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Online Computer Information Systems program curriculum

Our online Computer Information Systems program curriculum combines a core set of general education courses with specialized classes in operating systems, computer programming, and more. Each course is developed with the input of technology professionals, ensuring exceptional career relevance. Graduates have the real-world knowledge and skills demanded by employers across many industries.

Semester 1

OR110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

Achieve your true potential! This course will help you sharpen existing skills, build on your strengths, and discover the best ways to learn. You will identify your learning styles, learn new behaviors to ensure college success and maximize your learning as you complete your program of study.
Credit Hours: 3

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today's office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that is especially relevant to academic assignments. It focuses on paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers the construction of multi-paragraph essays, the development of writing style and tone, and techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.
Credit Hours: 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues. Topics covered include technological progress within society, issues of energy use and creation, positive and negative environmental impacts of technology, the use of technology in war and politics, social responsibility, personal health, and economic development.
Credit Hours: 3

K01 - Windows Operating Systems  

This course provides a full exploration of how Microsoft Windows affects the PC desktop and works with files, disks, data, and applications. Topics include personalizing your computer, printers and hardware devices, the Internet and networking, network security, and troubleshooting techniques.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

EN130 - English Composition II  

This course provides an introduction and extensive guidelines for writing multi-paragraph essays in a college environment. In this way, EN130 will help you to better comprehend and assimilate the wide range of written communications that are vital to professional callings in commerce, industry, government, law enforcement, and healthcare—not to mention reports, documents, essays, and books associated with the universe of academic disciplines and the various areas of scientific research. For, as it turns out, the basics of the writing process apply to all forms of academic and professional communications.
Prerequisite for C02
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Science 100-200 Level)   K02 - MS Office Applications I  

This course is designed to help the student get started in the world of computing. Students will learn about similarities among Office applications and will focus on Word and Excel, the word processing and spreadsheet programs included in Microsoft Office.
Credit Hours: 3

K03 - MS Office Applications II  

In this course, students will focus on Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook, which respectively are the database, presentation, and e-mail/scheduling programs included in Microsoft Office. PowerPoint is a graphics and audio-visual application and is the most visual and creative of the Microsoft applications. Access is a database system for retaining and using essential information, and Outlook is an e-mail program used for sending and receiving messages.
Credit Hours: 3

K11 - Database Processing  

This is an introduction to the design and development of databases, using data modeling tools, normalization, structured query language (SQL), database application design, and Internet technology.
Credit Hours: 3

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Program Description

The Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems program is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education by combining a core set of general education courses with specialized courses in Computer Information Systems. The program lays the foundation for a broad base of knowledge with general education courses in a variety of subject areas. In addition, courses within the program discipline, such as Windows Operating Systems, Computer Programming, and Web Site Design focus on preparing students for careers within the computer information field.

Program Objectives

After completing the Computer Information Systems program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a foundation of computer and information systems knowledge, technical skills, and a basic understanding of computer applications.
  2. Display proficiency with various Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of computer programming, design and development of databases, use of data modeling tools, structured query language (SQL), and Internet technology.
  4. Demonstrate the effective use of Webpage design principles, the basics of HTML coding, and how to create and maintain basic Web pages.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to organize and access information strategically, work as part of an information technology team, and use the Internet to foster the effectiveness of systems.
  6. Identify and apply the fundamental principles of public speaking, speech criticism, audience analysis, and effective delivery techniques.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the broad implications of technological innovationon social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with English composition, including the ability to develop essays, and revise and edit one's work.
  9. Demonstrate basic mathematical skill by describing mathematical reasoning and logic as the basis for data analysis, and by applying the major concepts of college-level algebra.
  10. Be prepared to enter Ashworth College’s bachelor’s degree programs without any additional academic preparation.

Career relevance at every step

Earning your online Computer Information Systems degree is likely to be your single biggest step toward a rewarding technology career—but it’s not the only step. All Ashworth College students enjoy exclusive access to our Career Tools, including one-on-one interview coaching with our career experts. You also get access to The Ashworth EDGE, which enables you to develop a personal brand and augment your job search with the latest digital techniques.

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