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Computers & IT Systems


Train today for the jobs of tomorrow. Whether your passion is in development or design, engineering or analysis - our programs in Computer Science and Programming give you the backbone for advanced work in the thriving field of technology. 

Degrees & Certificates in Computers & IT Systems

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

 
ASSOCIATE DEGREES

 

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING - Degree

This two-year program leads to the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Computer Programming. It is designed to provide students with the necessary information and skills to seek entry-level employment as a computer programmer in a business environment. Graduates will be prepared to assist and/or participate in the software development process of common business applications such as, but not limited to: user interface, database access and manipulation, report generation and web page design.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ACCO 1101 Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
  • CNS 1210 Intro to Networks (5)
  • CSCI 1257 SQL Server Database Design (3)
  • CSCI 1262 Advanced Visual Basic Development (3)
  • Elective – Technical (4)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE - Degree

Associate in Science Degree

BUSINESS OPTION


The Computer Science Business Option provides students with the background in business necessary for advanced degrees and/or careers in several areas, including but not limited to business systems programming, computer operations or information systems management, computer networking, systems analysis and web development. A total of 64 hours is required for the Associate in Science Degree. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring or a Rend Lake College advisor for additional requirements.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computers 1 (3)
  • CSCI 1104 Introduction to Programming (4)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • MATH 1110 College Algebra and Trigonometry 1 (5)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (14 Cr. Hrs.)

  • BIO 1100 Biology for Non-Majors (4)
  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (2)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

 

SCIENCE OPTION


Designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science. This option provides students with the background in math/science necessary for advanced work in several areas, including but not limited to hardware/software development, software engineering, computer network design, systems analysis and Internet/World Wide Web development. A total of 64 hours is required for the Associate in Science Degree. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring or a Rend Lake College advisor for any additional requirements.

► Total = 64 Hours (note icon See IT Systems Specialist curriculum for more options in the computer field.)

First Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CSCI 1104 Introduction to Programming (4)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • MATH 1110 College Algebra and Trigonometry 1 (5)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology 1 (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • MATH 2122 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (5)
  • PHY 1103 University Physics I (5)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (3)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • BIO 1100 Biology for Non-Majors (4)
  • ECON 2101 Principles of Economics I (3)
  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • Elective – Humanities / Fine Arts (3)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

IT SYSTEMS ASSISTANT - Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

This two-year program leads to the AAS Degree in IT Systems Assistant. The program is designed to provide students with the background in technical skills and general studies necessary for a career as an IT Systems Assistant. Graduates will be prepared to provide technical assistance and training to microcomputer system users in business, government and education. The program lets individuals already employed upgrade job skills and improve advancement potential.

► Total = 65 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CNS 1210 Intro to Networks (5)
  • CNS 1212 Hardware / Operating Systems (5)
  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • OFTC 1203 Building Keyboarding Speed & Accuracy (1)
  • Elective (3)

Second Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ACCO 1101 Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
  • CSCI 1260 Intro to Programming in MS Visual Basic (3)
  • CSCI 1263 Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (3)
  • CSCI 2243 Intermediate Microsoft Word (3)
  • ECON 2101 Principles of Economics I (3)

Fourth Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

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IT SYSTEMS SPECIALIST - Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

The IT Systems Specialist is a two-year program designed to provide students with the necessary information and skills to become a computer network technician. Courses contain a balance of classroom and laboratory activities with modern hardware and up-to-date software. Students who successfully complete this program qualify for a variety of entry-level positions in the computer industry. The program provides a foundation for those who are seeking Cisco, Microsoft Windows, CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA A+ certifications. National competency requirements have been used to develop the curriculum. Students also will develop a working knowledge of wireless communications and Voice over IP courses that have been added to better prepare students for the modern computing job market. These courses may be used as a basis for a four-year degree with capstone programs at senior-level institutions.

► Total = 67 Hours

First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CNS 1210 Intro to Networks (5)
  • CNS 1212 Hardware/Operating Systems (5)
  • CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computers (3)
  • Non-Technical Elective 4 (3)

Second Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

Fourth Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test results.

2 Recommend taking class prior to First Semester or during Summer Term between Second and Third Semesters.

3 Recommended: Students transferring to SIUC should take MATH 1108.

4 Advisory Committee recommends BUSI 1101 - Intro to Business

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OCCUPATIONAL CERTIFICATES

 

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING - Certificate

Occupational Certificate

PROGRAMMING WITH VISUAL BASIC

This certificate will provide individuals who are in a career transition and/or desiring to improve their knowledge of object-oriented programming a method to document their accomplishments.

► Total = 9 Hours

First Semester (3 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CSCI 1261 Mastering Visual Basic Fundamentals (3)
  • CSCI 1280 Advanced Database Systems (3)

IT SYSTEMS ASSISTANT MICROSOFT USER - Certificate

Occupational Certificate

This certificate program prepares students and professionals by concentrating on the Microsoft Office Suite, namely Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Topics covered in these courses help prepare the student for work using the various products as well as participation in the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist exams. Exams are not included in this program.

► Total = 15 Hours

First Semester (Spring) (6 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (Fall) (3 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (Spring) (6 Cr. Hrs.)

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  IT SYSTEMS SPECIALIST - Occupational Certificates


The courses listed in the certificates are included in the IT Systems Specialist degree. Students who successfully complete the degree will also receive all of the certificates. Students must be able to type 25 words per minute for these certificate programs.

COMPUTER NETWORKING - Certificate

The Computer Networking certificate provides students with the necessary information and skills to network computers on both wired and wireless networks. Course objectives will follow CompTIA Network+ certification guidelines. Courses offer a balance of classroom and laboratory activities.

► Total = 14 Hours

First Semester (5 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

CYBER SECURITY SPECIALIST - Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

The Cyber Security Specialist certificate provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to detect and mitigate cyber attacks. Students are taught how to understand cyber attack vectors and investigate cyber intrusions, as well as proactive defense methods. Courses offer a balance of classroom and laboratory activities.

► Total = 16 Hours

Prerequisites

  • CNS 1212 Hardware / Operating Systems
  • CNS 1231 Windows Professional
  • or consent of instructor.

First Semester (10 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (6 Cr. Hrs.)

LINUX NETWORKING - Certificate

The Linux Networking certificate provides students with the necessary information and skills to be able to configure and install Linux-based desktops and servers. Courses offer a balance of classroom and laboratory exercises using Linux virtual machines. Competency requirements identified on a national level have been used to develop the curriculum.

► Total = 12 Hours

First Semester (5 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CNS 1212 Hardware/Operating Systems (5)

Second Semester (3 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (4 Cr. Hrs.)

PC MAINTENANCE - Certificate

The PC Maintenance Certificate is designed to provide students with the necessary information and skills to become a computer and network technician and to take the CompTIA A+ certification test. Courses contain a balance of classroom and laboratory activities with modern hardware and up-to-date software. Students completing this program should be qualified for a variety of entry-level positions as a technician and provide a foundation for those seeking to expand their knowledge of networks. Competency requirements identified on a national level have been used to develop the curriculum.

► Total = 8 Hours

First Semester (5 Cr. Hrs.)

  • CNS 1212 MicroComp Hardware / Operating Systems (5)

Second Semester (3 Cr. Hrs.)

WINDOWS - Certificate

The Windows Certificate provides students with the necessary information and skills to become a Microsoft Certified Professional. The courses contain a balance of classroom and laboratory activities with modern hardware and up-to-date software. Competency requirements identified on a national level by the Microsoft Corporation are used to direct the curriculum.

► Total = 11 Hours

First Semester (5 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (3 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (3 Cr. Hrs.)

Program Outcomes

Computer Programming

1. Demonstrate the skills to analyze problems and design effective software solutions.
2. Demonstrate the ability to create, maintain and deliver software packages.
3. Demonstrate the ability to create and maintain database system on the desktop and in client-server environments.
4. Demonstrate the ability to research technical issues and communicate the results to the customer/employer.
5. Demonstrate the ability to understand business requirements and translate them into technical specifications. 

IT Systems Assistant

1. Utilize various software to effectively complete a given task.
2. Formulate an appropriate solution for problems encountered with regards to hardware and/or software.
3. Produce information from given data as required by the situation or in response to a request.
4. Articulate concepts, ideas, and/or facts effectively through various forms of communication.

IT Systems Specialist

1. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and meet customer needs.
2. Demonstrate the ability to design Local Area Networks (LANs) including router configurations.
3. Demonstrate the ability to design Wide Area Networks (WANs) including router configurations.
4. Demonstrate the ability to implement, design, and troubleshoot a computer network with servers and workstations based on customer needs.
5. Demonstrate the ability to install, configure, and troubleshoot various desktop and server operating systems.
6. Demonstrate the ability to install, configure, troubleshoot and repair PC hardware.

 

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Faculty & Staff


Dean of Applied Science
Phone Extension: 1292
Building: Advanced Technology Division
Office: 138
 
Administrative Assistant/Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1261
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 138
2016 RLCF OUTSTANDING STAFF AWARD | B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Computer Networking Professor/Advanced Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1789
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 185
2015 RLCF FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD | A.A.S., ITT Technical Institute-Evansville | Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer | Certified Novell Administrator | CISCO Certified Network Associate | CompTIA Network+
Computer Networking/ Wireless Professor/ Advanced Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1798
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 183
A.S., Rend Lake College | A.A.S., John A. Logan College | B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Computer Science Professor / Title III Instructional Designer
Phone Extension: 1774
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 180
2000 RLCF OUTSTANDING OFFICESUPPORT STAFF AWARD | 2011 RLCF ASSESSMENT AWARD | 2016 RLCF FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD | Certificate, Microsoft Office User Specialist | Certificate, Microsoft Office 2000 Master | A.A. & A.A.S., Rend Lake College | B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale | Ed.M., University of Illinois
Computer Science Associate Professor
Phone Extension: 1814
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 181
B.S., Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Email:
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science

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