CCCP Report on Computer Literacy 1993/94

On Computer Competency

This document is loosely based on Report to Senate, CCCP 1993/94
It is not an official copy of the Report.


In its acceptance of the 1988/89 CCCP Final Report, Brock University Senate declared:
"... as one of the University's goals, that by the year 2000, all students graduating from Brock University will know how and when to use computers in their selected disciplines"
thus committing the University to undertake steps to address student computer competency. The authors hope that this report will serve as a guide to the implementation of this commitment.

Computer competency (as any competency) is attained through practice. Practice alone, however, is not enough. A skill learned is soon lost unless it is evident to the learner that the skill is of value and the learner has continued opportunity to make use of the skill. Any policy implemented to address the acquisition of computer competence must take this into consideration. This means that the student must perceive that the computer is a valuable tool to him/her and must have continued need to make use o f the tool in her/his studies. To achieve this, computer use must be integrated throughout the curriculum and we must foster a climate in which computer use will flourish.

Our primary recommendation, then, is that computer use be integrated throughout the curriculum. This will require changes in the way both academic and administrative departments operate and will require support from all levels within the university.

Motivating Students

Motivating Faculty

Motivating Staff



Long Range Considerations


We believe that the steps outlined herein will move us closer to our desired goal. However, we will not reach this goal overnight. The progress must be monitored and approaches adapted as time goes on. We recommend that the Subcommittee on Computer Literacy (probably renamed the Subcommittee on Computer Competency) be reconstituted each year with some continuing membership to oversee the progress towards our goal.


We include here statements that could be incorporated in the 1995/96 calendar regarding computer competency.

The committee has summarized what it thinks constitutes a good package for a student at Brock. The list below should not be treated as an endorsement of any one particular computer or software package, but rather as a guide. For further specific recommendations, students are strongly advised to consult their Departments.

Brock Bookstore has provided some price estimates in August 1994. The prices change, and you should contact them for an up-to-date quotation.

Hypertext by E.Sternin, Computing coordinator, Department of Physics