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Computer Information Systems: PC Technician

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Computer Information Systems: PC Technician - Certificate (B29)

This PC Technician certificate is available for students who are interested in entry level employment in the computer field with a specialization as a personal computer technician.

Work and Employment

PC Technicians are involved in the installation, use and maintenance of computers. They may set up the physical computer and peripherals for end users. They are proficient in operating systems and are often the first responder to end users.

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Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

  • Academic Advising, 815-835-6354
  • Kevin Megill, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815-835-6251
  • Greg Noack, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815-835-6434

Total Hours Required - 18 Hours

Major Field Requirements

  • CIS101 - Fund of Computer Info Systems ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of computer information systems through a comprehensive study of the development, history, growth, and application of the computer as a tool of information systems. The student will gain a functional understanding of computer hardware, systems software, storage devices, telecommunications, database theory and applications, operating systems, programming languages, software development, systems analysis and design, and management information systems. Issues of computer security, Internet, and ethics will be stressed throughout the course. The student will be provided with a balance of real-world applications and technical information of information systems. The student will participate in introductory computer laboratory exercises emphasizing word processing and electronic spreadsheet. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

    OR

    CIS109 - Introduction to Computers ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course consists of the study of computer hardware, software, operating systems and communications, networking, Internet, systems and program development life cycles and their role in business decision making. The use of Internet, multimedia, security, and ethics will be emphasized throughout the course. In addition, laboratory experience will be gained with a survey of Microsoft Windows and business computer software applications programs in word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database management, presentation graphics, and Internet. Prerequisite: None. Students having no experience with computers are encouraged to first take OAS 103-Keyboarding. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): BUS 902 Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

     
  • CIS151 - Network Certification ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course offers a hands-on approach to computer networking. Students will be introduced to a variety of networking hardware and software. Students will examine the application of networking hardware and software, and install, configure, and troubleshoot end to end networks. The course will introduce the most popular and recent technologies. This course is designed to prepare the successful student for the CompTIA N+ network certification. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec/2 lab

  • CIS167 - A+ Certification ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course offers a hands-on approach to microcomputer maintenance. This course will introduce a history of personal computer evolution as well as the most popular and recent technologies. Students will examine the personal computer; laptops and portable devices; current operating systems; printing & scanning techniques; basic networking; safety; and professionalism. This course is designed to prepare the successful student for the CompTIA A+ Essentials and A+ Technician exams. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • CIS194 - Managing Modern Windows Device ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course is designed to teach you the foundation knowledge to accomplish the following technical tasks: deploy Windows; manage devices and data; configure connectivity; and maintain Windows. Prerequisite: CIS 101 or CIS 167 or instructor consent 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • CIS197 - Security + Certification ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course offers a hands-on approach to network security principles. An in-depth overview of recognizing and protecting against risks and threats to an organization's electronic data will be addressed. This course prepares students for the current CompTIA's Security+ Certification Exam. Prerequisite: CIS 167 or CIS 151 or CIS 152 (may be taken as co-requisite) or approval from instructor 3 Semester hour(s) 2 lec/2 lab/week

  • CIS250 - Beginning Linux ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course will provide a comprehensive look at common tasks performed by Linux system administrators. This includes installation, management of Linux systems from the command line and the GUI, user administration, file permissions, customization, software configuration, management of Linux-based clients, troubleshooting, and more. Expanded coverage of networking and security are covered. This course covers all the objectives, and will prepare the student for the current CompTIA's Linux+ Certification Exam. Prerequisite: CIS 151 or CIS 152 or CIS 167, (may be taken as co-requisites), or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

Suggested Program

First Semester - 9 Hours

  • CIS101 - Fund of Computer Info Systems ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of computer information systems through a comprehensive study of the development, history, growth, and application of the computer as a tool of information systems. The student will gain a functional understanding of computer hardware, systems software, storage devices, telecommunications, database theory and applications, operating systems, programming languages, software development, systems analysis and design, and management information systems. Issues of computer security, Internet, and ethics will be stressed throughout the course. The student will be provided with a balance of real-world applications and technical information of information systems. The student will participate in introductory computer laboratory exercises emphasizing word processing and electronic spreadsheet. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

    OR

    CIS109 - Introduction to Computers ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course consists of the study of computer hardware, software, operating systems and communications, networking, Internet, systems and program development life cycles and their role in business decision making. The use of Internet, multimedia, security, and ethics will be emphasized throughout the course. In addition, laboratory experience will be gained with a survey of Microsoft Windows and business computer software applications programs in word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database management, presentation graphics, and Internet. Prerequisite: None. Students having no experience with computers are encouraged to first take OAS 103-Keyboarding. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): BUS 902 Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

       
    • CIS151 - Network Certification ( 3 Semester Hours)

      This course offers a hands-on approach to computer networking. Students will be introduced to a variety of networking hardware and software. Students will examine the application of networking hardware and software, and install, configure, and troubleshoot end to end networks. The course will introduce the most popular and recent technologies. This course is designed to prepare the successful student for the CompTIA N+ network certification. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec/2 lab

    • CIS167 - A+ Certification ( 3 Semester Hours)

      This course offers a hands-on approach to microcomputer maintenance. This course will introduce a history of personal computer evolution as well as the most popular and recent technologies. Students will examine the personal computer; laptops and portable devices; current operating systems; printing & scanning techniques; basic networking; safety; and professionalism. This course is designed to prepare the successful student for the CompTIA A+ Essentials and A+ Technician exams. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

    Second Semester - 9 Hours

    • CIS194 - Managing Modern Windows Device ( 3 Semester Hours)

      This course is designed to teach you the foundation knowledge to accomplish the following technical tasks: deploy Windows; manage devices and data; configure connectivity; and maintain Windows. Prerequisite: CIS 101 or CIS 167 or instructor consent 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

    • CIS197 - Security + Certification ( 3 Semester Hours)

      This course offers a hands-on approach to network security principles. An in-depth overview of recognizing and protecting against risks and threats to an organization's electronic data will be addressed. This course prepares students for the current CompTIA's Security+ Certification Exam. Prerequisite: CIS 167 or CIS 151 or CIS 152 (may be taken as co-requisite) or approval from instructor 3 Semester hour(s) 2 lec/2 lab/week

    • CIS250 - Beginning Linux ( 3 Semester Hours)

      This course will provide a comprehensive look at common tasks performed by Linux system administrators. This includes installation, management of Linux systems from the command line and the GUI, user administration, file permissions, customization, software configuration, management of Linux-based clients, troubleshooting, and more. Expanded coverage of networking and security are covered. This course covers all the objectives, and will prepare the student for the current CompTIA's Linux+ Certification Exam. Prerequisite: CIS 151 or CIS 152 or CIS 167, (may be taken as co-requisites), or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week