Volume 2

Volume 2, Number 6

February 4, 2004

9 pages526 K bytes

The Computer Literacy Course: Putting It All Together

Judith F. Bennett
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341 USA

Peter A. Cooper
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341 USA

Abstract: The Computer Literacy course has specialized in the teaching of computer technology skills. The instructor has well developed tools for teaching the minutiae of application usage but most texts, and so most courses, lack resources that develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. The paper describes one attempt to teach computer literacy within the context of a single ‘real-world’ scenario. The approach emphasizes teamwork, planning, rational problem solving and the management of complex and ambiguous requirements. A Year in the Life Of…. details the daily incidents in the life of a company for one full year. Each day some new problem or event takes place. Students must learn to deal with an ever-changing work environment.

Keywords: critical thinking, real-world problems, team work, planning documents, direct or vague instructions, organization of raw material

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Recommended Citation: Bennett and Cooper (2004). The Computer Literacy Course: Putting It All Together. Information Systems Education Journal, 2 (6). http://isedj.org/2/6/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2003: §3112. ISSN: 1542-7382.)