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Computer Information Systems: Microcomputer Applications Specialist II

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Academic Programs

(B36) Certificate

The Microcomputer Applications Specialist II consists of advanced courses which expand on skills in the programming and the operation of microcomputers. This certificate can also be the means for advancement to higher level positions in an expanding field. Instruction includes hands-on experience with microcomputers and various microcomputer software applications. Completion of the Microcomputer Applications Specialist I Certificate is a prerequisite to completing the Microcomputer Applications Specialist II certificate.

Work and Employment

The rapid spread of computers and computer-based technologies in recent years has generated a need for skilled, highly trained workers. Computers have become essential to the operation of stores, banks, colleges and universities, government agencies, hospitals, factories, and many other profit and non-profit entities in our society. Employment is expected to grow as organizations seek new applications for computers and improvements to the software already in use.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Counseling Office, 815/835-6354;
Dr. Mary Lou Kidder, Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815-835-6358;
Kevin Megill, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815/835-6251;
Valarie Wittman, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815/835-6388.


Major Field Requirements

  • CIS 101 - Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems 3 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 106 - Microcomputer Spreadsheet Software 2 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 108 - Microcomputer Database Applications 2 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 109 - Introduction to Microcomputers - Windows 3 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 117 - Introduction to Web Design 1 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 137 - Introduction to Desktop Publishing - Level I 1 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 138 - Introduction to Desktop Publishing - Level II 1 Semester hour(s)
  • OR

  • CIS 299 - Topics/Issues in Computer Information Systems 1, 2, 3, or 4 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 148 - Business Presentation Graphics 1 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 160 - Intermediate Microcomputer Applications 3 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 229 - Database Management Systems 3 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 260 - Systems Design Practicum 3 Semester hour(s)
  • OAS 103 - Keyboarding and Document Processing Basic - Level I 2 Semester hour(s)
  • OAS 141 - Word Processing with Microcomputers 2 Semester hour(s)

Total Hours Required for Certificate: 27


Suggested Program



First Semester - Sem/Hrs: 8


  • CIS 101 - Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems 3 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 109 - Introduction to Microcomputers - Windows 3 Semester hour(s)
  • OAS 103 - Keyboarding and Document Processing Basic - Level I 2 Semester hour(s)

Second Semester - Sem/Hrs: 6


  • CIS 106 - Microcomputer Spreadsheet Software 2 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 108 - Microcomputer Database Applications 2 Semester hour(s)
  • OAS 141 - Word Processing with Microcomputers 2 Semester hour(s)

Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 6


  • CIS 117 - Introduction to Web Design 1 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 137 - Introduction to Desktop Publishing - Level I 1 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 148 - Business Presentation Graphics 1 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 160 - Intermediate Microcomputer Applications 3 Semester hour(s)

Fourth Semester - Sem/Hrs: 7


  • CIS 138 - Introduction to Desktop Publishing - Level II 1 Semester hour(s)
  • or

  • CIS 299 - Topics/Issues in Computer Information Systems 1, 2, 3, or 4 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 229 - Database Management Systems 3 Semester hour(s)
  • CIS 260 - Systems Design Practicum 3 Semester hour(s)
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