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Computer Use

PSBSM – Thinking Skills – Computer Use Level 2

  • use communication softwareExamples
    • create and keep up to date distribution lists
    • receive and send emails and attachments
  • use the internetExample
    • perform keyword searches to get information about clients, competitors, business associations and potential subcontractors from websites

PSBSM – Thinking Skills – Computer Use Level 3

  • use word processingExamples
    • create lengthy proposals and project reports using programs such as Word
    • support text with imported graphs, illustrations and spreadsheets
    • use formatting features such as page numbering, heading levels, indices, footnotes and columns
  • use graphics softwareExamples
    • use photo editing software such as Photoshop to view marketing materials
    • create slide shows using presentation software such as PowerPoint
    • import graphs, logos and other scanned images, flow charts, business process layouts, word file and spreadsheet files
  • use databasesExample
    • use programs such as Access to create and modify project tracking databases, and store and retrieve data on clients, sales and reports
  • use spreadsheetsExamples
    • use programs such as Excel to create scheduling and budgeting spreadsheets, and track progress of project activities and
    • tasks
    • use spreadsheets to analyze human resource, production, communication and market research data
    • use spreadsheets to do calculations and create graphs
  • use other computer and software applicationsExample
    • use project management software such as Project to schedule activities and organize information related to labour, materials and equipment costs

PSBSM – Thinking Skills – Computer Use Level 4

  • use statistical analysis softwareExample
    • use software like SAS or SPSS to
      • analyze performance, productivity, inventory, supply, cost and quality data
      • identify patterns in data
      • plot functions
      • create sums of measures such as means, medians, standard deviations and confidence intervals

PSBSM – Thinking Skills – Computer Use Skills Summary

Business Professionals must be able to use

  • word processing software
  • graphics software
  • databases
  • spreadsheets
  • statistical analysis software
  • communications software
  • internet
  • other