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Computer Applications

Majors in Computer Applications:

See also Web Careers & Gaming


Computer Applications A.A.S. 311

Revised: Effective Semester - Summer 2007

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.

General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses    
English foundation 3
  Health foundation 1
  Mathematics foundation 3
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
Arts or humanities distribution 3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3
  Natural sciences lab distribution 4
Database Systems Track: 311E    (37-38 credit hours) 
CA 106 Computer Use and Management

3

CA 141 Introduction to Database Applications

3

CA  240 Advanced Database Applications
3
CA  272 Professional Web Site Development
4

CA  278

Web Application Development Using ColdFusion
4
CA  282 Web Application Development Using PHP and My SQL  
or
   
CA  288 Advanced Web Application Development Using ColdFusion

3

CS 140   Introduction to Programming

3

CS 215 Visual Basic Programming

3

EN 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
Electives:  Select 11-12 credits from CA and CS courses  
Total credit hours for database systems track 
60

*  EN 101 if needed for EN 102/109 or general elective

 

Program Outcomes for Database Systems Track

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

  • Describe the advantages, disadvantages, and appropriates 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.
  • Apply appropriate problem-solving methodologies to the analysis and solution of related problems.
  • Communicate effectively using oral and written techniques.
Information Technology Track:  311B  (37-38 credit hours)
CA 106 Computer Use and Management 3
CA 120 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
CA 141 Introduction to Database Applications 3
CA 232 Word Processing Applications 3
CA 252 Spreadsheet Applications 3
CA 272 Professional Website Development 4
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
Electives:  Select 18-19 credits from any AC 201, AC 202, BA, CA, CS, EC, GD, MG  
Total credit hours for information technology track 
60

*  EN 101 if needed for EN 109/109 or general elective

Program Outcomes for Information Technology Track

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

  • Apply file management skills effectively.
  • Locate 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, mail merge.
  • Create a spreadsheet demonstrating the use of formatting, editing, calculating, 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 table, query, simple report, simple form, and printing.
  • Design and upload a home page containing header, body with links, and animation.

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Database Systems Certificate: 238

New:  Effective Semester — Summer 2007

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.

CA 106 Computer Use and Management 3
CA 141 Introduction to Database Applications 3
CA 240 Advanced Database Applications 3
CA 272 Professional Website Development 4
CA 278 Web Application Development Using ColdFusion 4
CA 282 Web Application Development Using PHP and MySQL  
or
   
CA 288 Advanced Web Application Development Using Cold Fusion 3
CS 140 Introduction to Programming 3
CS 215 Visual Basic 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

Revised: Effective — Summer 2007

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.

CA 106 Computer Use and Management 3
CA 120 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
CA 141 Introduction to Database Applications 3
CA 232 Word Processing Applications 3
CA 252 Spreadsheet Applications 3
CA 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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