Information Technology Access and Skill Requirements

 Access Requirements Because information technology is an integral part of business decision-making, courses in the Robinson College of Business frequently incorporate assignments that require computing skills, Consistent with university policy (available at http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwist/studentUse.html, the Robinson College requires students to be responsible for providing computer and Internet access for all RCB courses and programs. For a list of possible hardware and software configurations and Internet Service Providers, see the Web site at http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwdls/require.htm. Students may consult the university's Office of Student Financial Aid for information about possible funding opportunities for computer and Internet access expenses.

Skill Requirements Although students can expect to enhance their information technology skills as they work toward their degrees, the college expects all students to have certain basic skills before enrolling in any business course. These skills are defined as Basic Microcomputing Skills and are described below in the CSP I skills definition.

 When courses require additional computing skills, these Computing Skill Prerequisites (CSP's) are listed by number in the catalog course description. Students are expected to acquire the required computing skills through whatever means they deem most appropriate before enrolling in a course. The GSU Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) University Educational Technology Services (UETS) offers basic and intermediate classes regularly (some free and some for a fee) and has selfpaced tutorials. Call 404/651-2686 for a schedule of offerings. Instruction is also available through commercial training and printed and tutorial programs, including those furnished by software companies. The Division of Continuing Education offers courses for modest fees (404/651-3456). The CSP's listed in the catalog for a particular course are required for all sections of the course. Students can be tested for CSP-level expertise and must be proficient at the level indicated in the skills definition (see below) for each CSP listed in the catalog for individual courses. Students found to have insufficient CSP expertise can be disenrolled from the course. Individual instructors may require additional CSP's beyond those published in the catalog by announcing the requirements on the syllabus and providing guidance or instruction for students as to how they can acquire the additional skills. The following descriptions define the skills incorporated in each CSP.

Computer Skills Prerequisites (CSP's) Definitions

CSP 1. Basic Microcomputing Skills Understand the PC and its components; turn on the PC; use command-oriented, windows-based, and LAN operating environments to accomplish tasks such as formatting floppy disks, creating and navigating through directories and subdirectories, creating and deleting files, copying and renaming files, using help screens, loading application software, exiting from application programs and operating environments in an orderly manner, and using appropriate measures to check for and prevent the spread of computer viruses.

CSP 2. Basic Microcomputing Spreadsheet Skills Load the spreadsheet software; create, organize, and navigate through spreadsheets; format the spreadsheet or a block of cells; enter and edit formulas, values, and text; copy, move, and protect cells; insert and delete columns and rows; save and retrieve files; print spreadsheets; use financial, statistical, and mathematical functions such as totaling and averaging of rows and columns; create and print charts and graphs, create data tables, invoke existing macros, and use help screens.

CSP 6. Word Processing Skills For word processing: Load the word processing software; create, format, edit, and save documents; copy and move text; adjust margins, indents, and line space; adjust fonts and styles. For presentation graphics: Load the presentation graphics software; choose and modify templates; choose and modify slide layouts; insert slides; modify slide, handout, and note masters; change color schemes; apply effects, animation, and multimedia to slides; run a slide show. For both: Import tables, clip art, and graphs from other applications; use spell-checking; load additional toolbars; use help screens.