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Computer Technology & Networking


Associate of Applied Science

Program Length: 20 months (may be completed in as little as 15 months)

Degree Overview

computer technology degree

Computer Technology & Networking

Information technology (IT) is an integral part of modern life, and inextricable from modern business. IT techs keep information systems online and operational. They maintain the company’s computers at every level, including the efficient transmission of information, and the storage and analysis of information. IT techs are among the most important positions in the workplace.

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology and Networking

The Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology and Networking at California College San Diego teaches students the skills they may need to maintain a networked system of computers throughout a company. This program provides a solid foundation for students to handle problems ranging from hardware issues to performance bugs to internet technology crises. Students can come away confident that they can handle the day-to-day maintenance of a computer system.

Computer Technology and Networking Job Outlook

Unsurprisingly, the employment of computer support specialists is expected to grow by 18 percent through 2020.

Many entry-level positions require only a computer-related associate’s degree. Graduates with a computer technology degree have the credentials that may be needed for entry-level opportunities as a computer support specialist, network administrator, computer repair technician, user support technician, or hardware and software trainer. A bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, or information systems may be a requirement for some jobs, but that does not have to limit you from beginning your career a couple of years sooner.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Computer Support Specialist, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm)

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

APP 101 Computer Fundamentals 3.5
APP 126 Databases 3.5
CSS 101 Psychology of Motivation 4.0
CSS 299 Professional Development 4.0
ECN 220 Economics 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition 4.0
ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
HIS 220 American Civilization 4.0
ISS 220 Computer Law 4.0
MAN 103 Management Principles 4.0
MAN 210 Entrepreneurship 4.0
MAT 220 College Algebra 4.0
MCS 101 Computer Servicing I 3.5
MCS 102 Computer Servicing II 3.0
MCS 213 Workstation Administration 3.5
NET 103 Networking Concepts I 3.5
NET 104 Networking Concepts II 3.5
NET 215 Security Concepts I 3.5
OPS 101 Introduction to Operating Systems 4.0
OPS 113 Linux Operating System I 3.5
OPS 217 General Operating Systems 3.5
PHI 221 Introduction to Logic 4.0
PRG 101 Solutions Concepts 3.5
PRG 102 Programming Logic & Design I 3.5
PRG 140 Database Programming I 3.5

Course Description

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Computer Fundamentals

This course introduces the elements of several popular computer software programs in word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation design, Emphasis will be placed on the basic fundamentals of document creation, saving, and printing along with the more advanced concepts of presentation design.

Credits: 3.5

Databases

This course introduces several current database software products and their use in business. Emphasis is placed on database terminology in the study of tables, queries, forms, and reports. Computations and expressions are used to perform database inquiries.

Credits: 3.5

Psychology of Motivation

Students review skills necessary to be successful in college, including: note-taking, study skills, writing, finding and using information on the Internet, and reading/understanding college-level text. Students are exposed to basic motivation theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles.

Credits: 4.0

Professional Development

This course addresses employment search and acquisition skills. Topics include matching qualifications with job requirements, resume preparation, and job applications. Also includes cover letters, follow-up letters, resignation letters, and recommendation letters. Classroom activities include discussion of basic interviewer questions and interviewing techniques.

Credits: 4.0

Economics

Basic course in microeconomic concepts. Topics include recession and depression, the circular flow of production and consumption, the role of the market in the economy, wage and price movements, and other key points.

Credits: 4.0

English Composition

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Credits: 4.0

Communication Arts

This course focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal areas. Emphasis is placed on debate, panel discussions, committee work, conflict resolution, interviews, and editorial writing.

Credits: 4.0

American Civilization

This course covers the history of the United States from the American Revolution to the present. Emphasis is on the economic, political, and social development of our country.

Credits: 4.0

Computer Law

This course focuses on legal topics pertaining to the kinds of intellectual property most relevant to computers (copyrights, patents, and trade secrets), computer-related contracts, electronic transactions, computer fraud, hacking and negligence, privacy, and the use and the abuse of computer-related evidence. Emphasis is placed on the laws and the legal principles regulating the use and the exploitation of computers and software as objects and instruments of commerce.

Credits: 4.0

Management Principles

An introduction to the basic principles of management as it applies to formal organizations. Students are introduced to the importance of effective management within organizations. The traditional management framework is used to provide essential skills in planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling.

Credits: 4.0

Entrepreneurship

This course is a career-related overview of business startups, idea identification, value proposition, and competitive advantages in a student's area of specialization. The student will be able to identify and evaluate new business ideas; to learn how to prepare and evaluate business plans; and to identify capital sources for new ventures.

Credits: 4.0

College Algebra

Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.

Credits: 4.0

Computer Servicing I

Focuses on diagnosis and repair of computer systems. Passive and preventive maintenance procedures are studied. Also includes: theory and practice in upgrade and configuration of computer systems, including addition of memory, pointing device interfacing, hard drives, printers, modems, and multimedia upgrade kits.

Credits: 3.5

Computer Servicing II

Introduces the proper procedures for assembly and disassembly of a computer system. Safety concepts and procedures are covered, including electrostatic discharge (ESD) and electrical shock hazards. Students are introduced to the proper tools necessary to assemble and disassemble a computer. Cables and connectors are identified and case styles are covered. In this course, a student will disassemble a computer and identify all components. The student will then properly assemble the computer and verify proper operation. (Prerequisite: MCS101, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 3.0

Workstation Administration

Focuses on installation, configuration, and administration of workstation operating systems. Students install, upgrade, and configure workstations while working with file systems, devices, drivers, accounts, and protocols. (Prerequisite: OPS101, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 3.5

Networking Concepts I

Introduces networking concepts, history, and technology. Students learn vocabulary and network terminology and are trained to identify components of a network. Different types of topologies and protocols are covered, and students are trained to implement and support small networks.

Credits: 3.5

Networking Concepts II

Introduces wireless standards, remote access, and WAN technologies. Students will understand threats, firewalls, and basic security in small networks and learn to monitor and manage network operations. Students will learn the process of troubleshooting and documentation.

Credits: 3.5

Security Concepts I

This course concentrates on general security concepts, communication security, infrastructure security, basics of cryptography, and operational/ organizational security.

Credits: 3.5

Introduction to Operating Systems

Students are taught basic operating system concepts including the boot process, interrupt handling, CPU instruction cycle theory, and device driver theory. A short history of operating systems is covered. Installation, configuration, use, and troubleshooting of operating systems are covered, and students are given the opportunity to practice related skills. Batch file programming is also covered.

Credits: 4.0

Linux Operating System I

This course serves as an introduction to the Linux operating system. Students learn to install, configure, and administer the Linux operating system. Other topics include desktop applications, clients, games, LAN, WAN, the shell, and shell scripts. (Prerequisite: OPS101, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 3.5

General Operating Systems

This course addresses advanced concepts in the installation, configuration, management, and security of a selected server operating system. Students learn to configure and manage advanced network services in a hands-on environment. Planning, documentation, troubleshooting, and security concepts are covered. (Prerequisite: OPS101, or with consent of the dean)

Credits: 3.5

Introduction to Logic

This course focuses on the techniques for determining the validity of arguments and analyzing problems in the world. Topics include a discussion of informal fallacies, Aristotelian logic, and symbolic logic.

Credits: 4.0

Solutions Concepts

Introduces students to project management. Topics include analysis of business requirements, development and deployment cycles, creating project plans for successful delivery, implementation of risk management techniques and mitigation strategies, scheduling task cycles, and implementing monitoring tools and controls to track project progress

Credits: 3.5

Programming Logic & Design I

Introduces elementary programming concepts. Areas of study include an introduction to the history of programming and programming languages, flow charts, and logic structures.

Credits: 3.5

Database Programming I

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL). This course focuses on the basic techniques of SQL as it applies to data retrieval and manipulation.

Credits: 3.5

Total Courses: 25Total Credits: 93

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California Locations: National City, San Diego, San Marcos

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