Current students can use the course prefixes below (CAS, CPC, or CDD) for Web Advisor’s on-line course registration.
- Courses are offered in-class and on-line.
- BlackBoard learning management software (LMS) is used for all courses (whether in-class or on-line) for timely and efficient information exchange, homework submission, electronic grades and testing.
- Tests are taken on-line with a timer or in the classroom without a timer (a blended learning environment).
- Courses have weekly assignments, clearly stated learning goals, due dates and estimated completion times.
- All courses are designed with the option for students to complete work early.
- All courses must be completed within 16 weeks for the Fall and Spring semesters and 8 weeks for the Summer semester.
- Courses are designed using the Illinois Online Network QOCI rubric as a guideline. A sample of this rubric can be found here: Illinois Online Network Quality Online Course Initiative.
CAS – Computer Applications
Computer Systems and Business Applications (CAS121)
This transfer course provides an introduction to the most current version of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. It also introduces the Windows operating systems software and Web site creation. This course is a pre-requisite for many information technology courses offered in our department.
Microsoft Access Computer Systems and Business Applications (CAS150)
This intermediate level course builds on the concepts of database use introduced in CAS-121 or CAS-107. Concepts in this course include the development and production of relational databases using tables, forms, reports, queries, switchboards and macros.
CPC – Computer Programming
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Computer Programming Concepts (CPC115)
Provides an overview of basic computer programming enforcing good style and logical thinking. Logic development tools such as flowcharts and pseudocode are introduced to assist with program design. The concepts of structured programming, modules, sequences, loops, decisions, control breaks, tables (arrays), and interactive menu programs are also reviewed. This non-language specific course introduces students to a free 3D software, known as Alice, used to apply course concepts. This course is a pre-requisite for all programming language courses including Java and Visual Basic.
Visual Basic Level I (CPC140)
This course is designed to develop the fundamentals of Visual Basic. Topics include designing a user interface, creating a windows application, variables and arithmetic operations, mobile applications using decision structures, loop structures, Web applications with ASP 2.0, string manipulation, and Visual Studio tools for Office applications. A number of substantial programs are written during the course using a Microsoft Visual Studio. This is a pre-requisite for CPC240 – Visual Basic Level II.
Database Design (CPC175)
This covers the foundational aspects of relational databases. Students will learn database design (conceptual data model objects, relationships between objects and the rules defining these relationships) and how to create a physical model. SQL (Structured Query Language) is introduced and is used as the vehicle of access for all physical models implemented.
Visual Basic Level II (CPC240)
This course is designed to develop advanced Visual Basic concepts. Topics include designing arrays, function procedures, exception handling, incorporating databases with ADO.NET, creating classes, developing cell phone applications and Web Services. A number of substantial programs are written during the course using a Microsoft Visual Studio.
CDD – Computer Design
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System’s Analysis (CDD120)
This course provides an in-depth study of Systems Analysis with a practical approach to information technology and systems development. It emphasizes the role of the systems analyst in a dynamic, business-related environment. Students learn how to translate business requirements into information systems that support a company’s short-term and long-term objectives. Students also learn how to blend traditional structured analysis skills, object-oriented methods and project management techniques. Data flow diagramming (DFD) and entity relationship diagramming (ERD) are introduced using Microsoft Visio.