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Computer Applications

Majors in Computer Applications:

See also  Web Careers & Gaming


Computer Applications AAS: 311

The Computer Applications program is for students who want to use the computer as a tool of productivity. The General Education courses, in conjunction with specialized courses, provide a broad foundation and sharpen students' skills in preparation for entry into or advancement in today's workplace.

This curriculum, following the database systems track, provides training, skills, and knowledge that prepare students for employment as entry-level database programmers and designers; or provides current professionals with essential database programming and design skills. Students will create Microsoft Access and Web database applications as well as write database user interfaces in the Visual Basic.Net environment.

This curriculum, following the information technology track, prepares students for a wide variety of positions involving the use of application software. Job possibilities include support in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing, sales, administration, and any area that requires the use of computer applications as a necessary tool of production. Emphasis is placed on the proficient use of software applications as well as the ability to use those applications as tools in decision making, managing people and information, communicating effectively, enhancing company viability and addressing many of today's technology challenges. This track provides students with in-depth knowledge in more than one application area and has the potential to lead to Microsoft certification in those areas.

The computer applications program participates in an interdisciplinary Web Careers program, which includes an A.A.S. and four certificate curricula.

In addition, an AA. in computer gaming is offered with three specialized tracks see Gaming for more information.


Database Systems Track: 311E

First Semester
 CMAP 106
Computer Use and Management
3
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
  Arts or  humanities distribution 3
Mathematics foundation 3
Speech foundation 3
Second Semester
CMAP 242 Introduction to Database Applications  3
CMAP 272 Professional Website Development 4
CMCS 140
Introduction to Programming
3
  English foundation
3
Behavioral and social science distribution

3

Third Semester
CMAP 278 Web Application and Development Using Cold Fusion 4
CMSC 222
Visual Programming 3
Natural sciences distribution with lab 4
Elective† 3-4
Fourth Semester
CMAP 245 Advanced Database Applications 3
CMAP 282
Web Application Development Using PHP and My SQL
OR
CMAP 288 Advanced Web Applications Development Using Cold Fusion 3
Health foundation 1
  Elective† 3-4
  Elective†
3-4
Total Credit Hours for Database Systems Track  58-61


*  ENGL 101 if needed for ENGL 102/103 or general elective

† Select from CMAP and CMSC courses

 

Program Outcomes for Database Systems Track

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Design and implement databases that meet user requirements.
  • Utilize relational database concepts to design and create a database system.
  • Develop a properly normalized relational database.


Information Technology Track :  311B


First Semester
CMAP 106
Computer Use and Management
3
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
Arts or humanities distribution 3
Health foundation
1-3
Mathematics foundation 3
Second Semester
CMAP 120 Introduction to Computer Applications
3
CMAP 272 Professional Website Development 4
 Behavioral and social sciences distribution
3
English foundation
3
 Elective†
 3
Third Semester
CMAP 232 Word Processing Applications
3
CMAP 242 Introduction to Database Applications
3
Natural sciences distribution with lab 4
 Speech foundation
3
Elective† 3-4
Fourth Semester
CMAP 252 Spreadsheet Applications 3
Elective† 3
Elective† 3
Elective† 3
 Elective† 3-4
Total Credit Hours for Information Technology Track 60-63


*  ENGL 101 if needed for ENGL  102/103 or general elective.  Please consult an adviser or transfer institution for assistance with course selection.

† Select from any ACCT 221, ACCT 222, BSAD, CMAP, CMSC, ECON, GDES, MGMT.

Program Outcomes for Information Technology Track

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Utilize productivity software (such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software) to create, analyze, store, and report information.
  • Locate and manage data on personal or collaborative technology. 
  • Present information using multiple electronic media.

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Database Systems Certificate: 238


This certificate curriculum provides training, skills, and knowledge that prepare students for employment as entry-level database programmers and designers or provides current professionals with essential database programming and design skills.

Students will create Microsoft Access and Web database applications as well as write database user interfaces in Visual Basic.Net.

Program Requirements    
CMAP 106 Computer Use and Management 3
CMAP 242 Introduction to Database Applications 3
CMAP 245 Advanced Database Applications 3
CMAP 272 Professional Website Development 4
CMAP 278 Web Application Development Using ColdFusion 4
CMAP 282 Web Application Development Using PHP and MySQL  
or
   
CMAP 288 Advanced Web Application Development Using Cold Fusion 3
CMSC 140 Introduction to Programming 3
CMSC 222 Visual Programming 3
Total credit hours  26

Program Outcomes for the Database Systems Certificate

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Describe the advantages, disadvantages, and appropriate uses of various database management systems (DBMS).
  • Design a database system based on user requirements.
  • Create entity-relationship diagrams that accurately describe a database structure.
  • Understand and successfully utilize basic database design concepts such as primary and foreign keys, normalizing, bridge tables, alternate primary keys, and strong versus weak entities.
  • Create a database system that successfully fulfills an organization’s data requirements.

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Information Technology Certificate: 213

This certificate curriculum is for the career professional who needs to become more proficient at using today's popular software applications as tools in decision making, managing people and information, communicating effectively, enhancing company viability, and addressing today's many technology challenges.

Program Requirements
CMAP 106 Computer Use and Management 3
CMAP 120 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
CMAP 242 Introduction to Database Applications 3
CMAP 232 Word Processing Applications 3
CMAP 252 Spreadsheet Applications 3
CMAP 272 Professional Website Development 4
Total credit hours  19

Program Outcomes for the Information Technology Certificate

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Apply file management skills effectively.
  • Locate assigned information on the Web with proficiency.
  • Send an email with a suitable subject line and an attachment.
  • Create a word processed document demonstrating the use of formatting, page setup, editing, printing, and mail merge.
  • Create a spreadsheet demonstrating the use of formatting, editing, and calculating with appropriate functions and formulas, charting, page setup, and printing.
  • Create a presentation demonstrating the use of presentation techniques, layouts, formatting, editing, printing, clip art, WordArt, transitions, and animation.
  • Create a database demonstrating the use of tables, queries, simple reports, and simple forms.
  • Design and upload a home page containing header, body with links, and images.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the vocabulary of information technology.

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