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Learning Outcomes

Degree Programs

Computer Programming (CMPD)

Mission:

The Computer Programming Degree develops in its diverse student population the essential qualities necessary for success in a rapidly changing technological environment. Students learn critical and analytical thinking, problem solving skills, and to effectively communicate ideas. Students in this program are prepared to successfully transfer to 4-year institutions in pursuit of a computer science degree, and to join the twenty-first century workforce in a software developer's role.

Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of computer hardware and software.
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills.
  • Apply logical skills to programming in a variety of languages.
  • Utilize web technologies.
  • Present conclusions effectively, orally, and in writing.
  • Work effectively in teams.
  • Apply the skills that are the focus of this program to business scenarios.

General Information Processing (CMGD)

Mission: 

The General Information Processing Degree offers students the opportunity to develop a sound foundation in both current and emerging hardware and software.  Students learn the critical thinking, problem solving, technical, and soft skills necessary to prepare them for employment or transfer.  The Computer Studies department sets high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, including the lifelong learning skills necessary to stay current with emerging technology trends and techniques in the field.

Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of computer hardware and software.
  • Demonstrate a basic level of competency in programming and logic skills.
  • Utilize web technologies.
  • Present conclusions effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Use productivity software effectively (word processing, spreadsheets, and database software).
  • Identify an area of interest through the selection of elective courses.
  • Work effectively in teams.
  • Apply the skills that are the focus of this program to business scenarios.

Cybersecurity (CSCD)

Mission:

The Cybersecurity Degree program provides students with a strong foundation in the principles and methods of cybersecurity, as well as the fundamental knowledge and tools for applying security measures across a variety of network architectures and settings.  In addition to serving as a strong foundation for pursuing a bachelor's degree in cybersecurity, this associate's degree will provide background and hands-on training necessary to prepare students for entry in the cybersecurity sector.

Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Present conclusions orally and in writing.
  • Develop solution algorithms.
  • Install and securely configure, operate, and maintain a computer network.
  • Implement secure network management including intrusion prevention.
  • Explain the basic objectives of cybersecurity and the importance of information security.
  • Assess cybersecurity risk management policies to adequately protect an organization's critical information and assets.
  • Develop appropriate workplace attitudes and work within professional standards.

IT Support Specialist (CMSD)

Mission:

The IT Support Specialist Concentration offers the opportunity for students to specialize in the field of IT Support. Students learn the critical thinking, problem solving, technical, and soft skills necessary to analyze data, troubleshoot, diagnose, document, report, and solve technical problems, as well as support current and emerging technologies. The Computer Studies department sets high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, including the lifelong learning skills necessary to stay current with emerging technology trends and techniques in the field.

Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of computer hardware and software.
  • Participate in a group project to illustrate the dynamics of a diverse work environment.
  • Apply customer service and end-user support principles when dealing with customers and individuals lacking a technical background.
  • Understand career paths in the computer support field.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Internet that includes effective strategies for online research and correct citation of internet based resources.
  • Describe the features and functions of the major categories of applications software (word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentation, e-mail, browsers, etc.).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of installing and configuring software and hardware.
  • Communicate effectively with clients, verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in problem solving.
  • Work effectively in teams.
  • Apply the skills that are the focus of this program to business scenarios.
IT Support Curriculum Map
Networking (CMND)
Mission:

The Networking Concentration offers the opportunity for students to specialize in the field of Networking. Students learn the critical thinking, problem solving, technical, and soft skills necessary to analyze, diagnose, implement, and troubleshoot computer networks. The Computer Studies department sets high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, including the lifelong learning skills necessary to stay current with emerging technology trends and techniques in the field.

Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of computer hardware and software.
  • Demonstrate a basic level of competency in programming and logic skills.
  • Utilize web technologies.
  • Present conclusions effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Administer and maintain a computer network.
  • Work effectively in teams.
  • Apply the skills that are the focus of this program to business scenarios.

Web Technologies (CWTD)

Mission:

The Web Technologies Concentration offers the opportunity for students to specialize in the field of web development. Participating in the website development process from concept through installation, students learn the critical thinking, problem solving, technical, and soft skills necessary to interact with clients and produce web content and programming using current industry technologies. The Computer Studies department sets high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, including the lifelong learning skills necessary to stay current with emerging web trends and techniques in the field.

Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of computer hardware and software.
  • Demonstrate a basic level of competency in programming and logic skills.
  • Utilize web technologies.
  • Present conclusions effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Administer and maintain a website.
  • Develop, administer, and maintain a web programming system solution.
  • Work effectively in teams.
  • Apply the skills that are the focus of this program to business scenarios.

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Last Updated: 4/22/16