Course Syllabus





General Description:
The Information Technology AAS program is designed to prepare students for employment in the growing Information Technology industry, either in an IT company or on an IT support team for a company in another industry. The IT AAS program consists of directed three-tiered curricula, which provides all IT students with a common IT foundation of knowledge, followed by a specific concentration in one of three IT areas, and finally a capstone experience that puts into practice the IT knowledge gained throughout the program. The IT program includes three AAS degrees:

– Programmer/Analyst

– Network Technology

– Desktop Support Technician

In addition to the 3 degrees offered in the IT program, students may earn certificates that recognize significant academic achievement and progress through the program, as well as preparation for external occupational/professional certifications. IT certificates include:

– COMPTIA A+ Preparation

– COMPTIA Net+ Preparation

– COMPTIA Security+ Preparation

– COMPTIA Project+ Preparation

– COMPTIA Linux+ Preparation

– Cisco CCNA

– Computer Literacy

– Desktop Support Specialist

– Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)

– MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist)

– Network Specialist

– Object-Oriented Programming

– Programming Specialist

– Systems Programming

– Web Programming

To be successful in this program and later as an IT professional, students will need to possess, or be able to develop, the ability to organize ideas and data; the ability to think logically, to analyze tasks and data, and design solutions; the ability to think conceptually but to work with details; the ability to be persistent, to face challenges and to overcome obstacles in the effort to find workable solutions; the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines; the ability to work individually and on teams, in group work settings, and over the Internet. Extremely important abilities include above average mathematical,verbal/presentation, and writing skills, critical thinking skills, and interpersonal relation skills. Finally, note that to be successful in the Information Technology fields, one must be able to concentrate on detail and be tolerant of frustration and setbacks while striving for solutions.

IT professionals remain high in demand in central Illinois as well as nationally. Areas of highest demand include multi-language applications programmers, applications software support specialists, hardware support technicians, web/eBusiness/eCommerce applications developers, and Internet & Intranet technicians and administrators.

This is an occupational training program. Some of the courses may not transfer to four-year institutions.

New Curriculum Implemented Fall 2006

Note: Information Systems, Computer Information Systems, and Computer Science courses are included in programs. Not all courses are offered every semester - check the college catalog for details.

Available Courses