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Our Computer Science undergraduate program curriculum

By combining fundamental courses with a selection of career-focused electives, our Computer Science undergraduate program curriculum is designed to provide both the chance to hone essential skills and the freedom to choose a specialization.

From computer hardware management and database processing to website design and MS Office applications, students graduate with a sense of the direction they want to take their careers—and credits—to transfer toward a more advanced degree if they choose to do so.

Required course

K01 - Windows Operating Systems  

In this course, you will learn how to navigate Windows 10, work with files and folders, and conduct Google searches in Microsoft Edge. You will discover Windows apps, including Windows Entertainment, Information, and Productivity apps. You will also learn about viruses and spyware, along with strategies to protect your computer. Lastly, you will be provided with the knowledge needed to practice advanced resource, performance, and task management.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Navigate Windows 10, create and save documents, and manage a Windows 10 system.
  • Work with files and folders, using File Explorer to display locations, folders, and files.
  • Use Windows 10 backup and recovery tools.
  • Discover Windows Entertainment, Information, and Productivity apps.
  • Practice advanced file management and use search tools in File Explorer.
  • Conduct Google searches in Microsoft Edge and use Windows 10 Utility and Accessibility apps.
  • Discuss viruses and spyware, along with strategies to protect your computer from both types of malware.
  • Understand factors that slow down computers.
  • Use Task Manager, resource and performance monitors, and the services console.

Credit Hours: 3

Course electives

K02 - MS Office Applications I  

This course, MS Office Applications I, 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, respectively, included in Microsoft Office. Upon completion of the course, students will better understand how to gain the most out of their Windows operating system and the applications packaged in Office 2016.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Explore the Microsoft Office 2016 Environment and perform basic tasks.
  • Perform commands from the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar and apply formatting in Office Programs.
  • Create a document and use a template, working with text and graphics.
  • Insert and modify text, graphics, text boxes, and drawing objects.
  • Create and modify lists and tab stops and insert a SmartArt graphic and an Online Video.
  • Launch and use Excel Online and Google Sheets.
  • Create, save, and navigate an Excel workbook, using functions, formatting cells, adding cell styles and themes, and charting data in a worksheet.
  • Edit values, construct formulas, and format a worksheet.

Credit Hours: 3

K03 - MS Office Applications II  

This course, MS Office Applications II, is designed to help students expand their knowledge of the world of computing. In this course, students will focus on Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook, which respectively are the database management, presentation, and e-mail/scheduling programs included in Microsoft Office. Access is a database system for retaining and using essential information. PowerPoint is a graphics and audio-visual application and is the most visual and creative of the Microsoft applications. Outlook is an e-mail program used for sending and receiving messages. Each aspect of this course will further hone the students' computing skills and prepare them for full use of the Microsoft Office 2016 package.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Explain the basic terms and uses of Microsoft Access 2016 and PowerPoint 2016.
  • Create new databases, tables, queries, forms, and reports with Access.
  • Create a complete database from a template in Access.
  • Open a new, blank PowerPoint presentation and add content, pictures, and themes.
  • Edit, format, and apply slide transitions to a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Provide an overview of functions and terminology used in Outlook 2016.
  • Manage email with Outlook.
  • Manage records, tasks, and a calendar with Outlook.

Credit Hours: 3

K04 - Computer Hardware Management  

In this course, you'll become familiar with computer hardware basics. You'll learn about the internal workings of a computer system and be able to identify and explain the function of motherboards, memory, hard drives, and other components and connectors. You'll also learn about the process of networking and the various types of hardware needed to build a local area network. At the completion of this course, you'll be able to select and configure an appropriate system for yourself or a customer.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Identify CompTIA exam components and IT support specialist career functions.
  • Explain the parts of a computer system.
  • Classify the internal functions of motherboards, firmware, computing storage, and power.
  • Analyze the external components of a computer system and how they work for customers.
  • Distinguish elements of networking, including local area networks and wide area networks.
  • Categorize portable and mobile computer systems.
  • Point out the fundamentals and applications of manual multimeters.

Credit Hours: 3

K05 - Computer Software Management  

This course will give you in-depth instruction on the Windows operating system (OS). You will learn about important networking software tools and Windows administrative utilities. The popular MAC and Linux operating systems are introduced as well as common commands used with the CLI (Command Line Interface) and scripting. Important network security concepts are covered. You will also learn how to work with customers to provide appropriate customer service.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Identify three common operating systems.
  • Summarize the processes of operating systems installation, maintenance, and upgrade.
  • Describe the troubleshooting process for operating systems.
  • Relate software to networking.
  • Categorize computer security in the IT field.
  • Define operational procedures for a career as an IT support specialist.

Credit Hours: 3

K06 - Local Area Networks  

This course covers topics related to how computers communicate with each other, how computers are grouped together to form networks, networking concepts and issues that are key to the successful implementation of computer networks, and the different networking implementation strategies and technologies currently available.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate a high level of inquiry, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrate job-specific technical and professional skills.
  • Demonstrate computer and information literacy.
  • Categorize the application of network, OSI model, TCP/IP, and protocols.
  • Analyze the function of topologies, numbering systems, and IP addresses.
  • Point out the function of cabling, device functions, and LAN operations.
  • Show the configuration procedures for routers and switches.

Credit Hours: 3

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Program Description

The Computer Information Management Undergraduate Certificate is designed to prepare students for a career in computer information management or further study in the field by establishing a foundation of essential skills while allowing ample opportunity for specialization through electives.

Program Objectives

After completing the Computer Information Management Undergraduate Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize Windows systems to perform advanced resource and task management.
  2. Describe current information management technologies available to meet the varied needs of businesses and customers.
  3. Apply improved communication skills to effectively and strategically collaborate with both customers and colleagues.
  4. Organize and interpret data using a variety of industry-standard technology tools.
  5. Navigate the world of basic computing tools with confidence and ease.
  6. Explain how computers work at a machine, network, programming, and/ or software level.

Start your career off right

Pursuing a career in IT requires the technical know-how to work with complex computer systems. An Undergraduate Certificate in Computer Information Management is a smart way to start building a foundation that will support your skill set as you progress. With our Career Tools, you will also be able to strengthen interview skills and enhance your resume. With the added benefit of professional development resources through Ashworth College Connection Network, we’ll make sure you have what you need to land a job.

From digital networks to job networking

The Undergraduate Certificate in Computer Information Management is more than just a semester toward the next degree level, it's your launch pad for career growth. Make every lesson count by taking advantage of the career services provided by the Ashworth College Connection Network. From the moment you enroll, you gain access to a complete toolkit of resume and letter templates so you can pitch your new job skills before your coursework is done. After you graduate, feel free to revisit your account any time. Learn more on the Career Services page.

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