Northwest Community College

Computer Science Certificates

Computer Business Applications | Computer Help Desk | Computer Programming | Web Master & Internet Design

Computer Business Applications
This certificate program is focused on preparing the student to apply computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, database, internet, e-mail, and presentation software to the solution of problems and have competency in office procedures. This program also prepares students for work responsibilities including researching and organizing information, preparing electronic communication and business correspondence, preparing electronic presentations and information and document processing.

Faculty
Michael Gow, mgow@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6385

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of general business uses of computers, the software used by the business community, and application development for general business computing functions.
2. Demonstrate expertise in skills to be able to use the Microsoft Office Suite software applications.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and effectively use the computer to solve problems.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals and concepts, commands, and syntax of word processing and presentation application software and preparation of documents for communication and data analysis.

Coursework
SEMESTER 1
CSA* 105 Introduction to Software Applications - 3 credits  
CSA* 135 Spreadsheet Applications - 3 credits
CST* 201 Intro to Management Info. Systems - 3 credits
SEMESTER 2
CSA* 205 Advanced Applications - 3 credits
CSC* 290 Computer Applications Capstone - 3 credits
ELECTIVE Directed Elective - 3/4 credits ♦ See the Elective section of this catalog for a list of specific courses that fulfill Directed Elective requirements.
TOTAL CREDITS 18

 

Computer Help Desk
The Computer Help Desk Certificate is designed for students preparing for the positions of Help Desk Technician, Technical Support Specialist and Customer Service Representative, who provide technical assistance, support, and advice to customers and users. This certificate concentrates on development of skills in the diagnosis and solution of technical and computer-related problems. The experience and training in the Computer Help Desk Certificate will begin to prepare students for the core and elective computer industry network certification examinations such as the national Computer Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) A+ and Network+ certifications examinations.

Faculty
Michael Gow, mgow@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6385

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
1. Apply computing skills to solve problems within the context of business systems.
2. Employ basic techniques used in supporting information technology projects.
3. Communicate effectively within an organization.
4. Work productively in team and individual settings.

Coursework
SEMESTER 1
CSA* 105 CSA* 205 Introduction to Software Applications OR Advanced Applications - 3 credits
CST* 125 Help Desk Concepts - 3 credits
CST* 141 Computer Hardware - 4 credits
CST* 201 Intro to Management Info. Systems - 3 credits
SEMESTER 2
CST* 180 Networking I - 4 credits
CST* 210 Operating Systems - 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS 20

 

Computer Programming
Students will acquire background and skills to enable them to work with digital machines from microprocessors to microcomputers to mainframe systems configured in Local Area and Wide Area Networks. Students will learn the logical and physical technologies associated with hardware, software, connectivity and project design planning.

Faculty
Michael Gow, mgow@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6385

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and effectively use the computer to solve problems.
2. Demonstrate the basic techniques used in developing and managing software projects.
3. Demonstrate problem solving skills to design solutions for business problems.
4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of computer programming to create and maintain business applications.

Coursework
SEMESTER 1
CSC* 104 Intro to Logic and Programming - 4 credits
SEMESTER 2
CSC* 233 Database Development I - 4 credits
CSC* 250 Systems Analysis & Design - 3 credits
Programming Language Elective - 3/4 credits
Programming Language Elective - 3/4 credits
SEMESTER 3
Programming Language Elective - 3/4 credits
TOTAL CREDITS 20(23)

 

Web Master & Internet Design
The growth of the Internet and the expansion of the World Wide Web (the graphical portion of the Internet) have generated a variety of occupations related to the design, development, and maintenance of Web sites and their servers. For example, webmasters are responsible for all aspects of a Web site, including performance issues such as speed of access, and for approving the content of the site. Internet developers or Web developers, also called Web designers, are responsible for day-to-day site design and creation. (Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Faculty
Michael Gow, mgow@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6385

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
1. Demonstrate competency with underlying fundamentals of websites as regards to software, control structures, and required hardware for development and maintenance of comprehensive web/Internet pages for commercial presence.
2. Demonstrate expertise in both HTML and JavaScript languages/scripting for creation of comprehensive webpages.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of an integrated approach to software applications and webpage development as used in business environments.
4. Demonstrate expertise in research and evaluation of the functions and features of Internet sources to incorporate into applications and web development for use in business environments.

Coursework
SEMESTER 1
CSA* 105 CSA* 205 Intro to Software Applications OR Advanced Applications - 3 credits
CST* 151 Web Construction - 3 credits
SEMESTER 2
CSC* 180 Computer Ethics - 3 credits
CST* 154 Web Coding & Development - 4 credits
SEMESTER 3
CSA* 290 Computer Applications Capstone - 3 credits
ELECTIVE Directed Elective - 3/4 credits ♦ See the Elective section of this catalog for a list of specific courses that fulfill Directed Elective requirements.
TOTAL CREDITS 19(20)

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