Computer Applications for the Visually Impaired

Vision of the Department

To provide quality education for the Visually Impaired in accessible learning environment to develop the skills and knowledge in the areas of Commerce and Computer Applications.  Also to make the students fit for employment opportunities and pursuing higher education equally with abled persons.

Mission of the Department

  • To empower Visually Impaired in accessible learning with the latest curriculum focused on Outcome Based Education.
  • To provide technical knowledge and skills to enhance their academic career skills leading to employment.
  • To enhance professional and ethical values among Visually Impaired to bring them into the main stream of society.

 

A person born with visual impairment has limited opportunities in pursuing their studies. A diploma course is now available for visually impaired those who desire to continue their education in a professional field. This course is offered exclusively for the visually impaired at diploma level for the first time in the country. This course aims to provide basic skills such as English communication, accounting, commerce, insurance, banking, commercial arithmetic, entrepreneurship, functional management, mass communication & call-centre training and technical skills in the area of basics of computers, MS Office, internet and basic trouble shooting. The methodology of teaching is supported by assistive technologies for the visually impaired such as Braille, text / picture embossers, JAWS software, screen readers, typing tutorial, OBR and audio-visual equipments. The teaching faculty is well equipped with Braille and usage of special gadgets in addition to their area of expertise.

Eligibility: Visually impaired (partial or total) candidates who have passed SSLC (Karnataka) or its equivalent are eligible for admission.

Program Outcome(PO'S)

PO-1: Basic knowledge: An ability to apply Knowledge of Business Mathematics, Language and Computer Applications to solve problems in the areas of Commerce and Computer Applications.
PO-2: Discipline knowledge: An ability to apply Computer Applications – specific knowledge to solve core and/or applied Commercial/Business problems.
PO-3: Experiments and practice: An ability to plan and perform experiments and practices and to use the results to solve Commercial/Business problems.
PO-4: Engineering tools: Apply appropriate techniques and tools with an understanding of the limitations.
PO-5: The graduate and society: Demonstrate knowledge to assess societal, health, safety ,legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to Commercial and Computer practice.
PO-6: Environment and sustainability: Understand the impact of the business solutions in societal and environmental contexts and demonstrate the knowledge and need for sustainable development.
PO-7: Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics, responsibilities and norms of the Commercial and Computer Practice.
PO-8: Individual and team work: Function effectively as an individual and as a member or leader in diverse/multidisciplinary teams.
PO-9: Communication: An ability to Communicate effectively.
PO-10: Life-long learning: Recognize the need for and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life- long learning in the context of modern business practices

 

Program Educational Objective’s(PEO'S)

 

PEO1: To provide necessary skills required for Office Management and become valuable Human Resources.
PEO2:  Imparting continuous and value based education to enable the students to uphold the Professional and Ethical Values.
PEO3: To provide Visually Impaired students with an academic environment needed for enhance their Employability Skills.
PEO4:  To Motivate Visually Impaired students to get into Higher Education

 

Course Outcome: The candidates who have secured this diploma can be placed in private / government organization, business / commercial / industrial establishments as Computer Operators, Administrative assistants, Tele Callers, Call Center personnel, Typists and Receptionists, Customer Care Representatives, etc. Students can also opt for higher education in B.Com / BBM degree offered by recognized universities.

The CAVI Department has been equipped with latest technology such as Job-Access-with-speech (JAWS) and Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a special screen reading software which enables the visually impaired students to read the contents on the computer screen. Electronic Tactile Graphics maker duplicates figures/illustrations in embossed form and enables the visually impaired to touch, feel and visualize illustrations. Braille Printers which supports for the conversion of text material into Braille. NUDI software is used for Kannada computer typing, The Computer Lab is equipped with the latest computer system with Internet Facilities. Spacious, well furnished classrooms are provided for the visually impaired students to make them comfortable in learning.  The Department is strengthened by well qualified and committed faculty members.

Facilities: The details of laboratories of this department include:

  • Computer Lab:

Hardware: Computer lab has been setup with adequate number of computers (Computer Systems with Dual Core 2 GB RAM 500 GB HDD).  The entire computer Labs are provided with Internet Facility and WiFi.

 Software:  Campus is covered under Microsoft License Agreement.

                   OS: Windows 7, Windows 10

                   Application Software: MS Office 2007, JAWS

English Communication Lab: The topics like Social Language, Business Language, Linguistic concepts, Linguistic competence Numerical information, stress and intonation words, preparing a documentary on the news, situational dialogues/role play etc. are taught in the  English communication lab.

Call Centre Training Lab: The topics like Soft Skills, Selling Skills, Behavioral Skills and Time Management, Vocabulary Development, Accent drill, reading and Listening Comprehension, Non-Verbal Communication etc., are being taught to improve their writing, listening and communication skills.

The above labs focus on the production and practice of sounds of language and familiarize the students’ with the use of English in everyday situations and contexts. Emphasis is placed on the development of listening and speaking skills along with the knowledge of English Grammar. The students recognize the sounds of English through Audio aids and Computer Software. It enables them to speak English correctly with focus on Stress and intonation.

Principles of insurance and practices Lab: The topics like Business insurance, Life insurance, General insurance, Insurance risk management etc. are covered to create more job opportunities in insurance sector.

Basic Computer Skills Lab:  Windows, Notepad, JAWS, NVDA, MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.

Office Skills Lab: Internet, Basic of Network, Access, Outlook etc.

Networking and troubleshooting lab: Basic of Networks, Hardware Components, Basic Hardware and Software Trouble shooting, Plug and Play devices and Software Installation. etc.

The above Labs are being taught to make the student to understand the concepts of Computer such as Basics of Computer, MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Internet, Networking and Troubleshooting, JAWS Configuration and NVDA Installation etc., It helps visually impaired students to improve their self confidence in gaining more job opportunities in computer field.

The CAVI Department has been equipped with latest technology such as Job-Access-with-speech (JAWS) and Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a special screen reading software which enables the visually impaired students to read the contents on the computer screen. Electronic Tactile Graphics maker duplicates figures/illustrations in embossed form and enables the visually impaired to touch, feel and visualize illustrations. Braille Printers which supports for the conversion of text material into Braille. NUDI software is used for Kannada computer typing, The Computer Lab is equipped with the latest computer system with Internet Facilities. Spacious, well furnished classrooms are provided for the visually impaired students to make them comfortable in learning.  The Department is strengthened by well qualified and committed faculty members.

Facilities:  The above Labs are being taught to make the student to understand the concepts of Computer such as Basics of Computer, MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Internet, Networking and Troubleshooting, JAWS Configuration and NVDA Installation etc., It helps visually impaired students to improve their self confidence in gaining more job opportunities in computer field.

Course Contents: the department is regularly revising the syllabus since 1999 – 2000 to suit the needs of the industries demand. The present curriculum (course code: _61) is revised in the year 2010. The subjects covered are:

I Semester

Sl.No.

Course Code

Course Name (subjects)

1

6311

Essential English Grammar – I

2

6312

Introduction to Computer Concepts

3

6313

Business Studies – I

4

6314

Financial Accounting – I

5

6315

English Language Lab – I

6

6316

Basic Computer Applications Lab – I

7

-

English Computer Typing (Practice Only)

8

-

Psychology and Counselling – I

 II Semester

Sl.No.

Course Code

Course Name (subjects)

1

6321

Essential English Grammar – II

2

6322

Business Studies – II

3

6323

Financial Accounting – II

4

6324

English Language Lab – II

5

6325

English Computer Typing (Speed 30WPM)

6

6326

English Computer Typing (Manuscript)

7

6327

Basic Computer Applications Lab - II

8

-

Psychology and Counselling – II

GEETHA V
Designation: HOD
Educational Qualification M.com
Area of Specialization: Commerce
E-Mail:

GEETHA V
BHAGYASHREE N G
Designation: Lecturer
Educational Qualification M.A
Area of Specialization: English
E-Mail:

BHAGYASHREE N G
SHANKAR S
Designation: Instructor
Educational Qualification Diploma in CP
Area of Specialization: Computer Typing & Basics of Computer
E-Mail: shankarpph@yahoo.com

SHANKAR S
Department Computer Applications for the Visually Impaired's activities

Activities:  During the year 2014, we have organized guest lectures on Motivation, Business Economics, Business Management, Communication Skills etc. to increase the students interactive skills, general knowledge and social awareness. Every Year the students are provided with carrier Guidance, Soft skills programs, English Bridge Course, psychology, Online Training Program, English and Aptitude training programmes, Industrial Visits etc. are arranged to increase their job opportunities and for better placements in various sectors.

In the year 2015, we have also organized guest lectures on concepts of Networking, Overview of Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired, Basics of Networking and Trouble Shooting, Personality Development, Skill abled training and also planning to organize the guest lecture in the areas Life Skills, Interview skills, communication and behavior skills etc. The students are participating in extracurricular activities like sports and cultural events.