Course descriptions index


Computer Information and Office Systems


CIOS F100 Introduction to Personal Computers

1 Credit     Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to basic computer skills including using the mouse and menus, opening and exiting applications, creating basic word processing and spreadsheet files, basic file management, web browsing, e-mail and virus protection. Graded Pass/Fail. (1+0)


CIOS F103 Computer Survey

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

An introduction to the world of computers emphasizing microcomputers. Provides computer terminology and how to use computers as a tool to make work easier and to extend the reach of the mind. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F105 Computer Software Application

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Extensive coverage of a specific microcomputer application. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F110 Microcomputer Operating Systems

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Comprehensive exploration of a current microcomputer operating system: use, configuring, installing and administering. Topics include end-user and technical support. Also available via Independent Learning. Also offered Pass/Fail as CIOS F110P. Recommended: CIOS F150 or equivalent computer literacy including saving/retrieving files, use of office applications, Internet and e-mail. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F128 Using and Configuring PC Operating System

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

How to use, set up, and configure a current PC operating system including basic troubleshooting and maintenance. Recommended: CIOS F150 or equivalent computer literacy including saving or retrieving files, use of office applications, Internet and e-mail. (3+0)


CIOS F130 Microcomputer Word Processing

1 - 3 Credits

Comprehensive exploration of topics related to using microcomputer word processors. Includes creating, formatting and revising documents; using proofreading and editing tools; implementing styles; using templates; and customizing the application. Recommended: CIOS F150 or equivalent computer literacy including saving/retrieving files, use of office applications, Internet and e-mail. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F133 Microcomputer Presentation Software

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Designing effective presentations. Includes organizing and designing an effective presentation of information using current microcomputer software. Recommended: CIOS F150 or equivalent skills. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F135 Microcomputer Spreadsheets

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Comprehensive exploration of topics related to using microcomputer spreadsheets. Includes creating, formatting and revising spreadsheets; creating formulas, graphics and charts; and using spreadsheets to organize, analyze and query information. Also available via Independent Learning. Recommended: CIOS F150 or equivalent computer literacy including saving/retrieving files, use of office applications, Internet and e-mail. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F146 Using Internet Tools and Technologies

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Presentation of the Internet. Includes using and configuring current World Wide Web and e-mail, and other communication tools; developing searching strategies; current and future trends; and basic web authoring. Develop a basic understanding of technologies and protocols used on the Internet. Also available via Independent Learning. Recommended: Basic computer literacy, including saving and retrieving files and using basic software. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F150 Computer Business Applications

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Basic introduction to using a computer and office applications. Includes the operating system, how to save/retrieve files; word processing, document creation and formatting; spreadsheets (basic formulas and functions); and the Internet (browsing, searching and e-mail). (Provides basic computer literacy and prepares for CIOS F110; CIOS F130; CIOS F134 and CIOS F146. No previous computer experience is required.) (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F152 Introduction to Microcomputers in Small Businesses

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Microcomputers used in small business or professional practice by owners or employees. Overview of computers, uses and means of evaluation when purchasing equipment. Does not satisfy certificate or degree requirements. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F210 Hardware and Software Configuration and Troubleshooting

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Fundamental hardware and software configuration and troubleshooting. Includes installing, removing and configuring computer hardware components; installing and configuring software applications and operating systems; diagnosing hardware and software problems; and developing troubleshooting and configuration procedures. Recommended: CIOS F110 or equivalent skills. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F211 Computer Technical Support

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Prepares students to provide technical support to computer users. Skills include: diagnosing problems, researching solutions, meeting user needs, developing training materials, and giving workshops and lessons. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Comprehensive experience using the Internet. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F212 Advanced Microcomputer Operating Systems

1 - 4 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

In-depth and comprehensive technical class covering operating system skills and concepts. Course may be repeated for credit. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: CIOS F110 or equivalent skills. (1 - 4+0)


CIOS F214 IT Troubleshooting Skills

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Practical IT troubleshooting skills, including hardware, software, networks and operating systems. The course will include practical and useful troubleshooting scenarios. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits. Recommended: In-depth knowledge of networks, operating systems, hardware and software. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F215 Information Technology Certification I

1 - 4 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

In-depth technical and comprehensive coverage of skills required for the first stage of a specific information technology certification. Course may be repeated for different certifications. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Instructor approval. (1 - 4+0)


CIOS F216 Information Technology Certification II

1 - 4 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

In-depth technical and comprehensive coverage of skills required for the intermediate stage of a specific information technology certification. Course may be repeated for different certifications. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Instructor approval. (1 - 4+0)


CIOS F217 Information Technology Certification III

1 - 4 Credits

In-depth technical and comprehensive coverage of skills required for the advanced stage of a specific information technology certification. Course may be repeated for different certifications. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Instructor approval. (1 - 4+0)


CIOS F218 Information Technology Certification IV

1 - 4 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

In-depth technical and comprehensive coverage of skills required for a specialized or advanced stage of a specific information technology certification. Course may be repeated for different certifications. Prerequisites: Instructor approval. (1 - 4+0)


CIOS F230 Advanced Word Processing

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Advanced concepts of word processing using various software. Prerequisites: CIOS F130. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F231 Introduction to Desktop Publishing

1 - 2 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Entry-level desktop publishing course introducing the chief features of a page layout program. Step-by-step instructions to create at least three simple publications. Prerequisites: Previous computer experience. (1 - 2+0)


CIOS F233 Desktop Publishing

1 - 3 Credits

Publication design and layout using desktop publishing software. Includes integrating text and graphics, page layout design, scanning and basic image editing. Also available via Independent Learning. Recommended: CIOS F150 or equivalent computer literacy including saving/retrieving files, use of office applications, Internet and e-mail. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F234 Advanced Desktop Publishing

1 - 3 Credits

Utilization of the advanced features of a page layout program to create camera-ready mechanicals for fliers, brochures and newsletters. Exploration of the elements of good design and the requirements for professional publishing. Prerequisites: CIOS F233 or permission of instructor. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F240 Microcomputer Databases

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Comprehensive introduction to microcomputer databases. Includes basic database concepts; how to maintain and update databases; how to build and use queries and forms; and how to build reports. Introduction to database design. Also available via Independent Learning. Recommended: CIOS F150; and CIOS F130 or CIOS F135 or equivalent skills. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F242 Advanced Databases

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

In-depth, technical and comprehensive coverage of varied database skills and concepts. Course may be repeated for credit. Requirements: CIOS F240 or equivalent skills. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F244 Introduction to Network Support and Administration

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Features and functions of networking components and the knowledge and skills needed to install, configure and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols and services. Develop technical ability in the areas of media and topologies, protocols and standards, network implementation and basic network administration and support. Recommended: CIOS F110; CIOS F210; or equivalent skills. (3+0)


CIOS F245 Networking and LAN Infrastructure Basics

4 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Design and implementation of networks in small- to medium-sized environments. Focuses on network terminology and protocols, local-area networks (LANs), wide-area networks (WANs), open systems interconnection model, cabling, cabling tools, routers, router programming, Ethernet, Internet protocol addressing and network standards. Special fees apply. Recommended: CIOS F110; CIOS F210; or equivalent skills. (4+0)


CIOS F246 Implementing Internet Tools and Technologies

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Exploration of advanced Internet topics. Building a presence on the Internet -- evaluate web hosting services, domain names and registration services. How to implement and understand web communication tools and develop and understand the impact of participating in social networks and the changing nature of these networks. Recommended: CIOS F146 or equivalent skills. (3+0)


CIOS F247 Advanced Networking and Communications

1 - 4 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

In-depth technical and comprehensive coverage of networking and communications skills and concepts. Note: May be repeated for credit. Special fees apply. Recommended: CIOS F245 or equivalent skills. (1 - 4+0)


CIOS F249 Routers and Routing Basics

4 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

The skills and knowledge necessary to configure routers, manage router software, configure routing protocols and create access lists to control the flow of network traffic and access to the router. Troubleshooting internets and implementing IP-based networks. Prerequisites: CIOS F245 or permission of instructor. (4+0)


CIOS F251 Integrated Software

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Focusing on microcomputer applications that integrate multiple tasks into a single tool. Emphasis on integrating and combining information from multiple computer applications. Prerequisites: Prior to taking this advanced class, the student is expected to have competence in specific applications and be comfortable using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F255 Microcomputer Graphics

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Comprehensive survey of microcomputer graphics using a graphics application. Includes use of professional-level graphics programs to create sophisticated graphics for a variety of uses. Also available via Independent Learning. Recommended: CIOS F150 or equivalent computer literacy including saving/retrieving files, use of office applications, Internet and e-mail. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F256 Internet Authoring and Design

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Comprehensive survey of a professional authoring tool to create documents for effective distribution through the Internet. Includes design and preparation of documents for electronic distribution. Also available via Independent Learning. Recommended: CIOS F146 and CIOS F150 or equivalent computer literacy including saving/retrieving files, use of office applications, Internet and e-mail. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F257 Digital Video

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Comprehensive survey of creating and editing digital video using microcomputer tools. Includes the use of professional-level digital video applications to create short videos for a variety of uses. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits. Recommended: Experience with microcomputer graphic applications such as Photoshop. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F258 Digital Photography

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Comprehensive survey of tools and methods to create and edit digital images using microcomputer tools. Includes the use of professional-level digital photography applications. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits. Recommended: Experience with microcomputer graphic applications such as Photoshop. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F270 Microcomputer Programming

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Advanced microcomputer programming. Focus on using application programming languages. Supplementing and integrating computer applications with built-in programming tools. Recommended: CIOS F130; CIOS F135; CIOS F240; or equivalent skills. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F271 Web Databases and Programming

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Programming and database design as it relates to creating dynamic web sites and applications. Develop web applications to automate websites, create and access web databases, provide tools for users to modify parts of their own website, show random data, create and access files on the fly and reduce repetitive maintenance. Course topics include CSS, SSI, DHTML, SQL, PHP and other web technologies. Recommended: CIOS F246; CIOS F256; or equivalent skills. (3+0)


CIOS F275 Information Technology: Special Topics

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Comprehensive coverage of a specific information technology topic. Recommended: CIOS F150 or equivalent computer literacy including saving/retrieving files, use of office applications, Internet and e-mail. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F276 Independent Project

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Student created project or internship that includes learning new skills, applying the skills to significant problems, and demonstrating the results to other computer users. Includes application of learned skills in a professional manner. Prerequisites: Competence in the use of microcomputer applications and operating systems. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F282 Cooperative Work Experience

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

On-the-job training related to occupational objectives. Weekly seminar with coordinator required. Prerequisites: 12 credits in CIOS courses; permission of instructor. (3+0)


CIOS F288 Professional Certification Review

1 - 3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Prepares students for national or industry specific certification examination. (1 - 3+0)


CIOS F502 Using the Internet

1 Credit

Accessing Internet services including Usenet, a global electronic bulletin board; Telnet to log on to other computer systems; Gopher and Worldwide Web menu systems; Archie file searches; FTP file transfers; binary file uploads/downloads; and listservs. Ongoing Independent Learning. Prerequisites: CIOS F501. (1+0)


CIOS F503 Applying Telecommunications

1 Credit

Design and implementation of an approved project using telecommunications in the classroom or work place, or an in-depth research paper. Ongoing Independent Learning. Prerequisites: CIOS F502. (1+0)


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