COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

 

This event recognizes PBL 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:

 

Word Processing:  Participants will be responsible for the production of letters, memorandums, 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, cloning, etc.

 

Spreadsheets:  Participants will be responsible for creating a spreadsheet and applying various functions.

 

Business graphic solutions:  Participants will be responsible for completing various graphics, including bar, line, pie, exploded pie, or stacked bar.

 

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

 

Participants will be responsible for formatting each problem and must recognize the necessity for accurate proofreading.  The Format Guide will be used for formatting word processing documents.

 

Problems are weighted according to difficulty and may be completed in any order.  Results will be based on accuracy of printed copy.

 

In addition, participants will be tested on their understanding of basic computer terminology and concepts; document formatting rules and standards; grammar, punctuation, spelling, and proofreading; related computer technology; and netiquette.  Participants must complete both parts of the event to be eligible for an award.

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

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

 

 

State     Each charter may enter six participants.

 

National     See publication:  Chapter Management Handbook—current edition.

 

REGULATIONS

 

State     When it has been determined that a student will represent the charter at state competition, the appropriate entry form must be sent to the state adviser postmarked first-class mail by the date specified in the SLC registration packet.

 

National      See publication:  Chapter Management Handbook—current edition.

 

Participants must be selected in accordance with the regulations of the state chapter and the national association.

 

Participants must not have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or placed 1st or 2nd in this event at a previous State Leadership Conference.

 

Participants failing to report on time for the event may be disqualified.

 

Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers.  Nongraphing calculators will be provided.  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

 

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.

 

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.  

 

JUDGING

 

The one-hour objective tests will be machine graded.  This test will be given at the State Leadership Conference and will constitute 20 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 for this event.  All decisions of the judges are final.  The production portion of this event will constitute 80 percent of the final event score.

 

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

 

AWARDS

 

State         State awards for the top five places are presented at the State Leadership Conference.

 

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.