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Certificate in Information Technology

The College of Science and Technology is currently offering two levels of Information Technology (ITEC) certificates. These certificates are valuable in demonstrating to an employer that you have attained a certain level of competency with Information Technology. They are also a good way to experiment with the field of Information Technology to determine if you would like to pursue it further. The certificates are useful for someone with an interest in computers but who does not want to major in Computer Science or Information Technology.

Career Opportunities

IT professionals are involved with many facets of deployment and use of computer systems. Jobs are often centered on using organizational resources effectively, including hardware, software, and people. There are an increasing number of positions for computer specialists to train non-computer specialists of a company, as well as roles troubleshooting and dealing with a variety of software and hardware issues. Jobs in data and information services provide many new opportunities for IT specialists. With the continued growth of the Internet, companies are recognizing the value of effective secure storage and retrieval of information.

Admissions and Completion

The certificates are available to any registered AASU students. A grade of C or higher in MATH 1111 (College Algebra) is required to start work on an ITEC certificate. If you have successfully completed a certificate, please complete the form for the appropriate level and bring it to the Department of Information Technology. Hard copies of these forms are available in the Department of Information Technology.

Course of Study

There are currently two levels of ITEC certificates.

The Level I certificate is called the Certificate of Information Technology with Applications, which requires 4 classes for a total of 12 hours.
:: ITEC1300 - Fundamentals of Information Technology (3 credits)
Focus on the three components of fluency in Information Technology: intellectual capabilities involving reasoning, complexity management, organization, and communication; concepts involving computers, informations systems, networks, digital representation of information, and algorithmic thinking; skills involving setting up a PC, using an operating system, using the Internet, and using instructional materials to learn how to use new applications.
:: ITEC 1050— Introduction to Computer Concepts and Applications
or CSCI 1060- Computer Programming Concepts (3 credits)
:: CSCI 1150- Fundamentals of the Internet and World Wide Web (3 credits)
:: ITEC 1310- Programming in Visual Basic (3 credits)
Introduction to the Visual Basic programming language, and the concepts and techniques of microcomputer windows and GUI programming. Syntax of Visual Basic, forms, properties, controls, variables, decision structures, functions, and subroutines. Modular programs for event-driven applications will be developed.

The Level II certificate is called the Certificate of Information Technology with Programming, which requires the Level 1 certificate plus 2 additional programming courses for a total of 19 hours.
:: CSCI 1301- Introduction to Programming Principles (3 credits)
:: CSCI 1302- Advanced Programming Principles (3 credits)

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