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Information technology (IT) is a diverse area of study encompassing several computer-based system and application areas. The advancement of computers and communication technology continues to have profound impact on our lives. A need exists for technically competent individuals to provide appropriate computing solutions for users. The objective of the IT program is to provide a broad-based foundation in the area of IT and a concentration in one of four IT options.
In addition to technical knowledge, it is important for IT workers to be able to communicate, handle multi-tasking situations and to assess user needs when developing computer-based solutions.
The Computer Network Systems option of the IT program can help graduates prepare to perform tasks associated with installing, upgrading and maintaining computer network systems in typical LAN/WAN environments. This option explores a number of networking and internetworking technologies. Additional curriculum topics, investigated through classroom and laboratory experiences, include introductory computer programming, survey of operating systems, network design and implementation, network systems management and other related technical subjects. Information Technology (Computer Network Systems) consists of a foundation core of computing and general education courses, followed by studies in computer network systems applications.
Graduates may begin their careers in Information Technology involving the option pursued in a variety of entry-level positions. For the Computer Network Systems option, such positions may include computer network analyst, computer network technician, help desk analyst and WAN/LAN technician. For the Software Applications and Programming option, such positions may include database programmer, junior programmer, software support technician and software tester. For the Web Development option, such positions may include web administrator, web applications developer, web/software developer and website developer.
Graduates who have difficulty distinguishing colors may not be able to perform the essential functions of various positions involving information technology.
Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures.
Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computer systems, network hubs, patch panels, printers and other common computer peripherals. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.
Classes generally range in size from 15 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.
This program of study offers four options of coursework for a student to pursue. All of the courses (as such courses may be revised or modified from time to time by the school in its discretion) in one of the following options must be successfully completed.
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Information Technology - Computer Network Systems
Associate of Applied Science