The College of Southern Idaho recognizes and advocates the critical need for computer literacy. Basic computer literacy at CSI is defined as a demonstrated ability to use technology to access, manipulate, evaluate,use and present information.
Any students graduating with an Associate Degree (AA, AAS, AE, and AS) must demonstrate computer competency before graduation.¬† Incoming students will complete the CSA as part of the Placement testing process.
- Pass the Computer Skills Assessment with a score of 70% or better in all four areas. The first attempt is covered by student fees and may be taken without charge an unlimited number of times in a 30 day period. After 30 days, students will be charged a nominal fee for each retake. There is a 24 hour waiting period for each retake.
- If one or more parts of the Assessment are not passed with a 70% or better, students may choose to complete an equivalent class. An example of this is a student passes the word processing and presentation section but not the spreadsheet section, the student may then enroll in the Introduction to Spreadsheet class. With a grade of C or better in that class, the student has then demonstrated competency in all four areas since assessment Equivalent classes are:
- CISA 141 Introduction to Word Processing (l credit)
- CISA 115 Introduction to Excel (1 credit)
- CISA 135 Introduction to Presentation Software (1 credit)
- CISA 130 Introduction to Windows (1 credit)
Students will meet the graduation requirement if they have completed any course listed below with a grade of C or better. Studentsearning a D grade will receive credit for the class but will need
to either repeat the class or complete the CSA exam to meet the graduation requirement.
Course Requirement Met
CISA 101 Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Windows
BUSA 215 Word Processing, Spreadsheet,
EDUC 215 Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Windows
VETT 103 Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Windows
CISA 145 Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Windows
Students will be required to demonstrate competency in all four sections prior to applying for graduation from the College of Southern Idaho.
Students wishing to earn credits for the Computer Skills Assessment, may complete a credit by exam for CISA 115 (1 cr), CISA 135(1 cr) and/
or CISA 141(1 cr) for a total of 3 credits. The exam does not assess the outcomes for CISA 101, BUSA 215, EDUC 215, VETT 103 or CISA 145 and cannot be substituted for any of those courses. A list of objectives and more information about Computer Literacy can be found at
A list of objectives and more information about Computer Literacy can be found at http://computerliteracy.csi.edu