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IMS-101 Computer Skills Survey

To test your current applications skill level and knowledge of computing concepts in order to determine if IMS-101, Introduction to Computer Systems, is an appropriate course for you, take this survey and answer Yes or No to the following statements.

  Statement Yes No
Lab Tasks
1. I can use a word processing tool to cut, paste, copy, and move text, and I can insert graphics into a document.

2. I can use a spreadsheet tool to insert functions and formulas and create charts.

3. I can use a database management tool to insert and delete fields and records, create a report, and create a filter.

4. I can use the integration features of a productivity software suite to create a newsletter incorporating word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, and database information.

5. I can locate Web sites, use a search engine, find and copy images from Web sites, and save an image and Web site to a disk.

6. I can use presentation software to create presentations which include slide transitions, custom animation, clipart, and charts.

Computer Concepts
7. I can define and describe the information processing cycle--input, processing, output, and storage.

8. I can define and describe two types of system software: the operating system and utility programs.

9. I can define online service and Internet service provider.

10. I know the major categories of computers.

11. I know the function of the CPU.

12. I know that clock speed is the speed at which a processor executes instructions and is measured in hertz (Hz).

13. I can define bits and bytes of information.

14. I can define type of memory. 

15. I can define and distinguish between different kinds of ports.

16. I am aware of netiquette rules for behavior on the Internet.

17. I am well versed in email etiquette.

18. I am aware that Windows is a multitasking operating system, and, for example, I do not have to quit a word processing program to run a Web browser.

19. I know that when print spooling, the buffer holds the information waiting to print while the printer prints at its own rate. I also know that multiple print jobs are queued, or lined up, in the buffer.

20. I know that hand-held computers allows a mobile user to obtain information about traffic, directions, and weather; access e-mail and listen to the radio or CD; and share information with other computers.

21. I can define and list the strengths and weaknesses of the UNIX operating system.

22. I can perform a disk defragmentation.

23. I can define transfer rate.

24. I can define and describe various network topologies such as bus, ring, and star; I can also define hub, gateway, repeater, and router.

25. I can list and describe the six steps of the system development life cycle (SDLC).

26. I can list the advantages of computer based training.

27. I am aware that multimedia plays an important role in nearly all areas of society, including education, commerce, and health care.

28. I can define computer virus and describe the four main types which are boot sector, file, Trojan horse, and macro viruses.

29. I know that a biometric device translates a personal characteristic into a digital code that is compared to a digital code stored in the computer.

30. I can describe common encryption and decryption methods.

31. I am familiar with commonly used Internet protocols such as TCP/IP, HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP.

32. I can create a simple web page using HTML tags.

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