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Description

The Associate of Applied Business in Computer Technology provides students with a core consisting of programming, operating systems and networks, Web site development and workgroup productivity technologies. Students may choose from concentrations in specific areas including applications development, Internet/multimedia, and network technologies. These concentrations allow students to focus their studies and begin to prepare for various professional certifications. There is also a general concentration that prepares students for positions in small- and medium-sized organizations that require computer staff to perform a wide variety of technical duties. In addition, the concentrations may articulate fully or in part with concentrations in the
Bachelor of Technical and Applied studies and available certificates in computer forensics and information security, and advanced Internet; please contact an advisor for more information.

 

Career Opportunities

Computer support specialists held about 565,700 jobs in 2008. Although they worked in a wide range of industries, about 18 percent were employed in the computer systems design and related services industry. Substantial numbers of these workers were also employed in administrative and support services companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, government agencies, educational institutions, software publishers, telecommunications organizations and healthcare organizations.

Employers of computer support specialists range from startup companies to established industry leaders. With the continued development of the Internet, telephone, e-mail, and other communications, industries not typically associated with computers-such as construction-need computer support specialists. Small and large firms across all industries are either expanding or developing computer systems, creating an immediate need for computer support specialists.

The occupation of computer support specialists is projected to be the second fastest growing occupation over the decade. Employment is expected to increase much faster than average as technology becomes driven by rapid gains in computer and data processing services, which is projected to be the fastest growing industry in the U.S. economy.

Demand for computer support specialists also is expected to increase because of the rapid pace of improved technology. As computers and software become more complex, support specialists will be needed to provide technical assistance to customers and other users. Consulting opportunities will continue to grow as businesses increasingly need help managing, upgrading and customizing more complex computer systems. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

 

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent.

 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 63-64 credit hours, dependent upon concentration chosen. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and in major.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Define basic IT terms and explain fundamental IT concepts.

2. Describe basic program control mechanisms: sequence, branching, encapsulation, polymorphism.

3. Research current career requirements that are vital for a degreed applicant --create well-written documents, data bases, and spreadsheets;communicate through computer networks and electronic mail; plan, design and produce HTML/web documents to be posted on the Internet

4. Use a variety of search strategies to retrieve information and use networks to access information (on-line databases, libraries and electronic bulletin boards)

5. Demonstrate a set of end user skills that will enable them to control their desktop computing environment for maximized productivity

6. Demonstrate the ability to write, test and debug application programs using current programming languages.

7. Apply troubleshooting procedures to correctly identify the defective component, when presented with a personal computer that has a defective component.

8. Use computer technology and software for purposes of defining problems, gathering information, analyzing data and information, and interpreting and generalizing results.

9. Demonstrate the ability to install necessary hardware and software, in order to effectively create and use a computer network. When necessary, this will include locating and downloading required patches and service packs.

10. Produce written technical reports.

11. Give oral presentations on technical subjects ...and demonstrate competence using appropriate software for the creation & use of support materials (e.g., slides, documents, websites, sound, video etc...).

12. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical computing.

13. Transfer computer skills learned from one activity to a different activity.

14. Know how to access and use online documentation, tutorials and other resources.

Student Organizations

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Type Legend: KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts; KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences
 

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (23 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  COMT 11002 Visual Basic Programming    3
    11005 Introduction to Operating Systems and Networking 3
    11006 Introduction to Web Site Technology 3
    11009 Computer Assembly and Configuration 4
    21002 Network Setup and Configuration 4
    21009 Seminar in Computer Technology 3
    21010 Workgroup Productivity Software    3
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (30-32 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
  COMT 12000 Personal Productivity Software 3
  ENG

ITAP
20002

26638
Introduction to Technical Writing (3)
or
Business Communications (3)
3
KMC MATH 11009

11010
Modeling Algebra (4)
or
Algebra for Calculus (3)
3-4
  Choose from the following: Computer Electives 3
  COMT 11000 Introduction to Computer Systems (3)  
    11004 Survey of Information Technology (3)  
    21007 Internet Ethics and Policies (3)  
  Choose from the following: Business Electives 3-4
  ACTT 11000 Accounting I-Financial (4)  
  BMRT 11000 Introduction to Business (3)  
    11009 Introduction to Management Technology * (3)  
    21004 Introduction to Business Statistics (3)  
KSS ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics (3)  
  Kent Core Composition 3
  Kent Core Humanities/Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Social Sciences** 3
  Kent Core Basic Sciences 3
IV. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (9-10 credits) 
  Application Development Technology (10)
  General Technology (9)
  Internet/Multimedia Technology (9)
  Network Technology (9)
MINIMUM TOTAL 
63-64

* Equivalent to MIS 24163

** Recommended: JUS 26704, PSYC 11762 or SOC 12050

 

 

Application Development Technology Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (10 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  COMT 21005 Visual Basic Database Programming 4
  Choose two of the following: 6
  COMT 20001 C++ Programming (3)  
    20011 Java Programming (3)  
    21036 Web Scripting I (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
10

 

 

General Technology Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (9 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
  COMT Electives 9
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
9

 

 

Internet/Multimedia Technology Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (9 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  COMT 21011 Techniques of Multimedia Web Design 3
  Choose one of the following: 3
  COMT 21007 Internet Ethics and Policies (3)  
    21036 Web Scripting I (3)  
  COMT Elective 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
9

 

 

Network Technology Concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (9 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  Choose from the following: 6
  COMT 21100 Local Area Network Troubleshooting (3)  
    21110 Internetworking (3)  
    21200 Ethical Hacking (3)  
  COMT Elective 3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
9