Associate in Applied Science Degree

Computer And Electronics Technology

This program helps graduates begin to prepare for careers in a variety of entry-level positions in many fields of electronics and computer technology, such as aviation, communications, computers, consumer products, defense and research and development. The program acquaints students with certain circuits, systems and specialized techniques used in electronics and computer technology career fields and exposes students to a combination of classroom theory and practical application in a laboratory environment.

Graduates of this program may begin their careers in a variety of entry-level positions in various fields involving electronics technology and computer technology such as technician, electronics technician, field service representative, salesperson and computer technician.

Graduates who have difficulty distinguishing colors may not be able to perform the essential functions of various positions involving computer and electronics technology.

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

In laboratory, students typically work in teams. Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computers, applications programs relevant to the field, standard hand tools and various pieces of test equipment which include the multimeter, power supply, oscilloscope and signal generator. Other types of specialized test equipment may be available for student use in various individual applications.

Classes generally range in size from 20 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Course Number Course Credit Hours
GE117
Composition I+

This course covers phases of the writing process, with special emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for writing clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4
GE127
College Mathematics I+

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and triangles and trigonometric functions. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GE184 Problem Solving or TB184 Problem Solving or GE150 Survey of the Sciences or equivalent; Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4
GE184
Problem Solving+

This course introduces students to problem solving techniques and helps them apply the tools of critical reading, analytical thinking and mathematics to help solve problems in practical applications.

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4
GE192
College Mathematics II+

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: exponential and logarithmic equations and functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, polar coordinates, oblique triangles, vectors and sequences. Prerequisite: GE127 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4
GE217
Composition II+

This course focuses on appropriate rhetoric structures and styles for analytical and argumentative writing. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, reading skills and elements of research in the information age. Prerequisite: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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4
GE253
Physics+

Students in this course study the concepts of general physics. Practical applications demonstrate the theory. Prerequisite: GE192 College Mathematics II or equivalent

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4
GE273
Microeconomics+

This course introduces the economic way of thinking as it provides the basic principles of microeconomics. It is the study of choices made by households, firms, and government and how these choices impact the market economy. Prerequisites: GE117 Composition I or equivalent, GE127 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4
Subtotal 28.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
ET115
DC Electronics

A study of electronic laws and components in DC circuits, emphasizing the study and application of network theorems interrelating voltage, current and resistance. Students apply practical mathematics as it supports understanding the principles of electronics. A laboratory provides practical experience using both physical components and computer-generated simulations. Corequisite or Prerequisite: GE127 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4
ET145
AC Electronics

This course covers an analysis of reactive components as they relate to an AC sine wave. Transformers, filters and resonant circuits are studied in this course. Laboratory supports the theory and continues the use of both physical components and computer-generated models. Prerequisite: ET115 DC Electronics; Corequisite or Prerequisite: GE192 College Mathematics II or equivalent

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4
ET156
Introduction to C Programming

This course is designed to help students with the fundamental concepts and terminology of computer programming and practical skills in designing, writing and debugging simple computer programs in C. Prerequisite: TB143 Introduction to Personal Computers or equivalent

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4
ET215
Electronic Devices I

Students in this course study solid state devices, including diodes and transistors. Emphasis is placed on linear amplifiers and DC switching applications. Laboratory projects involve constructing, testing and troubleshooting circuits using solid state devices. Prerequisite: ET145 AC Electronics

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4
ET245
Electronic Devices II

Students study integrated circuits such as those used in communications and control systems. The circuits include, but are not limited to, amplifiers, timing circuits, summation amplifiers, active filters and oscillators. Laboratory projects include constructing, testing and troubleshooting circuits containing operational amplifiers. Prerequisite: ET215 Electronic Devices I

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4
ET255
Digital Electronics I

This course is a study of the fundamental concepts of digital electronics. The focus in this course is on combinatorial logic. In lab, students construct, test and troubleshoot digital circuits. Prerequisite: ET215 Electronic Devices I

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4
ET275
Electronic Communications Systems I

In this course, several methods of signal transmission and reception are covered, including such techniques as mixing, modulating and amplifying. Prerequisites: ET245 Electronic Devices II, ET255 Digital Electronics I, GE192 College Mathematics II or equivalent

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4
ET285
Digital Electronics II

This course continues the study of digital electronics. The focus in this course is on sequential logic. In lab, students construct, test and troubleshoot digital circuits. Prerequisites: ET245 Electronic Devices II, ET255 Digital Electronics I

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4
ET315
Electronic Communications Systems II

A continuation of Electronic Communications Systems I, this course emphasizes digital techniques and the transmission and recovery of information. Prerequisites: ET275 Electronic Communications Systems I, ET285 Digital Electronics II

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4
ET345
Control Systems

Students examine the control of systems with programmable units. Applying digital logic to control industrial processes is emphasized. Prerequisite: ET285 Digital Electronics II

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4
ET355
Microprocessors

Students study the architecture, interfacing and programming of a microprocessor, including interfacing the microprocessor with memory and with input and output devices. In lab, students will write, run and debug programs. Prerequisite: ET285 Digital Electronics II

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4
ET365
Computer and Electronics Capstone Project

Final capstone project with fundamental review provides the students with a significant design experience and integration of knowledge in electronics and computer gained in previous coursework, as well as a means to practice problem-solving and team work, project management, technical writing, and technical presentation skills. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 80 credits earned in the program of study including ET315 Electronic Communications Systems II or equivalent and ET355 Microprocessors or equivalent

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4
IT220
Network Standards and Protocols

This course serves as a foundation for students pursuing knowledge and skills in computer networking technologies. Major concepts such as OSI and TCP/IP models, network media specifications and functions, LAN/WAN protocols, topologies and capabilities will be discussed. Industry standards and a brief historical development of major networking technologies will be surveyed in conjunction with basic awareness of software and hardware components used in typical networking and internetworking environments. Prerequisite: TB143 Introduction to Personal Computers or TB145 Introduction to Computing

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Subtotal 52.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
TB133
Strategies for the Technical Professional+

The course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society, including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professional and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

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4
TB143
Introduction to Personal Computers+

Organization of a typical Personal Computer (PC) is examined in a given popular operating systems environment. Terminology and concepts related to major PC hardware components and their functions will be discussed consistent with industry standards and practices.

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4
TB332
Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development+

Students are required to plan and compile their projects in the form of a portfolio. Instruction on interviewing procedures and writing business communications is also included in this course. Prerequisite: Students must have completed 72 quarter credit hours prior to taking this course

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4
Subtotal 12.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Total
96
Subtotal 96.0

Notes

+In this program, this course may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the Internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog . The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.