Computer Science - Computer System Support (AAS)
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Computer Science - Computer System Support (AAS)

Associate in Applied Science

Minimum of 61 credit hours
Do you have a natural curiosity about how computers and their programs work? Do you like to put your knowledge to good use helping others? Are you a good communicator, or would you like to become one? Then, a career as a computer systems support specialist would be a good choice for you! At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in applied science or a certificate of mastery in computer science with a computer systems support option. Either program option will get you out of school quickly and into the job market. Just talk with a faculty advisor about which would be the best choice for your lifestyle and career goals. OCCC provides a strong foundation in computer science and is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    SCL 1001 Success in College and Life 1 Life Skills  
    CS 1103 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3 Gen Ed C
    CS 1153 Introduction to Computing Technologies 3 Major C
    ENGL 1113 English Composition I 3 Gen Ed  
    HIST 1483 U.S. History to The Civil War OR Gen Ed  
    HIST 1493 U.S. History Since The Civil War 3 Gen Ed  
    MATH 1503 Contemporary Mathematics 3 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    CS 1333 Database Management Applications 3 Major C
    CS 1353 Computer Operating Systems 3 Major C
    CS 2183 Linux 3 Major C
    CS 2713 Principles of Information Security 3 Major C
    ENGL 1213 English Composition II OR Gen Ed  
    ENGL 1233 Technical Writing for the Workplace OR  Gen Ed  
    COM 1123 Interpersonal Communications OR  Gen Ed  
    COM 2213 Intro to Public Speaking 3 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Sophomore 1st Semester
    CS 1413 Computer Hardware 3 Major C
    CS 2283 Introduction to Virtualization 3 Major C
    CS 2303 Networking Technologies 3 Major C
    POLSC 1113 American Federal Government 3 Gen Ed  
    CS Computer Science Elective 3 Support C
    Suggested Sophomore 2nd Semester
    CS 2153 Supporting Windows Operating Systems 3 Major C
    CS 2403 Computer Support Services 3 Major C
    CS 2503 Network Administration 3 Major C
    CS 2763 Network Security 3 Major C
    CS Computer Science Elective 3 Support
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (36 credit hours):

    Computer Science: CS 1153, CS 1333, CS 1353, CS 1413, CS 2153, CS 2183, CS 2283, CS 2303, CS 2403, CS 2503, CS 2713, CS 2763

    General Education Courses: (18 credit hours)

    Communications: ENGL 1213 or ENGL 1233 or COM 1123 or COM 2213

    Computer Science: CS 1103

    English: ENGL 1113

    Mathematics: MATH 1503

    History: HIST 1483 or HIST 1493

    Political Science: POLSC 1113

    Life Skills Courses: (1 credit hour) Life Skills: SCL 1001

    Support Courses: (6 credit hours) Computer Science electives

  • Program Notes

    Notes: This Technical and Occupational program is designed to prepare students to enter the job force following completion. See Technical and Occupational Programs in the general information section of the catalog.

    Must have a grade of “C” or higher in all Computer Science courses.

  • Course Descriptions

    Communications

    COM 1123 - Interpersonal Communications
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will be able to identify why certain things happen as they do when two or more individuals come together to communicate for a specific purpose. The student must attest to his or her ability to understand the principles of interpersonal communication with emphasis on dyads, small groups, analysis of communication models and nonverbal communication, applying understanding to the major types of interpersonal communication problems in the work environment and in daily human relations.

    COM 2213 - Intro to Public Speaking
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate placement score
    3CREDITS

    Given the principles of effective listening and speaking, the student will assimilate those skills into his or her physical and psychological worlds. After being exposed to public, business and professional speaking, the student will apply the principles of invention, organization, style, and delivery through practical exercises and will use the principles of rhetorical criticism in discussing speeches delivered in class.

    Computer Science

    CS - Computer Science Elective
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Computer Science elective

    CS 1103 - Introduction to Computers and Applications
    Prerequisites: Math 0103 or adequate math placement test score; ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    This hands-on course affords students a basic understanding of computers and their application. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to use a computer operating system, an office suite, productivity tools, as well as the Internet at an introductory level. Advanced Standing is available. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    CS 1153 - Introduction to Computing Technologies
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; Math 0103 or adequate math placement test score.
    3CREDITS

    Students will learn fundamental concepts of hardware and software prior to learning tools of support technicians. Topics will include the computer architecture, the instruction execution cycle, I/O and storage. in addition, students will learn basics of digital electronics, how to perform mathematical operations and conversions on multiple numbering systems, develop fundamental problem-solving skills for troubleshooting, and investigate career opportunities within the information technology industry. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    CS 1333 - Database Management Applications
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; Math 0203 or adequate math placement test score.
    3CREDITS

    The student will use a selected database management program to create and edit database files. The student will also search, organize, and build reports, forms, and templates with the database files. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    CS 1353 - Computer Operating Systems
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; Math 0203 or adequate math placement test score, prerequisite or co-requisite CS 1103
    3CREDITS

    Students will learn the following important areas through a combination of lectures and hands-on projects: installing, maintaining and optimizing Windows operating systems, troubleshooting Windows and applications, connecting to and setting up a network, Windows resources on a network, computer security strategies, mobile devices, and client-side virtualization. A+ Certification Preparation Course. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    CS 1413 - Computer Hardware
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; Math 0203 or adequate math placement test score, prerequisite or co-requisite CS 1103
    3CREDITS

    Students will learn the following through class lectures and hands-on projects: identification, configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of PC hardware including mainboards, BIOS, processors, memory, storage devices, peripherals, and printers. Other IT-related issues such as networks, safety and environmental concerns, customer relations, and professionalism are also presented. A+ Certification Preparation Course. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    CS 2153 - Supporting Windows Operating Systems
    Prerequisites: Math 0203 or adequate math placement test score, CS 1353 or by evaluation. § Criteria for evaluation is in division office.
    3CREDITS

    Students will learn the procedures for installing, configuring and maintaining a Windows Operating System in a business environment. Real-world examples and interactive activities are used to reinforce key concepts such as: managing files and folders, printers, storage devices and display devices; desktop user environments; user profiles and networking. Preparatory course for certification through Microsoft. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    CS 2183 - Linux
    Prerequisites: Math 0203 or adequate math placement test score, CS 1103 or by evaluation. § Criteria for evaluation is in division office.
    3CREDITS

    This course is an introduction to the Linux operating system for users. It is designed for those with a DOS/Windows operating system background with little or no knowledge of Linux. Topics include the development of Linux; basic Linux operating system concepts; a comparison of Linux to MS Windows; frequently used Linux programs and utilities, shells, editors, and tools; X window GUI and applications; Linux and the internet; setting up Apache web server software; basic HTML and CGI programming for Linux; use of virtual machine software to create virtual machines of guest operating system on top of host operating system. A+ Certification Preparation Course. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    CS 2283 - Introduction to Virtualization
    Prerequisites: CS 1353 or by evaluation § Criteria for evaluation is in division office.
    3CREDITS

    This course covers fundamental concepts and practical knowledge of virtualization technology. Students will learn to install and configure virtualization software, manage virtual networking and storage, deploy, manage, and migrate virtual machines, manage user access to the virtual machine infrastructure, monitor resource usage, increase scalability, apply patches, and manage higher availability and data protection. Students will gain hands-on experience through using virtualization software platforms.

    CS 2303 - Networking Technologies
    Prerequisites: Math 0203 or adequate math placement test score, co-requisite CS 1103 or by evaluation.
    3CREDITS

    Students will learn how to install, configure, and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols, and services and to describe the features and functions of networking components. A foundational knowledge in the important areas of media and topologies, protocols and standards, network implementation, and network support will be developed using a combination of lectures and interactive assignments. Network+ Certification Preparation Course. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    CS 2403 - Computer Support Services
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1113; Math 0203 or adequate math placement test score and 9 credit hours of Computer Science courses.
    3CREDITS

    Students will demonstrate their understanding of planning, implementing, and maintaining a support center for both internal and external users of computer hardware and software. The main topics will include: the Help Desk, design of hardware and software specifications, performing a needs assessment, design of evaluation instruments, creation of both technical and non-technical documentation, working with customers in a support role, and ethical standards for the computing professional. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    CS 2503 - Network Administration
    Prerequisites: CS 1353
    3CREDITS

    The students will use a network operating system to create and manage a local area network. The topics to be covered include creating and administering user and group accounts, managing network resources and administering permissions for files and folders, setting up and administering the printing environment, using the auditing functions, backing up and restoring files and folders. Preparatory course for certification through Microsoft. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    CS 2713 - Principles of Information Security
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; Math 0203 or adequate math placement test score.
    3CREDITS

    Students will complete a comprehensive overview of network security, with an introduction to a variety of security problems faced by the computing industry. This course is mapped to the CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam. The course covers topics in general security concepts, communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography basics, and operational/organizational security. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    CS 2763 - Network Security
    Prerequisites: CS 2713 and (CS 2303 or CS 2503)
    3CREDITS

    Students will participate in a comprehensive study of current and developing communications systems and networks. These include host-based and network-based intrusion detection, anomaly and misuse detection, and network security appliances including firewalls and access control devices. Topics are covered with all networks in mind, including the Internet, PSTN, ATM, Frame Relay Networks, etc. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    English

    ENGL 1113 - English Composition I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will write well-developed compositions which demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and vivid language. The students will locate library material and incorporate researched materials into compositions.

    ENGL 1213 - English Composition II
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1113 taken within the last year, with strong encouragement for immediate continuation.
    3CREDITS

    In this advanced writing course, students will create essays that explore and evaluate a variety of issues and perspectives suggested by fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and other types of cultural texts. Students will refine and augment the writing techniques they learned in ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103 to develop well- reasoned, well-structured arguments in a clear, fluid, and engaging prose style.

    ENGL 1233 - Technical Writing for the Workplace
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103; MATH 0203 College Prep Math II or adequate Math Placement Test Score
    3CREDITS

    This course will expose students to technical communication and will allow students to practice professional methods of writing in the workplace. In addition to constructing technical documents appropriate for use in professional and job-related environments, students will learn about rhetorical methods for presenting technical information in ethical and formal prose designed for clear and effective communication with employers and colleagues. This course will equip the student with written and oral communication skills necessary for sharing information and discussing content in professional settings; developing an awareness of technical genres; utilizing technological platforms for constructing documents; using visuals and graphics professionally; writing professional correspondence; constructing reports; designing project proposals, and composing instructions..

    History

    HIST 1483 - U.S. History to The Civil War
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1400 to 1877 in such areas as revolution, geographic and social mobility, political reform, government precedents and war, students will be able to identify patterns of present day mobility, describe governmental operations in their society and help resolve conflict in society based on the student’s search for change, precedents, and conflict in the American past. A general education requirement.

    HIST 1493 - U.S. History Since The Civil War
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1870 to the present in such areas as political reform, industrialization, urbanization, ethnic acculturation and war, the student will be able to identify meaningful changes in his society, identify equal rights in that society, and help resolve conflict in this society based on the students search for change, equal rights and conflicts in the American past.

    Mathematics

    MATH 1503 - Contemporary Mathematics
    Prerequisites: MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score. Pre or Co-requisite ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103
    3CREDITS

    A study of the mathematics needed for critical evaluation of quantitative information and arguments (including logic, critical appraisal of graphs and tables); use of simple mathematical models, and an introduction to elementary statistics. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    Political Science

    POLSC 1113 - American Federal Government
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    A study of the principles, structure, processes and functions of the United States federal government.

    Success in College and Life

    SCL 1001 - Success in College and Life
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate reading/writing assessment scores
    1 CREDIT

    Students will learn best practices for academic, career, and personal success. Students will discover their individual strengths, interests, and values to create a personalized plan; select and utilize resources that are applicable to their growth and success; and engage as active and responsible members of the academic community. This course should be taken during a student's first semester of college work at Oklahoma City Community College and is a required course in degree plans to satisfy the Life Skills requirement.

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