Computer Science - Computer System Support (Certificate)
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Computer Science - Computer System Support (Certificate)

Certificate of Mastery

Minimum of 18 credit hours
Do you have a natural curiosity about how computers and their programs work? Do you like to put your knowledge to good use helping others? Are you a good communicator, or would you like to become one? Then, a career as a Computer Systems Support Specialist would be a good choice for you! At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in applied science or a certificate of mastery in computer science with a computer systems support option. Either program option will get you out of school quickly and into the job market. Just talk with a faculty advisor about which would be the best choice for your lifestyle and career goals. OCCC provides a strong foundation in computer science and is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    CS 1103 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS AND APPLICATIONS 3 Major C
    CS 1153 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES 3 Major C
    CS 1353 COMPUTER OPERATING SYSTEMS 3 Major C
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    CS 1413 COMPUTER HARDWARE 3 Major C
    CS 2153 SUPPORTING WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS 3 Major C
    CS 2713 PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY 3 Major C
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (18 credit hours) Computer Science: CS 1103; CS 1153; CS 1353; CS 1413; CS 2153; CS 2713

    General Education Courses: None

    Life Skills Courses: None

    Support Courses: None

  • Program Notes

    Notes: A Certificate of Mastery program is designed to meet the needs of an individual who wants to enter the job market following the completion of the certificate.

    Must have a grade of “C” or higher in all Computer Science courses.

  • Course Descriptions

    Computer Science

    CS 1103 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS AND APPLICATIONS
    Prerequisites: Math 0103 or adequate math placement test score; ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    This hands-on course affords students a basic understanding of computers and their application. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to use a computer operating system, an office suite, productivity tools, as well as the Internet at an introductory level. Advanced Standing is available.

    CS 1153 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING TECHNOLOGIES
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; Math 0103 or adequate math placement test score.
    3 CREDITS

    Students will learn fundamental concepts of hardware and software prior to learning tools of support technicians. Topics will include the computer architecture, the instruction execution cycle, I/O and storage. In addition, students will learn basics of digital electronics, how to perform mathematical operations and conversions on multiple numbering systems, develop fundamental problem-solving skills for troubleshooting, and investigate career opportunities within the information technology industry.

    CS 1353 - COMPUTER OPERATING SYSTEMS
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; Math 0203 or adequate math placement test score, prerequisite or co-requisite CS 1103
    3 CREDITS

    Students will learn the following important areas through a combination of lectures and hands-on projects: installing, maintaining and optimizing Windows operating systems, troubleshooting Windows and applications, connecting to and setting up a network, Windows resources on a network, computer security strategies, mobile devices, and client-side virtualization. A+ Certification Preparation Course.

    CS 1413 - COMPUTER HARDWARE
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; Math 0203 or adequate math placement test score, prerequisite or co-requisite CS 1103
    3 CREDITS

    Students will learn the following through class lectures and hands-on projects: identification, configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of PC hardware including mainboards, BIOS, processors, memory, storage devices, peripherals, and printers. Other IT-related issues such as networks, safety and environmental concerns, customer relations, and professionalism are also presented. A+ Certification Preparation Course.

    CS 2153 - SUPPORTING WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS
    Prerequisites: Math 0203 or adequate math placement test score, CS 1353 or by evaluation. § Criteria for evaluation is in division office.
    3 CREDITS

    Students will learn the procedures for installing, configuring and maintaining a Windows Operating System in a business environment. Real-world examples and interactive activities are used to reinforce key concepts such as: managing files and folders, printers, storage devices and display devices; desktop user environments; user profiles and networking. Preparatory course for certification through Microsoft.

    CS 2713 - PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; Math 0203 or adequate math placement test score.
    3 CREDITS

    Students will complete a comprehensive overview of network security, with an introduction to a variety of security problems faced by the computing industry. This course is mapped to the CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam. The course covers topics in general security concepts, communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography basics, and operational/organizational security.

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