Computer & Information Literacy Core Requirement


The Weber State University Computer and Information Literacy requirement provides students with the ability to use computers, the Internet, and library resources. Specifically it provides students with skills and knowledge to input, format, find, identify, retrieve, analyze, and evaluate information to support academic success and lifelong learning.


(update approved by Faculty Senate: April 17, 2014)

Computer Literacy requires that students meet a four-part requirement (A, B, C, and D) at a 70 percent level in each of the following:

Part A. Document Creation

A.1. Prepare a research paper
Students will use current software to produce correctly formatted research papers with an accepted academic reference format such as MLA or APA.
A.2. Prepare employment documents
Students will use current software/technology to produce effective employment documents such as a resume and a cover letter.
A.3. Document Collaboration
Students will be able to use multiple collaboration mediums to effectively share, communicate, and collaborate with their peers. 

Part B. Content, Internet Identity, and Device Management

B.1. Content and File Management
Students will use current software/technology to manage content on local devices and in the cloud.
B.2. Internet Identity Management
Students will manage their web identity and presence according to e-safety, security, and privacy best practices and standards.
B.3 Device Management and Security
Students will manipulate multiple computing platforms and troubleshoot problems when they arise. Students will protect local devices from security threats including viruses, malware, and adware using current best practices and technologies. 

Part C. Data Manipulation, Visualization, and Presentation

C.1. Data Manipulation
Students will manipulate and analyze data using various software applications and basic programming.

C.2. Data Visualization
Students will organize data using various graphical methods such as charts and infographics to appropriately convey information.
C.3. Data Presentation
Students will create an effective, well-designed presentation using current technologies.

Part D. Information Literacy (LIBS 1704, LIBS 2504, LIBS/EDUC 2604, LIBS/BSAD 2704, LIBS 2804, LIBS/HTHS 2904 or TBE TD1504 exam) classes and Internet-based exam.


Identify Information Needs:
Use the research process; construct a research question with a manageable focus; differentiate and apply different types and formats of information (scholarly/popular, primary/secondary, etc.).

Find Information Effectively:
Demonstrate how information is organized; use Boolean Logic and other search strategies to effectively use library catalogs, article databases, and Internet search engines.

Critically Evaluate Information:
Identify and apply evaluation criteria to assess the quality of information retrieved.

Use Information Ethically:
Demonstrate the importance of properly and correctly citing a source used. Identify what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.