Computerisation has revolutionised the way documents are created, stored and transmitted. It hasfacilitated greater efficiency and more innovative ways of sharing information. The computercontinues to be an indispensable tool in the world of work. The ability to use the computer provides essential skills for prospective employees in the fields of data preparation and data management. Students seeking opportunities in the world of work or pursuing further studies must develop competence and proficiency in the use of computers and related electronic hardware devices. The Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM) syllabus is designed to equip students with knowledge and computer-related skills required to enhance the performance of clerical and administrative tasks.
The syllabus seeks to instil tenets of the Ideal Caribbean Person as articulated by the CARICOM Caribbean Education Task Force (CTF) and adopted by the CARICOM Heads of Government at their 18th Summit. To this end the syllabus contains objectives and content intended to foster disciplined and ethical behaviours within the work environment. In addition, the syllabus conforms to UNESCO’s Pillars of Learning and aims to promote varied approaches to learning, and the personal
growth, decision-making capabilities of students. The EDPM syllabus will provide a holistic approach to acquisition of knowledge and the development of candidates’ decision-making and problem-solving skills. It is suited for candidates pursing any discipline, as the competencies and skills developed in the preparation and management of electronic documents are interdisciplinary and imperative in the world of work or in the pursuit of further studies.
The syllabus aims to:
1. develop an understanding of the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in a modern office
2. equip students with the requisite skills to assume clerical and administrative roles;
3. lay the foundation for career development and advancement in a business environment;
4. develop knowledge and skills useful for specialised training for secondary, post-secondary studies, and future careers;
5. foster disciplined and ethical behaviours within the work environment;
6. develop effective document management capabilities;
7. enhance the quality of life and foster personal growth and development.