Information technology core curriculum

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Information Technology Core


Program Learning Components…………………………..3 Learner Program Outcomes……………………………….5 Key Competencies……………………………………..…..11

This report presents the competencies for an Information Technology Core Curriculum and was developed by the Curriculum Group of the NorthWest Center for Emerging Technologies at Bellevue Community College. Thiscompetency-based curriculum was translated from the skill standards outlined for several IT career clusters published in Building a Foundation for Tomorrow: Skill Standards for Information Technology by NWCET in 1997.

This report includes the following: Program Learning Components: meaningful categories of related skills and knowledge. Learner Program Outcomes: what the learners must be able to know anddemonstrate at the end of the program. Key Competencies: specific, observable knowledge and skills that support and lead to the program learner outcomes.

Thanks to Michèle Royer, NWCET Curriculum Development Specialist, who generated and facilitated the reviews of this information. Many parts of the IT Core Curriculum were extracted and adapted from other IT curriculum projects. We would liketo thank the Bellevue Community College IT program faculty and staff for their involvement and contributions.

©National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies 1999



The Learning Components are meaningful categories of related skills and knowledge that are best taught/learned together and represent logical pieces of curriculum.

©National WorkforceCenter for Emerging Technologies 1999


Program Learning Components Analytical Skills and Problem Solving Analytical and Logical Thinking Conceptualization Data Gathering, Analysis and Organization Estimation and Cost/Benefit Analysis Hypothesis Development and Design of Experimentation Pattern Recognition and Modeling Problem Solving Statistical Analysis Business Environment Skills BusinessOrganization and Environment Computer Trends in Business and Society Principles of Accounting Professional Development Professionalism Coordination and Communication Skills Customer Relations Oral Communication Project Management Task Management Teamwork Written Communication Core Computer Software and Hardware Skills Database Applications Email Hardware Installation and Configuration InternetNetwork Technologies Presentation Software Principles of Programming Software Installation and Configuration Spreadsheet Applications Windows Environment Word Processing Project and Process Flow Skills Analysis and Synthesis Design and Development Planning and Organization Project Documentation Proposal Writing Quality Assurance Research Technical Documentation User Testing and Validation 4 ©NationalWorkforce Center for Emerging Technologies 1999


Learner Program Outcomes are statements that support the Learning Components by describing what students must know and be able to do by the end of the program.

©National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies 1999


Learner Program Outcomes Analytical and Logical Thinking – Analytical and Problem SolvingSkills Demonstrate the ability to apply analytical and logical thinking to gathering and analyzing information, designing and testing solutions to problems, and formulating plans Conceptualization– Analytical and Problem Solving Skills Demonstrate the ability to visualize and articulate complex problems and concepts Data Gathering, Analysis and Organization– Analytical and Problem Solving SkillsDemonstrate the ability to gather, analyze and organize data using a logical and systematic process Estimation and Cost/Benefit Analysis– Analytical and Problem Solving Skills Demonstrate the ability to develop estimates and projections, and to conduct cost/benefit analysis on specific alternatives Hypothesis Development and Design of Experimentation– Analytical and Problem Solving Skills...
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