This certificate is designed to provide students with a hands-on working knowledge of how businesses store, maintain and share vast amounts of information and focuses upon the technical aspects of maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing computer and network systems, including analyzing and finding solutions to problems experienced by individual computer users.
Upon completion of the requirements of this certificate, the student will be able to:
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Students will learn basic through advanced computer concepts with emphasis on both the personal computer and enterprise computing. Topics include hardware, application and system software, the Internet and World Wide Web, communications, e-commerce, societal issues, database management, systems analysis and design, programming, information systems, career opportunities, certifications in the computer field, and computer trends. (Students may not receive credit for both CSI 101 and CSI 111) Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
Understand the fundamentals of computer nomenclature, particularly with respect to personal computer hardware and software and the World Wide Web; make use of the Web as a repository of the latest information and an integrated learning tool; develop an in-depth understanding of why computers are essential to the business world and society in general; focus on the computer as a valuable productivity tool, recognizing its position as the backbone of the computer industry and as a stand-alone and networked device; learn strategies for purchasing, installing, and maintaining a personal computer system; and learn to plan a career as a knowledge-worker in the information age. This course will enable students in any major to become computer literate. Students may not receive credit for both CSI 111 and BUS 115 or for both CSI 111 and CSI 101. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101
The course will prepare students for credentialing such as A+ Certification. This course will teach students how to troubleshoot, install programs, use various operating systems and their applications, as well as develop skills in formal problem solving. The student will also gain the benefit of hardware knowledge such as CPUs, memory, storage media, modems, network interface cards (NICs) and peripherals. The students will gain hands-on experience in building, upgrading and repairing computers. Prerequisite: CSI 111 or CSI 101
A continuation of CSI 211. Completes the process of preparing students for credentialing such as the A+ Certification Exam. Continues to teach students how to install programs, Network Interface Cards, and hubs. Topics will include disk files systems such as FAT, FAT 32, HPFS, and NTFS. Unix and Linux, as well as Macintosh OS systems, will be discussed. Additional topics to be covered include CR-ROM, CDRW, and external secondary storage devices. Prerequisite: CSI 101 or CSI 111
Provides students with an opportunity to build upon the foundations learned in CSI 120, Introduction to Business Data Communications. The student will develop the necessary skills to implement the basics of network building, work services, transmission media, and protocols. Through hands-on experience in setting up an actual computer network, the student will be able to demonstrate the how and why of networking technology, including the use of protocols. Prerequisite: CSI 101 or CSI 111
An introduction to the systems development life cycle, with emphasis on the analysis and design phases. Structured methodologies utilizing CASE tools, as well as prototyping techniques, are covered. A substantial analysis and design project will be required. This course will provide the student an opportunity to advance well beyond the fundamental computer knowledge developed in a beginning computer class and aid the student in future classes. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have the ability to design complex computer systems. Prerequisite: 12 CSI credits
A current topic is explored using information systems literature and resources. The focus of the course will change each semester. Student projects include current research, application details, formal presentations, and social implications. Prerequisite: 12 CSI credits
An introduction to the various technical and administrative aspects of Information Security and Assurance. This course provides the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets, determining the levels of protection and response to security incidents, and designing a consistent, reasonable information security system, with appropriate intrusion detection and reporting features. Prerequisite: CSI 101 or CSI 111 and eligibility for ENG 101
This course will take an in-depth look at network security concepts and techniques and examine theoretical concepts that make the world of security unique using a practical, hands-on approach. In addition, this course will explore the advancements in network implementation as will as timeless problem solving strategies. Prerequisite or Corequisite: SEC 105
NOTE: SEC 267 is no longer being offered, you may take CSI 252 to meet the requirement of SEC 267.