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Expectations for Student Use of Computers in Courses

Expectations for Student Use of Computers in Courses

Any Housatonic Community College course may require substantial computer based learning including use of the Internet, e-text books, instructional software, Blackboard, research data bases, online assignments, etc., for the completion of class assignments, homework, research and assessments.

Computer- based learning experiences may be used in place of or in addition to traditional lectures for some lessons. All students have access to computer laboratories in both Beacon Hall and Lafayette Hall. Computer access is also available in the college library.

Adopted by the Housatonic Community College Academic Council, February 2014

From the 2014-2015 Catalog

Computer Literacy Requirement

In today’s global society, computer literacy is an essential skill, comparable to reading, writing, and arithmetic. In order to complete their education at Housatonic Community College, transfer to a four-year institution, or enter the workforce, HCC students should be able to use word processing, the Internet, and email as tools to communicate and access information.

All students enrolling in an associate degree program at HCC are required to demonstrate basic computer literacy skills in order to graduate. Students are encouraged to fulfill the Computer Literacy Requirement within the first 12 college-level credits.

The Computer Literacy Requirement can be satisfied in either of the following ways:

  • Successful completion of a designated Code "C” course* at HCC or an equivalent course from another accredited college (an official transcript must be submitted and a course description and course syllabus may be requested).
  • Passing the HCC Computer Literacy Test** with a satisfactory score.

** Students who fail to pass the test after two attempts must satisfy the Computer Literacy Requirement by taking one of the designated Code "C” courses.

The Computer Literacy Requirement is built into some of the associate degree programs.

* The following courses are Elective Code "C" and meet the Computer Literacy Requirement:

BOT* E111 Keyboarding for Information Processing I

BOT* E137 Word Processing Applications

BOT* E215 Word Processing Applications II

COM* E116 Publications Workshop I

COM* E222 Basic News Writing

CSA* E106 Introduction to Computer Applications

GRA* E111 Introduction to Computer Graphics

GRA* E241 Digital Page Design

GRA* E261 Web Design