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Michael Berrios

Lecturer

Department of Information and Computing Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Michael Berrios

Lecturer

Department of Information and Computing Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Currently Teaching

NACA-120
4 Credits
This course will introduce the fundamentals of problem analysis and problem-solving methodologies including logical structures and algorithms. Students will learn how to frame narrative problems into programmable structures, develop testing plans, effectively analyze and remove errors, and ensure the resulting solution satisfies the original requirements. Students will learn to create basic programs reflecting that analysis using a contemporary programming language.
NACA-121
4 Credits
This course is a continuation of NACA-120 that delves further into problem solving and software development with a focus on object-oriented design and development. Students will continue to learn basic software design, incremental development, testing, and verification. Students will also learn key topics including classes, objects, encapsulation, inheritance, interfaces, software design comprised of multiple classes, UML (Unified Modeling Language) as a design/documentation tool, data structures, exception/error handling, and file I/O.
NACA-172
3 Credits
This course introduces students to web page and small-scale website development. Through hands-on laboratory experiences, students will learn the fundamental concepts needed to construct web pages that follow appropriate coding standards as well as basic design principles to present content in an attractive and organized manner. Topics include HTML, CSS, graphical elements, website publishing, and transfer protocols.
NACT-120
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to using general-purpose software tools. The tools to be covered include word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software as well as an email client. Students will do hands-on work in each application.
NACT-150
3 Credits
This course introduces the fundamental hardware concepts of Windows-based computers. The skills required to install, upgrade and maintain computers are presented. The course provides students with methodologies and hands-on activities related to the configuration, diagnosis, repair, upgrade, and preventive maintenance of computer hardware, input/output devices and data communications. Topics include the basic functions and use of test equipment, logical troubleshooting of internal system conflicts and faulty peripherals, and electrical safety.
NACT-151
3 Credits
This course is designed to acquaint students with the structure and function of windows-based operating systems and to provide the skills required to install, configure and maintain them. Topics include system concepts, system level commands, and commands relating to program, file and applications management. Students perform a variety of functions, including OS installation and configuration, application program installation and management, creation and management of directories and file structures, and partitioning and preparation of storage media.
NACT-155
3 Credits
This course exposes students to the use of Linux and Mac systems for personal and professional purposes. Students will become acquainted with both the graphical interface and command line across various Linux distros. Students will learn basic Linux administration, Linux life cycles, basic network configuration, scripting, and navigation from a terminal window. Students will develop experience in management of their user environment, files, and directory structure. Students are also exposed to administering some common aspects of the operating environments such as groups, users, privileges, and process management.
NACT-170
3 Credits
This course introduces students to designing and coding a multipage web site. Topics include an overview of the internet and web addressing, coding valid HTML and CSS, design principles, implementation on a server, and use of web development software. The use of hyperlinks, graphics, and multimedia in web pages will be covered.
NACT-230
3 Credits
This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts and terminology of computer programming. Emphasis will be placed on developing problem-solving skills in designing and writing simple computer programs. The course covers such topics as developing flowcharts, algorithms and pseudocode, and introduces students to variables, operators, conditional statements, looping statements, data structures, error-handling and debugging, and user interface design. The course assumes no programming background.
NACT-235
3 Credits
In this course students will learn to create database tables, queries, forms and reports using a leading database software product for personal computers. Students will also learn how to design a database from user specifications, and to form basic SQL commands.
NACT-255
3 Credits
This course will prepare students to pass the two certification tests necessary to earn CompTIA's A+ Certification. Students will review material from previous courses and complete practice exams and troubleshooting exercises in preparation for the exam. In addition to text book(s), students will be required to purchase two certification exam vouchers for this course. To pass the course, students must pass both certification exams.
NMAD-180
4 Credits
This course will provide students with a study of the fundamental concepts, logical structures, and algorithms inherent to computer programming. Students will learn how to write basic object-oriented programs in a contemporary programming language with a focus on mobile application development.
NMAD-181
4 Credits
This course builds upon the programming skills developed in Programming Fundamentals I Mobile Domain and will cover more advanced object-oriented programming concepts, logical structures, and algorithms. Visual information system modeling, graphical user interfaces and software testing topics will also be covered. Students will be working individually on mobile-related projects as well as working with other students in team-based projects.