COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

 

This event recognizes FBLA members who can most efficiently demonstrate computer application skills.

 

The two-hour skills portion of this event requires participants to be able to complete problems in the following areas, with possible integration:
 

• Word Processing:  Participants will be responsible for the production of letters, memoranda, tables, reports, or any other type of word processing problems.
 

• Database:  Participants will be responsible for creating a database and applying various functions such as searching, querying, etc.
 

• Spreadsheets:  Participants will be responsible for completing the spreadsheet grid and applying various formulas and functions such as move, combine, format, etc.  In addition, students will be responsible for creating and applying formulas and for completing various graphics, including bar, line, pie, exploded pie, or stacked bar.
 

• Presentation:  Participants will be responsible for preparing text slides with graphics and backgrounds.

 

Participants are responsible for formatting each problem and must recognize the necessity for accurate proofreading.  Results will be based on accuracy of printed copy.  The Format Guide will be used for formatting word processing documents.

 

In addition, participants will be given a one-hour objective test on their understanding and mastery of basic computer terminology and concepts; presentation, publishing and multimedia applications; e-mail, integrated and collaboration applications; netiquette and legal issues; spreadsheet and database applications; security; and formatting, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and proofreading.

 

 

ELIGIBILITY
 

Participants must have paid state and national dues postmarked by December 15 of the current school year.

 

District       Number of participants governed by local FBLA District policy.

 

State          Each district may be represented by participant(s) based on the Florida FBLA scaled quota system found in the Fact Finder.

 

National   See publication:  National Chapter Management Handbook—current edition.

 

REGULATIONS
 

District       Each district determines its own procedures for event registration.

 

State          When it has been determined that a student will represent the district at state competition, the student's local adviser must send the appropriate entry form to the state adviser by first-class mail.  The entry form and the required receipt deadline are included in the SLC registration packet.

 

National   See publication:  National Chapter Management Handbook—current edition.
 

 

• Participants must be selected in accordance with the regulations of the FBLA district and state chapters and the national association.

 

• Participants must not have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or placed 1st , 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in this event at a previous State Leadership Conference.

 

• Participants failing to report on time may be disqualified.

 

• Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers.  Nongraphing calculators will be provided for the objective portion of the event.  No electronic devices may be brought to the event.     No reference materials or other items are to be brought to the event.

 

• Participants must adhere to the dress code established by the Board of Directors or they will not be permitted to participate in the competitive event.

 

SCHOOL SITE TESTING

The production portion of this event will be given prior to the state conference.  Two hours will be allowed for the skills test at the school testing site.  Additional time will be allowed for general directions, equipment set up, and warm up.  Problems are weighted according to difficulty and may be completed in any order. 

 

The FBLA-PBL Format Guide is allowed as a reference at the test site.  Calculators are not allowed on the production portion of the test.

 

Voice recognition software may be used where appropriate.  The local chapter must provide the software.

 

The district director (with the approval of the state adviser) will determine the central site location for the test.  The state adviser will provide the district directors with the dates.  An impartial party will be selected to administer the test.

 

JUDGING
 

Objective tests will be machine graded and will constitute 15 percent of the final event score.

 

Judging of the skill test will be based on printed copy.  The documents will be evaluated by a panel of judges.  All decisions of the judges are final.  The production portion of this event will constitute 85 percent of the final event score.

 

Ties will be broken based on the scores associated with the production portion of this event.

 

AWARDS
 

District       The number of awards presented at the District Leadership Conference is determined by local FBLA District policy.

 

State          State awards for the top five places are presented at the SLC.

 

National    The number of awards presented at the National Leadership Conference is determined by judges and/or number of entries.  The maximum number will be ten.