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Microcomputer and Web Support - Diploma

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Microcomputer and Web Support - 47 credit Diploma
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English/Communications requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) English or Communications course.
2 cr
Math requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) Math course.
2 cr
Introduction to Graphic Design
This introductory course provides an overview of various industry-standard software applications used in graphic design. Students will apply visual communication strategies and creative and effective design elements and layouts. The course will focus on fundamental design concepts and historical design styles relating to text and image interaction. Students will develop various types of graphic designs to include typography, color, illustration, symbols, and photography. Prior knowledge of Adobe InDesign and Photoshop is recommended, but not required, for this course. Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop (Creative Suite 6 or Creative Cloud Complete) are required applications for those taking this course online. (Meets MnTC Goal 2 and Goal 6) (Prerequisites: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
Job Seeking Skills
Students will gain independence and proficiency in job searching skills through activities and assignments designed to help them learn how to find jobs, how to prepare to apply for jobs, and how to present themselves as candidates for jobs. Skills covered will include how to search electronically for a job; how to develop written documents needed for a successful self-directed job search, including how to create an electronic portfolio; and how to secure, conduct, and follow up on job interviews. (Prerequisite: none) (1 credit: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
8 crs
Microsoft Access
Students will be introduced to Microsoft Access. The student will learn to design and create databases for ease of access and manipulation of the data. Students will learn how to design databases for ease of data entry, data accuracy, and data integrity. Students will create and modify queries, forms, reports, and macros. Switchboards will be created for ease of use by personnel untrained in Microsoft Access. (Prerequisites: COMP2515 or previous computer experience, MATH0520 or instructor consent) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
Web Design with Expression Web
This course introduces web site design, authoring, management concepts using Microsoft Expression Web. Students will create web pages which include many common HTML formatting and navigation elements: lists, tables, links, graphics, and CSS styles. (Prerequisite: COMP2515 or instructor's permission) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
Web Design and Technologies II
In this course students will plan, design and implement web sites using a variety of web technologies. Web server setup and administration, content management systems, mobile web design, social media integration, e-commerce, and cloud computing will be covered. Prerequisite: COMC1741 (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Web Animation
This course introduces web animation concepts including: animation technologies (animated gifs, Flash, Silverlight, HTML5 Canvas, scripting), vector graphics, transformations, storyboards, keyframes, motion paths, triggers, and user interaction. (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Network Management Basics
This course introduces networking concepts using Microsoft Windows 2003 Server. Course includes: server installation & basic configuration, hardware mgt, drivers, user account & group mgt, file systems, file access mgt, network types & protocols, OSI and Windows network architecture, TCP/IP architecture & protocols, TCP/IP configuration, subnetting, DHCP configuration, host name resolution, DNS server configuration, IPSec, remote access, routing, and web/FTP server administration. (Prerequisite: COMP2515 or permission of instructor) (3 Credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Database Design & Management with SQL
Structured Query Language (SQL) is the standard language for defining, maintaining, and querying relational databases on all platforms from mainframes to microcomputers. This course covers relational database design and implementation using SQL. Topics include: select and sort queries, multiple table queries, subqueries, outer joins, aggregate functions, database design, entity-relationship (E-R) modeling, normalization, and database implementation, modifications & administration. (Prerequisite: Prior database experience, such as MS Access, is not required but may be helpful) (3 Credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
Computer Careers Capstone Project
Students will design and implement a project that demonstrates mastery of the learning outcomes defined for their degree, diploma, or certificate. Generally, projects will include the development of a web application or website, but other kinds of projects may be applicable if approved by the instructor. Students will determine business requirements, estimate timelines and costs, and select development tools. Following the project design phase, students will implement the project using various technologies including: web design tools, object-oriented design tools, database design tools, programming languages, web servers, web content management systems, office applications, etc. (Prerequisite: COMC2747 and/or COMC 1745, depending on student's major) (3 Credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
MS Workstation I
This course will explore the MS workstation networking client. The students will learn how to plan, install and configure a MS workstation in a single and multi-domain environment. Emphasis will be placed on the managing, monitoring and optimizing of network resources. Basic troubleshooting techniques will be discussed as it relates to the Microsoft networking environment. The use of diagnostic and monitoring software will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: None) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
PC Hardware Support
This course covers the concepts and familiarity of computer hardware components. System boards, storage devices and peripherals will be studied as to their basic purpose and functionality. Emphasis will be placed on the assembling and disassembling of a microcomputer. The student will be provided with a background in some of the techniques used to service personal computers. Fundamentals of hardware troubleshooting as it relates to keyboards, monitors, printers, mouse, floppy drives, and other peripherals will be explored. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
39 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 47

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$10,085
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Estimated Total:$11,335


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