Computer Support Specialist - Technician - AAS

Agriculture, Business, Computers and Technology

Contact: MATT MAGEE mageem@hutchcc.edu (620)728-8167
Department Co-Chair: JILLENE CUNNINGHAM cunninghamj@hutchcc.edu (620)665-3479
Department Co-Chair: JANET HAMILTON NEWTON Hamiltonj@hutchcc.edu (620)665-3384

For course descriptions and course prerequisites, click on the course name.

Total Credit Hours

This degree requires 64 credit hours.

First Semester

Course Title Credits
ED105 Success Seminar/College Orientation 1

Experiences designed to help with the transition into college life; exploration of essential techniques for success as a college student.

IS104 Microcomputer Applications 3

Microcomputers and various software applications; hardware and software selection, integration, and implementation; fundamentals of operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and computer problem solving.

SP103 Elementary Spanish I 3

Fundamentals of pronunciation and essentials of grammar. The oral approach is used with emphasis on understanding, speaking, reading and writing phrases of practical value. For students who have no Spanish or one semester of high school Spanish.

BU109 Business Communicatons OR SH101 Public Speaking 3
Course Title Credits
BU109 Business Communications 3.00

SH101 Public Speaking 3.00

Composition Options 3
Course Title Credits
EN100 English Composition IB 3.00

EN101 English Composition IA 3.00

EN103H Honors English Composition I 3.00

EN107 Business English 3.00

EN108 Technical Writing 3.00

Mathematics Options 3
Course Title Credits
BU108 Business Mathematics 3.00

MA105 Intermediate Algebra 3.00

MA106 College Algebra 3.00

MA107 Plane Trigonometry 3.00

MA108 Elements of Statistics 3.00

MA110 Calculus 3.00

MA111 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I 5.00

MA112H Honors Analytical Geometry and Calculus I 5.00

TR101 Applied Algebra 3.00

TR103 Applied Trigonometry 3.00

Semester Total - 16

Second Semester

Course Title Credits
CS111 Visual Basic Programming 3

Programming in Structured and Visual Basic; application of programming fundamentals to problem solving.

IS105 Advanced Microcomputer Applications 3

Extension of basic knowledge of microcomputers and various software applications and operating systems using advanced features of word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation graphics to properly solve real world problems.
Pre-Reqs: IS104 Microcomputer Applications

IS148 A+ Certification, Essentials 3

Preparation for the essentials portion of CompTIA's A+ certification, the vendor neutral industry standard certification for PC hardware technician.

IS212 Networking I 3

Introduction of common networking LAN and WAN schema with emphasis on development of procedures for choosing best network configurations including topology, protocol, hardware, software and media selection; technology concepts introduced with hands-on application.

Computer Support Specialist - Technician Technical Options 2
Course Title Credits
CS120 C++ Language Programming 3.00

CS122 JAVA Language 3.00

IS215 Web Development Platform 3.00

IS220 Multimedia for the Web 3.00

IS226 Website Management and Development II 3.00

PS100 General Psychology OR PS101 Human Relations 3
Course Title Credits
PS100 General Psychology 3.00

PS101 Human Relations 3.00

Semester Total - 17

Third Semester

Course Title Credits
IS135 Essentials of Web Interaction 2

Principles of effective web interaction to create and maintain an effective web presence. This includes exploration of the primary design elements of proximity, alignment, repetition, and contract, in addition to the impact of color, images, page layout and typography on an intended audience. Web terminology and structure are explored as are web driven interactions such as blogs and social media.

IS149 A+ Certification, Practical Applications 3

Preparation for the Practical Applications portion of the CompTIA's A+ certification, the vendor neutral industry standard certification for PC technician.
Pre-Reqs: IS148 A+ Certification Essentials with grade of C or better

IS210 Computer Support Internship I 3

On-the-job training offered in conjunction with the Computer Support Specialist program.
Pre-Reqs: 24 credit hours of IS CS courses, or Departmental Consent

IS224 Networking II 3

Extensive coverage of common LAN, WAN schema with emphasis on development of Technology Plan for small business networks with procedures for installation, maintenance and support with in-depth, hands-on application.
Pre-Reqs: IS212 Networking I, or IS182 Cisco CCNA I, and IS183 Cisco Exploration-Routing Protocols & Concepts

IS235 Elements of Linux 3

Installing, configuring, administrating and troubleshooting the Linux operating system in a vendor neutral environment; a hybrid between survey and practicum with attention given to basic commands of the Linux operating system in addition to file, device and directory management; exposure to networking and system services as well as in-depth understanding of the structural organization of the file system.

Semester Total - 14

Fourth Semester

Course Title Credits
BU120 Job Search/Retention 1

Job-search skills and career development including topics such as completing an application form and resume, developing interviewing techniques, developing job leads, and investigating career opportunities, job requirements and career ladders.

IS211 Computer Support Internship II 3

On-the-job training offered in conjunction with the Computer Support Specialist program.
Pre-Reqs: IS210 Computer Support Internship I

IS225 Website Coding 2

Explore the use of HTML and CSS in basic website design and development, according to best practices, by way of coding with a text-based editor without the assistance of graphical user interfaces. This includes developing skills for troubleshooting.
Pre-Reqs: IS135 Website Layout & Graphics, or Departmental Consent

IS237 Server Operating Systems and Virtualization 3

Comparative study of server-side computer operating systems and virtual machine technologies; attention given to MS-Windows, UNIX/Linux, Novell, and MAC OS/X based operating systems utilized in virtual machine environments while coexisting on the same hardware platform; concepts introduced and explored in a vendor neutral setting with special attention given to industry best practices.
Pre-Reqs: IS148 A+ Certification Essentials with grade of C or better, or Departmental Consent

IS240 Fundamentals of Network Security 3

Analysis of security risks to a computer network system and implementation of workable security procedures including security policies to protect information assets from potential intrusion, damage and theft.
Pre-Reqs: IS182 and IS183 and IS184 and IS185, or IS212 or IS224 Networking I and II

IS250 Project Management 3

Enhanced business and technical knowledge of project management skills based on best practices in project management with universal project management principles and people skills; experience in leading, managing and directing small to medium scale projects; development of business, interpersonal and technical project management skills required to successfully manage projects and business initiatives with a technology component including project initiation,scope,planning,execution, coordination, productivit y, closure, support, lessons learned as well interpersonal skills such as conflict resolution, negotiation, communication, team building, leadership and setting and managing expectations.

Semester Total - 15

This is a suggested sequence of courses based on the average full-time student load. Not all courses are offered every semester. Consult with your advisor for more information.
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