Faculty Research at Morehead State University


The Need for an Introductory Computer Literacy Course at the University Level


Sam Nataraji

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This paper will investigate the need for a Computer Literacy course for freshmen entering a four-year college. Most of the entering freshmen at our university enroll in a computer literacy course called “Introduction to Computers”. In this course students will learn effective strategies for learning and applying microcomputer software including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database management. The course introduces concepts, terminology, and tools of the microcomputer software operating and application system environment. Introduction to the effective utilization of networking for communication, research, and information downloading is also incorporated in the course. Emphasis is on preparing the student to use computer technology effectively in education and work environments. This study will investigate the knowledge of the incoming freshmen at the beginning of the course by administering a pretest. Their knowledge at the end of the semester will also be evaluated by means of a posttest. The pretest and posttest scores will be compared to ascertain whether the students have increased their knowledge base and skill set. The need for offering such a course in future will also be discussed. The pretest and posttest scores will be compared and analyzed using statistical techniques to ascertain: 1. Have the students gained additional knowledge from the class? 2. Is the difference in their pretest and posttest scores statistically significant? 3. Should our university continue offering this course in the future?