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Applied Computer Technology AOS

Elissa Olsen, Chairperson
(585) 475-2225, emondp@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/NTID/act

Program overview

Computers are important to all parts of the economy, and the number of careers that involve work with computers is constantly expanding. Students in the AOS degree program in applied computer technology take courses to prepare them for careers that involve maintaining computer software and hardware, installing and maintaining computer networks, and working with a variety of computer applications.

Program concentrations

Students select a concentration in computer technical support or networking cyber security in their second year.

Computer technical support: This concentration develops skills specific to working with office professionals to solve computer-related problems. These skills prepare students to work at a help desk responding to a client’s computer problems and performing setup, upgrades, and repairs to computers and computer peripherals.

Networking and cyber security: Students in this concentration develop skills specific to network and network security support. The skills include server setup, support and administration, network setup, troubleshooting and repair, identifying and implementing security policies, and installing appropriate hardware and software to support a secure and robust network.

On-the-job responsibilities

Students work as computer technicians, computer support specialists, network technicians, network security technicians, and network administrators.

Places of employment

Graduates can expect to work in a variety of environments, including banks, insurance companies, large stores, manufacturing companies, public utilities, government agencies, health care agencies, hospitals, and many other kinds of departments and businesses that use computers and networks.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of a sampling experience in applied computer technology, either through the Summer Vestibule Program or equivalent career exploration course, is a prerequisite for this major, as are the following:

English: Placement into Career English I (NENG-212) or above. Students successfully completing the AOS degree typically enter with reading scores equivalent to 8.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics: Placement into Mathematics in Society (NMTH-140) or a higher-level course. Typically, students entering this major will have completed at least three years of high school mathematics.

Science: Typically, students entering this major will have completed at least two years of high school science.

Curriculum

Applied computer technology (computer technical support concentration), AOS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
NACT-150 Introduction to PC Hardware 3
NACT-160 Networking Essentials 3
NACT-170 Introduction to Web Development 3
NENG-212 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English I 3
  NTID LAS Foundation: Mathematics† 3
NACT-151 Windows Operating Systems 3
NACT-161 Client-Server Networks 3
NACT-155 Non-Windows Operating Systems 3
NENG-213 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English II 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
NACT-200 Help Desk Support 3
NACT-250 Computer and Data Security 3
NACT-230 Introduction to Programming 3
NACT-240 World of Work 3
NACT-251 Digital Systems Integration 3
NACT-252 Server Management and Security 3
NACT-235 Introduction to Database Applications 3
  NTID LAS Perspective 3
NACT-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
NACT-295 ACT Technical Capstone 3
  Professional/Technical Electives§ 6
  NTID LAS Perspective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 64

Please see the NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing associate degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.

† NTID mathematics course NMTH-120 or higher. It is recommended that students take NMTH-140 Mathematics in Society. Students who place above NMTH-140 can take math or a 3-credit course from any non-science perspective category.

‡ NTID LAS Perspective courses may be from any of these three Perspective categories: ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies; Communication, Social & GLobal Awareness; and Creative and Innovative Exploration.

§ ACT program electives include A+ Certification Prep (NACT-255), LAN WAN Design (NACT-260), Network Security (NACT 261), Network+ Certification Prep (NACT-265), Network Defense Technologies (NACT-266), Web Applications (NACT-270), Client-side Scripting (NACT-271). Additional electives from another NTID major can be taken with approval from the ICS Department Chair.

Applied computer technology (networking and cyber security concentration), AOS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NACT-150 Introduction to PC Hardware 3
NACT-160 Networking Essentials 3
NACT-170 Introduction to Web Development 3
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
NENG-212 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English I 3
  NTID LAS Foundation: Mathematics 3
NACT-151 Windows Operating Systems 3
NACT-161 Client-Server Networks 3
NACT-155 Non-Windows Operating Systems 3
NENG-213 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English II 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
NACT-200 Help Desk Support 3
NACT-260 LAN WAN Design 3
NACT-230 Introduction to Programming 3
NACT-240 World of Work 3
NACT-261 Network Security 3
NACT-262 Fundamentals of Systems Administration 3
NACT-235 Introduction to Database Applications 3
  NTID LAS Perspective 3
NACT-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
NACT-295 ACT Technical Capstone 3
  Professional/Technical Electives§ 6
  NTID LAS Perspective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 64

Please see the NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing associate degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.

† NTID mathematics course NMTH-120 or higher. It is recommended that students take NMTH-140 Mathematics in Society. Students who place above NMTH-140 can take math or a 3 credit-course from any non-science perspective category

‡ NTID LAS Perspective courses may be from any of these three Perspective categories: ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies; Communication, Social & GLobal Awareness; and Creative and Innovative Exploration.

§ ACT program electives include Computer and Data Security (NACT-250), Digital Systems Integration (NACT-251), A+ Certification Prep (NACT-255), Network+ Certification Prep (NACT-265), Network Defense Technologies (NACT-266), Web Applications (NACT-270), Client-side Scripting (NACT-271). Additional electives from another NTID major can be taken with approval from the ICS Department Chair.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Computers are important to all parts of the economy, and the number of careers that involve work with computers is constantly expanding. Students in the AOS degree program in applied computer technology take courses to prepare them for careers that involve maintaining computer software and hardware, installing and maintaining computer networks, and working with a variety of computer applications.

Program concentrations

Students select a program concentration in the second year. Concentrations involve either computer technical support or networking cyber security.

Computer technical support: This concentration develops skills specific to working with office professionals to solve computer-related problems. These skills prepare students to work at a help desk responding to a client’s computer problems and performing setup, upgrades, and repairs to computers and computer peripherals.

Networking and cyber security: Students in this concentration develop skills specific to network and network security support. The skills include server setup, support and administration, network setup, troubleshooting and repair, identifying and implementing security policies, and installing appropriate hardware and software to support a secure and robust network.

On-the-job responsibilities

Students work as computer technicians, computer support specialists, network technicians, network security technicians, and network administrators.

Places of employment

Graduates can expect to work in a variety of environments, including banks, insurance companies, large stores, manufacturing companies, public utilities, government agencies, health care agencies, hospitals, and many other kinds of departments and businesses that use computers and networks.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of a sampling experience in applied computer technology, either through the Summer Vestibule Program or equivalent career exploration course, is a prerequisite for this program, as are the following:

English: Placement into English level C or above. Students successfully completing the AOS degree typically enter with reading scores equivalent to 8.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics: Placement into Foundations of Algebra (0884-180) or a higher-level course. Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least three years of high school mathematics.

Science: Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school science.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Applied computer technology, AOS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0805-201 Applications Software 3
0805-216, 217 PC Hardware I, II 6
0805-215 PC Operating Systems 3
0805-224 Introduction to Networking and Security Awareness 3
0805-225 Networking Essentials 3
0805-226 Client/Server Networks 3
0805-251 Introduction to Web Development 3
0805-220 Introduction to Unix 3
0884-180 Foundations of Algebra 4
0883-212, 213, 214 Career English I, II, III 12
0887-200 Freshman Seminar 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
0805-230 Introduction to Programming 3
0805-351 Introduction to Mac 3
Choose one of the following: 3
    0805-310     Microcomputer Database Software  
    0805-325     Database Systems  
  Concentration Courses‡ 12
0806-201 Job Search 2
  Technical Elective§ 3
  Science (B Level or above) 3
  Math Elective (Level B or above) 4
  Social Sciences* 3
  Humanities* 3
  Communications* 3
0805-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
  Third Year  
  Technical Electives§ 3
0805-395 ACT Technical Capstone 3
0806-201 Employment Seminar 1
  Deaf Cultural Studies/ASL* 3
  Capstone* 3
Total Quarter Credit Hours 100

* Please see the NTID General Education Distribution Requirements chart for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Concentration courses for computer technical support are Help Desk Support (0805-352), Introduction to Computer Forensics (0805-353), Server Management and Security (0805-337), and Digital Technology Integration (0805-350). Concentration courses for networking and cyber security are LAN/WAN Design (0805-335), Network Security (0805-336), Server Management and Security (0805-337), and Firewall and IDS (0805-338).

§ Students may select from applied computer technology electives or approved electives from other majors.

Applied computer technology, AOS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  NTID LAS Foundation: ASL/Deaf Cultural Studies† 3
NACT-150 Introduction to PC Hardware 3
NACT-160 Networking Essentials 3
NACT-170 Introduction to Web Development 3
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
NENG-212 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English I 3
NMTH-120 NTID LAS Foundation: Mathematics‡ 3
NACT-151 Windows Operating Systems 3
NACT-161 Client-Server Networks 3
NACT-155 Non-Windows Operating Systems 3
NENG-213 NTID LAS Foundation: Career English II 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
NACT-200 Help Desk Support 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   NACT-250    CTS:  Computer and Data Security  
   NACT-260    NCS:  LAN WAN Design  
NACT-230 Introduction to Programming 3
NACT-240 World of Work 3
  NTID LAS Perspective: Communication, Social and Global Awareness 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   NACT-251    CTS:  Digital Systems Integration  
   NACT-261    NCS:  Network Security  
Choose one of the following: 3
   NACT-252    CTS: Server Management and Security  
   NACT-262    NCS: Fund of Systems Administration  
NACT-235 Introduction to Database Applications 3
  NTID LAS Perspective: Creative and Innovative Exploration 3
NSCI-120 NTID LAS Perspective: Scientific Processes§ 3
  Cooperative education Co-op
Third Year
NACT-295 ACT Technical Capstone 3
  Professional/Technical Electives** 6
  NTID LAS Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 73

Please see New NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Deaf Perspectives on Contemporary Civilization (NHSS-150) or ASL I (NASL-190)

‡ NTID mathematics course NMTH-120 or higher. It is recommended that students take NMTH-140 Mathematics in Society.

§ NTID science course NSCI-120 or higher.

** ACT program electives include Computer and Data Security (NACT-250), Digital syste,s Integration (NACT-251), A+ Certification Prep (NACT-255), LAN WAN Design (NACT-260), Network Security (NACT 261), Network+ Certification Prep (NACT-265), Network Defense Technologies (NACT-266), Web Applications (NACT-270), Client-side Scripting (NACT-271). Additional electives from another NTID major can be taken with approval from the ICS Department Chair.