This document contains a curriculum model that is designed to provide high school computer teachers with practical ideas for a 1-year computer applications course combining 3 quarters of instruction in keyboarding and 1 quarter of basic instruction in databases and spreadsheets. The document begins with a rationale and a 10-item list of recommended teaching strategies, teaching methods, and assessment tools. Presented next are a list of 14 goals for a computer applications course and a course outline that calls for structuring the 4-quarter course as follows: first quarter--operating a computer in a Windows environment, understanding copyright laws, and learning keyboarding and language skills; second quarter--formatting various documents; third quarter--formatting simple tables, using graphics tools, producing office employment documents, and processing special documents; and fourth quarter--using databases and spreadsheets. The following items are included in the more than 75% of the document that is devoted to the course's databases and spreadsheets components: exercises and handouts, final exams, final exam rubrics, test keys, information about the cost and requirements of database and spreadsheet software packages currently being used in the course; and description of a cooperative learning project. The bibliography contains 20 references. (MN)
For related curriculum guides, see CE 074 825-833.