Volume 2

Volume 2, Number 30

May 10, 2004

12 pages840 K bytes

Assessment of Spreadsheet and Database Skills in the Undergraduate Student

Jeanne M. Baugh
Robert Morris University
Moon Township, PA 15108

Abstract: What makes a student computer literate? Since spreadsheets and databases are used in many applications, across many platforms, minimal skills in these areas are often seen as components of computer literacy. This paper describes the process of the evaluation of undergraduate students in the area of spreadsheet and database topics. The students were tested at the onset of an Information Systems Applications course, a requirement in the University’s core curriculum. The students were expected to have attained a certain skill set prior to this course. The results of the assessment are discussed and changes to the curriculum are presented based upon the exam results.

Keywords: computer literacy, database, spreadsheet, assessment

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Recommended Citation: Baugh (2004). Assessment of Spreadsheet and Database Skills in the Undergraduate Student. Information Systems Education Journal, 2 (30). http://isedj.org/2/30/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2003: §2111. ISSN: 1542-7382.)