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Applied Computer Technology AAS

Elissa Olsen, Chairperson
(585) 475-2225 (V), 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 AAS 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 will select a concentration in computer technical support or networking and cyber security in the 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 program, as are the following:

English: Placement into a First Year Writing course, such as the FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150). Students typically enter First Year Writing with reading scores equivalent to 10.0 on the California Reading Test. However, students who complete AAS degrees typically enter NTID with reading scores equivalent to 9.0 on the California Reading Test.

Mathematics: Placement into Mathematics in Society (NMTH-140) 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 major will have completed at least two years of high school science.

Curriculum

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

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
  ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies‡  
NACT-150 Introduction to PC Hardware 3
NACT-160 Networking Essentials 3
NACT-170 Introduction to Web Development 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Elective§ 3
NACT-151 Windows Operating Systems 3
NACT-161 Client-Server Networks 3
NACT-155 Non-Windows Operating Systems 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  LAS Perspective 1 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
  LAS Perspective 2, 3, 4 9
NACT-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
NACT-295 ACT Technical Capstone 3
  Professional/Technical Electives** 6
  LAS Perspective 6 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 73

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.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

‡ A 3-credit ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies course, to be taken at NTID or another college of RIT; will count for RIT General Education credit if it is a General Education Committee approved course.

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

** 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), and 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), AAS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NCAR-100 Freshman Seminar 1
  ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies‡  
NACT-150 Introduction to PC Hardware 3
NACT-160 Networking Essentials 3
NACT-170 Introduction to Web Development 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Elective§ 3
NACT-151 Windows Operating Systems 3
NACT-161 Client-Server Networks 3
NACT-155 Non-Windows Operating Systems 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  LAS Perspective 1 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
  LAS Perspective 2, 3, 4 9
NACT-299 Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
NACT-295 ACT Technical Capstone 3
  Professional/Technical Electives** 6
  LAS Perspective 6 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 73

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.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

‡ A 3-credit ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies course, to be taken at NTID or another college of RIT; will count for RIT General Education credit if it is a General Education committee approved course.

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

** 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), and 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 AAS 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 will select a program concentration in the second year. Concentrations involve either computer technical support or networking and 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 the College of Liberal Arts’ Writing Seminar (0502-227) course. Students typically enter Writing Seminar with reading scores equivalent to 10.0 on the California Reading Test. However, students who complete AAS degrees typically enter NTID with reading scores equivalent to 9.0 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, AAS 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
  Math Elective (Level B or above) 4
0887-200 Freshman Seminar 2
0502-227 Writing Seminar 4
  Deaf Cultural Studies/ASL* 3
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
0805-230 Introduction to Programming 3
0805-351 Introduction to Mac 3
0806-101 Job Search Process 2
  Math Elective (Level B or above) 4
 Choose one of the following: 3
   0805-310    Microcomputer Database Software  
   0805-325    Database Systems  
  Concentration Courses‡ 12
  Technical Electives§ 3
  Science (B Level or above) 3
  Liberal Arts* 12
0805-299 Cooperative Education 0
  Third Year  
  Technical Electives§ 3
0805-395 ACT Technical Capstone 3
0806-201 Employment Seminar 1
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Capstone* 3
Total Quarter Credit Hours 103

* Please see NTID's 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, AAS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  ASL/Deaf Cultural Studies†  
NACT-150 Introduction to PC Hardware 3
NACT-160 Networking Essentials 3
NACT-170 Introduction to Web Development 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar 3
  LAS Elective‡ 3
NACT-151 Windows Operating Systems 3
NACT-161 Client-Server Networks 3
NACT-155 Non-Windows Operating Systems 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 1 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
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
  LAS Perspective 2, 3, 4 9
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Third Year
NACT-295 ACT Technical Capstone 3
  Professional/Technical Electives§ 6
  LAS Perspective 6 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 72

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.

§  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.