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Computer Literacy Test & Requirement (for
HCC students only)
Computer Literacy Requirement
In today’s global society, computer literacy has become an
essential skill, comparable to reading, writing, and arithmetic. In
order to successfully 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 electronic 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
Who does this requirement apply to?
This requirement applies to all students enrolled in an associate degree
program who have not yet met the Computer Literacy Requirement.
How do I find out if I already met the requirement?
Follow the directions below for a Student
Degree Evaluation to see if the Computer Literacy Requirement has been “Met” or “Not
- Sign on to myCommNet
- Click Student Tab , then Student Self-Service
- Click HCC
- Click Student Records then Student Degree
- Select Current Term and What If Analysis
- Select Term You Began or When You Changed
- If earlier than Fall 02, select Fall 02 then
- Select Program then continue
- Select First Major then Submit
- Generate Request then Submit
- PRINT EVALUATION
Areas designated as MET are completed
Areas NOT MET need to be completed, see advisor for
proper course selection.
can I meet the requirement?
You can meet this requirement by:
• Successfully completing a designated Code “C” course at HCC or transferring an equivalent course from another accredited
college (an official transcript with course description or course
syllabus must be submitted to Admissions)
- OR -
• Passing the HCC Computer Literacy Test with a satisfactory score.
What is on the test?
The following Microsoft Office 2010 skills will be tested:
• Open documents and folders
• Enter and edit text
• Save and “save as”
• Fonts: size, color, style (bold, italics,
and underline),and highlight
• Headers and footers
• Copy, cut, and paste
• Spell and grammar check, synonyms, and thesaurus
• Paragraphs and line spacing
• Print and print preview
• Bullets and numbering
• Tabs and indenting
• Copy files to a CD or flash drive
• Undo and redo typing
• Set margins
• Page layout orientation (landscape and
• Change alignment (left, right, justify,
• Insert page numbers
• Find Help
• Send and open
• Forward and reply
• Attach files
• Browsers and search engines
If I pass the Computer Literacy Test do I get college credits?
Passing the Computer Literacy Test will fulfill your graduation requirement,
but will NOT give you college credits, nor will
it exempt you from any courses.
How do I sign up for the Computer Literacy Test?
To schedule a Computer Literacy Test, call 203-332-5217 or
stop by room B119 in Lafayette Hall.
How can I prepare for the test?
The following Microsoft Office 2010 tutorials may help you brush-up
your computer skills:
GLC Learn Free Microsoft Office 2010 Tutorial:
Tutorialspoint Free Microsoft Office 2010 Tutorial:
How many times can I take the Computer Literacy Test?
You may take the test two times. Students who do not pass the test
after two attempts must satisfy the Computer Literacy Requirement
by taking a
designated Code “C” course.
Does my degree
program include a Code “C” course?
Below is a list of the Code “C” courses and Degree Programs
which have the Code “C” courses built into them (as in
the 2009-2010 HCC Catalog):
Code “C” Courses
COM* E116 - Publications Workshop 1
COM* E222 - Basic Newswriting
GRA* E111 -Introduction to Computer Graphics
GRA* E241 - Digital Page Design
GRA* E261 - Web Design
CSA* E106 - Intro to Computer Applications
BOT* E111 - Keyboarding I
BOT* E137 - Word Processing Applications I
BOT* E215 - Word Processing Applications II
|DEGREE PROGRAMS WHICH INCLUDE CODE "C COURSES
||ACCOUNTING (FOR SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT)
||BANKING: PARENT PROGRAM
||BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TRANSFER OPTION: UCONN-STAMFORD/WATERBURY
||BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: CUSTOMER SERVICE/MARKETING OPTION
||BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: FINANCE OPTION
||BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: GLOBAL BUSINESS
||BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT OPTION
||BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT OPTION
||BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: MANAGEMENT OPTION
||BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: PARENT PROGRAM
||BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT/ENTREPRENEURSHIP
||BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT OPTION
||BOT* E111, BOT* E137, BOT* E215
||BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY: WORD/INFORMATION PROCESSING SPECIALIST
||BOT* E111, BOT* E137, , BOT* E215
||COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY PROGRAM: TECHNOLOGICAL STUDIES
||COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY PROGRAM: TECHNOLOGY STUDIES: ELECTRICAL
||COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY PROGRAM: TECHNOLOGY STUDIES: INDUSTRIAL
||COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS: PARENT PROGRAM
||FINE ARTS: ART OPTION
||GRAPHIC DESIGN: COMPUTER GRAPHICS OPTION
||GRA* E111, GRA* E241, GRA* E261
||GRAPHIC DESIGN: PARENT PROGRAM
||GRA* E111, GRA* E241
||LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES: JOURNALISM/COMMUNICATIONS CONCENTRATION
||COM* E116, COM* E222