Semester Catalog - Computer Technology
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The Computer Engineering Technology program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for computer industry positions that address both computer hardware and software. Students are prepared for entry-level positions that may involve the testing, troubleshooting, repairing or installation of a variety of computer and networked systems. Other positions may include assisting engineers in the design and building of computer systems. Graduates of this program are well prepared to continue their education in Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology programs.
The curriculum is structured to provide a broad undergraduate education with students taking courses in each of the recognized areas of computer concepts and architecture, processors, network systems, digital circuits, analog circuits, and electronic principles. A strong foundation in physics and mathematics through calculus is provided so as to provide the student with a strong engineering foundation. The student’s education is rounded off with an emphasis in the humanities, English, and social sciences, which allow students to develop their written and oral presentation skills,promoting lifelong learning. The curricula of many four-year college programs in Computer Engineering Technology are the same as their Electronic Engineering Technology programs during the first two years of study and are strongly hardware and electronics centered. Therefore the curriculum of this Computer Engineering Technology program mirrors our Electronic Engineering Technology program, except for two data communications/networking courses. Prospective students interested in this program should also examine the Electronic Engineering Technology program description in this catalog for additional description of the curriculum.
This program utilizes facilities from both the Computer Technologies and Electronics Engineering Technology departments. The Computer Technologies Department facilities include more than 72 computer workstations in four classroom laboratory settings, a computer “sand box” equipped with servers, 18 workstations and networking equipment for hands-on server administration and data communications courses, and a computer diagnostics laboratory. All computer rooms are equipped with up-to-date software and dual operating system environments, where necessary, to provide all students with hands-on computer programming, installation, server administration and networking capabilities for their learning. The computer diagnostics laboratory provides the students with the necessary equipment to perform hardware and software troubleshooting.
The electronics department laboratory is equipped to provide students ample and meaningful hands-on experience in breadboarding, testing, schematic capture, and simulation of analog and digital circuits. Students will typically spend four hours a week in the laboratory, confirming that the lecture material works in real life and is not unproven theory. Students follow the laboratory experiment with a report where the results are analyzed and discussed. In the laboratory, the students learn how to use standard test equipment to build circuits, create schematics, and test circuits using standard laboratory test equipment.