those on certification exams).
  4. Successfully complete an industry certification examination representative of skills learned in this course (e.g., MOS, IC3, NOCTI).

Developing Career Exploration and Employability Skills

  1. Complete self-assessments to help determine career development goals.
  2. Investigate careers, educational requirements, and certifications in the five information technology career pathways.
  3. Demonstrate project-management skills.
  4. Create manual and online employment-related correspondence.
  5. Assemble a professional portfolio, including selected samples of best work produced.