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Computer Literacy Requirements

Courses that Satisfy the Computer Literacy Requirement

CAH 105 Computer Applications
CAS 103 Online Learning with Canvas
CAS 115 Introduction to Computing
CAS 121 Word I
CAS 125 Word II
CAS 130 Excel I
CAS 135 Excel II
CAS 141 PowerPoint
CAS 145 Publisher
CAS 151 Access I
CAS 155 Access II
ARC 141 Architectural Reporting
ARC 181 Introduction to AutoCAD
CIT 105 Fundamentals of Information Technology
ECS 110 Computer Essentials for the ECE Professional
ENV 245 Environmental Law II
HS 110 Computer Applications for Human Service Professionals
NSS 105 IT Essentials II
GTC 123 Macintosh Operations & Image Acquisition
MDP 121 Photoshop, Compositing and Retouching

Computer Literacy Standards

The computer literacy requirement is to assure CPTC graduates possess basic computer skills necessary for success in today’s work environment.

The following are the basic skills needed to meet the computer literacy requirement.

Manage Files

Student will be able to manage and organize files and directories/folders and know how to duplicate, move, rename, find, and delete files and directories/folders.

  1. Create, save, retrieve, rename files
  2. Create folders
  3. Copy, move, delete files/folders
  4. Retrieve deleted files
  5. Search and locate files/folders

Create a document using a word processing program

Student will be able to complete tasks commonly associated with creating, formatting and finishing word processing documents.

  1. Create, save, retrieve, rename documents
  2. Perform basic formatting to include page setup, margins, changing font type and style, spacing, etc.
  3. Copy, move and paste text
  4. Run spell and grammar check

Use the Internet

Student can locate and evaluate information on the Internet. Student uses browsing application and search engines

  1. Open and close a web browser
  2. Go to a URL
  3. Use a search engine
  4. Evaluate web based information for credibility
  5. Be aware of online security and privacy issues

Communicate electronically

Student can use email or other electronic communications software to send and receive messages.

  1. Create and send a message electronically
  2. Open, reply, forward a message
  3. Attach a file to a message
  4. Open and save an attached message file
  5. Be aware of security and privacy issues as they pertain to electronic messages

Understand the security and ethical issues associated with the use of computers and the Internet

  1. Understand the need to critically evaluate information retrieved online
  2. Aware of risks associated with Internet use including computer viruses, spyware, etc.
  3. Utilize software to scan files, folder and the computer for viruses, spyware, etc.
  4. Aware of importance of using computers and Internet resources in a responsible and legal manner

The computer literacy requirement can be met in the following means:

Successfully accomplish program embedded instruction

The program in which the student is pursuing his/her degree requires sufficient computer instruction to meet the requirements.

Example: Students in the Pharmacy Technician program are required to complete CAH 105 Computer Applications.

Successfully accomplish coursework at CPTC

Student successfully completes one or more relevant computer courses at CPTC.

Example: Students successfully completes CAS 115 Introduction to Computing<

Document prior training

Student has completed training prior to enrolling at CPTC that provides sufficient knowledge to meet the requirements. Student is able to provide documentation such as a class transcript or certificate of completion.

Example: Student has sufficient computer coursework in high school or other educational training to satisfy the requirement.

Provide a student portfolio

Student presents a portfolio of work successfully completed during course work at CPTC that demonstrates the student has met the requirement.

Example: Student has not completed any computer courses but can show sufficient knowledge through completed coursework and use of Blackboard or other online tools.

Successfully complete a challenge test

Student receives a passing score on a computer literacy test.

Example: Prior to being awarded a degree, the student takes and passes a test of sufficient rigor to satisfy the requirement.

Computer Literacy Subcommittee

Doug Ammons
Penny Mounce
Don Souza
Rosalie Westerberg
Mike Wheeler

How to Complete the Computer Literacy Skills Test

The challenge test will determine if you successfully meet the criteria for computer literacy.

You will have 14 days from the time you create your test account to complete the tests. There are three chances to pass the series of tests. If you pass the first time, you do not need to complete the optional training or the retest.

Steps to complete the challenge test:

  1. Visit the Enrollment Services Office in Building 17 on the Lakewood campus to enroll in the course challenge.  
  2. Pay the $70 fee in the Enrollment Services Office in Building 17.
  3. Email the moderator at requesting instructions and your course code (this is part of the test). Once registration and fee payment are verified, information will be sent to you so you can take the test. 
  4. You may take the tests online from your own computer or in the library’s computer lab on the Lakewood campus. 
    1. Campus Library: Questions about library hours or computer lab location? Call 253-589-5544.
    2. If taking the test at home you will need:
      1. PC or Mac computer. Check the system requirements here
      2. Internet connection.
      3. Ability to install programs on your PC or Mac.
      4. Access to the Microsoft Word 2010, 2013, 2016 or 365 program on a PC computer.
  5. Use the instructions sent to you by the moderator to take the tests.
    1. Set up your account. You have 14 days from the time you set up your account to complete the tests.
    2. Complete any installations on your own computer if necessary.
    3. Review the testing process.
    4. Take the tests.
      1. Pass? You are done with the tests.
      2. Did not pass? 
        1. Study the optional material.
        2. Retake the tests.
  6. Email the moderator that you are done at Include your name and student ID number.
  7. The moderator will verify completion of your tests and submit a request that your transcripts be updated.
  8. After at least five working days, check your transcript to ensure your test status has been updated. Questions? Email the moderator at


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